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With the quarter finals of TECHLABS Cup finally over, it is now time to preview the upcoming semi finals matchups that are both scheduled to take place tomorrow.
The first quarter final saw Natus Vincere take out Moscow Five 2-0 with an overtime win on de_inferno followed up by a 16-9 victory on de_tuscan. Moscow Five looked to be in the driver's seat early on in the series but lost a sizable lead on the first map, and couldn't keep up with 2010's best team in the second half of de_tuscan.
In the second matchup fnatic took on WinFakt. The Finns started both de_nuke and de_tuscan Counter-Terrorist sides very well, going up 11-3 and 9-3 in them, but were unable to close out games and well short 14-16 and 12-16.
Earlier today SK Gaming faced Vifort and had no problems putting the Russians who tied Na`Vi in group stage away. The Swedes start off by winning de_train 16-4 and then finished the series with a convincing 16-7 win on de_inferno.
Last but not least ESC Gaming played against KerchNET in a match that saw the Ukrainians escape with yet another upset win. They won de_train 16-8 starting as Terrorists and then closed the series on de_nuke after two close 8-7 halves.
Schedule for semi finals:
|Friday 18:00||Natus Vincere||vs fnatic|
|Friday 20:30||SK Gaming||vs KerchNET|
Natus Vincere vs fnatic
These two teams have met multiple times in the previous months and ever since Michael "Friis" Jørgensen started wearing the black and orange jersey, fnatic has actually been more successful. That was turned around at the IEM Global Challlenge in Kiev where the Ukrainians beat fnatic 2-0 in the semi finals. Since then fnatic has recruited Andreas "MODDII" Fridh to replace Faruk "pita" Pita, a move that gives the team a lot more firepower.
Natus Vincere seems to have gotten a lot of momentum ever since Sergey "starix" Ischuk became their in-game leader and have been putting in solid performances with the exception of their Kingston Trilogy Tour loss. Before yesterday I might have predicted fnatic to win this match, but seeing how much trouble they had against WinFakt I think right now Na`Vi is slightly better than them.
That is not to say this match won't be close or can't go either way though, as the addition of Fridh definitely gives fnatic a new weapon against the top teams and takes some pressure off of Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl. Na`Vi will remove de_nuke as always, but I could see fnatic removing de_train, de_dust2 or even de_inferno. Out of those, I think Na`Vi might actually be favorites on all four maps, which is going to make it hard for fnatic to pull this one off.
Prediction: Natus Vincere > fnatic 2-1
SK Gaming vs KerchNET
SK Gaming has been dealt at least on paper by far the easiest semi final, much like in the quarter finals earlier in the tournament. Although KerchNET has been impressive so far in the event, taking out Moscow Five, eSAHARA, Anexis and ESC Gaming, I have a hard time seeing them put up a real fight against SK. I think SK Gaming has far too much skill for KerchNET to handle and I believe they are still bootcamping which should give them an advantage as well.
KerchNET are by no means pushovers but the problem is I think their best bet against SK is de_tuscan which the Swedes are very likely to remove. Another strong map for them has been de_train, but I think SK has the edge over them on it, as they do on de_nuke. I think de_inferno and de_dust2 might actually turn out fairly competitive depending on pistol rounds, but I still don't think it will be enough.
SK are heavy favorites going into this match regardless of the map selection, and just about anyone would be surprised if Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström and company were not traveling to Moscow a month from now.
Prediction: SK Gaming > KerchNET 2-0
Unfortunately the semi finals will once again only be streamed and will not feature HLTV. The grand final of TECHLABS Cup will be played on LAN on March 18 at MEGA shopping center in Moscow, Russia.
MODDII > ALL
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Post edited 2012-02-16 23:18:58
im so sleepy~
Post edited 2012-02-16 23:25:55
<3 delpan oh I get it...
Post edited 2012-02-17 13:04:59
fucking ddos server
chnagings servers? is a fucking joke kerhnet
Give yourself some credit man, your team is really strong and can definetely play even against the likes of fnatic
Fnatic > Na'Vi 2-0
SK > Knet 2-1
the final is fnatic vs sk 2-1
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Post edited 2012-02-17 00:13:12
ggglhf Na`Vi & KerchNET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, SK has a trace who is really mad mad fragger so gl kerchnet. They did good job.
Navi will win against fnatic. Because cArn's can't do special tactics for fnatic anymore. He's to old too.
Post edited 2012-02-17 07:09:07
I think he can come up with something.
And this is an online tournament so you shouldn't be prepared to see something new from both teams since bigger and more important LAN events is coming up.
You maybe missed the iem5 EU championship in the beginning of 2011, Dsn and Carn brought in THREE new players and they won that event.
And yes they had some problems during the year, changed players and so on, but they still managed to win 3 big Events.
Carn can still play, because he still got the passion for it.
It's not often He makes these 3-5 kills but they still happen if you have your eyes open :)
Post edited 2012-02-17 15:12:38
However, having a player like this in your team (whether or not he's the IGL) means you also need specialist madfraggers. The addition of Moddii seems to have filled this gap.
Post edited 2012-02-17 17:25:40
one of them was just against mouz.
They only changed one. Delpan-pita. kicking pita and taking him back was carn's problem.
MODDII can be madfragger but other teams has madfraggers too. So in-game leaders make difference.
dsn retired at 25. ave retired at 23. and carn is still trying to win money from fnatic.
Post edited 2012-02-17 17:43:35
Go ace f0rest
Go ace GeT_RiGhT
Go ace face
Go ace Robban
SK vs KerchNet => SK
and then SK vs fnatic in finals, would be epic matchup :)
oh really? they won against them 2-0..
you sir are full of crap!
"two much skill to handle" pfff.