IEM Rio playoffs preview.
Following the conclusion of an epic Legends stage, we are blessed with some of the top teams going head-to-head with each other to make it to the next stage of the playoffs. Winning today would translate to a spot in the semi-finals.
IEM Rio has already broken all records in terms of viewership and the playoffs will definitely build from there. Streamers all across are constantly hosting live watch parties which have been instrumental in making the event a big success.
We have matches starting at 22:30 today and the quarter-finals will run till 02:00 AM on Saturday, upon which we will kick start the Semi-finals from 22:30 Saturday.
In the first match of the playoffs, we see two teams who exceeded all expectations made it this far. Outsiders and Fnatic, two teams having brushed off some of the top teams, are now down to go head-to-head with qualification on the line.
Later on the same day, we see tournament favourite Cloud9 take on young upstarts in Mouz. Cloud9 being 0-2 down in the Challenges, managed to run it back and now they find themselves in the Quarter Finals, reminiscent of Boston in 2018. Mouz on the other hand has taken it one step at a time and managed to survive all the scares and with elimination on the line, we have one spicy match in our hands.
Spirit and Heroic take on each other on the third day, two teams with very similar backgrounds. Once touted as two online teams that evolved as prime-time challengers for titles. With talented lineups led by dynamic IGLs, we have a match that will be on the fence until the conclusion.
FURIA and NAVI, the highlight match of the series so far as we potentially have a grand finals match right here. Being held in Brazil, Furia is one of the heavy favourites and NAVI being NAVI, it is as good as it gets, the winner of the series can potentially go all the way.
Matches will be live-streamed on the official ESL Twitch channel.
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