The first match in The New Legends Stage of IEM Katowice 2019 brought together two teams that faced off in The New Challengers Stage as well. Once again, Renegades was able to get the better of ENCE in this match-up. You can read our short recap of this match down below.
ENCE – Renegades
After the initial permabans, it was kinda obvious that we will see these two teams battle it out on Inferno. After the first half, we all thought that this game is already over, but Renegades had something to say about that.
Australians were able to win the first pistol round, and that gave them an edge in the early stage of the game, especially because they started on T-side of Inferno. They were also able to win ENCE’s force round, just to lose to a full eco afterward. However, this did not shook Renegades and they were able to reset ENCE. Sadly, they were only able to win one additional round after being 4-1 up.
ENCE used utility to its full potential and they simply dominated Renegades on the CT-side. However, we all know that ENCE struggles on the T-side of Inferno, and that is exactly what happened to ENCE. Even though ENCE was up 10-5 it was not enough.
Renegades won the second pistol round as well. This time around, they won ENCE’s force buy and the full eco afterward. Furthermore, ENCE was able to win 2 rounds, but they were reset straight after. That ruined the economy ENCE’s economy and they simply had no money to compete against AUGs and full buys of Renegades. Renegades left ENCE with only 3 rounds on the T-side of Inferno, and who knows, if Australians keep on playing like this, they might even advance through to the next stage of IEM Katowice 2019. Final score, 16-13 in favor of Renegades.
Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad led the way for Renegades as he topped the kill feed with 30 frags to his name. Furthermore, he also topped the charts with average damage per round with 103 damage per round. No one else came close to jkaem, as the second best fragger in this match was ENCE’s Jere “sergej” Salo with 23 kills to his name.
FaZe – HellRaisers
To be honest, all of us were expecting a tight match here, as HellRaisers were looking really good in the last couple of months. Furthermore, they were able to secure Legends Status in the last Major. However, FaZe secured the exact same status in the last Major as well. To be honest, we were expecting FaZe to qualify for The New Legends Stage.
This was always a go-to map for FaZe. They always had a good performance on this map mainly because of the precision this team has. However, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács on an AWP is also a dangerous guy to play against and he proved that in this match. He made a lot of opening kills, and HellRaisers simply had no answer for him.
FaZe was able to win both pistol rounds, and in most cases, teams that win both pistol rounds will probably win the game. However, no one was expecting them to win in such a fashion. Even though HellRaisers made is competitive by winning three in a row, little did they know that that is going to be 80% of their total rounds.
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač topped the charts with 21 kills in 20 rounds. He also averaged over 111 damage per round, and that says a lot about his performance in this match. Another fascinating thing about this match is that HellRaisers had 12 opening kills, while FaZe only had 8. Overall, a really bad performance from HellRaisers.
IEM Katowice 2019 opening matches results
- BIG – Vitality 11-16 (Mirage)
- ENCE – Renegades 13-16 (Inferno)
- FaZe – HellRaisers 16-4 (Train)
- Natus Vincere – G2 16-7 (Inferno)
- Liquid – AVANGAR 16-12 (Overpass)