100 Thieves topped Team Liquid on Sunday to not only hand Liquid their first loss but also create a logjam atop Group B with one day left in group play at the Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America event.
In using a reverse sweep to take down Liquid, 100 Thieves helped create a three-way tie for first in the group as both clubs, along with Chaos Esports Club, sit at 3-1. Chaos topped RBG Esports (0-4) 2-0. In the day’s other Group B match, Team oNe (2-2) beat Mythic (1-3) thanks to their own reverse sweep. The New England Whalers (3-1) swept Triumph (1-3) in Sunday’s only Group A match.
The $60,000 North American division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 12 teams divided into two groups for round-robin play. Each group winner will advance to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs, while the second- and third-place teams will move into the playoff quarterfinals.
All matches are best-of-three except for the Oct. 18 final. The champion will earn $25,000 and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV Global Challenge, Dec. 15-20 in Cologne, Germany.
Entering the day unbeaten, Liquid looked like they were headed to 4-0 after beating 100 Thieves 16-7 on Nuke. But 100 Thieves responded by winning 10 of the first 12 rounds on Vertigo en route to a 16-11 win. In the deciding map, neither team held a lead greater than two rounds until 100 Thieves won four straight rounds to end the match, winning 16-11. Norway’s Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad led 100 Thieves with 71 kills while Australian Justin “jks” Savage had a match-high plus-22 kill-death differential. Canadian Keith “NAF” Markovic led Liquid with 59 kills and a plus-12.
Chaos had a much easier time in their match, beating RBG 16-8 on Inferno and 16-7 on Mirage. American Collin “wrath” McSweegan led the way with 46 kills and a plus-20, while countryman Josh “pwny” VanGorder led RBG with 31 kills and a minus-2 (no RBG players had a positive differential).
Team oNe dropped Overpass 16-13 to open their match against Mythic, but answered with a 16-10 win on Mirage and a 16-9 win on Train to take the match. Mario “malbsMd” Samayoa of Guatemala and Bruno “b4rtiN” Camara of Brazil each had a plus-11 for Team oNe, with malbsMd leading the way with 66 kills. American Kaitlin “Keiti” Boop led Mythic with 65 kills and a plus-8.
In the Group A match, the Whalers won on Overpass 16-10 before edging Triumph in overtime on Inferno, winning 22-19. The Whalers got 57 kills and a plus-20 (both the top marks of the match) from Canada’s Jonathan “djay” Dallal. Alan “Shakezullah” Hardeman of the United States led Triumph with 47 kills and a plus-4.
Group play ends Tuesday with all 12 teams in action.
Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America schedule
FURIA Esports vs. New England Whalers
Evil Geniuses vs. ImPerium Esports
Triumph vs. Rebirth Esports
Team oNe vs. Chaos Esports Club
100 Thieves vs. Mythic
Team Liquid vs. RBG Esports
Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America standings, with won-loss record and map differential
1. FURIA Esports, 4-0, +51
T2. Evil Geniuses, 3-1, +53
T2. New England Whalers, 3-1, +18
T4. Rebirth Esports, 1-3, -35
T4. Triumph, 1-3, -9
6. ImPerium Esports, 0-4, -78
T1. 100 Thieves, 3-1, +7
T1. Chaos Esports Club, 3-1, +44
T1. Team Liquid, 3-1, +46
4. Team One, 2-2, +6
5. Mythic, 1-3, -39
6. RBG Esports, 0-4, -64
–Field Level Media