Na`Vi and C9 secure wins in Group B
Natus Vincere defeated Virtus.pro on Train (16-9) thanks to a strong defensive side, while Cloud9 upset SK with a victory on Nuke (16-9).
Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski delivered in a low-buy round for Virtus.pro, getting two kills with the CZ-75 and closing out the round with the AK-47, but Natus Vincere replied with a similar round soon, as Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev opened up B from the upper ramp while using an interesting smoke for cover, making the score 7-6.
The back and forth continued until the end of the end of the half, with the teams trading the last two round to make the score 8-7.
seized's team got their first win in Katowice
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács secured a triple-kill in the pistol round to start off what turned out to be an impeccable Counter-Terrorist side for his team. With the economy on their side, Natus Vincere were repeatedly able to get entry kills which lead to Virtus.pro struggling on the offensive.
With GuardiaN, Denis "seized" Kostin and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev all stepping up when needed, Natus Vincere won eight rounds in a row to get to match point and then closed out the game after losing only a single round as Counter-Terrorists.
K - D
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
23 - 13
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
18 - 13
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
18 - 15
Denis 'seized' Kostinseized
17 - 14
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
13 - 17
The second game, between Cloud9 and SK, started well for the North American side who got a 5-1 lead before the Brazilians managed to step up their game on the Terrorist side of Nuke. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's team was able to tie the score at 6-6m prior to running into an in-form Timothy "autimatic" Ta again. The 20-year-old was playing great on Nuke and made big contributions in the last three rounds as his team finished the half 9-6.
SK picked up the pistol round thanks to Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's hat trick of USP-S headshots, but Cloud9 managed to instantly reply in the following round with a combination of Tec-9's, UMP's and Deagles. The North American side kept putting on the pressure from the Terrorist side and it was the combination of autimatic and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert to hold off the 2v3 retake of the A bombsite that got Cloud9 on match point.
Their relentless outside aggression paid off again in the last round once again as Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and co. closed out the match 16-9.
K - D
Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic
26 - 14
Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K
21 - 16
Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle
16 - 14
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiekshroud
16 - 18
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing
10 - 16
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