theScore esports Daily (Feb. 21): Astralis, Team Liquid secure playoff spots in Katowice, G2 part ways with Ex6TenZ

by Dimitri Pascaluta Feb 21
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Astralis, Team Liquid advance to playoffs in Katowice

The second day of the IEM Katowice Major's Legends Stage is nearly over. Several teams have already achieved Champions status, while others are booking their tickets home.

Despite suffering an overtime loss in the series' first map, Astralis managed to rally back against Renegades and close out the Australians 2-1. Having finished the Legends Stage with a 3-0 record, the Danes have guaranteed themselves a spot in the tournament's Champions Stage.

Joining them will be the boys from Team Liquid, who kept Na'Vi to two maps to secure their place in the bracket stage.

ENCE came back from a first-map loss to eke out BIG 2-1, thereby eliminating them from the Major.

While MIBR beat out G2 Esports 16-12, FaZe Clan suffered a devastating 16-13 loss to AVANGAR, meaning that the European superteam is one loss away from being eliminated.

Vitality beat out Cloud9 16-14 as Ninjas in Pyjamas delivered a 16-5 beatdown to HellRaisers to secure themselves their first top-eight Major finish since 2016, while compLexity sent NRG packing 2-0.

Ex6TenZ departs G2

G2 Esports have parted ways with Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, the organization announced on Thursday.

The 28-year-old had been on G2's bench since November, when he and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux were removed from the active roster to make way for Lucas "Lucky" Chastang and Audric "JaCkz" Jug, who were acquired from 3DMAX.

Prior to the end of 2018, the Belgian said that he was open to the idea of playing for an international team, despite the fact that he participated in an official match since playing with G2 at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.

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