CLG edge out SK
CLG have joined Astralis in ELEAGUE's Group C final after defeating SK Gaming 2-1 (6-16 on Train, 16-10 on Cobblestone and 16-14 on Overpass).
The second semi-final match in Atlanta pitted an in-form SK Gaming, riding the wave after some great results during the first two days, against CLG, who had failed to impress during the round-robin stage, in which they picked up just two points.
Train kicked off the series, and here SK got off to a fantastic start on the CT side as they secured a quick 5-0 lead. CLG then picked up two rounds in a row, but SK continued in the driving seat and stormed to a 12-3 half-time lead.
SK piled more misery on CLG by winning the opening two rounds on the Terrorist side, but their winning streak came to an end after that as Faruk "pita" Pita put CLG in control with a trio of Famas kills. The North American team would be able to reduce the deficit to 6-14, but that was as far as they would go on this map.
Next up was Cobblestone, which had an extremely close first half. After both teams put together strings of three rounds, SK took control of the game and brought the scoreline to 7-4 in their favor. CLG would not allow the Danish team to run away with the lead, however, winning three of the last four rounds of the half to keep the deficit to a minimum.
CLG advance to the final
When the sides swapped, CLG's offense flourished, with the North American side dropping just two rounds in total before taking the map at 16-10.
It all came down to Overpass, where CLG won the pistol round and the following anti-eco rounds to start off the game with a 3-0 lead. SK then put their put their foot down to hold back back the Americans, reducing the deficit to just one round, but Tarik "tarik" Celik's side responded by going on a massive run to close out the half with a 12-3 lead.
CLG looked to have found their comfort zone, and things went from bad to worse for SK as they dropped the first two rounds on the CT side. The Americans eventually reached match point at 15-5, but surprisingly it took them way too long to close this one out, only doing so in the very last round, when the prospect of overtime loomed on the horizon.
K - D
Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik
57 - 57
Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64
54 - 54
James 'hazed' Cobbhazed
46 - 57
Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC
48 - 50
Faruk 'pita' Pitapita
41 - 55