Cloud9 to StarSeries semis over F3
Cloud9 bested FlipSid3 2-1 (Overpass 16-8, Train 8-16, Mirage 16-5) on their way to the semi-finals of SL i-League StarSeries Season 2.
FlipSid3 began the first quarter-final clinching the pistol round as Counter-Terrorists for an early 3-0 lead. Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's entry kills in the following four then helped Cloud9 take the lead away, though FlipSid3 won the next forcebuy and equalized Overpass at 4-4.
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy's side overpowered the B bombsite in the second pistol round, lowering the deficit to four rounds, while Cloud9 grabbed two gunrounds on the B bombsite, one of which was a close retake including a 1v2 from Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert.
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham's aggression earned him two opening kills, pushing Cloud9 to 14-7, while FlipSid3 were forced to eco. The Ukraine-based squad managed to delay with a great fake, but eventually conceded map one at 8-16.
Train was much more promising for F3, who got off to a 4-2 start as Terrorists once they stabilized from trading the first couple of rounds. Cloud9 couldn't find a response to their opponents' executes at all and lost a couple of retake scenarios while FlipSid3 were on their way to 9-3.
Cloud9 are the first semi-finalists of StarSeries
With Yegor "markeloff" Markelov finding a few entries, his team pushed to a crushing 11-4 halftime score and after completing a close retake on the B bombsite in the second pistol round, FlipSid3 were two rounds away from equalizing the series.
Cloud9 avoided match point for four rounds, one of which included a quad-kill from Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen in an eco, but FlipSid3 closed it out eventually at 16-8 with Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin and wayLander delivering most of the blows.
Cloud9 kicked off the decider, Mirage, by clinching the first pistol round on the back of Skadoodle's triple up against a late-round strategy. FlipSid3 were prepared for the Americans' aggression in the first couple of gunrounds, equalizing the score at 3-3.
The economy turned on its head, as it was Stewie2K's squad who had the advantage, forcing their opponents on two ecos over the next four rounds for an 8-4 lead. Cloud9 ended up switching to Terrorists at a comfortable 10-5 and added a pistol round on top of it, inching ever closer to the semi-finals.
Stewie2K then came out on top of a 1v2 afterplant clutch thanks to a well-placed molotov from B apartments and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek's five kills over the next two rounds gave Cloud9 the victory at 16-5.
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