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IEM Beijing group stage concludes, semifinal team brackets confirmed

Eight teams entered IEM Beijing but only four remain. Fan favourites struggled to find a footing while domestic hopes were dashed early on in the group stage.
IEM Beijing group stage concludes, semifinal team brackets confirmed

IEM Beijing has reached the playoffs and four teams have made it through to keep the dream alive.

Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team Vitality and 100 Thieves will now face each other before the winners endure a best-of-five for the trophy, IEM Katowice 2020 spot and $125,000.

Two teams were straight through to the semifinals after strong performances in their respective group stages.

Astralis looking poised to reclaim their top spot after a surge from Evil Geniuses after their run at StarSeries & i-League Season 8 in Turkey.

Evil Geniuses were eliminated by FaZe Clan in a nail-biting DustII overtime map during the decider match for Group B, with the latter now going up against the Danes in the first semifinal match.

The dangerous duo of Marcelo "coldzera" David and Nikola "NiKo" Kovač united under the FaZe banner appear to be reviving the team to title contender status.

It was Vitality that topped Group B yesterday and were the first team locked in for the second semifinal and face the winner of the Group A decider match.

After a scare against Vici Gaming, ENCE were up against 100 Thieves, a debut for the organisation after the successful buyout of the players from Renegades.

The game saw 100T steal away both maps from the Finnish side to go through 2-0.

All of the action from China will be broadcast on the official ESL Twitch channel this weekend.

The semifinals will start from 14:00 China time and the grand final kicks off at 15:30.