100 Thieves Crawl Through Lower Bracket at IEM
IEM Katowice’s group stage has come to a close. It was a chaotic few days which saw the rise and fall of some of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world. Natus Vincere and 100 Thieves will join the four qualified teams at the Spodek Arena for IEM playoffs. Falling short was MAD Lions, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and mousesports who will be watching from home.
Group B Elimination Matches
Evil Geniuses 1 – 2 100 Thieves
100 Thieves won the T side pistol to start on Inferno. The three round lead turned to six as 100 Thieves attacked all parts of the map. EG did start using aggressive Banana control to earn some rounds, but 100T still owned a 10-5 lead at the half.
Despite the deficit, EG started their T side with similar dominance to close the gap. Unlike EG, 100T’s CT side never found any crucial rounds. A dominant 11-2 half was the result as all of EG’s bombsite crunches worked out. The Geniuses took the first map 16-12.
Although EG lost their T side pistol on Nuke, they did get a bomb plant on the next full eco. Rounds went both ways as the economy leapfrog continued with Tarik “tarik” Celik winning a MAC-10 clutch on the B bombsite.
Another 100 Thieves win later, both teams were down to table scraps. The Thieves won it, finally deciding the economy war. EG’s T side looked sloppy and uninspired, as 100T repeatedly caught them out before they got to bombsites. Lobby and Ramp became death traps as the Thieves shot out to a 12-3 lead at the half.
The gap would close as the Geniuses ran up to eight rounds before 100T took one with a five man Outside creep. EG’s shoddy buys couldn’t compete with the 100 Thieves lead as the Australians took Nuke 16-12.
Dust2 would be the tiebreaker map. 100T took the first two rounds, though they were close. EG bit back with a third round buy to earn momentum. They raised their score to six as tarik pulled off a 4K on a Cat to A push.