MIBR qualified for the semifinals of IEM Sydney 2019 of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) on Thursday. The Brazilians defeated mousesports 2-0 with a 22-19 victory on Mirage and 16-10 win on Overpass and now the Brazilians will face Team Liquid in the playoffs. The match will be played on Saturday.
The MIBR lineup started Mirage as the counter-terrorists and performed well in the first half. The Brazilian side lost the pistol but managed to take control of the game by winning three consecutive rounds. In the first half, MIBR executed its strategy to perfection. Since it not only got the majority of the kills but also convincing defended the bomb sites. The Brazilians went to the interval with a 10-5 lead on the scoreboard.
QUE PRIMEIRO MAPA!
mirage é nossa 22-19, vamos pra overpass agora!
WHAT A FIRST MAP!
mirage is ours 22-19, overpass now!#SomosMIBR
— MADE IN BRAZIL. (@MIBR) May 3, 2019
Compared to the one-sided affair of the first half, the second half was evenly contested. Mousesports started on the front foot by winning eight consecutive rounds, but in the last rounds, MIBR found its way back. Both teams were performing exceptionally since the match was pushed to overtime on two occasions. But, the individual quality of the green and yellow organization stood out. Marcelo ” coldzera ” David won most of the clutches in the last rounds and helped seal the 22-19 victory.
The next map of the series was Overpass which was picked by MIBR. The Brazilians started on the terrorist side, made good rotations and made the game hectic for mousesports. Coldzera continued to shine and managed to get an Ace in the 11th round. His 20 kills in the first stage, were enough to get a 10-5 lead for his team as the teams went into the break.
— Wilton Prado 'zews' (@zews) May 3, 2019
After the break, MIBR started on the back foot since the lost the pistol and the three rounds after that. This series of victories changed the scoreline form 10-5 to 10-9. However, the Brazilians did not lose control of the game and repelled the strategy of the Europeans. Since they got a four-round winning streak and cruised to a 16-10 victory.
Fnatic vs NRG
Meanwhile, in the other quarterfinal, Fnatic defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas. The side led by Johansson KRiMZ Freddie won against the opponent with a 2:1 score (16: 9 on Cache, 23:25 on Overpass, 22:20 on Dust2). In the semi-final meeting, Fnatic will play against NRG Esports.
Intel Extreme Masters Sydney is one of the most prestigious championships in the competitive landscape of CS: GO. The competition takes place from April 30 to May 5 in Australia. The teams are competing for a prize pool of $ 250 thousand. The semifinals will be played in best of three format. While grand finale will take place in the best of five format. After the IEM Masters, you should prepare yourself for the BLAST Pro Series Madrid that kicks off on 10th May. It will include the No.1 team in the world, Astralis.