C9 eliminate NiP in LA
Cloud9 defeated NiP in the first match of the day at cs_summit 2-0 (Inferno 16-10, Cache 16-14).
The lower-bracket semi-final series between Cloud9 and NIP started on the former team's map pick, Inferno. Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and co. kicked off with the Terrorist pistol round win, but NIP managed to take the following round with a force buy and string three rounds together.
When the rifle rounds came around, we saw William "draken" Sundin getting an AWP entry on banana two rounds in a row, but the A site defense wasn't strong and Cloud9 slowly took over the lead by exploiting it.
In a key round towards the second part of the first half, Adam "friberg" Friberg picked up three kills on the B site defense, but the round still went the way of Cloud9 thanks to Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's great play in a 1v2 situation.
After finishing the half 6-9 down and losing the second pistol as well, NIP were in dire straits, but started stringing rounds together and got the deficit down to only three rounds shortly. At 10-13, the Swedes were facing a low buy from Cloud9, but lack of coordination cost them the round and put Cloud9 in position to finish the map 16-10.
Cloud9 stay alive at cs_summit
Cloud9 started off Cache with another pistol round win, and ran away with the lead on the Terrorist side early on, with Timothy "autimatic" Ta's clutch on B playing a big part of it. NIP managed to recover in the second part of the half with a mixed UMP, M4 and AWP buy, turning an 8-3 scoreline into a respectable 8-7 half.
In the second half of Cache, the Ninjas finally got a pistol round on the board thanks to a simple A site take, but failed in the following anti-eco as they got caught out in A main. After ecoing for a few rounds, NIP tied the score at 12-12 off the back of methodical B site hits that proved hard to handle for the North American team.
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