Playoff matches are held at the Rootet Cup


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The four decisive group stage matches went the distance on Sunday, setting the stage for the Roobet Cup qualifiers.

FaZe Clan beat OG 2-1 in Group A, while Astralis beat Complexity in Group B, Eternal Fire eliminated MOUZ in Group C, and 9z Team eliminated FURIA Esports in Group D by the same scores. Faze Clan, Eternal Fire, and 9z all rallied to win via reverse sweeps.

The top two teams from each group qualified for the knockout stages, where matches are best-of-three. The winner of the $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event will take home $150,000, with the grand finale scheduled for Thursday.

After opening OG with a 16-11 win over Ancient, FaZe Clan responded with a 16-9 decision over Mirage and a 16-13 win over Overpass. Canadian Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken led the winners with 71 kills and a plus-19 kill-to-death ratio.

Astralis sandwiched a 16-5 win over Inferno and a 16-9 win over Nuke around a 16-11 loss to Complexity Gaming on Overpass. Denmark’s Benjamin “blameF” Bremer beat Astralis with 67 kills and a plus-27 KD differential.

Eternal Fire shrugged off a 16-2 early loss to Nuke, coming back with 16-12 and 16-13 triumphs over MOUZ over Mirage and Inferno, respectively. Turkey’s Ozgur “woxic” Eker led EF with 69 kills and a plus-24 KD rating.

FURIA started with a 16-11 victory over Overpass, only to watch the 9z team rally with a 16-4 win over Ancient and a 19-17 overtime clutch victory over Mirage. 9z got 69 kills from Chilean David “dav1d” Tapia Maldonado and a plus-26 KD ratio from Brazilian Lucas “nqz” Soares.

Two quarter-final matches are scheduled for Monday:
–BIG vs Eternal Fire
–Team Cloud9 vs. 9z

Two quarter-final matches are scheduled for Tuesday:
–ENCE vs. FaZe Clan
–forZe vs. Astralis

Rootet Cup Prize Pool
1. $150,000
2. $50,000
3-4. $15,000
5-8. $5,000
9-12. no money – OG, Complexity Gaming, MOUZ, FURIA Esports
13-16. no money – Entropiq, Movistar Riders, Imperial Esports, Outsiders

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