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ESC Gaming and SK Gaming played another extremely intense match in which the Polish team came out on top after 3 maps, 16-14 on de_nuke, 11-16 on de_mirage and 16-14 on de_train, which secured them a clash with Natus Vincere in the final of IEM6 World Championship.
SK Gaming and ESC Gaming met in the second semi-final of IEM6 World Championship in Hannover, in what was a repeat of the WCG 2011 grand final and also the same stage of competition at CeBIT last year. The Poles came out on top on both of those occasions, although this time SK would feature their latest addition, Martin "trace" Heldt for the first time against ESC.
The first map of the match was de_nuke where the Polish team had a promising start by winning their Terrorist side pistol-round, but it turned out it was nothing but false hope for them. After losing the next two eco rounds, SK Gaming started up their machinery and locked up the entire map, winning twelve rounds in a row. A large part in not allowing the Poles to win any buy rounds was great individual play by Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, who racked up 19 kills.
ESC Gaming desperately needed the next pistol-round if they were to make a comeback, and they succeeded in that making their plan start to fall into place. Round by round, it was now SK who couldn't find a way to get on the scoreboard, and the Poles got very close, which prompted SK to ask for a timeout while leading 13-12.
The pause didn't help much, as ESC won the next three rounds and reached match point at 15-13. SK had one last attempt at getting something from this map, but the last round belonged to ESC Gaming who clinched an unexpected comeback win of 16-14. Similarly to Alesund's exploits in the first half, ESC was helped a lot by impressive play of Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski, who had a 22-5 score in the second half.
Up next was de_mirage where the score didn't turn out so uneven, as after losing the Terrorist side pistol-round and the following semi-buy, ESC's Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas turned a 1vs3 situation into a first round for his team. He followed that up with another 1vs1 win, which propelled the Poles into an 8-4 lead. SK managed to respond with three of their own rounds and the half ended with an 8-7 scoreline.
SK won the second half pistol round and went back into the lead 10-8. At this point individual heroics went into play from their side as well, when in the first buy round Martin "trace" Heldt won a 1vs2 situation, securing his team a 12-8 advantage.
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg was the next one to step up, when he won an even more unlikely 1vs2 to gain a 14-9 lead and break his opponents' money before the deciding round. Match point followed for SK, and even though ESC stuck in there for another two rounds, the map went to the Swedish team after a 16-11 result.
The deciding map would be de_train, on which the teams already met two days earlier in the competition's group stage, with SK coming out on top with ease 16-4. Same as then, ESC started on the CT side, but the result wouldn't go exactly the same way. Unlike when showing horrendous defense then, the Poles now seemed like a completely different team, locking up the bomb sites and winning rounds convincingly. Apart from winning one round, SK wasn't able to find another solution, so the Poles cruised to a 14-1 lead.
The match wasn't over yet though, as it was now SK's turn to defend and they started showing a similar display, not allowing their opponents more than one round for a while. In the end it all came down to the 30th round of de_train, with both teams under high pressure. ESC Gaming was the one with more composure as they finally won the round they've been chasing for a 16-14 win, which brought them the overall victory in this semi-final.
The scenario ended up being quite similar to the last season's encounter, with the Polish team winning the 3rd map 16-14, while just as then they will be meeting Natus Vincere in the final. That match is scheduled to start tomorrow at 09:10, but before that, SK Gaming and Lions will play the 3rd place decider starting today around 16:00.
GL ESC and NaVi in the finals =)
SK needs to practice on being humble, they would've had a bigger chance winning this if they hadn't been so sure they would win it. (14-1 says it all, ESC is great, but 14-1? Come on, what the fudge)
gr8 match, gl vs navi
U MAD SWEDE? GTFO WITH YOUR POOR SK FAGS
Post edited 2012-03-09 15:30:39
He should and Pasha was fucking awesome. :O
ESC RULLZ <3
still why didn't SK have time to prepare something else?
It was not a matter of team chemistry, but instead robban just "brain froze" and didn't know what to do and how to use the 3 talented aimers that he's got
Post edited 2012-03-09 15:34:30
amazing game as always vs Swedes.
Post edited 2012-03-09 15:31:52
Thx for crazy show Swedes and gl in next match.
well, ESC will win Na`Vi ^^ hope so.
16-14 x2, damn so close D:
Amazing game, ESC will win the final easy ofc.
Also quite obvious Poles have Balls to end the game at tight scores(2 times 15-14).
SK will be better next time when they will have their T-side fixed.
he was their most impressive player at this event, it's all because of their weak strats, I mean they claimed 3 rounds in 30 rounds on their T-side
SK have always been a great CT-team since GTR/f0rest joined!
It's true that they can overrun literally every team with worse aim than theirs, but they finally face some1 at their level Na`Vi/ESC, they cant walk into the site and kill everybody...with the right tactical changes (meaning robban improving his strats or eventually opening a spot for a better igl) SK would dominate 2 out of 3 events!
My point SK losing 0-8 on T-side they just cant get a round
Na`Vi/ESC losing 0-8, they'd do something amazing and break the opponents momentum!
SK are a team that when they win they have to overrun their opponent, they dont have any mid-game
they like to WIN regardless of everything else...yes the game was close, but robban made some terrible calls, but with that team they should not be the one losing 14-1, at a map so much dependent on aim like is de_train
SO it's kinda deserved imo...
THE BEST MATCH IN 2k12:)
GG ESC, WP SK <3
Did GeT_RiGhT cry?
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Post edited 2012-03-09 15:48:06
GL ESC on the grand final tomorrow! =D
very intense match.
swedens pwnd again
what they goto do now?
ESC = NA'VI over SK. that's simple
pd: buy marik and neo, maybe with that sk can win a major again.. (sarcasm)
It's not really a solid argument, since all great matches are ending like this.
PS trace was sick, sad but true, I must admit that ESC was really great.
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Post edited 2012-03-09 15:49:52
Are you 10 y/o?
This is a game with a lot of emotion if you lose such an intense game like this you'll just walk away and say "good game ESC I'm happy for your win, too bad I lost, well, its life... :D"
Seriously grow up idiots, what about taz when he won he also cried in the other event.
Did you ever see real sports or something? When its an intense important match if they lose there are some players that lay on the ground crying.
It's about a person's personality if they are emotional and want to win something so bad if they lose its obviously they will cry.
ESC Gaming vs. Natus Vincere - My dream final!
Could ESC have made the same comeback?
pasha play amazing this will big final !
sad for GTR and co :(
Post edited 2012-03-09 15:47:17
"SK is fucking much better."
so why sk no win ?
Post edited 2012-03-09 15:51:33
it's not good behavior from adult to cry like kid when you lose in computer game match
professional athletes cry also. He just reacts more emotional than others. thats all
So, no, at this level its not just a game, it soemthing that you live for and prepare for days and months. And when you lose, yes, you will cry. Maybe not publicly, but in a dark of youre room definitely. That does not make you better.
Good example, im playing poker for living and i have never seen or heard about poker player who would start to cry if he can't get to final or win. And in poker we usually have much higher prizes than CS players ever have
gotta love these polish fanboys
WCG world finals final Decider:SK14-16ESC
IEM6 world final semi-final Decider:SK14-16ESC
SK is the pronoun of tragedy.........
Nice ESC :)
At least I hope so...
Post edited 2012-03-09 16:25:30
btw if I dont see the result, I give victory to SK due to better stats
he played like ceh9 on a bad day
gg, you were better today. not much, just few point but anyway - better.
thanks for great match
Post edited 2012-03-09 16:28:03
Neo - 68-57
pasha - 66-60
taz - 66-62
But what a great display of teamplay and will to win from both sides.
I think that SK will take CPH games. The teamplay they have after such a short period of time is great.
Now its time to perfectionate your strats and remove the errors.
Great match, hope ESC will take it all, THEY DESERVE IT!
just the first match with trace and such a high performance from SK... They will be the best when the reach the teamplay
de_inferno 60% / 40%
de_train 60% / 40%
de_nuke 40% / 60%
de_tuscan 50% / 50%
de_mirage 40% / 60%
de_forge 40% / 60%
Natus Vincere vs. ESC Gaming 2-1
When Golden five change lineup we have no name players.... but altought then can be on the top.
i remember: mirri, zibi, napalm, rulon, pionas for a while, LUQ! BEFORE playing in G5 nobody knows them.
Post edited 2012-03-09 17:49:14
It's just great to watch a team like Golden_Five with such great teamwork. I will cheer for them tomorrow :)
He's now the best of SK, along with f0rest.
I'll believe even more in SK in the next tournaments, such an amazing addition to the team.
I loose , win steelseries 7H contest....:(......gg
I think his performance or the lack of it made the difference. Hes friggin senya of SK..
ESC = Barcelona > SK = Real