Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe 2020 is a Two-stage Double elimination tournament where 16 teams; 14 via invite, and 2 coming from a closed qualifier battle it out for the $150,000 USD prize-pool. It is an 18-day tournament and this year it is held Online due to the current world situation.
Team Spirit is one of the two teams coming to the tournament from the closed qualifiers and they have performed remarkably in their first match in the group stages against OG eSports sweeping them 2:0.
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Spirit started the match off with Overpass which was also their map pick. After the first half both the teams were neck and neck with Spirit barely ahead. The match ended in a very close victory for Team Spirit. Following that OG picked the second map and Team Spirit was in a massive lead with a 13:2 scoreline in the first half. Inferno being a CT-sided map, OG was quick on the comeback but Spirit somehow managed to secure the 3 rounds they needed and won the Best-of-3 series.
Team Spirit Lineup:
Nikolay “mir” Bityukov
Boris “magixx” Vorobiev
Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov
Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev
Leonid “Chopper” Vishnyakov
Spirit 16-13 OG
Spirit 16–11 OG
MVPs and Player performances
Due to the outstanding overall performance, Boris “magixx” Vorobiev got the well-deserved MVP with a 1.29 K/D and a +10 K/D difference. With the 17 years old Russian previously coming from ESPADA esports already making his mark in the bigger eSports scene, we can definitely expect great things from this youngster in the future.
Team Spirit has shown an excellent performance so far but will that be enough as they face NaVi in the Lower bracket round 2 to fight for a spot in the playoffs. NaVi, being a very experienced team it will definitely be a hard upcoming match for Team Spirit.