Four more CS:GO teams qualify for IEM Katowice Major 2019 - EU and CIS Minor results and recap - Dexerto

Four more CS:GO teams qualify for IEM Katowice Major 2019 – EU and CIS Minor results and recap

Published: 21/Jan/2019 11:39 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 13:25

by Ross Deason


The IEM Katowice 2019 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major is drawing ever closer and the race for qualification is heating up and another four CS:GO squads have secured a spot after the conclusion of the CIS and European Minors.

Each Minor featured two groups of four teams playing a GSL style format. The top two teams from each group then advanced to a double-elimination playoff bracket and only two teams could guarantee a spot in the New Challengers stage of the Katowice Major. No Grand Final is played.

In the CIS Minor, AVANGAR’s players put on a clinic. The Kazakh squad bounced back from a 2-1 loss at the hands of Winstrike in the group stage to defeat the Russian’s 2-1 in the Winner’s Final of the playoff bracket and confirm their status status as New Challengers.

ESLAVANGAR’s form saw them secure the number one spot in the CIS Minor.

In a heartbreaking turn of events for the Winstrike players, they went on to lose the Loser’s Final against Team Spirit and miss out on the second qualification spot, too.

The team that beat AVANGAR in the group stage and Gambit during the Playoffs will get one final chance to qualify via the IEM Katowice Minor Playoff tournament where the third place teams from all four Minors will compete for two places.

CIS Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st AVANGAR $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Spirit $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd Winstrike Team $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Gambit Esports
5th Syman Gaming
6th pro100
7th Nemiga Gaming

The Europe Minor, as is often the case, featured an impressive lineup of teams and it was clear from the outset that major upsets were not only possible, but likely.

In Group A, OpTic Gaming didn’t win a single map and the Danes were quickly eliminated, but the big surprise came when Mousesports lost two matches to Valiance and failed to reach the playoff bracket.

ESLThe ENCE players were in fine form.

The impressive form of Valiance saw them push both ENCE and Vitality to a third map during the playoff matches, but they eventually fell short and ended the Minor in fourth place.

The Finnish players of ENCE were the class of the field, taking the first qualification spot and leaving Vitality and North to scrap it out in the Loser’s Final. Despite losing 2-0 to North earlier in the tournament, Vitality eventually prevailed and locked down a New Challengers slot on the back of a 69-38 match from Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut.

Europe Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st ENCE eSports $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Vitality $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd North $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Valiance
5th Mousesports
6th Windigo  Gaming
7th OpTic Gaming
8th Ex-Space Soldiers

CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.

After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.

Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.

Nivera on his role within Vitality

Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.

While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:

“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”

With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.

Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament

The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.

“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
Twitter: TeamVitality
Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.

Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.

“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.

Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM

After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.

“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.