Workforce Vitality clinches title at IEM Rio

Workforce Vitality swept Heroic 2-0 in Sunday’s grand remaining to assert the title on the Intel Excessive Masters Rio occasion in Rio de Janeiro.

Vitality earned the $100,000 first prize and qualification to the $1 million Intel Excessive Masters Cologne scheduled for July 25-Aug. 6 in Germany. As runner-up, Heroic obtained a $42,000 second prize.

Vitality and Heroic every certified for the playoffs by ending in third place of their respective teams within the prior stage. They bought scorching on the proper time, taking down higher-seeded opponents to cost by way of the quarterfinals and semifinals and attain Sunday’s best-of-three grand remaining.

However on Sunday, Workforce Vitality pulled out shut wins when it mattered most, taking a 16-13 outcome on Vertigo earlier than clinching with a 16-12 win on Inferno.

Emil “Magisk” Reif of Denmark posted match highs of 44 kills and a plus-9 kills-to-deaths differential for Vitality. All 5 Vitality gamers completed within the inexperienced, with Denmark’s Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen going for 39 kills and a plus-8 and French star Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut including 38 kills and a plus-7.

Casper “cadiaN” Moller of Denmark recorded 40 kills and a plus-4 for Heroic, the workforce’s solely participant with a constructive Ok-D on Sunday.

The $250,000 Counter-Strike: International Offensive match started with 16 groups divided into two teams for the double-elimination opening part. Every workforce’s first match consisted of a single map, whereas all different matches have been best-of-three.

The group winners (Natus Vincere and Cloud9) certified straight for the playoff semifinals. The group runners-up (BIG and FURIA Esports) moved into the playoff quarterfinals as excessive seeds, and the third-place finishers in every group (Heroic and Workforce Vitality) began the quarterfinals as low seeds.

Vitality beat BIG 2-0 within the quarterfinals and Cloud9 2-1 within the semifinals earlier than ending off Heroic for the title.

Intel Excessive Masters Rio prize pool

1. $100,000, berth in IEM Cologne — Workforce Vitality

2. $42,000 — Heroic

3-4. $20,000 — Natus Vincere, Cloud9

5-6. $10,000 — FURIA Esports, BIG

7-8. $6,000 — Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG

9-12. $5,000 — 9INE, The MongolZ, Fnatic, FaZe Clan

13-16. $4,000 — MOUZ, Imperial Esports, 9z Workforce, MIBR

–Discipline Degree Media

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