Tempo Storm win CEVO Gfinity S9
Tempo Storm have picked up their first international victory at CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9 Finals after defeating SK 3-1 (Cache 16-5, Dust2 19-17, Mirage 9-16, Cobblestone 16-8) in the grand final for $55,000 in prizemoney.
Similarly to three maps versus Virtus.pro yesterday, Tempo Storm started off strong on Cache opposing SK. A pistol round win as CT, Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles's triple in a 2v3 retake scenario and João "felps" Vasconcellos's triple on the A bombsite pushed the game to 7-0 before the Danes could reply.
Economy of the underdogs was in shreds once Henrique "HEN1" Teles got an AWP triple of his own on A, and from there on even rounds such as the 21st where Andreas "MODDII" Fridh got a double entry kept going Tempo's way.
As LUCAS1 managed to win a 1v1 with a defuse in positional advantage and HEN1 got another trio of kills, making the halftime score 14-1, it was only a matter of time before the Brazilian squad picked up map one. Cache ended at 16-5 when Ricardo "boltz" Prass got a quad-kill with a saved AK while his teammates were on an eco.
Map two, Dust2, was expected to be much closer and it delivered from the start. Doubles from boltz and felps in the pistol put TS up on 2-0, but the Danes took it right back with three in a row. Another double by boltz and one from HEN1 stopped the streak and helped their team retake the lead, but it was taken back shortly after.
boltz played amazingly on the first two maps
MODDII was consistently getting kills as SK took another three-round streak, but with Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves defending B with an AWP and boltz winning a 1v2 retake on the same site, the Brazilian number two was up 8-7 going into their own Terrorist side.
The former Luminosity player continued with stellar play in the second pistol round as well, as another double from him won TS the second pistol round. So did the lonesome Swede amongst the Danes however, as he clutched a 1v3 with a Scout in a retake scenario on the A bombsite.
That helped SK Gaming win three in a row once more, but the two anti-ecos/forcebuys were costly, which put them on an eco in turn once SHOOWTiME's flank made it even at 10-10. Across the next four rounds Tempo won two 2v2's on the B bombsite, the second of which was - once again - all boltz who got four more kills to his name.
Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and MODDII were the stars of SK once more, as their individual play made it even at 14-14, but their gamble where the Swede was left alone on B didn't pay off and Tempo Storm got to match point. They couldn't close it out in regulation though, but managed to take three rounds as T in overtime and got the victory in the last round as CT at 19-17 despite a poor mid-to-B setup.
SK's second pick, Mirage, started off with Emil "Magisk" Reif turning in four kills in the T-sided pistol, which rocketed his team to a 4-0 lead as boltz couldn't defuse the bomb in time after a close clutch situation in the first gunround.
Friis stepped up on Mirage
Three following rounds into the hands of Tempo Storm due to individual play from the trio of HEN1, boltz and LUCAS1, but Michael "Friis" Jørgensen replied with one of his own for 5-3, eventually extended to 7-3. LUCAS1's 1v2 clutch while Tempo was on an eco and him saving a close 1v3 attempt from MODDII gave his team three rounds out of five as SK switched over at a 9-6 lead.
After the Brazilian squad overpowered the B bombsite in the pistol, Pimp finally stepped up to the plate with a quick all-headshot triple with a fiveseven after a struggle on the first half. That completely shifted the course of the remainder of the map, his team stormed onto a 14-7 before Friis made it match point after two attempts at defusing the bomb with one of his opponents being alive. SK made the series 2-1 after only two more rounds at 16-9.
The fourth map was Cobblestone, a map on which Tempo Storm previously defeated SK 16-6 in the group stage, and the second time wasn't any different than that. HEN1 and company started with a commanding 8-0 lead despite some of the rounds starting with a two-man advantage for SK Gaming.
The Brazilians are on the rise
HEN1 delivered great plays over the course of the first half, including a 1v2 and a triple-kill in two of the four gunrounds towards the start. Pimp also showed up, as his triple secured his team one of the rounds as CT, but overall the Brazilians were too much to handle.
HEN1 ended up at 17-4 at the end of the first half as his team switched over to Counter-Terrorists at 12-3. They couldn't convert a 4v2 into a pistol round win however, as both Friis and Pimp picked up doubles in the unfavorable situation.
That gave them two rounds, but HEN1 stopped the streak in its tracks with three kills with the AWP once again. Their economy was broken after they lost the following round, but they were still able to win one of the ecos on the B bombsite and set the score to 14-8. Two more rounds afterwards they celebrated their first international victory at 16-8, 3-1.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|84 - 74||+10||84.3||1.17|
|76 - 72||+4||79.5||1.07|
|63 - 73||-10||70.8||0.98|
|62 - 72||-10||60.2||0.88|
|55 - 80||-25||64.7||0.81|
|Tempo Storm||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|89 - 62||+27||93.2||1.37|
|77 - 58||+19||73.8||1.17|
|84 - 79||+5||84.6||1.14|
|73 - 65||+8||77.2||1.06|
|46 - 77||-31||60.8||0.76|
CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9 Finals standings:
1. Tempo Storm - $55,000 2. SK - $30,000 3-4. Virtus.pro - $12,500 3-4. HellRaisers - $12,500 5-6. Dignitas - $5,000 5-6. OpTic - $5,000 7-8. Splyce - $2,500 7-8. Selfless - $2,500