Natus Vincere handed pro100 their first loss in Group B competition Wednesday at the ESL One: Road to Rio – Commonwealth of Independent States event.
Na’Vi won 16-10 on Inferno and 16-7 on Dust II to move into a share of first place in Group B at 2-1 with pro100 and Virtus.pro, who swept Syman Gaming with a 16-2 blitzing on Mirage and a 16-8 win on Inferno.
In Wednesday’s other Group B tilt, ESPADA collected their first victory with an easy sweep against Hard Legion Esports. ESPADA won 16-6 on Dust II and 16-2 on Overpass.
The two CIS groups will play on alternating days through Sunday. Group A resumes with three matches on Thursday.
The ESL One: Rio Major, a $2 million Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was scheduled to be held May 11-24 in Rio de Janeiro, but was pushed back to Nov. 9-22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regional qualifying events for Europe, North America and South America started April 22, with the Asia and Oceania regions kicking off Wednesday. The teams are competing for a total of $255,000 in the online tournaments, as well as for Regional Major Ranking points to be applied toward berths at the ESL One: Rio Major.
The CIS event has 12 teams divided into two groups for round-robin play consisting of best-of-three matches. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs, with the second- and third-place finishers advancing to the quarterfinals. All playoff matches are best-of-three.
The CIS champion will receive 350 Pro Tour points and $15,000 of the $50,000 prize pool. The runner-up will receive 200 Pro Tour points and $10,000.
Thursday’s ESL One: Road to Rio – CIS schedule:
Winstrike Team vs. Gambit Youngsters
forZe vs. Team Unique
Team Spirit vs. Nemiga Gaming
ESL One: Road to Rio – CIS standings through Wednesday, with win-loss record and point differential:
1. Team Spirit, 3-0, +44
T2. Nemiga Gaming, 2-1, +22
T2. Winstrike Team, 2-1, +18
T4. Gambit Youngsters, 1-2, -9
T4. forZe, 1-2, -12
6. Team Unique, 0-3, -63
T1. Natus Vincere, 2-1, +21
T1. Virtus.pro, 2-1, +21
T1. pro100, 2-1, +2
T4. ESPADA, 1-2, +3
T4. Syman Gaming, 1-2, -14
T4. Hard Legion Esports, 1-2, -33
–Field Level Media