IEM Summer group stage draws to a close

Gijs Verhoeff
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But unlike the EUROs, the group stage format is pretty understandable. None of that weird "four best third teams" stuff. Anyways, apologies for the tangent.

Six teams have made it out of the two groups, after a long road of double-elimination matches behind them. They're matched up as follows:

  • Gambit vs EG in the Quarter-finals
  • Vitality vs Virtus Pro in the Quarter-finals
  • G2 vs the first winner in the Semi-finals
  • OG vs the second winner in the Semi-finals

Some of the powerhouses that we won't be seeing next in the playoffs include the likes of Heroic, Astralis, and Spirit. Bet you didn't see that one coming. Neither did we really, and when you're knocked out by teams like OG and EG - the two letter brothers - it might be a little frustrating.

Especially considering those teams seemingly have just found their stride in this tournament. Just look at EG for example.

Their only wins in the last few months - aside from the ones in IEM Summer - were against Dignitas back in April, and against Astralis all the way back in March. That's back when dev1ce still played there!

It really just goes to show how quickly a team's form can shift around, for better or for worse. One day you're on top of the world, and the next you're picking up the pieces in lower brackets. It's hard being a pro sometimes.

June 6, 2021

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