The IEM Katowice 2021 playoffs will encompass all of the four CS:GO groups from the CIS area that originally participated within the $1,000,000 USD event. Whereas Na’Vi was a direct invite the opposite three groups – VP, Gambit, Spirit, made their option to the playoffs during the Play-In stage. The CIS area is seeking to make a press release within the top-tier skilled CS:GO circuit as four out of the 6 playoffs groups are from that area. Na’Vi, Gambit, and Virtus.professional will begin their journey in direction of the grand finals from the quarterfinals, whereas Crew Spirit has obtained a head begin and has straight certified for the semifinals.
IEM Katowice 2021: CS:GO groups from CIS dominate
Na’Vi and Crew Spirit secured their playoffs spots after profitable 2 consecutive matches of their respective teams. Whereas Na’Vi defeated VP and FURIA, Crew Spirit defeated G2 and Heroic. Nonetheless, Spirit stepped it up by straight managing to steal a semifinals spot by defeating Astralis in one of many largest upsets of the group stage, one thing that Na’Vi missed out on after struggling a defeat towards Crew Liquid.
Alternatively, Virtus.professional and Gambit Esports after dropping right down to the decrease bracket following a primary spherical loss, needed to struggle their approach by way of to safe a spot within the playoffs. VP needed to beat Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vitality, and FURIA, whereas Gambit defeated mousesports, Heroic, and G2.
Na’Vi began out sturdy within the Group stage, extending their eight sequence win-streak to 10 earlier than falling to Crew Liquid within the Group B upper-bracket finals. Regardless of the loss, they’ll nonetheless play within the playoffs as they’d already secured a spot by beating two groups in consecutive matches.
Crew Spirit conquered Group A, going undefeated, and completed off the group stage with an upset win over Danish giants Astralis. Crew Spirit is the one CIS workforce to right away qualify for the semifinals and is among the two groups within the event that also stay undefeated.
Virtus Professional fell early in Group B after shedding within the first spherical to fellow CIS workforce Na’Vi. They fought their approach by way of the decrease bracket and finally made it to the qualifying faceoff towards FURIA. VP took the sequence in a commanding ‘2-0’ style, and certified for the quarterfinals of the Playoffs.
Gambit Esports, like VP, dropped to the decrease bracket early after going through a ‘2-0’ loss towards Evil Geniuses. They fought laborious to succeed in the qualifying match towards G2 Esports and dropped the ball laborious on the again of some polished play, eliminating final 12 months’s runners-up.