IEM Katowice saw teams in the 1-2 pool clash against each other to still fancy a chance to make it to the top 8. In the three matches played, FaZe and Cloud9 faced compLexity and HellRaisers respectively.
FaZe took on compLexity in the fourth round in the New Legends Stage to avoid elimination. The best-of-three series kicked off on Cache followed by Mirage and Dust 2. CompLexity quickly showed FaZe what they were made of and handed Faze a 16-8 loss on Cache. But Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and co. had something else planned for the day and pulled the series back on Mirage and Dust 2, beating compLexity in a BO3.
The other match saw Cloud9 against HellRaisers in the New Legends stage where Cloud9 emerged victorious in 2 maps, without needing a third to decide the fate of HellRaisers, who have been eliminated following a 1-3 record in the New Legends Stage. The first map was Inferno where Cloud9 dominated HellRaisers with a 16-8 scoreline. Cloud9 carried that momentum into their map pick, Cache, ending the first half at 11-4 and ending the game with a score line of 16-12.
A summary of last night matches from the 1-2 pool:
ENCE Esports vs. G2 Esports
- ENCE won Dust II 19-17
- ENCE won Mirage 16-10
FaZe Clan vs. compLexity
- compLexity won Cache 16-8
- FaZe won Mirage 16-11
- FaZe won Dust II 16-14
Cloud9 vs. HellRaisers
- Cloud9 won Inferno 16-8
- Cloud9 won Cache 16-12
But, only one of the two teams will make the cut to the top 8 as FaZe and C9 are set to face off in the final match on Sunday, meaning one of the most popular teams in the world will be going home early.
In addition to the FaZe vs. C9 match, Ninjas in Pyjamas will be in action against Team Vitality, and ENCE will against AVANGAR in the first match on Sunday.