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IEM Beijing-Haidian was the fourth Intel Grand Slam Season 3 event featuring some top teams from both Europe and North America.
The field included the likes of Astralis, Evil Geniuses, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, ViCi Gaming, TYLOO, ENCE and the newly minted 100 Thieves. Even though Astralis winning the tournament surprised no one, the way in which they dismantled everyone was shocking. Here are three surprising results from IEM Beijing-Haidian.
3. Astralis Not Dropping a Single Map
The only reason this isn’t higher was the fact Astralis was favored to win the tournament. It’s just uncanny how well they played, and which teams they dominated on their way to a tournament victory. Astralis defeated FaZe Clan in the playoffs with back-to-back map wins of 16:0 and 16:2. This is the same FaZe Clan that showed promise the entire tournament until the series against Astralis.
2. Evil Geniuses Missing the Playoffs
Evil Geniuses are struggling to find success at consecutive tournaments. After winning ESL One New York, the team failed at DreamHack Malmo. They picked themselves up and won StarSeries Season 8, but went straight to Beijing and failed to make the playoffs. With Team Liquid floundering, and everyone else failing to compete against Astralis, Evil Geniuses are the worlds’ last hope against the Danish stars.
1. 100 Thieves Made the Finals
Cans couldn’t ask for a better premier tournament under the 100 Thieves logo. Sure, taking the trophy would have been perfect, but let’s be realistic. 100 Thieves over-performed and made their new brand proud. 100 Thieves is now a team to watch out for in the future.
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