Titan, Conquest to CEVO semi-finals
The final two teams to make the playoffs of the CEVO-P Season 8 are Titan and Conquest, perhaps defeating their respective rivals of Luminosity and dignitas somewhat unexpectedly in both groups' deciding matches.
Group A's deciding match of the CEVO-P Season 8 finals at the MLG.tv arena was a rematch of both teams' openers with Titan and Luminosity squaring off yet again.
It was Titan who made sure to not put the cart before the horse this time as Richard "shox" Papillon used his newfangled leading powers to give the Belgian-French team a map win on de_cache with a score of 16-11.
de_cbble on the other hand was much more in Luminosity's court with the Brazilians taking that map 16-11, a somewhat ironic fact considering both teams defeated each other on their own map picks.
The RpK-tank came rolling through a town named Luminosity on de_inferno
The final map was where Titan's support Cédric "RpK" Guipouy put in a strong performance, helping win multiple key rounds to give Titan the 16-14 map win on de_inferno, a series win, and the third spot in the CEVO Season 8 semifinals.
K - D
Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM
73 - 63
Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK
62 - 57
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
62 - 58
Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz
56 - 60
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ
45 - 61
The second game pitted Conquest, a North American team making its first offline appearance and who made it to the decider match after defeating regional rivals Liquid.
Conquest, powered by Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz, Keith "NAF" Markovic, and Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan took off on the first map of de_cbble and, supported by boisterous local fans, managed to stun the Danes 16-9 on the first map.
On de_train, a clearly shaky dignitas went down 0-6 to Conquest but managed to rally and finish the half 8-7 up. The game went the ultra longhaul from here on out, as Conquest first managed to get match-point at 15-12 but then lost the advantage and the game went into overtime.
The first overtime saw both teams win all 3 CT rounds and thus force a second overtime but it was finally here that dignitas powered ahead and took the second map 22-19.
The final map of de_cache was once again a nailbiter with dignitas ending the first half while 10-5 but a tenacious Conquest defense pulled ahead and ultimately saw the North American team win 16-13 to be the final team to make the CEVO semifinals.
K - D
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw
80 - 69
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM
81 - 61
William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH
72 - 65
Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF
64 - 72
Damian 'daps' Steeledaps
53 - 68
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