HellRaisers, OpTic go 2-1 in Katowice
HellRaisers and OpTic Gaming are one step closer to ESL One Cologne after defeating dignitas and FlipSid3 Tactics, respectively.
The first set of matches featuring teams with a 1-1 record began with a Nuke clash between dignitas and HellRaisers. The Danish team had pulled off a fantastic comeback the day before on this very same map after a strong CT display, but this time around they were simply outgunned.
A blazing start from HellRaisers saw them get out to a quick 5-0 lead as dignitas struggled to keep up with the pace of their opponents. After getting their economy stabilised, dignitas were able to get a couple of rounds, but HellRaisers still had plenty of money in the bank and hit back in the following round.
Down 2-7, dignitas were handed a heavy blow as they allowed Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow to win a 1vs3 clutch. HellRaisers continued on a roll, eventually reaching 10 rounds, with their streak coming to an end thanks to a quadra kill from Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke. But that did little in the way of stopping the European mixture, which took a commanding 11-4 half-time lead.
HellRaisers acquitted themselves really well against dignitas
The second half began with Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný getting a trio of kills during dignitas' ramp rush to give his team a more substantial lead. After picking up both anti-eco rounds, HellRaisers went on to win the first full gun round to reach match point, when dignitas' Terrorist side finally flourished.
The Danish team went on a six-round winning streak, forcing HellRaisers to call a tactical pause. The break gave HellRaisers the time they needed to adjust their defense as they came back into the game in full force and stopped dignitas' rush without losing a single member to seal a convincing 16-10 win.
K - D
27 - 17
18 - 14
22 - 16
16 - 16
15 - 14
Next up was an intercontinental battle between FlipSid3 Tactics and OpTic Gaming on Train. The Ukrainian team came out the brighter, picking up the pistol round in a B retake and following it up with an anti-eco round to get a 2-0 lead.
But once OpTic bought up, the impetus of the game changed completely as the Canadian team secured seven rounds in a row. The rounds FlipSid3 edged out were few and far between as OpTic sat on a comfortable 11-4 lead at the end of the half.
OpTic barely broke a sweat against FlipSid3
After the break, OpTic came out with fire in the belly and reached match point with a string of four rounds. FlipSid3 would still get three rounds on the board before the Canadian team eventually locked down the map, 16-7.
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|25 - 11||+14||119.7||1.82|
|22 - 9||+13||78.6||1.55|
|16 - 14||+2||86.4||1.25|
|14 - 12||+2||59.2||1.07|
|13 - 14||-1||67.9||1.00|
|FlipSid3||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|20 - 17||+3||90.3||1.11|
|13 - 20||-7||70.7||0.81|
|13 - 17||-4||60.9||0.75|
|8 - 17||-9||50.0||0.60|
|6 - 19||-13||43.8||0.39|