KSCERATO outpaced everyone on GODSENT by 20 frags to carry FURIA to the grand final

Trio of Brazilian sides remain in contention for IEM XVI: Winter

FURIA, paiN, and GODSENT can still punch their ticket to December's event.

North America managed to put just one representative through to the IEM XVI: Winter Closed Qualifier, the hybrid Extra Salt roster. That same roster was the first to be eliminated from the Closed Qualifier, leaving just paiN, GODSENT, and FURIA to fight for the one available spot at December's LAN.

A number of well-known teams from the upper echelons of ESEA bowed out of the open qualifiers early, including Triumph, Eros, Brazen, and Infinity. The first qualification match concluded in a 2-0 sweep in favor of Extra Salt over Bad News Bears. The second was a triumph for paiN over oNe, who ran away with Overpass to complete a sweep of their own after a closely contested affair on Nuke.

In the opening round of the Closed Qualifier FURIA swept paiN on Ancient and Inferno. FURIA carried a modest 9-6 lead into halftime on Ancient, then went blow for blow with their South American bretheren to stave off the second-half comeback attempt. The scoreline on Inferno speaks for itself, the paiN CT-side simply couldn't mount a serviceable defense in the first half and was doomed from there.

FURIA
2 - 0
paiN
All maps
FURIA K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo 45 - 22 +23 82.4 78.3% 1.53
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos 35 - 22 +13 89.3 82.6% 1.36
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato 33 - 20 +13 79.2 78.3% 1.36
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan 35 - 31 +4 86.1 69.6% 1.31
Brazil André 'drop' Abreu 22 - 22 +0 63.3 82.6% 1.03
paiN K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho 30 - 35 -5 69.1 65.2% 0.89
Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa 28 - 34 -6 69.8 54.3% 0.79
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt 22 - 31 -9 55.5 52.2% 0.69
Brazil Wesley 'hardzao' Lopes 20 - 32 -12 56.2 54.3% 0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato 17 - 38 -21 54.2 50.0% 0.59

The 2-0 sweep for GODSENT fails to tell the whole story here, both maps went a minimum of the full 30 rounds and were won by the slimmest of margins. In the end a pair of 52-kill performances from GODSENT's veterans, João "felps" Vasconcellos and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, was too much for Extra Salt to handle. Josh "oSee" Ohm led the North Americans with 46 frags in the loss.

Extra Salt
0 - 2
GODSENT
All maps
Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm 46 - 40 +6 74.8 75.8% 1.10
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek 42 - 50 -8 72.2 71.2% 0.96
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado 45 - 50 -5 76.1 63.6% 0.96
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou 37 - 43 -6 65.3 69.7% 0.91
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley 35 - 46 -11 67.8 63.6% 0.90
GODSENT K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos 52 - 42 +10 85.1 69.7% 1.28
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo 52 - 43 +9 85.9 66.7% 1.20
Brazil Bruno 'b4rtiN' Câmara 45 - 40 +5 76.1 80.3% 1.14
Brazil Bruno 'latto' Rebelatto 46 - 38 +8 71.3 77.3% 1.11
Brazil Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer 32 - 43 -11 58.3 72.7% 0.85

paiN opened the first elimination match with a thirty-round victory on Ancient, then traded Overpass and Vertigo with Extra Salt to stay alive to fight another day. oSee's server-best 69 kills was nearly 20 kills better than any of his teammates, while Rafael "saffee" Costa finished with 61 frags for the victors.

paiN
2 - 1
Extra Salt
All maps
paiN K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa 61 - 48 +13 70.6 69.5% 1.16
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt 58 - 51 +7 82.8 70.7% 1.15
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho 56 - 56 +0 76.9 76.8% 1.07
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato 53 - 53 +0 71.3 70.7% 1.02
Brazil Wesley 'hardzao' Lopes 49 - 48 +1 62.2 70.7% 0.97
Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm 69 - 55 +14 80.1 68.3% 1.21
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley 52 - 61 -9 74.3 68.3% 0.99
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado 49 - 53 -4 68.4 65.9% 0.96
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek 47 - 52 -5 61.2 72.0% 0.94
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou 38 - 57 -19 65.9 63.4% 0.86

FURIA were able to reverse sweep GODSENT to punch their ticket to the grand final, but it was felps who grabbed the series highlight with this perfectly executed 1v4 ace clutch. Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato led all players with 83 frags, 20 more than the top fragger from GODSENT, Bruno "b4rtiN" Câmara, who tallied 63 kills in the series loss.

FURIA
2 - 1
GODSENT
All maps
FURIA K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato 83 - 59 +24 96.2 77.8% 1.41
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos 77 - 60 +17 93.9 67.8% 1.26
Brazil André 'drop' Abreu 59 - 54 +5 72.8 73.3% 1.09
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan 64 - 59 +5 77.0 68.9% 1.09
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo 41 - 50 -9 55.1 68.9% 0.86
GODSENT K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Bruno 'latto' Rebelatto 57 - 62 -5 85.2 72.2% 1.05
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos 62 - 63 -1 67.2 66.7% 1.01
Brazil Bruno 'b4rtiN' Câmara 63 - 69 -6 67.7 65.6% 0.94
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo 51 - 64 -13 63.8 61.1% 0.84
Brazil Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer 47 - 66 -19 68.8 66.7% 0.84

The remaining matches in the Closed Qualifier today are:

Brazil GODSENT vs. Brazil paiN 4PM EDT
Brazil FURIA vs. Brazil paiN/GODSENT 8PM EDT

The champion crowned tonight will join eleven invited teams, three European qualifier teams, and the recently crowned Asian qualifier team, TYLOO, at IEM XVI: Winter from December 2nd-12th.

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