Nemiga Gaming and Apeks both squandered two chances to reach the DreamHack Open November playoffs, each losing twice Friday to get eliminated.
Team Spirit finished atop Group A with a 2-0 victory over Apeks in the winners' match. That dropped Apeks into the Group A decider match, which they dropped 2-0 to AGF Esport.
In Group B, Gambit Esports swept Nemiga 2-0 in the winners' match. The Group B decider match was a tight affair, but Illuminar Gaming edged Nemiga 2-1 to advance.
In the Saturday semifinals, Team Spirit will oppose Illuminar Gaming and Gambit Esports will face AGF Esport. The winners will square off for the championship on Sunday.
The $100,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event split the eight teams into two groups for round-robin play. Two teams from each group will advance to the Saturday semifinals, with the final set for Sunday. All matches are best-of-three except for the best-of-five final.
The winning team will earn $50,000, and the runner-up will pocket $20,000.
On Friday, Spirit routed Apeks 16-5 on the first map, Dust II. Apeks then led 13-5 on Train before Spirit captured 11 of the final 12 rounds to prevail 16-14. Russia's Nikolay "mir" Bityukov topped Spirit with 45 kills and a plus-18 kill-death differential. Sweden's Dennis "dennis" Edman led Apeks with 39 kills and a plus-3 K-D differential.
Apeks followed a similar path in its decider match, with a blowout loss to AGF (16-9 on Inferno) followed by a tight defeat (19-16 in overtime on Mirage). Thomas "TMB" Bundsbaek and Magnus "fr0slev" Froslev each had 49 kills and a plus-10 K-D differential for AGF's all-Danish team. Norway's Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad paced Apeks with 47 kills and a plus-2 K-D differential.
Gambit produced a comfortable victory over Nemiga, 16-8 on Dust II, 16-10 on Inferno. Kazakhstan's Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov registered 45 kills and a plus-15 K-D differential for Gambit. Estonia's Rassim "Jyo" Valijev notched 40 kills and a plus-8 K-D differential for Nemiga.
Illuminar opened with a 19-15 overtime win on Vertigo, then led 9-2 on Nuke before Nemiga rallied for a 16-11 win. On the decisive third map, Mirage, Nemiga couldn't hold an 11-9 lead, rallied to tie the score 14-14, then dropped the last two rounds to fall 16-14. Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski led Illuminar's all-Polish roster with 71 kills and a plus-18 K-D differential. Jyo again paced Nemiga with 78 kills and a plus-16 K-D differential.
DreamHack Open November prize pool
5-6. Apeks, Nemiga Gaming -- $3,000
7-8. flowskola, KOVA Esports -- $2,000
--Field Level Media