Photos: By Radoslaw “MAKKU” Makuch and Josip “brcho” Brtan for HLTV
Day 3 of the IEM Katowice 2019 major revealed the 3 teams from the 2-1 bracket that would get a spot in the New Champions stage, whilst sending 3 teams down to their last chance with qualifying. Three intense BO3’s were played today including both titans and newcomers alike.
CSGO boys from down under finally move up
Kicking off the series between Renegades and Vitality, would see the Renegades start off strong on Dust 2, quickly setting themselves in the lead 10-1 before the Frenchmen would finally answer back, taking another round on the board thanks to a triple kill from Cédric “RpK” Guipouy, which would then lead to the first half ending 11-4 for Renegades. Although Vitality would secure the pistol round of the second half, Renegades would proceed to run over Vitality after a force-buy, resulting in a quick 16-5 victory for the Aussies.
Vitality would find more success on their opponent’s map pick of Cache, however, as they would take the lead early on with a commanding 7-0 scoreline, although the Renegades would finally answer back taking eight straight rounds to secure the half in their favor 8-7. The Renegades would not be able to replicate their mid-game success, as Vitality would go on to dominate the rest of the game, closing the map 16-11 and forcing the series into the decider.
On Inferno, the half would once again fall in the Aussies favor as it would end 8-7. The Renegades would go on to steal round after round until Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt would secure the first round of the second half for the French side after a 1v1 clutch, whereas the Frenchmen would go on the string together a couple of rounds. Their momentum would be broken by a 1v1 clutch from Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai, and the Renegades would go on to win the series 2-1 after ending Inferno in their favor 16-12, making Legends as the first ever Australian csgo team.
NaVi defeat CSGO CIS rivals to grab Legends spot at IEM Katowice
The second advancement series saw two CIS teams battle for a Legends spot as NaVi and AVANGAR would begin their duel on Dust 2. Despite winning 3 rounds in a row to start off, NaVi would proceed to completely shut down the Kazakhstani side, ending the half 11-4. AVANGAR would start the second half taking away the pistol round, but the Ukrainians were too much for AVANGAR to contain, and they would steal away AVANGAR’s map pick 16-6.
Thanks to a tumultuous start to Train, the first half of the second map would be a back and forth affair as it ended 8-7 in NaVi’s favor. Once again the Kazakhstani side would pick up the pistol round, but big plays from Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev would ultimately lead to NaVi closing the map 16-11, booking their spot to the Legends with a 2-0 series win.
MIBR’s return to greatness at IEM Katowice?
The last promotion series of the day would start on NiP’s map pick of Train, where MIBR would quickly gain pace thanks to incredible deagle plays from Marcelo “coldzera” David, closing the first half with a 10-5 deficit. MIBR would start off the second half strong as Fernando “fer” Alvarenga brought the Brazilians further in the lead with a pistol ace. NiP would never get a footing in the second half as MIBR would seal the deal 16-6.
MIBR’s start to kick off map 2 on Inferno was incredible, as they would secure a 6-0 lead before NiP could finally answer back. The Swedes would show some resilience after the slow start, ending the half 6-9. Big clutches from Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson and Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg would bring the Ninjas into the lead 14-12, but MIBR would come back from the deficit, returning to Legends status after stealing away the win 16-14, closing the series 2-0.