IEM CS:GO Day 2 set up the playoff matches for the Oracle Arena
IEM CS:GO Drama on Day 2
Day 2 of the CS:GO tournament kicked off with a triple-overtime upset by Astralis over rival SK Gaming. The Danish side came back from a 0-9 deficit to win 25-21.
The numerous advantages that SK Gaming had during this match were overcome by the strategic mind of the Astralis team. They used the Terrorist role while SK Gaming continued to struggle being on the Counter Terrorist side; the latter were unable to hold their lead that sent the game into the multi-overtime periods.
The most dramatic moment of the tournament saw tiebreakers being used to determine which two of the three teams tied for 2nd in Group A (Cloud 9, SK Gaming, Astralis) would move on. Ultimately, Cloud 9 and SK Gaming ended up advancing.
In Group B, Gambit eSports took out Renegades, G2 eSports and Team Liquid to get the final spot out of Group B. Head-to-head tiebreakers were used to figure out who would advance, and Gambit eSports advanced via total rounds won in the tiebreaker. Their overtime loss against Team Liquid helped a great deal.
In the Playoffs on Thursday, SK Gaming (#3 seed, Group A) will face Optic Gaming (#2 seed, Group B) and Gambit eSports (#3 seed, Group B) will face Cloud 9 (#2 seed, Group A) in separate best of 3 matches. The winners will face Ninjas in Pyjamas and Faze Clan in the Semifinals at the Oracle Arena on Saturday, with the Final being played on Sunday.
Also starting Saturday, the Player Unknown's Battle Grounds tournament will start with a series of matches to determine the winner. More info to come in the next few days as the tournament progresses.