OpTic win Northern Arena Montreal
OpTic win Northern Arena 2016 Montreal after defeating G2 2-1 (14-16 on Cobblestone, 16-12 on Dust2, and 16-7 on Train) in the grand final.
The grand final of the eight team, $100,000 Northern Arena 2016 Montreal event took place in a concurrent time slot to the iBUYPOWER Masters final, albeit on separate sides of the North American continent. Northern Arena's grand final was a showdown between G2 and OpTic, with the latter team having most recently triumphed in a best-of-one over the Frenchmen at ESL One New York.
OpTic's map pick of Cobblestone originally seemed to have backfired as a vintage Richard "shox" Papillon performance in the first half saw the French team completely shut down OpTic across the map and finish at a 12-3 first half.
However, OpTic redeemed their choice of pick with a CT-side that began to narrow the scoreline after Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz put the American-Canadian-Spanish team back in the game with a triple kill on the second pistolround.
However, shox's aggression and his 36 kills on Cobblestone combined with his teammates' support to ultimately see G2 prevail with a narrow 16-14 victory on the first map.
mixwell was a constant force for his team in the Northern Arena Montreal grand final
Dust2 was a reversal of fortune for G2's hitman shox as both the 24-year old fragger and his longtime compatriot Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux struggled to make an impact as OpTic claimed a 9-6 first half on G2's map pick.
The second half narrowed down in terms of economy and momentum for both teams but a continuing strong performance from Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas of OpTic brought the second map around 16-12 for the North American team.
With Train being the decider map, mixwell, in addition to Tarik "tarik" Celik, continued to defend well for OpTic and the first half ended with a 9-6 lead after stanislaw's team finished their CT-side.
SmithZz breathed some life into G2 with a triple USP kill on the second pistolround that helped the French team win the round but Keith "NAF" Markovic quickly initiated two Deagle kills on his team's pistolbuy in the next round to quickly reverse that momentum. OpTic picked up off of this reversal to continue their aggression and in the end G2 were unable to win another CT-side round as OpTic closed out the map 16-7 and won Northern Arena Montreal.
K - D
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell
71 - 47
Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik
67 - 56
Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF
61 - 56
William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH
51 - 50
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw
53 - 50
Northern Arena 2016 - Montreal final standings: