Credit: Jak Howard and BLAST Premier
The first qualifier for the main event at IEM Katowice was found today at the hall of heroes’ venue in Katowice, where the initial stage of the tournament is held.
NIP was the first team to book their place in the main event after two solid wins. Firstly, they won against MIBR on Nuke. In the second match, they had to deal with Team Spirit. Surprisingly enough NIP had no issues winning against Spirit. 16-7, and 16-8 was the score after Nuke and Mirage.
The Swedish Ninjas won all four pistol rounds in the four halves to give themselves the edge in the match, where especially in-game leader Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen shined through delivering both firepower and excellent calls during the match.
Team Spirit will get a new chance to qualify Friday in the lower bracket, where they will hope to see a better version of their two starplayers, Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov and Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov, who both fell through in today's match.
NIP – Team Spirit 2-0 | IEM Katowice Play-in Stage
MVP: Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen - 1.31 rating / 35-26 K-D / 80.4 ADR