IEM Beijing kicked off in style, with some major CS:GO teams advancing through from their groups. FaZe Clan and Complexity Gaming advanced from Group A in the European Division on Sunday, dispatching Team Vitality and Natus Vincere 2-0 and 2-1, respectively. In the North American Division Chaos Esports Club scored a 2-0 victory over the New England Whalers, the replacements for Furia who bowed out of IEM Beijing having already qualified for the IEM Global Challenge in December. Chaos were then knocked out by Team Liquid, who came through their match with Rugratz.
FaZe fights through in overtime
FaZe took on Team Vitality with the two Esports giants virtually neck and neck on head to head record. Fans placing Esports bets were split on this match, thanks to the even head-to-head. Prior to this match French outfit Vitality had a slight edge with a 5-4 score over their LA rivals, but the American side pulled through a hard-fought victory that was closer than the 2-0 scoreline suggests. FaZe Clan beat Vitality 16-13 on Overpass but needed overtime on Mirage to win 19-15. Faze’s Broky scored 67 kills and led the line with a plus-31 K-D differential. RpK led Vitality’s attack with 51 kills and a plus-5 differential, but the key performances from those two players proved to be the difference between these two sides.
Complexity doesn’t make it look easy
Complexity faced Na’Vi after the two teams came through their openers against Fnatic and Mad Lions in Group B. Na’Vi took the lead with a 16-10 win on Nuke before Complexity reversed that scoreline on Overpass. Despite trailing 7-5 in the decider, K0nfig scored 62 kills and finished with a plus-6 K-D differential to pull Complexity through to win from behind and finish the game 16-12. The stats showed there was little between the two sides, with Na’Vi’s Boombl4 finishing the game with 60 kills and a plus-4 differential.
Chaos harpoons the Whalers
When Furia decided against competing in IEM Beijing, having already qualified for the IEM Global Challenge in December, up stepped the New England Whalers as backup. The Whalers were there to prove they were more than just outsiders, but Chaos proved too strong for the newcomers with a 2-0 victory. Chaos picked up a 16-10 win on Dust II and a convincing 16-8 score on Nuke. Chaos’s Leaf led the way with 52 kills and an impressive plus-21 K-D differential, outstripping Bwills, the top performer from the Whalers who finished with 39 kills and a plus-3 K-D diff. That match wasn’t the perfect warm up for Chaos, though, as they were outclassed by Liquid in the Group A Winners match. Liquid won through with a 16-8 score on Nuke and a resounding 16-2 win on Dust II. All eyes move on to Group B in the North American Division where Evil Geniuses take on Rebirth Esports and Triumph look for a repeat of their 2-0 defeat of Team One back in June as they bid to make it to the Winners phase of the division.