Immortals win Northern Arena
Immortals prevail over Cloud9 in the Northern Arena grand final (2-1; Cobblestone 16-12, Train 12-16, Overpass 16-11) and claim the $50,000 first place prize.
The match between the two finalists started with an interesting pistol round in which Wilton "zews" Prado showed he came prepared for Cloud9, as he read their drop room tactic and stopped it by stacking four of his teammates around the area.
Even though they were on a very weak buy, Cloud9 managed to get back on the board by a combination of good flashbang work and Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's headshots. From that point onwards, it was Cloud9 with the lead and the initiative in the first half.
felps was one of the crucial players on Cobblestone
Cloud9 ended the half with a solid 9-6 lead as Terrorists on Cobblestone, but a good part of their rounds came as a result of clutch plays such as the Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham and Timothy "autimatic" Ta one in round 12, where the two of them combined for all five kills.
autimatic had another great clutch in round 22, where he outmaneuvered João "felps" Vasconcellos and utilized grenades intelligently to win a crucial 1v1 situation. In the end, all the clutches weren't enough as the trio of Ricardo "boltz" Prass, felps and HEN1 pushed Immortals to a 16-12 victory on their map pick.
Coming into Train it was Cloud9 to win the pistol round as Terrorist, allowing them to grab a good 4-0 lead to start the map. Immortals recovered and tied it 6-6 when HEN1 clutched an important 1v1 versus Stewie2K.
In the end, the Brazilians took six rounds in the row to end the half with a 9-6 lead as Counter-Terrorists. Coming into the second half, it was autimatic once again to clutch - this time a 1v2 situation in the pistol round.
n0thing, Skadoodle and autimatic won important 1v1's on Train
A couple of force-buy rounds followed: Immortals took the first one with a A site push, Cloud9 almost replied in the following one, killing all Immortals members on the B site but running out of time to defuse, but followed it up with another one in which Skadoodle saved his team with an ace-clutch.
Coming into Overpass Immortals had a good 3-0 start, but their momentum was stopped by a long technical pause. When the match was resumed, the third round was replayed, but this time Cloud9 managed to win it - with only default pistols.
After the switch, the Brazilians managed to get to a 11-9 lead before Cloud9 took their first Terrorist round off the back of an unfortunate HEN1 team kill on the A site. However, Immortals kicked it into a higher gear after that and closed out the match with five straight rounds and a scoreline of 16-11.
In the third place decider Heroic handled Echo Fox with ease, winning the series 2-0 with dominant showings on both maps. Andreas "MODDII" Fridh's team first took Overpass, their map pick 16-1, and then prevailed on Echo Fox's Nuke 16-6.
K - D
Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII
41 - 17
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve
35 - 14
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde
32 - 16
Michael 'Friis' JørgensenFriis
32 - 13
Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi
31 - 19
The final standings for the Northern Arena are as follows: