Cloud9 reeled off a second straight dominant performance Friday to headline the first four teams to clinch spots in the playoff bracket at the Roobet Cup.
Playing out of Group B for the second straight day, Cloud9 again produced a 2-0 blowout over Astralis to finish 2-0 in the group stage.
Three other teams earned berths in next week's playoff bracket. BIG outlasted FaZe Clan 2-1 to take the top spot in Group A, ENCE rallied for a 2-1 win over MOUZ to claim Group C and forZe finished atop Group D by virtue of a 2-0 sweep over 9z Team.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 16 teams battling for a prize pool of $250,000, with the winner earning $150,000. The teams are divided into four groups, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.
All group stage matches are best-of-three. The playoffs are single elimination and also best-of-three.
Cloud9 made quick work of Astralis on Friday, winning by the same 16-7 score on Overpass and Mirage, scoring the final eight points of the match. Cloud9's plus-36 point differential is best of any team in the event by far, with no other squad at plus-10 or higher.
Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov of Russia led the way for Cloud9, sporting a match-best 47 kills and plus-24 kills-to-deaths differential. Asger "Farlig" Jensen topped the all-Danish Astralis unit with 31 kills.
BIG had a much tougher time claiming victory against FaZe. The opening map was tightly contested, with BIG winning 16-14 on Dust II after mounting a furious comeback, scoring the map's last 10 points. FaZe evened the match, ending with a 6-0 run on Nuke for an 16-11 victory. But BIG built an early 8-2 lead, riding it to a 16-12 win on Overpass.
The all-German BIG lineup featured Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, who tallied a team-high 63 kills, and Florian "syrsoN" Rische, who posted a plus-10 K/D ratio. Norway's Havard "rain" Nygaard led all players with 71 kills.
MOUZ got the first jump on ENCE, taking the first map 16-13 on Mirage. ENCE took control from there with lopsided scores on Nuke (16-8) and Overpass (16-4) for the match triumph. Poland's Olek "hades" Miskiewicz recorded match highs for ENCE with 58 kills and a plus-21 K/D differential. Adam "torzsi" Torzsas put up 56 kills for MOUZ.
forZe trailed 7-0 to start their battle on Mirage, but rallied to win 16-14 for a 1-0 lead. forZe then used a match-ending 8-1 spurt for a 16-9 cllincher on Dust II. Four forZe players topped 40 kills in a well-balanced attack, with Russian Alexandr "shalfey" Marenov notching a match-best 45. Franco "dgt" Garcia of Uruguay had 38 kills for 9z.
Four elimination matches are slated for Saturday:
--Group A, Entropiq vs. OG
--Group B, Complexity vs. Movistar Riders
--Group C, Eternal Fire vs. Imperial Esports
--Group D, Outsiders vs. FURIA Esports
The four decider matches are all scheduled for Sunday:
--Group A, FaZe Clan vs. Entropiq-OG winner
--Group B, Astralis vs. Complexity Gaming-Movistar Riders winner
--Group C, MOUZ vs. Eternal Fire-Imperial Esports winner
--Group D, 9z Team vs. Outsiders-FURIA Esports winner
Roobet Cup prize pool
9-12. no money
13-16. no money
--Field Level Media