Team Vitality cruised to a win and FaZe Clan eked out a victory Friday in opening-round action in the Europe division of the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online event.
In a pair of Group A matches, Team Vitality swept Team Spirit 2-0 and FaZe Clan edged OG 2-1.
The winners will face off Sunday, and the team that prevails in that match will qualify for the playoffs.
Team Spirit and OG drop into the Group A lower bracket, where they will square off on Tuesday.
The other four Group A teams open play Saturday, with MAD Lions facing Natus Vincere before Complexity oppose Fnatic.
The $150,000 Europe division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament features 16 teams divided into two double-elimination groups. The top four teams from each group will advance to 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 $60,000, 400 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.
On Friday, Team Vitality topped Team Spirit 16-11 on Inferno but fell behind 10-6 on Nuke. Vitality claimed 10 of the final 13 rounds to seal the match with a 16-13 win.
France’s Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut led Vitality with 53 kills and a plus-27 kill-death differential. Russia’s Boris “magixx” Vorobiev logged 43 kills and a plus-4 K-D differential for Spirit.
FaZe Clan opened with a 16-10 victory on Inferno, but OG drew level with a 22-20 double-overtime win on Dust II. On the decisive third map, Mirage, FaZe jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held on for a 16-12 victory.
Latvia’s Helvijs “broky” Saukants registered 80 kills and a plus-18 K-D differential for FaZe. Jordan’s Issa “ISSAA” Murad finished with 75 kills for OG, and the United Kingdom’s Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski wound up with a team-leading plus-12 K-D differential.
Group B gets underway Nov. 12 with two matches: Heroic vs. North, G2 Esports vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas. Group B continues Nov. 13 with two more openers: Astralis vs. ENCE and BIG vs. mousesports.
Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe prize pool
–Field Level Media