OpTic, Immortals to SL i-League S2

OpTic and Immortals have secured the two Americas qualifier spots (beating Cloud 2-1 and Renegades 2-0, respectively) to the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, taking place from September 7-11 in Nanjing, China.

The $300,000 SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, taking place in Nanjing, China from September 7-11, represent a $100,000 increase from the previous season whose finals in Minsk, Belarus in January of this year saw fnatic emerge victorious over Natus Vincere.

With the China qualifiers having already concluded, and the European qualifiers concluding only hours before (with Envy securing the final European spot), the North American evening saw the Americas qualifier bracket come to its apex, with both semifinals offering up spots to the $300,000 finals and no third place decider match unlike in the European qualifier.


tarik helped OpTic secure the first semifinal over Cloud9

The first semifinal was a North American face-off (with some Spanish seasoning thrown in) as Cloud9 took on OpTic, with both teams having recently effected roster changes as the former team brought in Timothy "autimatic" Ta from TSM and the latter team signed Tarik "tarik" Celik.

Despite Cloud9 having won both of their recent ESL Pro League Season 4 matches against OpTic the night before, Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert & co.'s map pick of Cache did not go according to plan as a neck and neck game eventually saw OpTic grind out the first map with a 16-14 score.

Cloud9 then demolished OpTic on their own map pick with a 16-6 scoreline but OpTic completed the upset by taking the decider map of Cobblestone 16-11 and thus became the second North American team to qualify for the SL i-League StarSeries S2 Finals (after Liquid who are an invitee).

Matchpage
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2
23rd August 2016
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Cache
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Mirage
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11
Cobblestone
16

 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing 62 - 50 +12 86.7 1.21
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiekshroud 59 - 50 +9 81.1 1.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 55 - 52 +3 77.6 1.09
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 49 - 49 0 79.6 1.00
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle 45 - 44 +1 60.6 0.97
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 61 - 53 +8 79.3 1.13
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 57 - 55 +2 76.8 1.10
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 50 - 48 +2 68.3 0.99
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 47 - 57 -10 66.2 0.93
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 30 - 57 -27 54.8 0.71

The second semifinal was between two teams not from North America, as the Brazilians of Immortals and the Australians of Renegades competed for the second North American spot.


felps and the Immortals had no problem brushing aside Renegades in the second semifinal 

Unlike the first semifinal however, the Immortals flattened Renegades on their map pick of Overpass with a 16-6 score and then ground out Cobblestone with a 16-10 win, with Justin "jks" Savage & co. only beginning to come alive towards the late end of the game.

 Immortals K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 36 - 21 +15 79.0 1.32
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 38 - 25 +13 82.8 1.30
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 38 - 36 +2 95.5 1.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 31 - 24 +7 75.8 1.12
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Pradozews 35 - 31 +4 74.2 1.08
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 36 - 37 -1 94.5 1.19
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekonyam 26 - 31 -5 63.5 0.92
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 27 - 40 -13 71.7 0.82
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 20 - 33 -13 51.6 0.72
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' MulhollandRickeh 28 - 37 -9 47.5 0.72

The list of teams who will attend the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals is therefore:

Sweden fnatic France G2 CIS Natus Vincere United States Liquid
Denmark Astralis Poland Virtus.pro Sweden NiP Other TBA *
China VG.CyberZen China TYLOO Korea MVP Project Denmark Dignitas
Denmark X France Envy North America OpTic Brazil Immortals

*The remaining team to be announced for the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals is SK's replacement, as the Brazilian team had to withdraw due to fer's health issues, and this final team has not been announced yet.

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Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
862
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Spain Miki2K 
No C9 no fun
2016-08-23 05:09
#9
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Brazil KerimZ 
ez for korea btw last team will be GODSENT for sure
2016-08-23 05:10
why you think is godsent? any source or good guess?
2016-08-23 05:15
#34
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Brazil KerimZ 
ayee_lmao1 said that on his irc chat
2016-08-23 05:16
when will they announce? tmrrw?
2016-08-23 05:21
#49
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Brazil KerimZ 
dunno, but soon
2016-08-23 05:22
yeah probably
2016-08-23 11:11
#85
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Other anarh1st47 
Fnatic not invited, godsent is Proof starladder.com/en/event/csgostarseries/c..
2016-08-23 13:38
#13
sergej | 
United States t0xic93 
i hate you rn.
2016-08-23 05:09
#18
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Spain Miki2K 
:P N/A has got slow net bruh, it is 5:10 AM in Spain and i was waiting for this!
2016-08-23 05:10
#20
sergej | 
United States t0xic93 
what a god. haha <3
2016-08-23 05:11
#2
sergej | 
United States t0xic93 
EZ
2016-08-23 05:09
niiice
2016-08-23 05:18
#3
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Ireland Mackey91 
D
2016-08-23 05:09
da
2016-08-23 05:09
DA VI TUT CHE BL9D SYTKAMI SIDITE ?!
2016-08-23 05:09
Ahahaha bl9
2016-08-23 06:32
#78
NiKo | 
CIS swikzie 
hahhaha
2016-08-23 12:26
ez Brazil <3
2016-08-23 05:09
EZ FOR BRAZIL
2016-08-23 05:09
jesus christ its jason bourne
2016-08-23 05:09
#10
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-08-23 05:09
#11
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Brazil R_ananias 
Nice! At least one BR team there!
2016-08-23 05:10
I'm not seeing stats for either match currently guys, they'll probably be added in the EU morning :)
2016-08-23 05:09
#17
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Brazil R_ananias 
tks stich
2016-08-23 05:10
#55
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
ok, ty!
2016-08-23 06:02
I bet C9 will take SK's spot in the League.
2016-08-23 05:10
#37
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Brazil chococaine 
c9 lmao its going to godsent
2016-08-23 05:17
I personally dont think so, but we'll see
2016-08-23 05:18
Can they give to TSM ?!
2016-08-23 11:51
#91
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Greece her-1g 
Godsent already invited
2016-08-24 14:29
c9 to be TBA
2016-08-23 05:10
C9 will get SK's spot 100%
2016-08-23 05:10
#22
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
SK don't want to play close events until fer get back.. But I'm sure this event didn't invite anyone yet trying to bring them to play
2016-08-23 05:11
I think SK already made it clear that they didnt want to play any big lans without Fer. Im sure StarLadder will announce the last team either today or tomorrow.
2016-08-23 05:13
#32
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
I hope for someone from NA.. 6 direct invites for EU teams. Will not be fair one more
2016-08-23 05:15
If it is someone from NA, Its probably going to be C9 because they have a large fanbase and would bring in a lot of viewers.
2016-08-23 05:16
#42
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
a lot of times they get a invite whitout deserve that spot.. but actually they're playing pretty good, would be good
2016-08-23 05:18
#86
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Brazil mth^ 
I think they should invite godsent In terms of spot, yeah NA deservers one more but besides that, why should they invite c9? :/
2016-08-23 14:34
They'll do a C9 x RNG match, and who wins take the spot.
2016-08-23 05:21
#19
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
They didn't invite anyone for this TBA bcuz they really want SK to play in this event.. and they don't want to play whitout Fer and lose their stats as 1st of the world
2016-08-23 05:10
#25
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
godsent
2016-08-23 05:12
#27
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
too much direct spots for EU teams.. this one will be from NA
2016-08-23 05:13
#39
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
ehh, who else could they invite from NA? cloud9 lost in the qualifier so not them and liquid is not that hot atm. dunno
2016-08-23 05:18
#44
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
good point.. maybe g3x from BR. You guys would surprime urselves. They didn't lose a single map a LOONNNGGG time
2016-08-23 05:20
#46
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
of course just a dream
2016-08-23 05:21
Liquid was invited already, so it's definatly not them. Guess it wasn't obvious with them being on the list and all.....
2016-08-23 08:20
I dont think so because didnt Godsent decline the invitation to Northern Arena because they wanted more time to practice or something?
2016-08-23 05:14
#36
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
noope. flusha said on his stream they declined it because they think the tier of the tournament is too low for them
2016-08-23 05:17
Ahh ok that makes sense, then maybe godsent will get the last spot
2016-08-23 05:17
"the Brazilians of Immortals and the Australians of Renegades competed for the second North American spot." NA CS 4Head
2016-08-23 05:11
Dicks out for Hen1rambe
2016-08-23 05:11
#24
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
boa, favela caralho
2016-08-23 05:11
This is gonna be a hell of a tournament! Except for mouz, every Tier 1 team is present, and a lot of good teams from other scenes! Great games are coming, and lot of upsets too!
2016-08-23 05:19
gr8 b8 but nobody yes door
2016-08-23 05:57
#87
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Brazil mth^ 
nobody yes door LUL old but gold
2016-08-23 14:35
#64
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Greece hekzy 
>tier1 >EnVy >Especially without NBK
2016-08-23 08:44
why n0 NBK?
2016-08-23 10:40
#77
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Greece hekzy 
He said on a tweet that he will be attending his brother's wedding.
2016-08-23 12:19
Ez 4 X, Valdemar will go ham.
2016-08-23 05:20
GJ Immportals, GJ Optik, tarik is happy!
2016-08-23 05:31
#51
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
Invite FaZe please.
2016-08-23 05:48
#52
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
+Godsent plz
2016-08-23 05:56
Should be RNG vs Cloud9
2016-08-23 06:00
TBA = GODSENT please
2016-08-23 06:25
Easy for fnatic I gess...oh wait!!! =D
2016-08-23 06:33
No C9, no watch.
2016-08-23 06:43
There is still a chance that they get SK's spot
2016-08-23 06:44
#65
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Greece hekzy 
Good CS fan. Go to reddit.
2016-08-23 08:45
3 slot for china,3 slot for eu,2 slot for na well, TBA will be na #3 which win decide match?
2016-08-23 08:04
#66
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Poland trancemeister 
C9 [*]
2016-08-23 10:23
#67
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Austria gex0r 
last spot = Gambit
2016-08-23 10:27
Why no stats anymore on hltv?
2016-08-23 10:39
The location where the Finals will be hold has changed from Nanjing,China to Kiev,Ukraine. Im so so sad about this. Fxxk.
2016-08-23 10:55
#81
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Spain Alser 
At least you still have 2 Asian and 1 Korean team playing :/ but yeah it sucks
2016-08-23 13:10
Final will change from Nanjin to Kiev
2016-08-23 11:08
The SL i-League S2 will not be held in Nanking, China. Because of the G20 meeting, they decline all visa application for people have visted SIC area in the last 3 years. Fucken Communist bandit
2016-08-23 11:14
+1 in some ways
2016-08-23 18:00
blame it on Chiang kai shek btw.
2016-08-23 18:06
Failed to wipe out those bandits, made the mainland fell into darkness
2016-08-24 03:47
Invite GODSENT pls. And don't move the finals to Kyiv because it might be bombed by Russians.
2016-08-23 11:15
Faze or MOUZ for last spot.. PLZ no NA teams in it .. its hurt to watch flash through smoke stewie style but always ended up in NA plays ..
2016-08-23 12:51
#82
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Paraguay HighAIching 
Who is cloud
2016-08-23 13:15
Invite godsent will be sick
2016-08-23 13:24
#92
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Greece her-1g 
Godsent ARE invited and not fnatic. The article is mistaken. Spots are player based
2016-08-24 14:31
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