OG Esports has somewhat surprisingly secured themselves the highest seed in Group B. The international roster remained undefeated during their run, as in-game leader Nemanja “nexa” Isakovic made his debut for the organization.

Coming into the event, OG was not considered the strongest team in the group. But as they managed to avoid facing Na’Vi, with the CIS squad being eliminated by the other teams in the group, OG stepped up to the occasion.

Despite only having practiced for a couple of days with the current five, their double victories against Astralis looked very convincing. On Inferno especially, OG overran the Danes on the offense, as nexa called a very loose T-side.

Na’Vi fall early

With Astralis claiming the second seed following their loss in the final, it was surprisingly MIBR that claimed the third place, condemning favorites to the fourth and last spot.

The reigning BLAST Premier champions lost their opening game against MIBR, with star player Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev reporting internet problems as a cause.

In the lower final, they pushed Astralis to overtime on Mirage, but thanks to an incredible performance from Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, the Danes knocked Na’Vi out of contention.

This means that s1mple and his men will have to run the longest gauntlet in the elimination stage next week if they want to secure a spot in the Spring Finals.

While Josse van Dessel covers a variety of topics ranging from FIFA esports competitions to professional chess matches, his greatest emphasis is on the world of Counter-Strike, where he covers the title's biggest events and its latest roster moves. Josse also covers local market news in his native Netherlands.