Astralis beat Cloud9 to make IEM Dallas playoffs; 9z eliminated
Astralis defeated Cloud9 in a surprising result in Group B of IEM Dallas and secured themselves a spot in the playoffs, starting on Friday. The Danes will now face off against ENCE in the group final to battle the European combine for a direct passage to the semi-final, while the loser will start in the quarters.
On the B stream, OG 2-0'd 9z in the lower bracket semi, eliminating the South American side in 9-12th place and keeping themselves alive for another day of competition. Their next test will come against MOUZ, with the winner of that match securing a quarter-final spot.
Astralis were dominant in their match against Cloud9 and limited the Russian squad to single-digit round totals on both maps. The series started on Ancient, where Benjamin "blameF" Bremer gave us a taste of what is to come in the pistol round, starting the game with an ace that included a 1vs3 clutch. That gave his team a hot start, and Astralis kept their momentum throughout the entire offensive half by racking up an incredible 12 rounds at the switch. Such a big lead was impossible to fumble for the Danes, who moved the series to Cloud9's map pick with a 16-8 win on Ancient.
Mirage started slightly better for Cloud9 as they put up six rounds on the less-favored T side and went into the second half with a chance of forcing a decider. Their defensive half left much to be desired, however, as Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov and company mustered just two rounds and once again petered out in an 8-16 loss against the Danes. Nicolai "device" Reedtz (1.57) and blameF (1.56) were expectedly the driving forces of the Danes' victory, while Cloud9 didn't have a single player achieve a 1+ rating in the series.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 35||0||75.2||0.99|
|26 - 36||-10||59.0||0.79|
|25 - 34||-9||58.6||0.79|
|17 - 39||-22||56.7||0.63|
|20 - 42||-22||57.0||0.53|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|47 - 23||+24||94.1||1.57|
|43 - 20||+23||91.0||1.56|
|33 - 30||+3||81.4||1.19|
|35 - 28||+7||76.6||1.15|
|26 - 23||+3||67.8||1.04|
OG vs. 9z also began on Ancient, with the game on the B stream showcasing a much closer battle. Stand-in Iulian "regali" Harjău was able to carry his team to victory, however, as the Romanian's 40 kills were enough for OG to secure a 19-17 win on the South Americans' map pick and move the series to Mirage.
A standout individual performance decided the second map of the series too, this time by Shahar "flameZ" Shushan. The Israeli rifler put up 31 kills and a 1.78 rating to give his team a 16-12 victory and a spot in the qualification bout against MOUZ.
|OG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|53 - 44||+9||93.1||1.33|
|51 - 35||+16||80.9||1.32|
|52 - 43||+9||82.7||1.13|
|41 - 43||-2||71.5||0.99|
|33 - 42||-9||60.2||0.85|
|9z||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|53 - 45||+8||78.1||1.13|
|43 - 39||+4||76.0||1.11|
|35 - 51||-16||67.6||0.86|
|39 - 49||-10||67.6||0.86|
|33 - 46||-13||62.4||0.85|
The schedule for the final day of group play at IEM Dallas is as follows, with every match being played for either elimination or a playoff spot:
|IEM Dallas 2023|