ROX advances to the playoffs: IEM Katowice Day 1 Recap

In the first day of group play, ROX Tigers upset H2k-Gaming and Flash Wolves defeated G2 Esports.

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Day one of IEM Katowice has come to a close, and the Europeans have been upset. ROX Tigers, currently eighth place in the LCK, defeated H2k-Gaming, one of Europe’s top squads, in a best-of-three series to qualify for the tournament playoffs out of Group A. Things weren’t much better for Europe in Group B, as G2 Esports fell to Flash Wolves. Unicorns of Love remain as Europe’s only unbeaten team thus far.


Group A

Winner’s Round 1

  • ROX Tigers 1-0 M19

ROX took down M19 in dominating fashion, led by a perfect 4/0/5 performance on Ekko from mid laner Son “Mickey” Young-min. Not allowing M19 to get any objectives, ROX decisively took the game victory.

  • H2k-Gaming 1-0 Hong Kong Esports

In a game that was a little too close for comfort for H2k, the sixth place team in the LMS gave the Europeans a run for their money. It was a strong victory by the end of the game, but HKE put up a fight. H2k took the game and advanced to face ROX in round two of the group.

Winner’s Round 2

  • ROX Tigers 2-1 H2k-Gaming

The first game of this series was a slugfest, with ROX pulling out the victory by dominating objectives across the map. Gwon “Sangyoon” Sang-yun’s 1/1/7 performance on Varus helped his team close out the victory.

Though ROX held a strong lead very early on in the game, H2k took advantage of ROX’s mistakes time and time again, snowballing to victory with their team composition and forcing a game three.

Due to a great draft and better play throughout the game, ROX took game three quickly and handily to advance to the tournament playoffs. H2k will be waiting in the loser’s bracket final of Group A to take on the winner between M19 and HKE.

Here is how the bracket currently stands:

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Group B

Winner’s Round 1

  • Kongdoo Monster 0-1 Unicorns of Love

Unicorns controlled most of this game, but took a long time to close it out. The almost 56-minute game ended with a firm victory for Unicorns over Korea’s Kongdoo Monster.

  • G2 Esports 0-1 Flash Wolves

Continuing their trend of failing at international tournaments, G2 took Europe’s top seed into this tournament and were thrashed by Flash Wolves in the first round of play. Flash Wolves, the top squad in the LMS, dominated G2 to take the victory in just under 39 minutes.

Here is how the bracket currently stands:

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Day 2 Schedule

All times are PST

3:00 a.m. – Group B – Winner’s Round 2

  • Unicorns of Love vs Flash Wolves

6:30 a.m. – Group A – Loser’s Round 1

  • M19 vs Hong Kong Esports

12:00 p.m. – Group B – Loser’s Round 1

  • Kongdoo Monster vs G2 Esports

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Spencer Hester is an editor for GAMURS and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on Twitter – @SpenceGAMURS.