The second day of the European RMR B is over and two teams have already qualified for the Paris Major with perfect results. These are Heroic and 9INE. Meanwhile, iNation fared particularly badly and they have since been eliminated. Also, FORZE defeated NiP and Cloud9 won against Eternal Fire.
Heroic’s result was expected, but 9INE came out of the Closed Qualifier as underdogs and have never played in an S-Tier event before. As a result, they have impressed the community.
So far, these teams have qualified for the Paris Major:
- Natus Vincere
- Into the Breach
- Bad News Eagles
- Challengers Stage
Heroic’s perfect run
That Heroic would make a perfect run is no surprise. This team has long been one of the best in CS:GO and was considered the top favorite by everyone. During their time in Copenhagen, the Danes have compiled an unblemished 3-0 record. They started their run in the Major Qualifier with best-of-one wins against 500 (16-8) and Aurora (16-14) before going into their last fight against Monte.
WE’RE GOING TO PARIS 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/gquEc2R0Xj
— HEROIC (@heroicgg) April 12, 2023
The Series went to Monte’s pick, Mirage, but Heroic clearly had the edge in the first half, building an insane 12-3 advantage. But after the change, Monte turned it up a notch and was able to secure 9 rounds. But that was not enough and with 16:12 the map was over.
— HEROIC (@heroicgg) April 12, 2023
On Overpass Monte had a better start this time and was only 3 rounds behind with 6:9 when the sides were exchanged. The second half was much tighter but even with 8 rounds it was not enough for Monte to win. Heroics Jakob ‘jabbi’ Nygaard got the best rating in the series.
Unbeatable underdogs 9INE
After the surprising promotion it can be said with a clear conscience that 9INE could reach its goal. The Polish team completely skipped the first Challengers Stage and secured a spot in the Top 16 at CS:GO’s final major alongside Natus Vincere, Heroic and FURIA. The Polish team, which entered the RMR as the fourth-worst team and is only 11th in the HLTV power rankings, worked hard to earn wins over G2 (16-14) and BIG (19-15) and was just a best-of-three series against Vitality away from a spot in the Legends Stage.
amen 🙏 pic.twitter.com/S5y3GM0q7L
— 9INE (@9INEGG) April 12, 2023
With the goal in mind, 9INE’s pick Vertigo started and in the first half the team took a small lead with 9:6. Vitality didn’t get into the game any better after the change and could only get 5 rounds before the map went to 9INE with 16:11.
Welcome to tier 2 m*r f**s @TeamVitality @22bet_official | #9INENATION #EuropeRMR pic.twitter.com/g9Gs35DrRq
— 9INE (@9INEGG) April 12, 2023
On the second map, Anubis, Vitality started a bit better and had after the first half one round more on the account. But after the turn it went badly for Vitality, who could only win 3 rounds and had to watch 9INE snatch 9 rounds. Also this map went to them with 16:11 and with the win they earned their place at the Major at the same time!
Astralis can prevail
Astralis defeated Team Spirit in a tight best-of-three series to claim their first win at the European RMR B and maintain their chances of qualifying for the BLAST.tv Paris Major. Astralis were in danger of elimination prior to their match against Team Spirit, having made a miserable start to the tournament with losses to Vitality and Eternal Fire. The Danes also got off to a poor start against Team Spirit, losing 10-16 on Mirage due to a weak performance on the CT side.
Mirage was not our map today, and we see ourselves defeated by strong opponents. We will be back soon on our pick Ancient. This will be our opportunity to turn this around. Let's go grab it! 💪 pic.twitter.com/2XWHCwzins
— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) April 12, 2023
In return, they performed well on their pick, Ancient, where they had already won 11 rounds in the first half. There Spirit had won 4 rounds. But after the switch, they could only win one more round and Astralis finished the map after 5 rounds. On the decider, which was played on Overpass, things started to heat up, although you wouldn’t have expected it after Astralis’ dominant first half. The score was 12:3 for them, but on the other side it became exciting again. Spirit managed to win 7 rounds and was on the heels of the overtime, but Astralis finally took 4 rounds and won the series!
FORZE defeats Ninjas in Pyjamas
FORZE defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas in Bo1 by a score of 16-12 on Inferno. FORZE now moves on to the 2-1 round. FORZE had a much bigger lead at the beginning of the match, which NiP was able to make up a bit as time went on, but it didn’t amount to much as FORZE was able to win the map and the match. Ninjas in Pyjamas didn’t have a good start and could only register a few points thanks to Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin. Evgeniy “r3salt” Frolov was the top man for FORZE.
Comeback denied, backs against the wall.
GG's @forzegg pic.twitter.com/d94FCUxYGr
— NIP CS (@NIPCS) April 12, 2023
Many would have expected the Ninjas in Pyjamas to play all of their games at EU RMR B this way, as they came to the event in poor form and had slipped out of the top 20 in the world rankings. FORZE shined during their EPL campaign and many expected a correspondingly dominant start in the RMR, but it didn’t happen as they lost outright to Cloud 9. They followed that up with a close match against ENCE, and have now pulled to within one win of competing in the BLAST Paris Major with this win against Ninjas in Pyjamas.
CLOUD9 wins against Eternal Fire
Cloud9 won against Turkish team Eternal Fire to advance to the 2-1 pool in EU RMR B. Eternal Fire looked dominant at first on Vertigo, but was eventually beaten by Cloud9 in overtime. It’s the second time Cloud9 has gotten off to a slow start in a match, but then managed to turn the tide to surprisingly win the game after all.
Comeback9 😄 pic.twitter.com/1sU4x4JOef
— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) April 12, 2023
The 28-year-old Abay “HObbit” Khassenov was the player who helped his team to make a comeback when it was trailing 10-13. In total, he recorded 32 kills for his team. After the defeat, the Turks have to move to 1-2 pool, where Bo3s will be played from now on. Eternal Fire now has plenty of pressure as they need to win their next match to avoid elimination and two in a row to secure a spot in the BLAST.tv Paris Major.
iNation eliminated after miserable run
Serbian team iNation is the first team to be eliminated from the EU RMR B. They lost 2-0 to ENCE (Nuke 16-0, Mirage 16-14) and were one of the worst teams in the whole RMR. Right away on Nuke it was a huge fumble and the Serbian team lost their own map pick 0-16. On Mirage it was a bit closer and ENCE had to struggle to stay ahead. The European team got better as the game went on, but had problems with one player, Pavle “Maden” Bošković, who just couldn’t get a foothold. However, Maden then improved a lot in the second half and helped his team to win the map 16-14.
won against @iNationEsports 2-0 , they made it really close on mirage and they played good! Wish them best of luck in the future! Srecno braco❤️
— ENCE maden (@madennCS) April 12, 2023
ENCE went into this RMR as one of the favorites, having finished a promising fourth in the EPL. That iNation did so poorly is not a big surprise, after all they were team that started the event ranked lowest. They showed some fight against BIG and in the game against ENCE on Mirage, but it still wasn’t enough to hold their own in the event.