CSGO FURIA, BIG seal playoff berths at IEM Dallas

FURIA Esports and BIG won Wednesday matches to become the third and fourth teams to clinch playoff berths in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XVII – Dallas event.

FURIA got past Cloud9 2-0, prevailing 16-9 on Vertigo and 16-13 on Mirage. Yuri “yuurih” Santos paced FURIA’s all-Brazilian squad with 48 kills and a plus-14 kill-death differential. Russia’s Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov topped Cloud9 with 40 kills and a plus-1 K-D differential.

BIG swept MIBR 2-0, taking Mirage 22-18 in double overtime and Nuke 16-4. Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz registered 53 kills and a plus-17 K-D differential for BIG. Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes logged 47 kills and a minus-1 K-D differential for MIBR’s all-Brazilian team.

FURIA and BIG will face off Wednesday in the Group B winners-bracket final. The victor will head to the playoff semifinals, while the loser will go to the playoff quarterfinals.

The Group A winners-bracket final on Wednesday will feature ENCE and FaZe Clan.

The $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament features 16 teams divided into two groups for the double-elimination opening stage. The group winners earn berths in the semifinals. The group runners-up move to the quarterfinals as high seeds, and the third-place teams in each group head to the quarterfinals as low seeds.

The first-round matches were best-of-one. All other matches through the group stage and the playoffs are best-of-three except for the final on Sunday, which will be a best-of-five format. The championship side will receive $100,000, 1,000 ESL Pro Tour points and 2,400 BLAST Premier points.

In Group B losers-bracket action on Tuesday, Team Liquid swept Imperial Esports 2-0 to earn a date with MIBR. Ninjas in Pyjamas downed Complexity Gaming 2-0 to earn a matchup with Cloud9.

G2 Esorts and Team Vitality advanced to the Group A losers-bracket final. G2 edged Astralis 2-1, and Vitality topped MOUZ 2-0.

Intel Extreme Masters Season XVII – Dallas prize pool and points distribution
1. $100,000, 1,000 ESL Pro Tour points, 2,400 BLAST Premier points
2. $42,000, 750 ESL Pro Tour points, 1,200 BLAST Premier points
3-4. $20,000, 525 ESL Pro Tour points, 750 BLAST Premier points
5-6. $10,000, 350 ESL Pro Tour points, 225 BLAST Premier points
7-8. $6,000, 200 ESL Pro Tour points, 225 BLAST Premier points
9-12. $5,000, 100 ESL Pro Tour points, no BLAST Premier points — Astralis, MOUZ, two teams TBD
13-16. $4,000, no ESL Pro Tour points, no BLAST Premier points — Movistar Riders, Encore Esports Club, Imperial Esports, Complexity Gaming

–Field Level Media

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