Luminosity to last-four over Na`Vi
Luminosity Gaming are through to the semi-finals of the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals after beating Natus Vincere 2-0 (16-14 on de_train and 16-9 on de_mirage).
Luminosity and Natus Vincere entered this match riding the wave after picking up 2-0 wins during the opening round, and, as many had predicted, this was a fantastic series to watch from start to finish.
Train was the Brazilians' map pick, but it was Na`Vi who came out the brighter, having picked up the opening three rounds. Luminosity were able to hit back in gun rounds and won eight of the following nine rounds to bring the scoreline to 8-4. Na`Vi was starting to lose control of proceedings, but then Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev kept his team in the race with two stunning rounds.
Down 7-8, Na`Vi won the pistol and followed it up with the first anti-eco. The CIS team looked to be in a position to take a solid lead, but Luminosity put together a significant run of rounds to make it 14-10. Na`Vi battled back and won four of the next five rounds, but their hopes of taking the game to overtime were shattered by Marcelo "coldzera" David, who pulled off an incredible 1vs4 clutch to give Luminosity the lead.
cold's clutch gave Luminosity the win on de_train
Next up was de_mirage, where Luminosity got out to a five-round lead before Na`Vi could get their first round. The CIS lineup also added the next round to their tally, but their streak was cut short by a 1vs3 clutch from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo with the AWP. Luminosity kept pushing and brought the scoreline to 7-2, but Na`Vi were simply dominant during the final stages of the half, winning six rounds in a row to take an 8-7 lead into the second half.
Now playing on the Terrorist side, Luminosity were in control from the outset, dropping just one round in the entire half to seal a 16-9 victory and a 2-0 overall success.