EnVyUs to semi-finals over Na`Vi
EnVyUs are through to the ESL One Katowice semi-finals following a 2-1 victory over Natus Vincere (16-12 on de_cache, 14-16 on de_dust2 and 16-3 on de_cobblestone).
On de_cache, it was Na`Vi who claimed bragging rights first, thanks to a quad kill from Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, their pistol master, in the opening round of the map. Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Denis "seized" Kostin followed it up with three kills of their own in the first and second gun rounds, respectively, to give the Ukrainian side a sizeable 5-0 lead.
EnVyUs only managed to break Na`Vi’s momentum in the seventh round, but still they managed to start a streak that lasted for five rounds. With seized doing a great job in the fragging department, Na`Vi were able to get the last three rounds to sit on a 10-5 lead going into the break.
In the second half, Na`Vi once again came out the better and won the pistol round despite Richard "shox" Papillon killing four Na`Vi players in a 1-on-4 situation in A as he did not have enough time to defuse the bomb. Still, the Ukrainians were caught off-guard in the first anti-eco round as they carelessly pushed towards A without checking for opponents first.
EnVyUs went on to add the next four rounds to reduce the gap to 10-11, after which Na`Vi picked up a round of their own. However, the Frenchmen quickly regained control of the proceedings and secured six rounds in a row to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
EnVyUs scored first blood
Next up was de_dust2, where EnVyUs got off to a great start as they strolled to an early 5-0 lead. Both teams then went for a double AWP setup, and this time around it was Na`Vi who prevailed in the gun battle.
The next round then went to EnVyUs, who were now leading 6-1, but two AWP kills from the Terrorist spawn put Na`Vi in a 3-on-5 situation and allowed them to get back into the game. The rest of the half was neck-and-neck, with neither sidle being able to stamp their authority, and in the end EnVyUs were enjoying a narrow 8-7 lead before switching to the Terrorist side.
For the majority of the second half, it was a very close game to call as rounds kept going back and forth, but Na`Vi kept their cool and eventually took the score to 15-13 following some great fragging from GuardiaN. A forced buy from EnVyUs wreaked havoc in Na`Vi’s defense and took the match to the very last round, which ended up going to the Ukrainians despite the fact that they had the money disadvantage.
GuardiaN powered Na`Vi to equalise the series
After such an exciting map, fans were certainly disappointed to see that de_cobblestone was nothing more than a way-one street: despite some very close first rounds, EnVyUs, who started the map on the CT side, simply took control of proceedings from the fifth round onwards and went into the break with a whopping 13-2 lead.
The former LDLC side picked up where they had left off and added two more rounds to their tally to get on the brink of victory. Na`Vi then won their third round of the map, but it was simply too little, too late, as EnVyUs claimed the following round to seal passage into the semi-final stage of the tournament.
K - D
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
63 - 41
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
60 - 49
Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz
58 - 49
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
60 - 54
Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa
51 - 47