OpTic became the first finalists of ECS Season 2 with a straight-forward 2-0 victory over EnVyUs (Overpass 16-3, Nuke 16-12).
The first semi-final began on Overpass, OpTic's pick. The last time EnVyUs and OpTic played each other on the map was at ELEAGUE, where the North American team won 16-3, and this time wasn't any different.
Even in the rounds where nV got the opening kill, they couldn't turn it into a round win, as Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's team grabbed a 10-1 lead. OpTic then tried to speed up the pace and ran into a strong defense on B, but once they slowed down again they went back to winning ways on the back of Keith "NAF" Markovic's solo triple in a disadvantage.
The half ended at 13-2 in their favor and they also turned a 2v4 situation around in the pistol round due to picking off the bomb in connector. EnVyUs then only won one of their desperate forcebuys due to Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's double with a Deagle, while OpTic repeated the ELEAGUE result with a 16-3 victory.
EnVyUs got the better of the first several rounds of Nuke, as they picked up the pistol round as Terrorists as well as one of the first three gunrounds for a 5-2 lead. NAF's triple with a Deagle threw a wrench in nV's anti-eco, which gave OpTic two rounds, while Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's triple on lower put EnVyUs on 7-4.
However, with several solid defenses, mainly on the A bombsite, OpTic switched over with eight rounds. The North American side also turned the first pistol round around with an elaborate A split from heaven, main and squeaky, and survived the next two rounds.
The first gunround saw EnVyUs saving two weapons, while an A split from three sides put OpTic at 14-7 and yet another big turnaround on the A bombsite due to stanislaw's triple gave his team match point. Defending the next few attacks, including a scary 1v3 attempt from Will "RUSH" Wierzba, EnVyUs began clawing back, but another A split gave OpTic the 16-12 victory.
K - D
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
35 - 36
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
23 - 40
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
28 - 36
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
27 - 37
Christophe 'SIXER' XiaSIXER
26 - 34