Team Liquid defeated Rugratz 2-0 on Friday in the opening match of the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: North America event.
In the Group A contest, Liquid prevailed 16-7 on Nuke and 16-13 on Mirage. Canada’s Keith “NAF” Markovic was the star for Liquid, registering 51 kills and a plus-23 kill-death differential. Canada’s Justin ‘FaNg’ Coakley topped Rugratz with 40 kills and a plus-3 K-D differential.
The other two Group A teams, Chaos Esports Club and the New England Whalers, will square off on Saturday. The winner of that match will oppose Liquid on Sunday for a berth in the semifinals, and the Chaos-Whalers loser will meet Rugratz in an elimination match on Tuesday.
The $50,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features eight teams divided into two double-elimination groups. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs.
All group-stage and playoff matches are best-of-three except for the Nov. 22 final, which will be best-of-five. The champion will receive $35,000, 320 ESL Pro Tour points and a berth in the $500,000 Intel Extreme Masters XV – Global Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 15-20 in Cologne, Germany.
Group B action starts next week with Evil Geniuses opposing Rebirth Esports on Thursday before Triumph matches up with Team One on Nov. 13.
Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: North America prize pool
–Field Level Media