Photos: By Radoslaw “MAKKU” Makuch and Josip “brcho” Brtan for HLTV
Day 4 of the IEM Katowice 2019 major saw 3 teams eliminated from the championship, whilst 3 teams would prolong their lifeline and get a final chance at qualifying. Titans and former Legends fell at the elimination round, and before we head into the last day of the New Legends stage, we look over the matchup series from Day 4.
ENCE resurges at IEM Katowice to extend lifeline
To kick off the day, a rejuvenated ENCE would meet G2 on Dust 2, which would turn it to be a close duel between the two teams as the first half went 9-6 in the Finns favor. Although ENCE made it to match point, the Frenchmen refused to back down, winning 4 rounds straight to force overtime. A big clutch from Jani “Aerial” Jussila would ultimately result in ENCE closing the first map 19-17.
On Mirage, the pistol round would be kicked off strong for the Finnish side as Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen got a triple kill. ENCE would dominate the first half, being up 7-1 before G2 would finally answer back, closing the first half 10-5 in the Finns favor. Once again winning the pistol round, ENCE would continue to take control, closing Mirage 16-10, and eliminating G2 from the major with a clean 2-0 sweep.
FaZe survives shake series
FaZe and compLexity would kick off their elimination series on Cache, which would quickly see things turn the worse for FaZe as the first half would quickly go 4-11. FaZe would never get anything special going, and a fantastic zeus kill from Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland, would see Cache go into compLexity’s favor, 16-8.
The second map of Mirage would see FaZe start with the pistol round, but a successful 2v5 in the buy round by Shahzeb “Shahzam” Khan and Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert would see the North Americans quickly string some rounds together. FaZe would fight back, however, ending the half 9-6 in their favor. An ordeal with rounds going back and forth would finally see FaZe close the map 16-11, forcing the series into its deciding map, Dust 2.
Dust 2 kicked off with coL winning the pistol round, and a pivotal clutch from Rickeh would lead to coL finishing the first half in the lead, 8-7. Despite a triple kill in the pistol from captain, Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, and back and forth rounds between the two teams, FaZe would destroy coL’s dreams, as they would steal Dust 2 away 16-14, eliminating the North Americans in a heartbreak of a series.
Cloud9 live to fight another day at IEM Katowice
An odd gambit from HellRaisers to pick Inferno would have fatal consequences for the team, as Cloud9 quickly gained pace, ending the first half 9-6. Losing the pistol round, HellRaisers would not be able to halt the North Americans, as Cloud9 would lock in a 1-0 after closing the map 16-8.
Cloud9 would continue steamrolling the Europeans on the second map of Cache, as they would finish the first half 11-4. HellRaisers would finally find a chink in Cloud9’s armor after the winning the pistol, stringing rounds together eventually tying everything up 11-11 all thanks to phenomenal clutches from Jordanian prospect Issa “ISSAA” Murad. Cloud9 would not back down, as they would finally find an answer to HellRaisers fortune, ending the map 16-12 and eliminating the Europeans from the major, securing themselves another day to fight for a playoff spot.