Astralis and G2 won their groups Thursday to advance straight to the semifinals of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 World Championship in Katowice, Poland.
Astralis defeated Fnatic 2-0 to win Group A without dropping a map. Astralis took a 16-9 victory on Overpass and won 16-8 on Vertigo. A meeting on Inferno was not needed.
In Group B, G2 Esports topped Team Liquid 2-0, winning 16-11 on Dust II and 16-10 on Vertigo to finish as the top seed in the group. Mirage was not needed.
Even with the loss, Fnatic secured a spot in the quarterfinals on Friday and will play 100 Thieves, which advanced by defeating mousesports.
Mousesports took the first map, winning 16-10 on Inferno. 100 Thieves came back to win 16-8 on Dust II, then won a tense battle on Nuke, 16-14.
Team Liquid also qualified to the quarterfinals and will face Natus Vincere. NaVi came from behind earlier in the day to defeat FaZe Clan 2-1 to advance.
FaZe Clan took the first map with a 16-8 win on Nuke, but NaVi won the next map, Dust II, 16-6 and followed with a 16-14 victory on Inferno.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Astralis will play the winner of the match between Team Liquid and Natus Vincere. G2 will meet the victor of the Fnatic-100 Thieves contest.
In the playoffs, the players will be surrounded by empty seats at Spodek Arena in Katowice. On Thursday, organizers announced there would be no on-site audience because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, despite Poland not having any confirmed cases.
The 16-team, $500,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will conduct its playoff rounds from Friday through Sunday, with the champions of the best-of-five Grand Final earning the $250,000 top prize.
7-8. $7,000 — FaZe Clan, mousesports
9-12. $4,000 — Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality
13-16. $2,500 — Cloud9, Renegades, TYLOO, Virtus.pro
—Field Level Media