Credit: ESL - Helena Kristiansson
In the first matchup of the day, a four-hour elimination match between FURIA and Heroic went the way of the Brazilians, keeping them alive in the $500.000 tournament. The result makes IEM Global Challenge the fourth consecutive event Heroic were unable to reach top-4 and could see them dip in the rankings before the end of the year.
In the second matchup of the day, NAVI booked their ticket to the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Liquid, which saw s1mple put the game away with two stunning rounds on the second map of the series. NAVI assured themselves a spot in the playoffs and are seeking their first international title since IEM Katowice, while the NA-side drop down to the group’s lower bracket and will be fighting for survival against FURIA on Friday.
Watch the highlights from each game right here:
FURIA vs. Heroic (Group B elimination match)
Mirage: 16-13 – Top player: Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato – 1.41 rating – 89.2 ADR – 24-17 K/D
Nuke: 22-25 – Top player: Vinicius “VINI” Figueiredo – 1.27 rating – 89.4 ADR – 37-26 K/D
Vertigo: 16-4 – Top player: Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato – 1.82 rating – 115.4 ADR – 21-9 K/D