BIG and OG won their groups on Saturday to move into the upper-bracket playoffs of the Flashpoint Season 2 event.
In Group B, BIG bested MiBR, 2-1. They won on Nuke, 16-13, dropped a 16-10 match on Dust II and won the decider, Vertigo, by a 16-14 margin.
For BIG, Ismailcan "Xantares" Dortkardes of Turkey led the way, with 73 kills and plus-18 kills-to-death differential. German Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz added 64 kills and a plus-10 differential.
Vinicius "vsm" Moreira led the all-Brazilian MiBR with 74 kills and a plus-17 kills-to-death differential.
In Group C, OG also needed three maps to top Virtus.pro.
OG dropped the first map, Mirage, by a 16-12 score, then came back to register 16-9 wins on both Inferno and Dust II.
Valdemar "valde" Bjorn Vangsa was dominant for OG. The Dane led the squad with 80 kills and a plus-35 differential.
Russian Dzhami "Jame" Ali was the only player for VP with a positive differential, recording 52 kills and a plus-9.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event began with 12 teams divided into three groups for opening-round, double-elimination play. The top two teams in each group will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs. The three third-place teams and the fourth-place team with the best record will enter a "last-chance" stage: two standalone matches from which the winners will earn playoff berths.
All matches are best-of-three, including the final on Dec. 6. The championship team will receive $500,000 and 3,000 BLAST Premier points.
Flashpoint Season 2 prize pool, with money and BLAST Premier points:
1. $500,000, 3,000 points
2. $250,000, 1,500 points
3. $100,000, 1,125 points
4. $50,000, 750 points
5-6. $35,000, 375 points
7-8. $15,000, 188 points
9. no money, no points
10. no money, no points
11. c0ntact Gaming -- no money, no points
12. Cloud9 -- no money, no points
--Field Level Media