TyLoo secure Oakland berth
The two first maps of the Group A decider were split, with TyLoo taking Dust2, 16-14, and Echo Fox taking Mirage 16-10. Finally, TyLoo will be the team in Oakland as they were able to take it on Overpass, 16-14.
The first three rounds on Dust2 were a whitewash, as Echo Fox only gave up one death to TYLOO, getting ahead 3-0 and securing a strong start in the economic game. The Chinese team tried a split A on the first gun round, but two frags by Daniel "roca" Gustaferri on short on the 3vs3 afterplant and one last by Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan with the AWP gave Echo Fox enough time for the defuse.
After six straight rounds by Echo Fox, who were exploiting the double AWP setup with "" and ShahZaM on Dust2’s CT side, forced TYLOO to take a timeout to rethink their approach. Round after round TYLOO crashed against Echo Fox’s wall until finally in the 10th round of the half the Chinese team were able to plant on A and run the clock down. In the end, Echo Fox were able to close the half with an 11-4 lead after giving up a few late rounds in the half.
TYLOO opened their defensive side by taking the pistol round and the two anti-ecos, starting a very steep climb to the comeback, as they were still down 11-7. TYLOO won the first gun round, holding A long, but then made a monumental mistake giving up a B split against an upgraded pistol buy and allowing Echo Fox to grab footing on the terrorist side.
ShahZam’s nightmare on mid doors
With 12-9 on the board, and TYLOO getting ever closer, a huge four kill round by roca defending the afterplant on A got Echo Fox one round closer to the finish line, with 13-9 on the board. Echo Fox then won the anti-eco, although just barely, to get one round away from 15.
TYLOO, however, weren’t about to let Echo Fox run away with it, as they won five rounds back-to-back to get within one, 14-13. The Chinese team were finally able to bring it all the way back, taking the lead for the first time in the match on the 29th round of the match. Ke "captainMo" Liu then got four AWP kills long, leaving to fend for himself in a 1vs5 which eventually went the way of TYLOO, ending the map at 16-14.
Echo Fox got four swift kills straight out of the gate on CT side Mirage, but were brought to the edge when captainMo got four glock kills before being taken out. Echo Fox got the first four rounds, but then TYLOO came back with four of their own forcing the North American side to take a time out.
After the timeout, YuLun "Summer" Cai stopped Echo Fox’s CT aggression on ramp and palace while his team made it into B site to plant, forcing Echo Fox’s last two remaining players to save. TYLOO and Echo Fox then went back-and-forth trading rounds for an 8-7 half in favor of the Chinese side.
Echo Fox won the pistol after an A plant, securing the tie on first round of the half and taking the lead after the following two. TYLOO tied it back up after winning the first gun round and the one following, although Echo Fox went on to take the lead back at 11-10 and keeping TYLOO in constant money troubles. Echo Fox then started to display some tactical counter strike and racked up the remaining rounds for a 16-10 win.
A team effort got Echo Fox back into Mirage
The last map of the decider started out with Echo Fox winning the three first rounds on the CT side, but TYLOO brought it back with four rounds of their own. After a pause, though Echo Fox were able to bring it to a 4-4 tie keeping it even.. With 5-5 on the board, Ronnie "ryx" Bylicki secured the A site from TYLOO’s aggression with three important kills to get his team ahead. The North American side then swept the remained of the half for a 10-5 scoreline.
TYLOO still had some fight in them, taking the CT side pistol and first anti-eco, but the second they could buy, Echo Fox started to dictate the pace, with roca getting a particularly important three kill round to put his team at 12-7 and force TYLOO into the eco. Echo Fox got the 13th round, but then TYLOO found the way to put up a wall, denying Echo Fox proper entry into any of the sites, giving themselves a chance at getting back into the game.
Dust2 flashbacks started coming back to Echo Fox as TYLOO’s passive defense started grinding the North American team down, so much so the Chinese side took the lead 14-13. Echo Fox then worked a slow methodical round, with all five players ending the round alive and eliminating the enemy team for a 14-14 tie. Finally, TYLOO closed the map out in a 4vs5 afterplant on the last round of the map, with Summer defusing the bomb while ShahZaM was blocked off on the wrong side of a smoke.
K - D
Ke 'captainMo' LiucaptainMo
71 - 63
YuLun 'Summer' CaiSummer
53 - 64
HaoWen 'somebody' Xusomebody
58 - 64
Hui 'DD' WuDD
51 - 62
YuanZhang 'Attacker' ShengAttacker
47 - 64
With the inclusion of TyLoo, IEM Oakland's groups now look like this:
|Group A||Group B|
|TYLOO||iBP Masters Seed B2|