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G2, Heroic win twice as IEM Dallas begins

Field Level Media
30 May 2023, 14:40 GMT+10

G2 Esports and Heroic each won two matches on Monday to reach the Group A upper-bracket final of the Intel Extreme Masters Dallas.

The $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event opened on Monday with 16 teams divided into two double-elimination groups. The opening matches consisted of a single map, while all remaining matches in the tournament are best-of-three.

The group winners will head straight to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs. The second-place teams in each group will be high seeds in the quarterfinals, and the third-place teams in each group will be low seeds in the quarterfinals.

The grand final is scheduled for Sunday, with the champion receiving $100,000, 2,400 BLAST Premier points and a berth in the $1 million Intel Extreme Masters Cologne, scheduled for July 25-Aug. 6 in Germany.

In Group A, G2 Esports opened with a 16-5 rout of Nouns Esports on Inferno, then swept OG 2-0, taking Mirage 16-2 and Inferno 16-9.

Heroic downed 9z Team 16-9 on Mirage, then swept MOUZ 16-6 on Mirage and 16-10 on Overpass.

OG won their opener against FURIA Esports, 16-14 on Inferno. MOUZ started with a 16-9 triumph on Nuke against Fnatic.

In Group A lower-bracket first-round play, FURIA swept Nouns in two maps, 16-4 on Inferno, 16-3 on Anubis. 9z Team emerged with a 2-1 win over Fnatic, sandwiching a 16-14 victory on Nuke and a 16-9 win on Ancient around a 16-12 defeat on Overpass.

Group B held only the opening round on Monday.

FaZe Clan edged Evil Geniuses 19-17 in overtime on Mirage. ENCE whipped Complexity Gaming 16-7 on Nuke. Astralis nipped Team Liquid 19-17 in overtime on Overpass, and Cloud9 demolished Grayhound Gaming 16-2 on Ancient.

Six matches are scheduled for Tuesday:

--Group B upper-bracket semifinal: FaZe Clan vs. ENCE

--Group B upper-bracket semifinal: Astralis vs. Cloud9

--Group A lower-bracket semifinal: OG vs. 9z Team

--Group A lower-bracket semifinal: MOUZ vs. Furia Esports

--Group B lower-bracket quarterfinal: Evil Geniuses vs. Complexity Gaming

--Group B lower-bracket quarterfinal: Team Liquid vs. Grayhound Gaming

Intel Extreme Masters Dallas prize pool and BLAST Premier points distribution:

1. $100,000, 2,400 points, berth in Intel Extreme Masters Cologne

2. $42,000, 1,200 points

3-4. $20,000, 750 points

5-6. $10,000, 225 points

7-8. $6,000, 225 points

9-12. $5,000, no points

13-16. $4,000, no points -- Nouns Esports, Fnatic

--Field Level Media

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