Who´s going to win IEM Winter 2021?
Topic: CS:GO IEM Winter Finals G2, NiP, Virtus.Pro, Vitality
After almost a week off, IEM Winter 2021 enters the decisive phase tomorrow. With G2, NiP, Virtus.Pro and Vitality the four teams still represented in the event, they will play out for the title over the upcoming two days. A total of 16 teams participated in the event.
Further down the line, we'll give a brief overview of how the tournament has so far unfolded, with a special focus on the remaining four teams and the semifinal matches. Write us on Twitter who you think will decide the event for themselves!
Group Phase Recap
In group A, G2 showed a flawless performance with wins against TYLOO, Liquid and Vitality; while Vitality and NiP managed to advance as second and third team with a single defeat each. The Swedes made everything clear in the lower-bracket final against Liquid, prevailing relatively clearly on Mirage and Inferno.
Especially disappointing in group A was Astralis; The Danish top team was only able to win one of their three games at the IEM Winter after good first appearances with the new lineup and eventually had to admit defeat against Liquid in the lower bracket. Worth mentioning: They took a brutal 1:16 loss on Nuke.
Group B delivered a big surprise. The Brazilian team GODSENT built around veteran pro player Epitácio "TACO" de Melo played two great games against Heroic and BIG and qualified therefore despite a loss against Virtus.Pro in the quarterfinals. The other two promotion places were secured by the just mentioned VP and Gambit. The Russian top team finally prevailed in the lower-final against fnatic after a defeat on the second match day and won an exciting duel against FaZe Clan beforehand.
For these two (FaZe & fnatic) the elimination in the group stage was rather disappointing. Likewise, in Group B Heroic had to admit defeat after only two games and were therefore eliminated from the event. After a good debut in the opening match against FaZe, BIG was finally too weak for GODSENT and fnatic and out of the event in the lower-bracket semifinals.
Virtus.Pro vs. Vitality
In the afternoon match of the IEM Winter by European time Virtus.Pro and Vitality will meet each other. Surprisingly Virtus.Pro won a group with Heroic, Gambit, fnatic, Vitality and FaZe and therefore qualified directly for the semifinals of the event. Vitality met Gambit in the quarterfinals and won against the Russian top team on a tight third map in overtime.
Like we will shortly see with G2 and NiP, Virtus.Pro and Vitality met one another last at the PGL Major in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this year. However, it was only a bo1 duel, which ended on Inferno after 30 rounds in favor of Virtus.Pro. One thing is for sure about this duel: It will be exciting! Both bans of the two teams are not necessarily countering for the respective opponent, which again speaks for an exciting and especially close encounter.
G2 vs. NiP
The second semi-final of IEM Winter 2021 will take place between G2 and NiP. While the team around star player NiKo was directly qualified for it as group winner, NiP prevailed in the quarterfinals against GODSENT. The last time the two teams met one another was at the PGL Major in Stockholm, where G2 won the quarterfinals and went on to finish as runner-up in the tournament.
Even if the wins at the IEM Winter were all close, G2, which currently plays with stand-in kennyS in place of nexa, knew how to convince. So far, the team is undefeated; whether this will change against NiP around star player dev1ce will be seen live on Saturday around 7 o'clock CET! As usual, we link the streams below in the last paragraph. What do you think? Will the Ninjas manage the revenge for the Major elimination?
The matches will take place on Saturday at 4pm and 7pm CET respectively and will be played as bo3. The final match will be played as a bo5 duel on Sunday. To all viewers, we wish you great entertainment and are excited about who you think will win the title - Hit the Twitter comments with your predictions!
In this regard the link to the Twitch Channel of ESL: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo