Titan send iBP packing at G3
Titan are through to the semi-finals at the Gfinity 3 LAN following a 2-0 victory over iBUYPOWER (16-14 on de_dust2, 16-8 on de_inferno).
Starting off on the highly-favoured Terrorist side on de_dust2, Titan claimed bragging rights and won the pistol round and the two anti-eco rounds that followed. iBUYPOWER then strung three rounds together to make it 3-3.
The match was pretty much balanced at this time, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game. In the ninth round, iBP showed a lot of complacency when they rushed Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt in a 3-on-1 situation, with the French player somehow managing to take down all opponents.
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham then responded in convincing fashion by picking up four frags with the AWP, levelling the score on five rounds. The rest of the half pretty much followed the same pattern as the teams almost took turns to win rounds, with iBP eventually taking a narrow 8-7 lead to the break.
Things went from bad to worse for Titan then, as iBP executed a perfect mid push towards B in the pistol round and killed all opponents without losing a single player in the process. The two anti-eco that followed went to iBUYPOWER as well, who were now enjoying an 11-7 lead.
Titan then invested everything in the first gun round and went for a double AWP setup but suffered a huge blow early in the round as they lost Kenny "kennyS" Schrub in the double doors. That made things a lot easier for iBP, who, however, almost threw the round as they lost four players to Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, who was alone in a 1-on-5 situation. Luckily for the North American side, Titan's captain lost the decisive 1-on-1, otherwise that would have been a massive blunder.
Now down 7-12 and on the CT side, Titan looked like they had a mountain to climb, but little by little they managed to close the gap on their opponents and won the map 16-14 when the odds were clearly against them. The French team will have NBK- to thank for this victory as he was completely dominant in long, taking down three, one time even four opponents in this area.
NBK turning up the heat
Next up was de_inferno, with Titan, who were playing on the CT side, going aggressively in the apartment area, inflicting some serious damage on their opponents, with kennyS and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux getting two kills each. After losing one eco round, iBP went for a buy, a strategy that bore fruits as Titan, who still had shotguns and Famas, were overpowered in A.
iBP then equalised the game on two rounds, at which point Titan won their first eco of the map, with NBK- picking up four kills. Lucas "steel" Lopes came close to winning a 1-on-3 situation, but he was taken down by Ex6TenZ in the final battle.
The North American side kept winning the gun battles but they were unable to string rounds together as Titan kept winning the eco rounds. In the later stages of the first half, Titan were simply far too hot for their opponents as they picked up four rounds in a row to take a 10-5 lead into the second half.
In the pistol round, Titan and iBP traded a few kills in A before kennyS found himself alone against two opponents. The French AWPer then planted the bomb in B and still took down one opponent, but fell short against the last man standing from the North American team.
Titan then went for a buy and rushed B with a couple of auto pistols and were able to catch iBP off-guard once again, this way breaking any momentum from iBP that had been built up with the pistol round. The French team remained in cruise control until the end of the match and eventually ran out 16-8 winners, with a 1-on-3 from Keven "AZK" Lariviere being the only positive that the North American side will take from this second half.
K - D
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
51 - 34
Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM
48 - 32
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
46 - 36
Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz
27 - 35
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ
26 - 34