StarSeries XIII day one wrap-up

We take a look at the first day's matches at the SLTV StarSeries XIII finals taking place at the CyberSport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine from June 19-21.

With six teams competing at the SLTV StarSeries XIII finals in the CyberSport Arena in a round robin format for four playoff spots, the first day of action promised to set the ground for who might advance.

The Bulgarians of GPlay, who entered the tournament at the last minute in lieu of Titan dropping out due to work commitments, broke out onto the wider scene with an auspicious opener against EnVyUs, winning 16-14 on de_dust2.

This result is not the first time that EnVyUs have been upset with the exact same score and map, and the event's opening atmosphere hearkened back to CLG's underdog victory over the nV team during MLG X Games Aspen.

Whether the surprise victory can be chalked up to EnVyUs' slow best-of-one starting matches or GPlay's hunger to prove themselves is probably a question that can be answered in more than one way. Regardless, it gave GPlay a crucial win in the groupstage.


v1c7oR has a reason to be happy about GPlay's day one performance 

The next match was an equally impressive opener for Gamers2, as the Polish outfit cruised to a fairly comfortable victory against HellRaisers. In the latter team's defense, they are attending the event without star player Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov, and instead using Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov.

With Jacek "MINISE" Jeziak leading the charge in terms of frags, Gamers2 shut down HellRaisers 16-6 on de_overpass and gave themselves a much needed win in the round robin group.

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HellRaisers had a chance to return the score and worsen EnVyUs' two-time consecutive championship-winning streak at StarSeries, however the Frenchmen recouped themselves and shut the CIS-region team down 16-7 on de_cache.

Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux scored far above any other player in the game, earning an astounding 1.94 rating by the match's end.

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The next game saw the two remaining teams of the tournament have their debut, Na`Vi and FlipSid3. With both teams fielding various mixtures of Ukrainian players, the match promised to be a bit of a hometown derby.


Despite his overall team's results, s1mple's performance is no doubt on its way to a top 3 standing 

Working in a fashion similar to Titan, FlipSid3 put wunderkind Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in positions to get frags, which shows in the game's statistics as his 1.54 rating is bounds above his teammates. However, Na`Vi were utilising a higher calibre of overall players and Denis "seized" Kostin and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács in particular helped power Na`Vi to a 16-13 win on de_cbble.

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 25 - 19 +6 - 1.14
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 22 - 17 +5 - 1.07
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 26 - 25 +1 - 1.02
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 19 - 21 -2 - 0.89
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 16 - 19 -3 - 0.82
 FlipSid3 K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 31 - 21 +10 - 1.54
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelovmarkeloff 19 - 21 -2 - 0.87
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik 20 - 23 -3 - 0.86
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit 15 - 20 -5 - 0.81
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' GorodenskiyB1ad3 16 - 23 -7 - 0.63

Na`Vi stayed in their seats to face-off against GPlay, the undoubted dark horse of the event. Despite a dominant and aggressive 12-3 Terrorist half on de_inferno, the Bulgarians found themselves growing increasingly frustrated as Na`Vi mounted an even more impressive T half.

Na`Vi therefore became the first team to achieve a 2-0 standing in the group after taking de_inferno off of GPlay 16-14, in perhaps the closest game of the first day.

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The next game saw FlipSid3 playing Gamers2 on de_mirage. This game broke the trend of close games with FlipSid3 frankly crushing the Polish side and it was s1mple once again who led the charge, putting up a 25-8 scoreline with a final rating of 1.97.

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The penultimate game of the day was interesting for a variety of reasons. In the game, GPlay played another game that went to 30 rounds, however this time the Bulgarians won over HellRaisers 16-14 on de_inferno.

The close loss will be felt especially keenly by HellRaisers as it effectively bars the team from progressing to the playoffs. The game also highlights that GPlay remain a team prone to wild variations in momentum-based play, able to sometimes put up monstrous halves and then choke them away.

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The final game of the day gave Na`Vi a chance to break away from the pack and earn a third straight victory.

However, it was the Polish Gamers2' turn to shine on de_cbble, and a strong CT half combined with a batch of mistakes from Na`Vi saw the Polish team running away with the game.


SZPERO's Gamers2 become the third team to achieve two wins in the groupstage 

18-year-old Michał "MICHU" Müller helped put the nails in Na`Vi's coffin, and ultimately keep the groupstage close after day one's end, as the Poles ended the game with a 16-8 win over Na`Vi.

 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Poland Michał 'MICHU' MüllerMICHU 31 - 16 +15 - 1.69
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 17 - 14 +3 - 1.10
Poland Grzegorz 'SZPERO' DziamałekSZPERO 16 - 17 -1 - 0.89
Poland Paweł 'innocent' Mocekinnocent 14 - 18 -4 - 0.84
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 14 - 17 -3 - 0.80
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 28 - 19 +9 - 1.58
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 16 - 18 -2 - 0.98
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 15 - 17 -2 - 0.83
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 14 - 19 -5 - 0.73
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 9 - 20 -11 - 0.47

With the groupstage still appearing fairly close, aside from HellRaisers' results, tomorrow's action promises to be equally thrilling.

The first match begins at 10:00 with EnVyUs playing FlipSid3 and HLTV.org will be active as ever to bring updated scores, photos, and information to you as it occurs.

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' Jeziak
Jacek 'MINISE' Jeziak
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1401
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
go navi you can do this
2015-06-19 23:11
n1
2015-06-19 23:11
yay
2015-06-19 23:11
#4
CIS Heeze 
wp
2015-06-19 23:11
#5
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
It is great to see that those "T2 teams" bring in so much preparation and motivation.
2015-06-19 23:15
Agree. Everyone said this tournament will be shit because of the Lack of good teams, i really enjoyed the matches and those Lower teams really stepped up
2015-06-19 23:27
#6
 | 
France cedd 
the only teams that are above everyone else are tsm and fnatic. anyone else can upset anyone right now
2015-06-19 23:16
TSM ? lol.
2015-06-19 23:30
That's why TSM almost always loses to VP? :D
2015-06-20 00:02
tsm won the last 3 events including fnatic, vp & co, so who the fuck cares about single matches? tournament wins matter and tsm is RIGHT NOW the best team.
2015-06-20 15:17
GPlay to win it all
2015-06-19 23:18
Not worth to watch
2015-06-19 23:22
Silly comment, the games have been very close and entertaining, not to mention watching new players step up is always interesting.
2015-06-20 09:50
v1c7oR? Wasn't that the one "spray-and-pray" type of guy? Saw him once on HLTV YouTube.
2015-06-19 23:24
"spray and pray" lmfao you cheeky guy ;) people above the rank of DMG(mby LEM now) are people who don't spray and pray,but control the spray and land shots with pure skill ,not by praying,seriously what a stupid comment to make :D
2015-06-19 23:30
youtube.com/watch?v=wJboAH6FrBg Video speaks for itself. =]
2015-06-20 00:33
crazy spray :D
2015-06-21 01:38
More like "Spray-and-pray" as there is absolutely no recoil control. =D
2015-06-21 02:29
Gplay need to learn how NOT to get overcome by the burden to bring it to victory,to not let it get to them in the last second being like "omg are we going to win it? are we?!" and just completely fail rounds that are not even impressive compared to how the game went in earlier rounds meaning they just choked,for example against na'vi when they lost 1v3 vs guardian who was literally on 5 hp or smth or when dreamer fail sprayed 2 Na'Vi members that weren't even looking at his direction and he just died without taking anyone with him while it should have been 2 free kills for him since Na'Vi made the mistake to not have a person looking at pit in A on inferno :/ it was really STUPID how they lost it,it was their game *sigh* I guess the pressure was just too much,but if they want to become like a great T1 team that can fight on even grounds against the top teams needs to overcome that problem they have...
2015-06-19 23:29
I guess you're proud for them anyway, since u're bulgarian :) I really like to watch them play, and I think they just need a better org, so they could concetrate on CS more. As far as I know they don't have much of a salary, am I right? Still they are strong and really stepped up for the last few months.
2015-06-20 04:48
Gplay is an organisation that simply is for buying gaming gear,so it isn't an organisation focused on like gaming teams,but I guess they probably back them up with nice gear,not sure tho
2015-06-21 01:40
all teams good - let them pass!
2015-06-19 23:36
good day 1
2015-06-20 00:06
This tournament clearly shows that the upper tier teams have to prepare for the upcoming teams. Really nice that they are being punished for underestimating teams like Gplay and Gamers2.
2015-06-20 00:14
Gplay's t side against na'vi was some of the most impressive i've seen in a long time. na'vi's t side was good because of how poorly Gplay played the ct side. absoulutely brilliant strats from the bulgarians
2015-06-20 00:15
#25
Romania blg- 
Happy to see gplay doing big things, congrats!
2015-06-20 07:19
Final: Na`Vi vs FlipSid3
2015-06-20 12:51
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