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FURIA continue to prepare for IEM Katowice in Europe
The Brazilian team competed in the WePlay! Lock and Load invitational and the second IEM Sydney EU open qualifier while boot-camping for the Major.o
Written by: Mnmzzz    February 2nd 2019 10:59 pm    #FURIA #WePlay Lock and Load #IEM Sydney #IEM #Katowice   

With the major still 11 days off, FURIA is sampling some of the European opposition they may face at the Major

After qualifying for the Major on January 26th, FURIA have opted to stay in Poland in order to prepare for the New Challengers stage. During this time, they were invited to the WePlay! Lock and Load invitational tournament, and also competed in the second European IEM Sydney open qualifier.

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During the WePlay! Lock and Load event, FURIA were able to make quarter-finals after beating Heroic and Winstrike in two back-and-forth series. Following this they faced off against HellRaisers in the quarter-finals.

After winning the opening pistol and the resulting anti-ecos on Inferno, HellRaisers came back with a run of six rounds until FURIA were able to answer with three rounds of their own. The half would end with HellRaisers having a narrow three round lead. FURIA would start their CT half off by winning the pistol, however the series would eventually go to HellRaisers 16-12 after dual aces from Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov and Özgür "woxic" Eker put the European side on match point.

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Moving onto Cache, after initially cleaning up on the opening pistol, HellRaisers ended the half in confident fashion shutting down the FURIA offensive to claim 10 rounds. FURIA, now on their CT side, answered back by winning five rounds in a row, however the game slipped away from the Brazilian side with HellRaisers managing a 6-round streak to finish the map and the series with a 16-10 victory.

WePlay! Lock and Load
Best of three maps
HellRaisers
2 - 0
FURIA
de_inferno 16 - 12 de_inferno
de_cache 16 - 10 de_cache
de_mirage de_mirage

Shortly after dropping out of the WePlay! event, FURIA entered the second IEM Sydney EU open qualifier where they received a bye on the first-round bracket after attaining the ninth seed. However, their run was short-lived as after succinctly cleaning up their previous opposition, they fell in the fourth round to Benelux squad Defusekids in a disappointing 16-6 loss.

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Although they didn't attain notable placings in either of the events they attended, this experience was no doubt valuable for the Brazilians as they prepare for the Major, as the relatively new organization has never faced off against European opposition before. FURIA are set to compete in the IEM Katowice Major which is set to begin on February 13th.

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#1 Joe
2019-02-02 23:07
Best of luck to them, they really look good :o

Shrek t side cache v furia btw
#2 tolkienfanatic
2019-02-03 10:07
shrek 0-5 in Advanced btw
#3 006_tv
2019-02-03 13:41
unlucko
#4 Joe
2019-02-03 17:18
i'm telling on you
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