The second day of the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII - Katowice Major 2019: New Challengers Stage wrapped up with further uncertainties for used-to-be top teams in the scene.
Two teams were already eliminated namely CIS group Team Spirit and Australian hopefuls Grayhound Gaming after finishing 0-3 at the Swiss groups while NRG Esports and Renegades have secured their tickets for the next stage with their immaculate records. However, the attention has been on four notable teams namely Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and Fnatic who share a 1-2 record each.
Fnatic had a rough opening day in Poland where they started 0-2 at the first 2 rounds. Luckily, they salvaged their run upon entering the BO3 Low Match with a 2-0 win over Grayhound. This extends their series as they fight for a chance to advance at the New Legends Stage.
Contrary to Fnatic’s situation, G2, NIP and C9 all took a victory with their opening matches. However things immediately went sour as they fell short on succeeding BO1 games. First, C9 took a heavy blow as they bow out against the surging Vici Gaming who surprised fans by securing a 2-1 record – making them one win away from entering the next stage of the tourney.
G2 and C9 also fell victim against CIS teams AVANGAR and Winstrike respectively. C9, falling short despite the addition of former Major champion Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey are looking to bounce back from the tough losses while G2 looks to do the same with their all-French lineup.
The New Legends Stage continue today with the High Matches for round 4. Fans are looking forward if Chinese representatives Tyloo and Vici Gaming can join the current legends along with a duel between ENCE and Winstrike.
The knockout Low Matches will begin tomorrow highlighted by a grunge series between Fnatic and G2 – both former mainstays at Champion Stages of previous Majors.