Quantic have edged out VeryGames in the consolidation final of ESEA Season 13 Global Finals in a very close series (22-20 on de_inferno_se, 16-14 on de_cache), scheduling a meeting with NiP in the grand final for $17,500.
The last day of action at ESEA Season 13 Global Finals kicked off with the consolidation final between VeryGames and Quantic, the winner of which would get a chance to challenge NiP in the grand final for $17,500.
As the top seeded team from the North American region, Quantic chose to veto three maps and leave it to VeryGames to pick the first one. The French selected de_inferno_se and a CT side start.
The very beginning of the match hinted that we would be in for a close affair as Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom won a 1-on-2 situation to give his team the pistol round. Quantic won the 3rd round, but they failed to plant the C4 against eco the round after so VG strolled to a 5-1 lead.
Carey "frozt" Kertenian then stepped onto the scene with his AWP, getting important picks and helping his team win a couple of 2-on-3 situations to narrow the lead down to 5-4. But once again the North Americans' slow paced attacks backfired and they failed to plant the C4 in the B bombsite after running into an eco-stack.
VG used that to go up 8-4 before a force buy by Quantic produced results. Trey "tck" Martin also stepped into the spotlight in the penultimate round of the first half, winning a 1vs2 situation to make it 8-6. In the last round of the half Nathan "NBK" Schmitt scored 3 kills before Kertenian almost won a 1vs4, but the French took the round for a 9-6 lead.
Quantic Gaming tck
tck clutched a couple of key rounds in the first map
VeryGames won the second half pistol, as well as the first two buy rounds and they quickly climbed onto a 14-6 lead, looking like they have cemented the first map victory. However, the home team kept their nerves and they fought back various attacks, including Martin's 1-on-3 situation at the B bombsite that pulled the score back to 14-12.
The other Martin in Quantic, Spencer "hiko", locked down the B bombsite in the next few rounds, scoring three and then five kills for a 15-14 advantage, although VG evened it out in the very last round and brought the match into overtime.
In the first few rounds of OT, VeryGames returned to what worked for them earlier – attacking the A bombsite – and they took a 17-15 lead, with Benrlitom then winning a 1-on-2 in B for their last T round, making the result 18-15.
frozt and DaZeD
frozt was the deciding factor in the first overtime
But the French team's ailment rose up again, as they were unable to close the match despite having favorable situations. First Kertenian and "tck" won a 2-on-3, then "hiko" and Kertenian somehow pulled off a 2-on-4, and in the third round Kertenian added another clutch 1-on-1 to take the map into second overtime, 18-18.
The second overtime once again saw the French take the lead after the first half, 20-19, but they were unable to break down Quantic's defense after the sides changed, seeing Kory "semphis" Friesen get his first big round of the map with 4 kills which clinched the map 22-20.
Moving on to Quantic's battleground de_cache, the French-Belgian mixture surprisingly went up 5-0 after a quick pistol and first buy round executions. They soon crumbled though, being unable to win a 3-on-2 against "tck" and Sam "DaZeD" Marine in the seventh round, and then seeing Kertenian win another important 1vs1 for 5-4.
moses and others watching Quantic play VeryGames
Quantic scored 10 rounds in a row on de_cache CT side
Quantic continued stopping VG's B attacks, as they won a 3-on-5 to take the lead for the first time and after that had "tck" win yet another clutch, this time a 1-on-1 for 7-5. The North Americans strolled to make it ten rounds in a row and to take a solid lead into the second half, 10-5.
But VeryGames didn't roll over and give up, instead they won the pistol round and made it 10-8 with no problems in the anti-ecos. Quantic took the first buy round though and looked on the way to taking the second as well, but Benrlitom showed his skill yet again and clutched a 1-on-2 despite being in a crossfire from two enemies.
ScreaM from VeryGames
ScreaM won a key round that kept VG in the game
That boosted his team who went on to tie the score at 11-11, right after which another very slow attack from Quantic fell into water when time expired, letting the French take the lead. The teams went neck to neck, exchanging the next few rounds as the score became 13-13, when Schmitt, forced to buy only a MAG7, scored three kills at the vents to put his team up 14-13.
However, same as yesterday against NiP in the second map, they were unable to hold onto that advantage and Kertenian once again stepped up and scored three kills including a 1-on-2 to equalize the result at 14-14.
VeryGames were unable to afford much in the last couple of rounds, which Quantic took perfect advantage of, and despite Benrlitom's best efforts at the A bombsite in the last round, the North American team came out victorious 16-14.
K - D
Carey 'frozt' Kertenianfrozt
58 - 43
Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko
57 - 49
Kory 'SEMPHIS' FriesenSEMPHIS
51 - 58
Sam 'DaZeD' MarineDaZeD
46 - 50
Trey 'tck' Martintck
38 - 49
After losing four maps in a row with only two rounds difference, two to NiP and now two to Quantic, VeryGames will have to settle for 3rd place which will bring them $4,000.
The North American squad will take on NiP in the grand final where they will need to win two best-of-threes, opposed to NiP's one, in order to get to the $17,500 first place prize. Second placed team will earn $7,000.