k1to shines as BIG advance to IEM Katowice group stage over FURIA

The 24-year-old rifler had clinical performances on Mirage and Ancient to help his team advance to the top-16 stage of IEM Katowice.

BIG are through to the group stage of IEM Katowice following a 2-1 victory over FURIA, recovering from a defeat on their own pick of Anubis (11-16) by securing wins on Mirage (16-9) and Ancient (16-9) to take the series.

Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's side kicked off the Play-In stage of IEM Katowice with a win over Complexity, and carried that momentum into their qualifying series. The team owe a big thanks to Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne for their victory — the German rifler came alive on the latter two maps of the series and was a pivotal factor in helping his team net a decisive win, posting 1.55 and 1.99 ratings on Mirage and Ancient, respectively. He won eleven out of thirteen opening duels on the latter map to completely crush the Brazilian team out of the server, with FURIA now needing to claw back through the lower bracket by beating the winner of a match between paiN and IHC.

"We're really happy," k1to said of BIG's qualification after the series. "Last year we didn't make it, we won the first game last year and then lost two Bo3s against good teams. We're really happy that we're through now, we have some days to prepare."

k1to shined on Mirage and Ancient, mustering 145 ADR on the latter map

BIG had proven successful on Anubis in their opening match against Complexity and against Liquid at BLAST, so it wasn't much of a surprise when they picked the map to kick off the series. It was a choice that paid off early on as the German side raced to a 7-2 start on the defense, but their lead dwindled rapidly towards the end portion of the first half as Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato mustered nine kills in three rounds to help FURIA close the gap to just one round by halftime.

FURIA's resurgence continued after the side swap with a pistol round victory, which the Brazilian team wasted no time in converting into a streak of five rounds. A triple kill from KSCERATO ended up squandered as tabseN gunned down four FURIA members to get BIG on the board in the second half, beginning a brief back-and-forth trading of rounds, but FURIA remained in control and claimed victory not long after, 16-11.

FURIA maintained momentum as their pick of Mirage got underway, winning the pistol round and going up 3-0 before BIG could respond. Once the German team had rifles in hand, however, the tides of the map completely turned, and k1to emerged as a shining beacon of light for his team in what became a stellar defensive effort. BIG dropped two more rounds in the remainder of the half and blazed their way to a 10-5 lead on the map, and they didn't relinquish control whatsoever in the second half as multi-kill rounds from k1to allowed them to quickly close things out, 16-9.

Ancient was equally as decisive as the 24-year-old rifler's reign of terror carried through on the map, resulting in an absolutely crushing offensive half from BIG. The cruised to a 12-3 scoreline thanks to stellar entry work from the rifler, and the second half was equally as one-sided, with FURIA only closing the gap by a handful of rounds before k1to helped his side take things over the line.

1st February 2023
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 46 +14 78.5 1.21
54 - 43 +11 81.6 1.19
53 - 53 0 75.2 0.99
41 - 51 -10 59.6 0.90
32 - 60 -28 47.3 0.65
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 55 +15 99.2 1.40
51 - 53 -2 84.4 1.09
46 - 49 -3 60.3 1.04
45 - 44 +1 64.2 0.96
40 - 39 +1 52.7 0.91
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
mOE | 
Dominican Republic ohhh
2023-02-01 23:17
k1to loves to humiliate BRA71L
2023-02-01 23:17
17 replies
Germany EZ_for_BIG
+1 every german enjoys it
2023-02-01 23:26
8 replies
This bot just play well against brazilian teams lmao, will love to see these bots be smashed in iem katowice
2023-02-02 00:11
7 replies
Well at least they get to play Katowice unlike BRA71L
2023-02-02 00:24
5 replies
NiKo | 
Sweden hitAQN
sorry but even after 7-1, germany still not penta.. oh, and no majors or offline champs too xD
2023-02-02 00:48
4 replies
where was Furia at Roobet cup 2022? exactly.
2023-02-02 06:19
3 replies
Norway r0meo
Robot cup 😭😭
2023-02-02 06:58
2 replies
best tourney in the whole year! Bow before the mighty Roo supremecy
2023-02-02 08:12
1 reply
Norway r0meo
+0.5 GET Dubai was better
2023-02-02 09:16
Loool hltv.org/matches/2361309/furia-vs-ihc-ie.. BRA71L can’t even beat tier 4 Mongols xDDD
2023-02-03 22:16
Brazil 2 majors jermany 0 Brazil 5 world cups jermany 0 No wonder jermans make such big deal when they beat brazillians when beating brazillians is literally the only noteworthy achievement of jermany kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk (expect when it comes to most boring crowd, then jermans are #1 uncontested)
2023-02-02 05:09
7 replies
2023-02-02 06:11
2023-02-02 06:18
nt Germany 4 world cups Cry
2023-02-02 07:13
1 reply
4 germans men and 2 womens ,so germany 6 and Brazil only 5 KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2023-02-02 18:37
7 0
2023-02-02 07:47
Germany Lat1zZ
7 1
2023-02-02 10:37
2023-02-02 12:19
2023-02-01 23:17
Germany Gundobert
He smoked furia
2023-02-01 23:17
Goat k1to
2023-02-01 23:18
farT best igl in the world
2023-02-01 23:18
Well let’s see if he can keep his performance :D
2023-02-01 23:19
1 reply
ofc. hltv top1 2023
2023-02-02 14:29
Drop is soooo bad, never seen him above 1.0 rating
2023-02-01 23:20
4 replies
hades | 
North America minte
in major
2023-02-01 23:20
put another player in his position and they wont do any better, drop is fine, art is not
2023-02-01 23:22
1 reply
look at the game vs IHC now, VINI was >>>>>>
2023-02-03 19:13
Norway Snaids
i thought he was way older? did hltv just get his age wrong for most of his time on furia?
2023-02-01 23:34
Brazil Yung_Leann
yo wtf k1to i lost 100$
2023-02-01 23:21
love this guy, looks like an absolute monster when hes screaming hltv.org/gallery/view/167007 hltv.org/gallery/view/162987
2023-02-01 23:21
3 replies
Isn’t he fairly tall aswell?
2023-02-02 02:53
1 reply
yeah, probably like 6'4
2023-02-02 05:06
Yeah the banner in the crowd at rio of the K1to roar as a large cut our head was awesome/hilarious.
2023-02-02 11:24
S1mple watch out for K1to, bro about to have a bigger legacy than you
2023-02-01 23:22
Poland Pechowy
If one of the worst tier 1 players rekts you you should rethink some things in your life
2023-02-01 23:22
1 reply
Germany Greifvogel
He is very far from one of the worst T1 players lmao. He is technically very crisp, just inconsistent. There's players like apex in T1, so pls sit down
2023-02-02 13:14
please furia disband and let kscerato and yuurih play for other IGL please.
2023-02-01 23:29
k1to so good
2023-02-01 23:27
dayum k1to showing up big time
2023-02-01 23:30
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
And this is why I was against the removal of k1to by HLTV experts. What a game!
2023-02-01 23:49
5 replies
To see one match in a dozen where he actually plays good? Not sure about that advocating
2023-02-02 01:41
4 replies
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
My point being that we know what k1to is capable of when firing on all cylinders, as this game is proof of. Obviously he is bound to have more bad games than good games because he plays the dummy roles for BIG but removing him was and still is a bad idea for BIG.
2023-02-02 02:02
3 replies
Depends on who would be in his place, if it's obviously a better and more reliable player, you can't say it's a bad idea. If I knew who was on the cards I'd surely say more
2023-02-02 02:05
2 replies
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
You have a point but even a newer player will still have docked statistics because of the roles. It will be the same argument, at least we know ow k1to can go big for BIG when it's crucial.
2023-02-02 02:07
1 reply
Don't know, he used to be on the team before and he was gone for a while, they had it good without him. We have to look in the context of the entire lineup and not just him, because he's very inconsistent and I doubt it's worth keeping him over a young and promising player. These arguments usually arise in a moment like this, when he goes really BIG, but had it only happened more frequent there would be no need for arguments
2023-02-02 02:11
Afghanistan top5rifler
-k1to they said
2023-02-02 00:00
1 reply
play good in one game
2023-02-02 03:08
Get owned furia lmfao
2023-02-02 00:06
Hopefully k1to will be able to keep this kind of level more consistently.
2023-02-02 00:31
Whenever k1to sees Brazilian team,he goes instant ultra instinct. What have they done to him ? 😂
2023-02-02 01:01
13 replies
it's just a racist, look at felps history with k1to
2023-02-02 03:08
12 replies
Based k1to
2023-02-02 06:11
7 replies
When will k1to be based enough to understand that German women love to have sex with dogs?
2023-02-02 14:01
6 replies
Wait what?
2023-02-02 14:44
5 replies
4 replies
Russian propaganda bot detected :D love me some fake news
2023-02-02 16:36
1 reply
russian propaganda? what? hahaha
2023-02-02 16:51
First of all wtf is „thelocal“ ? Sounds like a trust me bro source. It’s either american or Russian propaganda shit xD
2023-02-02 21:36
1 reply
Dude, preserve your sanity. That's all I say.
2023-02-03 15:16
How many white people are in Furia? People say (not me) you can't be racist against white people.
2023-02-02 08:45
1 reply
Only one, arT.
2023-02-02 14:02
I read an article about that yesterday. Is monkey an actual racist swear word in some countries? In germany we often use it to call somebody idiot/clown. Its aimed at intellect not at your Look. Or did he say other things as well? I`M wondering if he made an honest mistake or if he is really a racist.
2023-02-02 12:26
1 reply
If you call someone a monkey who is insecure about his look, he will see „monkey“ as a discrimination
2023-02-02 21:37
I’m so confused. K1to whyyy u not a noob no more?
2023-02-02 01:43
I still don't know if k1to was a 200iq or 50iq fantasy pick but I'll take it
2023-02-02 03:11
1 reply
I reckon it’s something between So it is (200 + 50) : 2 = 125 iq And 125 is actually not to bad! At least for HLTV users
2023-02-02 14:49
United States zovint
Got kicked for a reason. Realized his deficiencies and got better. You have my respect.
2023-02-02 05:08
Art :(
2023-02-02 07:02
k1toN BIG W.
2023-02-02 08:40
Brazil love losing to the Jermans
2023-02-02 10:30
1 reply
Every country got their kryptonit
2023-02-02 14:51
Never expected this from k1to but as always, betting against Furia is amazing. Betting against Brazilian teams is the way. Fanbois trust their heart too much
2023-02-02 10:53
Korea WJSN
k1to shitting on brazil as always
2023-02-02 12:24
Germany owning bra71l like always
2023-02-02 12:29
Germany M1n1M3
2023-02-02 16:51
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