Today was the first day of IEM New York 2020, and we saw some surprising results like Faze 2-0 against Heroic as Heroic fell short on their own map pick. IEM New York Europe is played as a double elimination group stage with two groups each containing of four teams. The top two teams from each team will then move on to the playoffs.
To start the day off, we saw G2 taking on Complexity with Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen as a stand in for Owen “oBo” Schlatter after he decided to step down from the team, in a match that ended with Complexity taking both maps, making a third one unnecessary. The series started off on Overpass with G2 getting a good start to the map, taking 8 rounds on the T-side but could only take 5 rounds on the CT-side. This resulted in Complexity taking the map 16-13 with Benjamin “blameF” Bremer being on fire and getting a 1.64 rating according to HLTV.org after dropping 28 kills.
The second map of the series was Vertigo, and again G2 get a great first half, winning 11 rounds on the T-side but only managed 4 rounds on the CT-side, leaving the score at 15-15 with a need for overtime. Complexity picked up 4 rounds in overtime, making the final score 17-19 with Complexity taking the second map.
Vitality vs Fnatic
The match started off on Inferno with Vitality staring on the CT-side. However, after only being able to win 6 rounds on the CT-side, Vitality needed to step up to catch up with Fnatic’s three-round lead. They did exactly that and instantly got 4 rounds to get the upper hand on Fnatic with a 10-9 lead, eventually getting the 16 needed rounds after Fnatic only won 3 rounds on the CT-side, making the final score 16-12.
For the second map, we saw Vitality starting off on the T-side on Vertigo, which Cédric “RpK” Guipouy seemed to struggle on after only picking up three kills in the first 15 rounds. Richard “Shox” Papillon stepped up for Vitality and gave them the one round advantage going into the second half with the score being 8-7. Fnatic did eventually get a 14-11 lead, but Vitality stepped up and made the final score 15-15, forcing an overtime. The French side started off on the CT-side and won two out of three rounds, setting them up for a 2-0 win over Fnatic. Fnatic, however, clutched up and won the last three rounds, sending us straight to Overpass for the deciding match.
After a disappointing performance from “RpK” on Vertigo, he looked way better on Overpass, getting 22 kills in total, 10 of them coming on the T-side. This time, Fnatic started off with a 9-6 lead after the first half of the map and looked set to take the third map and also the series as they sit on a 15-9 scoreline. This meant they had six chances to take the series, but they never got the final round, and overtime was once again necessary. Vitality won all their CT-rounds in overtime and was then left with a task that Fnatic wasn’t able to finish: Winning one T-round. Although they lost their first T-round in overtime, they won the second one and therefore the series. This means Fnatic will face off against G2 in a best of 3 match in which the loser will be eliminated from IEM New York. Vitality will face of against Complexity in the Group A winners match. The winner of this match will move on to the semi-final of IEM New York.
OG vs BIG
In this series, we saw OG picking up a 2-0 win after winning overtime on their own map pick: Inferno. In the first half of Inferno, the two teams looked inseparable, closing the half at a 8-7 with OG picking up 8 rounds. Second half, however, BIG started off a bit slow, losing the first three rounds, but quickly managed to get a 15-12 lead. OG managed to make a comeback and tied and forced it to overtime. In overtime, OG was superior and won four rounds in a row, taking the first map 19-15.
Second map of the series takes us to BIG’s map choice of Dust2, a map they usually perform well on. Again, the first half of the map was very close, ending at 8-7 in favor of BIG. In the second half, however, OG demolished BIG, only letting them pick one round. OG won the 9 rounds they needed and therefore also took the map and the series 2-0.
In the last European match of the day, we saw Faze take on Heroic. Faze started off the ESL Pro League with 5 losses in a row before winning their last two matches, and they seem to have gained some confidence after those two wins, as they swept the floor with Heroic, taking the series 2-0 after an excellent performance on Heroic’s map pick.
The first map, Mirage, picked by Faze Clan, started off with Heroic taking an early lead 7-1, but Faze Clan made some sort of a comeback to make the first half end with only a three-round lead for Heroic, taking the half 9-6. On the CT-side, however, Faze was looking sharp, only letting Heroic get two rounds, meaning Faze Clan won their map pick 16-11.
We move on to Train, the second map of the series picked by Heroic. Heroic started off well, winning the pistol round and the two following as Faze was building up their economy, getting them an early 3-0 lead, but once Faze got enough money for a full buy, it was pretty much over for Heroic. Faze Clan picked up the pace and won the first half comfortably 12-3. Heroic had to step up on the CT-side on Train for them to take it to a third map, but Faze never slowed down and won their four first rounds on the T-side, making the game end at 16-3. Heroic will now face BIG in a match where the loser will be eliminated from IEM New York. Meanwhile, Faze will take on OG in Group B winners match. The winner of this match will move on to the semi-final of IEM New York.
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