The IEM Dallas 2023 playoffs are underway, and we have MOUZ and FaZe Clan scoring excellent victories in the quarterfinals to advance to the tournament’s semifinals.
MOUZ got an excellent 2-0 victory over Astralis, while FaZe Clan dealt another hard blow to this G2 Esports that, without a doubt, do not want to raise their heads. As a result, in the next few hours, we will have the semifinal matches, which will be played as follows:
- Heroic vs. MOUZ – 18:30 CEST
- ENCE vs. FaZe Clan – 22:00 CEST
Let’s look at what happened in the quarterfinal matches of IEM Dallas 2023.
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MOUZ apply a clean sweep against Astralis
MOUZ seems to be back to the wanderings of showing a high level of play, as they got a clean sweep 2-0 against Astralis a few hours ago to qualify for the semifinals of IEM Dallas 2023.
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer couldn’t do much more to prevent another Astralis downfall in the top CS:GO competitive scene. At the same time, MOUZ showed an impeccable collective game, which led them to victory.
The series was played in Inferno (MOUZ) and Ancient (Astralis).
It all started at Inferno, the map pick of MOUZ, where we observed a spectacular level of play from both teams. Astralis started very well on the CT side, with a partial victory by 9-6. However, at the change of sides, MOUZ had Christopher “Dexter” Nong (104.1 ADR and 1.50 Rating) at an impressive level and led the team to even the score at 15-15.
In Overtime, Astralis started strong again and were close to winning in the first five rounds. However, MOUZ rallied to hit back and take the win 22-20.
Ancient is coming up next! pic.twitter.com/8oPp1bAqjV
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In Ancient, the map picked from Astralis, we witnessed a completely different story than the first map. MOUZ started with everything on their CT side to take a 10-5 partial victory. Jon “JDC” de Castro and Dexter led their team by the hand to this partial victory.
Then, at the change of sides, Astralis tried to wake up by winning four of the first five rounds to put the score 9-11. However, this was not enough, and MOUZ could win five consecutive rounds to take the win in this match 16-9.
They take down @AstralisCS 2-0 to advance to the top four of the tournament.
16-9 Ancient pic.twitter.com/wjMwPX0do6
— Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) June 2, 2023
FaZe Clan apply a reverse sweep against G2 Esports to qualify for the semifinals
After a balanced first map where G2 Esports took a close victory by 16-14, FaZe Clan, led by Robin “ropz” Kool, achieved an excellent reverse sweep to leave G2 on the road and qualify for the semifinals.
The series was played at Ancient (FaZe), Inferno (G2), and Mirage (decider).
It all started at Ancient, FaZe’s map pick, where we witnessed an extraordinary comeback by G2 Esports. FaZe Clan started with everything on their T-side, as they got a partial victory by 9-6 in the first half.
However, Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač took it upon themselves to wake up G2 Esports and complete an excellent comeback to take the 16-14 victory.
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G2’s map pick, Inferno, was complete hell for them, which found no way to cope with a very solid defense by FaZe Clan.
Håvard “rain” Nygaard and Helvijs “broky” Saukants were in charge of preventing every one of G2 Esports’ offenses in the first half and, as a result, led FaZe Clan to a comfortable 13-2 partial victory. Then, at the change of sides, G2 Esports tried to strike back by winning the first four rounds, but this was not enough, and FaZe was able to win the remaining three rounds to even the series 1-1.
—Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) June 3, 2023
Finally, the quarterfinals were decided in Mirage, where FaZe Clan took advantage of G2 being a bit shaky in the first half to deliver a hard blow.
Starting on the CT side, FaZe, with the help of broky and ropz, managed to get a partial victory by 11-4, which undoubtedly gave them a sufficient advantage for the second half. Then, at the change of sides, G2 Esports tried their best to get back on the scoreboard after FaZe Clan took a 15-5 lead. However, they could only win five more rounds and fell 10-16.
TOP 4 SECURED FOR @FaZeClan!
16-10 Mirage pic.twitter.com/RAiKsGDAEu
— Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) June 3, 2023