LDLC.com won DreamHack Valencia 2014 following a 2-1 victory over Epsilon (5-16 on de_mirage, 16-6 on de_inferno, 16-11 on de_nuke).
LDLC were the team to claim bragging rights first, rushing the appartment area into the A site and killing everyone they found in their path. The two anti-eco rounds also went LDLC's way, but in gun play they struggled a bit at first, losing the fourth round after losing too much time after trying to enter the A site.
Richard "shox" Papillon then picked up a triple kill, shutting down the B site, this way forcing LDLC to go for another eco. In the next gun round, Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer went around the map and almost caught Epsilon's players from behind, but he ended up revealing himself halfway through, allowing for a defuse.
The scoreline was now 5-3 in favour of Epsilon, who were clearly looking like the better side here, as LDLC seemed to be playing to their opponents' tune while showing a lot of communication issues across the board. In the following round, shox picked a triple kill and Robin "GMX" Stahmer got himself two more kills to pile some more misery on LDLC.
Epsilon would go on to make it 10-3, at which point LDLC finally picked up their first round during gun play. However, their recovery was short lived as GMX's quadruple kill in A gave the former Clan-Mystik side their 11th round in the game.
In the second half, Epsilon added yet another round to their tally following an A push. After losing the first eco round, LDLC went for a full buy in the third round, a move that paid off as they reduced the deficit to 5-13. However, that was too little, too late, as Epsilon secured the last three rounds they needed to win the map 16-5.
GMX putting in big numbers on de_mirage
On de_inferno, LDLC, who got off on the highly-favoured CT side, found themselves one man short in the pistol after losing Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian in banana but they still managed to win the round by denying Epsilon as they entered the A site.
The first gun round also went to LDLC, who retook A after the last two Epsilon players found themselves boxed in the site. LDLC followed that up with another great round, with Happy getting three rounds to his name.
Little by little, LDLC were building a large lead, whereas Epsilon were a far cry from the side who had won the first map. Every time they lost a round, they would continue to buy instead of trying to save, which really hurt their economy. Epsilon only managed to score 11 rounds into the game, but that did not stop LDLC from going into the break up 13-2.
Things then went from bad to worse for Epsilon as LDLC picked up two more rounds to get just inches away from the win, but then shox gave his team a lifeline when he picked up an impressive ace that included two amazing Desert Eagle headshots. However, all they could do was merely delay the inevitable as LDLC ran out 16-6 winners.
Happy helped LDLC to turn the score around
On de_nuke, Epsilon, now playing as Terrorists, got off to a good start and won the pistol round by rushing courtyard towards the ramp, with KQLY still downing two opponents after being left in a one-on-four situation.
After winning the first two anti-eco rounds, the former Clan-Mystik team rushed the upper site but were completely slaughtered by LDLC, who were simply unstoppable in gun play.
In the 11th round, shox came close to pulling off one of the rounds of the tournament after being left in a 1-on-4 situation but he stopped short of killing the final opponent, who was left with just 12 HP. Later on, Happy took four players from point-blank range with a Shotgun to keep LDLC in the driving seat as Epsilon were trailing their opponents 3-12 at interval.
Epsilon knew they had a mountain to climb, but they refused to throw in the towel and kept themselves in the race by winning the pistol round, with Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey picking up four frags. During gun rounds, nerves got the better of both teams as a lot of mistakes were made, but in the end LDLC proved the better side and ran out 16-11 victors.
LDLC.com win Spanish event
K - D
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
59 - 43
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
58 - 43
Hovik 'KQLY' TovmassianKQLY
53 - 48
Kevin 'Uzzziii' VernelUzzziii
50 - 47
Mathieu 'Maniac' QuiquerezManiac
40 - 50
DreamHack Valencia 2014 Final Standings:
1. LDLC.com - €6,000
2. Epsilon - €2,500
3. HellRaisers - €1,500
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