LDLC take down Virtus.pro
LDLC have taken down Virtus.pro 2-0 (16-14 de_dust2, 16-12 de_mirage) to advance to the semi-finals at ESL One Cologne 2014.
LDLC started the match by a mid-to-B attack that put the up 3-0. Fourth round saw the French score picks at A, which they converted into a round win and a 5-0 lead after a Polish save.
Down 0-5 as counter-terrorists, Virtus.pro started to lock things down with Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski leading the way. Eventually his AWP and CZ-75 ace got the Poles within just one.
Virtus tied the game at five before Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian's two kills gave LDLC the lead, followed by his team's two entry kills into B that forced their opponents on a save round.
Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez's triple made it 8-5 and broke Virtus' bank, but the Poles won a round with just a Scout and CZ-75s, before stopping LDLC's weak buy to end the half 7-8.
Virtus bail out of ESL One at 5-8th place
Three kills, including a one-on-two, by Snax got Virtus round fourteen, but they were then mowed down in the middle area twice, and had to save once, making it 13-14.
Uzzziii aced the saving Virtus squad, and they lost a round to go down 0-5. Finally Snax's two AK kills got them a round in A, and pashaBiceps converted a two-on-four into a win with Filip "NEO" Kubski.
TaZ dying grenade killed the final LDLC member to break their economy, and Virtus got to 4-5 before the Frenchmen replied, retaking the A successfully on the next round.
LDLC make their first major semi-finals
Two AWP kills by Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer in a two-on-two made it 7-4, and even a triple by Snax two rounds later wasn't enough to bring Virtus a round, until entries from NEO and TaZ achieved just that.
Final round went to LDLC with Maniac scoring three kills, and their connector to window to B split won them the all important second pistol round, giving them a 11-5 lead.
K - D
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
49 - 38
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
54 - 45
Kevin 'Uzzziii' VernelUzzziii
40 - 34
Hovik 'KQLY' TovmassianKQLY
43 - 36
Mathieu 'Maniac' QuiquerezManiac
27 - 36
LDLC will go on to face the winner of the last quarter-final between NiP and Cloud9 tomorrow at 12:00 in the semi-finals. Virtus.pro claim $10,000 for 5-8th place finish.