Gambit Esports, HellRaisers win at IEM New York: CIS
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Gambit Esports and HellRaisers each recorded their first wins at the Intel Extreme Masters XV -- New York Online: Commonwealth of Independent States event on Friday.
Gambit Esports dispatched Ethereal in convincing fashion 2-0 during their Group B match, posting a 16-4 win on Mirage and 16-0 romp on Overpass.
Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov collected 41 kills and a plus-24 kills-to-death differential for Gambit Esports, who moved into a four-way tie for second place.
Roberts "R0b3n" Cigauskis had a team-high 19 kills and joined Aleksandr "KENSI" Gurkin with a minus-11 kills-to-death differential for Ethereal.
In another Group B match on Friday, HellRaisers overcame a first-map setback to secure a 2-1 win over Winstrike Team. HellRaisers dropped a 16-11 decision on Nuke before posting a 15-5 win on Vertigo and 16-12 victory on Train.
Nikita "JIaYm" Panyushkin had 70 kills and a plus-15 kills-to-death differential for HellRaisers.
Winstrike Team were paced by Aleksey "El1an" Gusev, who had 67 kills and a plus-18 kills-to-death differential.
The $50,000 CIS division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 12 teams divided into two groups for round-robin play. Each group winner will advance to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs, while the second- and third-place teams will move into the playoff quarterfinals.
All matches are best-of-three except for the Oct. 25 final. The champion will earn $20,000, 2,500 Regional Major Rankings points and 350 ESL Pro Tour points.
Four matches are scheduled for Saturday: Group A ForZe vs. K23 ESPADA vs. Cyber Legacy Natus Vincere vs. Virtus.pro Group B Nemiga Gaming vs. Ethereal
Intel Extreme Masters XV -- New York Online: Commonwealth of Independent States standings, with win-loss record and map differential Group A T1. Natus Vincere, 2-0, +9 T1. Virtus.pro, 2-0, +23 T3. ESPADA, 1-1, 0 T3. forZe, 1-1, -15 T5. Cyber Legacy, 0-2, +4 T5. K23, 0-2, -21 Group B 1. Team Spirit, 2-0, +18 T2. Nemiga Gaming, 1-1, +13 T2. Gambit Esports, 1-1, +17 T2. HellRaisers, 1-1, -11 T2. Winstrike Team, 1-1, -2 6. Ethereal, 0-2, -35