After defeating Rebirth, Team One would fall at the hands of Triumph at the last Group Stage match of IEM Beijing North America 2020. The event will return Friday, with Team Liquid going against Triumph and the Evil Geniuses facing Chaos Esports Club.
The first map of the series would be Inferno, map picked by Triumph, and yet it would be the Brazilians of Team One first to pull ahead with an eight-round streak culminating in a five-round lead at the end of the first half.
In a surprising turn of events, Triumph, now on the defensive side, would pulverise the Brazilians and get to match-point having dropped only one round up to that point. After losing two rounds, a tactical timeout would help them pull it over the line, 16-13.
Team One had an ugly exit at IEM Beijing
Triumph would keep the momentum up heading into their opponent’s map pick of Nuke, with Alan ‘Shakezullah’ Hardeman teaming up with Paytyn ‘junior’ Johnson at 16 kills to close out the half 11-4 in their favour.
The Brazilians would go missing after winning the second pistol round, losing five rounds in a row for a 16-5 finish in favour of Triumph. This clean 2-0 sweep will put the North American organisation in the Semi-Finals of IEM Beijing North America and remove Team One off the tournament.
With the event moving to the Playoffs Stage, similar to its European counterpart, the action will return later this week with a big challenge coming up for the side of Triumph, as they will go up against the undefeated Team Liquid.
The other match of the Semi-Finals will see Evil Geniuses looking to bounce back from a terrible experience on Europe with a North American title, going against Chaos EC, which are yet to show that they could take down the best teams in their region since the addition of Edgar ‘MarKE’ Maldonado.