It was a day full of surprises at IEM Beijing Europe, as Team Spirit eliminated OG from the tournament with a quick 2-0 and MAD Lions prolonged their stay at the event for another day, after knocking out Fnatic in a 2-1 series.
At the start of the series, Team Spirit would take us to Overpass, starting on the offensive side. A relentless onslaught on the B site would give them the edge on first half.
OG would bite back at the beginning of second time, conjuring a five-round streak. However, the CIS team would reclaim the edge on the later stages of the match, taking the first map 16-13.
The second map of Inferno started in the worst way possible for the European team, with Artem ‘iDISBALANCE’ Egorov leading the way to a smashing 13-2 half in favour of Team Spirit.
Having lost pistol round and being pushed all the way to match-point, OG managed to hold on nine rounds until they yielded the series to Team Spirit, with the European team being knocked out of the event.
The second match of the day would be Fnatic facing MAD Lions. The recently-assembled Danish roster chose Vertigo to start the series. Despite concluding the half on a five-round deficit, the squad led by Rasmus ‘HooXi’ Nielsen had plenty to show on the defensive side of the map, pulling the rug from under the Swedes with an astonishing sequence of 11 rounds.
Inferno seemed to go the same way, as MAD Lions started slow on CT side but slowly warmed up, with Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali giving them a fighting chance through flashy multi-kills. As the game neared its last few rounds in regulation, the Lions were hot on the heels of their prey, eventually punching ahead 14-13. However, Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson would come in big for Fnatic, scoring important double kills in the following three rounds, pushing the series to a third map.
KRIMZ kept Fnatic alive in IEM Beijing
MAD Lions would kick the decider map in full force with a massive performance coming from their In-Game Leader Hooxi, driving them to a five-round advantage by the half. Fnatic tried to catch up, but the Lions ran away with the result, closing the series 2-1 with a 16-9 win.