In Oakland, USA, he completed one of the last major tournament of the year – IEM Season XI Oakland. In the final match where the teams SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas. The Swedes were stronger than their Brazilian opponents and won the $ 125 thousand. The tournament was held from 17 to 20 November. Eight of the 12 participants received direct invitations – Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, SK Gaming, Astralis, mousesports and Heroic (as Virtus.pro replacement). Four more teams have gone through iBUYPOWER Masters 2016 – Cloud9, Immortals, TyLoo, FaZe Clan – which took place on November 12-13 in Costa Mesa, California. IEM Oakland consisted of two stages – group and the playoffs.
12 teams were seeded into two groups of six teams each, which played a round-robin format with two matches to win. The first place of each group fell in the semifinals, while the second and third places have played the play-offs in the quarter. The best teams on the result of the group stage and were Astralis FaZe Clan. The only representative of the CIS – Natus Vincere – won two games out of five and took the last place in Group A. In the playoff SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas were able to pass the quarterfinals against G2 Esports and Immortals, respectively.
In the first semi-final meeting with SK Astralis and beat the Danish team with a score of 0:2 – 14:16 and 12:16 on the Train at the Mirage. In the second semi-final of Ninjas in Pyjamas met FaZe Clan, who lost in the group. The Swedes won the first map of Nuke for additional rounds – 19:15 – and then gave way to the Train – 6:16. The decisive card was the Overpass, where the team of Patrick «f0rest» Lindbergh celebrated the victory – 16:13. At the end of Ninjas in Pyjamas faced with SK Gaming.
The teams have already met in the group stage, and then won the Brazilian team. At this time SK Gaming began a series to two victories to defeat an opponent on his map – 16:4. However, in the next two Brazilians were unable to put the squeeze on your opponent and twice lost with a score of 14:16 in the Cache, and Cobblestone.
The distribution of the prize fund (+ for victory in the group):
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – $ 125 thousand + $ 3 thousand;
- SK Gaming – $ 50 + $ 3 thousand thousand;
- FaZe Clan – $ 25 + $ 5 thousand thousand;
- Astralis – $ 25 + $ 4 thousand thousand;
- G2 Esports – $ 12 + $ 3 thousand thousand;
- Immortals – $ 12 + $ 4 thousand thousand;
- Team Liquid – $ 5 + $ 2 thousand thousand;
- Cloud9 – $ 5 + $ 2 thousand thousand;
- Natus Vincere – $ 3,5 thousand + $ 2 thousand;
- Heroic – $ 3,5 thousand + $ 2 thousand;
- mousesports – $ 2 thousand;
- TyLoo – $ 2 thousand.