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Virtus.pro, Nemiga reach Grand Final at IEM NY: CIS

Virtus.pro and Nemiga Gaming both swept their way into a spot in the Grand Final as playoff action continued Saturday at the Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: Commonwealth of Independent States event.

Virtus.pro defeated Natus Vincere 16-11 on Inferno and 16-14 on Mirage. VP was led by Mareks “Yekindar” Galinskis with 48 kills and a plus-11 kills-deaths differential.



Nemiga took down Team Spirit with a 16-12 decision on Inferno and a 16-12 win on Nuke. Estonia’s Rassim “Jyo” Valijev anchored Nemiga with 45 kills and a plus-12 differential.

VP will face Nemiga in the Grand Final on Sunday, while Na’Vi will face off against Team Spirit in the third-place match.

In other action Saturday, Gambit Esports edged forZe 2-1 in their match for fifth place. Gambit opened with a 16-12 win on Overpass before falling on Mirage 12-16. Gambit rebounded with a 16-13 triumph on Train to take the match. Gambit was led by Russia’s Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov, who posted 81 kills and a plus-27 differential.

The $50,000 CIS division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event began with 12 teams divided into two groups for round-robin play. All matches are best-of-three except for Sunday’s grand final. The champion will earn $20,000, 2,500 Regional Major Rankings points and 350 ESL Pro Tour points.

Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: Commonwealth of Independent States standings prize pool (with prize money in USD, Regional Major Ranking points and Pro Tour points):
1. TBD — $20,000, 2,500, 350
2. TBD — $7,000, 2,344, 200
3. TBD — $4,000, 2,188, 125
4. TBD — $4,000, 2,031, 125
5. Gambit Esports — $3,000, 1,875, 70
6. forZe — $3,000, 1,719, 70
7-8. ESPADA, Ethereal — $2,000, 1,484.5, 45
9-10. K23, Winstrike Team, $1,500, 1,172, 25
11-12. Cyber Legacy, HellRaisers, $1,000, 0, 0

–Field Level Media

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