In the first match of the IEM Katowice 2019 Champions Stage, flamie set a CS:GO Major record against FaZe Clan. Not only did flamie win the first pistol round for NaVi with an ACE against FaZe, but he also got a second pistol round ACE in the second half!
Not only did he help secure NaVi’s qualification to the semifinals, but he also set a Major record. No player ever before has had two ACEs in the same map at a Major.
For people asking about previous double pistol aces, it has never happened at a Major before (no one has ever double aced on the same map period) – https://t.co/N4k0aIPl9F
shox did it against fnatic back in 2013 at MSI Beat ithttps://t.co/rRsavMdUxY
— Milan Švejda (@StrikerHLTVorg) February 28, 2019
flamie Pistol ACE Against FaZe Clan
The first ace came in the very first round of the first map of the first match of the Champions Stage. Against FaZe Clan, flamie helped to retake the B site as a CT after fnatic’s plant. He managed to secure all five kills with the USP-S.
This set the tone for the first half, with NaVi ending up at 10-5 overall for the CT side. However, flamie wasn’t quite done there.
flamie Second Pistol ACE Against FaZe Clan
As if one pistol ace wasn’t enough, flamie managed the same feat again in the opening round of the second half. After NaVi got the bomb plant on the B Site, flamie held down the site once again.
With flamie often in the shadow of star players s1mple and electronic, this shows just what a pivotal player he can be. NaVi ultimately won the match on Inferno 16-13. flamie finished off with a score of 23-17 scoreline and a 1.29 rating.
NaVi also won their second map Mirage with a 16-7 score. They now advance through to the semifinals of the IEM Katowice 2019 Major.
IEM Katowice 2019 Major Champions Stage
There’s still a lot more action to play out at the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major. ENCE will now face off against Team Liquid. Tomorrow we’ll see MIBR vs Renegades and Astralis vs Ninjas in Pyjamas.
While Astralis and Liquid are seen as the big threats to win, NaVi are always a dangerous contender. Could this year finally be the year they win a major? We’ll see as the event concludes within the next few days.
You can read more on the IEM Katowice Champions Stage here.