Maximum Effort has won the ESEA Invite Season 11 finals and $10,000 with four straight map wins in two best-of-three series over UMX after coming from the lower bracket (16-9 de_nuke, 16-5 de_train, 16-13 de_forge, 19-15 de_inferno).
First map was de_nuke where Paul "pauLy" Guerboyan scored three USP frags to win the opening pistol round. Maximum Effort went down 0-3, but rebounded by scoring seven of the next nine rounds. However, Christian "sobo" Soboleske's strong play at the end of the half closed the gap to just one round, 8-7.
Second pistol round went to 100% who instantly started pulling away from UMX as they went on a five round winning streak to make the score 13-7 in their favor. Nazar "steno" Vynnytsky's troops fought back by winning the next two rounds, but 100% secured the win with the following three rounds for a a 16-9 score on de_nuke.
Even a map change couldn't slow down Maximum Effort's flow, as strong play across the board as counter-terrorists on de_train helped them gain an early lead. UMX managed to win two rounds, but 100% went up 12-2 before Guerboyan's smart play in a two-on-three situation gave them one more round in the first half.
UMX won the second half pistol round with Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert saving his USP armor, but Sean "sgares" Gares' three AK frags in the third round made the score 13-5. Soboleske's crew attempted a force buy in the fourth round without success, and were forced to save after which gave 100% game point for the first series at 15-5. Gilbert & company wasted no time, winning de_train 16-5 and the first series 2-0.
After a break the second series commenced on de_forge where Maximum Effort scored the first three rounds, already improving on their showing from the previous night. 100% went up 7-4 before Christian "sobo" Soboleske's UMX, helped by his 20 frag effort, scored the remaining four rounds for a 7-8 half.
Second pistol round went to UMX as leader Nazar "steno" Vynnytsky and Paul "pauLy" Guerboyan combined for five USP kills. 100% won round four, but UMX broke their money in the following round to go up 5-1, 13-8 overall. Maximum Effort mounted a comeback, scoring eight rounds in a row to win 16-13 with Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert leading the way with 14 frags.
UMX won another pistol as terrorists on de_inferno, as well as 100%'s two consecutive save rounds. Then it was Maximum Effort's turn to show strong play, winning seven of the next eight rounds to make it 7-4. UMX's B fake won them round twelve, but 100% won two of the three remaining rounds for a 9-6 lead.
Maximum Effort won their terrorist pistol round and went up 3-0 after two anti eco rounds. They attacked the A bomb site in the fourth round, winning easily while Soboleske fell behind the moto box, forcing UMX to save once again. At a 14-6 deficit, UMX mounted a comeback, bringing it back to 14-12 before 100% hit tournament point. That wasn't enough though, as UMX tied the game and forced an overtime.
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert's team switched to a higher gear once the overtime commenced as they were finally able to defend sites after getting the bomb planted. They secured three rounds as terrorists without much trouble, and then secured the 19-15 win as counter-terrorists as Kory "semphis" Friesen took the last frag to secure their ESEA championship and $10,000 first place prize.
Match statistics for the grand final final's two best-of-three series:
Final standings of ESEA Invite Season 11 finals:
1. Maximum Effort - $10,000
2. Ultimax Gaming USA - $4,000
3. Check Six - $2,000
4. High Rollers Gaming - $1,400
5-6. mouseSpaz - $1,100
5-6. sapphirekelownadotcom - $1,100
The next season of ESEA Invite will once again feature Counter-Strike 1.6 and is set to begin in August. We will be uploading both HLTV and POV demos in the coming days as well as finishing the statistics for ESEA Invite Season 11 finals.
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ace clutch: seangares,warden,seb,flowsick
4k clutch: ele1nt and frod with 2; bladeq,fns,steno,sobo,n0swal,khayes with 1
3k clutch: n0swal and arya with 2; happa,dizzaman,bladeq,steno,knc,khayes,scorpion,eleint with 1
2k clutch: swag with 4!; khayes and fns with 3; ...
1v1 clutch: ele1nt and sobo with 5; hst and storm with 4; frod and warden with 3; ..
4k's: ele1nt and swag with 4; semphis,sobo,kiko,n0swal with 3; ...
3k's: swag with 20!; blade and steno with 14; pauly with 13; n0thing with 12; ...
you can see the full lists here http://play.esea.net/index.php?s=stats&last_ty..
Post edited 2012-07-01 22:29:59
a delight for moviemakers
he got a really big mouth
got beat up at a german lan a few years back
(yeah I know Denmark didn't even reach quater-finals) : O
They ran as much as spain. The difference is only 1-2km. Ball possession was %48 for italy.
You mean first half?
(disclaimer for all the kids who will read that wrong: i'm not saying he's better than n0thing as an all around cs player. i'm just pointing out the stats to show what level he's at)
Post edited 2012-07-01 23:40:35
#1 also means they can't practice a lot of strats they want to use because they're practicing against the teams they'll be playing
on #2, n0thing in an interview mentioned there were no bootcamps or anything before lan, just a bit of scrimming to stay in shape. that means they went into lan not very polished, or not as polished as can be at least
overall i 100% agree with you they were too low for EU, but i don't think it shows they couldn't compete if...if they got a sponsor to buy them a house in sweden or something like that :p so they could polish their game with practice against good teams. of course that won't happen, so maybe it's pointless to bring up
Nazar 'steno' Vynnytsky
2x Poles made in USA lulz
I was expecting more from semphis.
UMX KIKO had a good event. I've never understood flowsick. He is good for situational mid round stuff on terrorist side. But other times just seems to get caught and dies too often.
good tournament but maximum e would take 10 rounds vs a top european team , nothing only one who has the most international lan experience
Post edited 2012-07-02 11:39:52
what really surprised me is n0thing's name was vacant under all of the clutch round stats... i haven't watched any matches, but i'm assuming he's toned down the aggression n possibly igl? anyone know?
either that or he just passed the torch to swag, along w/ all his knowledge, human wall hacks, n what not...
i suppose part of the reason for n0thing falling down the stats is him, semphis, and swag are the three best riflers in n.a. currently, and they've got to share the frags :D. When you consider a team like EG with n0thing,frod,storm,lurp,gfn, n0thing was the clear star rifler, but with 100%, semphis and swag have both been statistically the best fraggers during the past few seasons. plus with the number of clutches swag and ele1nt have...only one person can be lms :p
swag is the man of the match but Maximum Effort is a n1 team, 4-0 :)
well that and pubs paid for and run by south americans (often venezuelans) who for some reason use a host in the mid-u.s.