As we move into the IEM New York Playoffs, the question remains: who made the cut? After today’s matches, we now know that Fnatic and FaZe have made it through, setting up the first semi-final bout tomorrow.
Day four has finished and Fnatic and FaZe is the two teams that will move to the semi-finals as Complexity and BIG/FaZe gets eliminated from IEM New York. Tomorrow OG will meet Fnatic in the first semi-final of the day after Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin put up a stunning performance to send Fnatic to the semi-finals. In the second semi-final of the day Team Vitality will go head to head with FaZe.
In the first match of the day we find Fnatic taking on Complexity as the winner will move on to the semi-finals and the loser gets eliminated from the tournament. The series starts off on Fnatics map pick, as Complexity takes the first round on Train. Fnatic which started on the T-side got six rounds on the board as they switched sides with Complexity player Valentin “poizon” Vasilev dropping a ridiculous 28 kills on the CT-side. Complexity had an impressive start to their T-side winning five rounds in a row giving them a 14-6 lead. Complexity dropped quite a few rounds before picking up map point with the score 15-11, giving Fnatic a way back into the game. Fnatic took the opportunity and pushed the map to overtime where Fnatic take the 4 rounds needed without too many problems.
Like many times before in this tournament, we find ourselves on Vertigo as the second map. The map picked by Complexity was a tight one with the final score being 16-14 to Fnatic. The Swedes started off great on their CT-side and at one point held a 9-3 lead over Complexity. After a fantastic 1v3 clutch from Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, Complexity turned it around and finished the half with 6 rounds on the board. The second half Fnatic got off to a brilliant start and even though Complexity tried it they could not catch up with Fnatic who closed out the match 16-14. Fnatic will now face OG in the semi-final of IEM New York.
NaToSaphiX confirms he has played his last match for Complexity
Complexity now has until BLAST Premier Fall Series which kicks off 29. October, to decide what they want to do with their roster after Owen “oBo” Schlatter stepped down from the team and moved back to the US. Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen confirmed after the match finished that his time in Complexity is over. The North-American organization now has to look elsewhere for someone to join the rest of the complexity squad. A potential candidate could be Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen, as he struggles for game time at Astralis. Having not played a match for them in over a month, a move elsewhere could be something that would interest both the player and the organization. Shortly after the match ended DBLTAP reported that Justin “jks” Savage might be the player that Complexity wants to acquire to fill the gap after Owen “oBo” Schlatter.
After the match ended Jason Lake the CEO of Complexity also put out a tweet that very well could indicate that Complexity is close to signing a new player for the team, and said that the fans should be very happy before Halloween.
Broky on point as FaZe defeats BIG
The last match of the day is also the last match off the group stage with either BIG or FaZe moving on to face Team Vitality in the semi-finals. They started off on Mirage, which has been one of FaZes best maps in the last three months. Today they really showed why it is one of their best maps, with the whole team showing up and contributing to a 16-9 map victory over BIG. After a close first half where FaZe got 8 rounds on the CT-side, they did well on the T-side only letting BIG get 2 rounds as FaZe picked up the 8 rounds they needed.
Nuke was the second map of the series and BIG started off on the T-side. The map which has a reputation for being severely CT-sided, has in the last couple of months been a map were we have seen some impressive T-sides with many teams winning the first half on the T-side. That did not seem to be the case for BIG however as they only managed 5 rounds on the T-side before switching sides. Credit has to be given to Helvijs “broky” Saukants though as he picked up 22 frags in the first half. The second half continued in favor of FaZe with them picking up map point with 5 rounds to go. They didn’t give BIG any opportunities to get back into the game though, with them winning the map 16-11. This means FaZe will take on Vitality as they move to the semi-finals.
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