Gambit Esports and Virtus.pro snagged the last two semifinal berths in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Championship with victories Friday.
Gambit swept Natus Vincere 2-0 to earn a semifinal matchup with Team Spirit. Virtus.pro edged Astralis 2-1 to set up a semifinal meeting with Team Liquid.
Spirit and Liquid advanced directly to the semis by emerging as group-stage winners last week.
The semifinals of the $1 million, 24-team Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event are scheduled for Saturday, and the final will be held Sunday.
The champion will earn $400,000, 1,800 Pro Tour points and 3,200 Blast Premier points. The runner-up will receive $180,000, 1,400 Pro Tour points and 1,600 Blast Premier points.
All group-stage matches and playoff matches through the semifinals are best-of-three. The final will be best-of-five.
On Friday, Gambit handled Natus Vincere 16-12 on Overpass and 16-6 on Train. Russia's Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov produced 40 kills and a plus-17 kill-death differential for Gambit. Ukraine's Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev led Natus Vincere with 35 kills and an even K-D differential.
Astralis opened with a 16-10 victory on Overpass, but Astralis extended the match with a 16-12 win on Train. On the decisive third map, Inferno, Astralis led 8-7 at halftime but Virtus.pro pulled away for a 16-11 win. Latvia's Mareks "YEKINDAR" Galinskis paced Virtus.pro with 75 kills and a plus-18 K-D differential. Nicolai "device" Reedtz led Astralis' all-Danish team with 55 kills and a plus-10 K-D differential.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Championship results, with prize money, Pro Tour points and Blast Premier points:
1. $400,000, 1,800 Pro Tour points, 3,200 Blast Premier points
2. $180,000, 1,400 Pro Tour points, 1,600 Blast Premier points
3-4. $80,000, 1,100 Pro Tour points, 1,000 Blast Premier points
5-6. Natus Vincere, Astralis -- $40,000, 825 Pro Tour points, 400 Blast Premier points
7-8. G2 Esports, FURIA Esports -- $24,000, 575 Pro Tour points, 200 Blast Premier points
9-12. Evil Geniuses, Heroic, FaZe Clan, Team Vitality -- $16,000, 325 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
13-16. mousesports, BIG, OG, Ninjas In Pyjamas -- $10,000, 125 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
17-20. Cloud9, Renegades, Complexity Gaming, MIBR -- $4,500, 60 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
21-24. Movistar Riders, Team One, Wisla Krakow, Fnatic -- $2,500, no Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
--Field Level Media