Gambit to Summit final over OpTic
It took Gambit three maps to knock OpTic out of the competition in Los Angeles. They started winning Inferno, 16-10, lost Mirage, 16-9, and won Cobblestone, 16-6.
The match started out on Inferno with Gambit taking the pistol round on the terrorist side after a play on the B site. Gambit were then able to follow up on the anti-ecos for a 3-0 lead. Both teams then traded rounds for a 6-4 partial after 10 rounds.
As the half progressed Gambit found ways to get passed OpTic’s defenses, and started winning round after round with Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko’s trademark slow methodical play on the attacking side of Inferno for a 10-5 partial.
Having won the second pistol round, Gambit increased their lead to 12-5 after the anti-eco. Having planted the bomb, OpTic were able to buy on the third round of the half and won it after getting the opening frag on Rustem "mou" Telepov in mid to keep their hopes alive.
With 13-9 on the board and Gambit having trouble with their economy, it looked like OpTic were looking to make a comeback, but Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev was able to tally the 14th round for his team after killing four players who came one by one and played in and around smokes.
Gambit won Inferno in large part thanks to the Kazakh triad
On Mirage, a triple by mou and a double by Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov gave Gambit the first round, but a wall of smokes and several p250 kills gave the North American team the round. OpTic were then able to capitalize on the anti-ecos and take the 3-1 lead.
Playing their own brand of slow CS, OpTic kept finding holes in the CIS team’s defenses for an 8-2 lead after ten rounds, and not allowing Gambit to build an economy. OpTic then gave a single round more before the switch.
Gambit won the second pistol round, too with AdreN posting a double and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov posting a triple. OpTic won a p250 to get onto 13 rounds, but Gambit quickly started to mount the comeback in large part thanks to the team’s Kazakh trio all the way to 13-9.
Finally OpTic were able to get the 14th round after stopping an A push, and were then able to get on match point thanks to a smoke defuse by Tarik "tarik" Celik who was left standing with 3hp after the round ended. OpTic then closed the map out, 16-9, to take it to the decider, Cobblestone.
OpTic brought it to a decider after winning Mirage 16-9
The map started out with OpTic taking the pistol round, but Gambit were able to tie in the second. Rounds then were traded before Gambit started to run away with the half, taking eight of the last ten rounds before the switch, for an 11-4 lead.
OpTic won the second pistol round of the map but Gambit were once again able to snatch the forcebuy, putting OpTic in dire straits both monetarily and on the scoreboard. After that Gambit quickly ran away with the side, not allowing OpTic a chance to come back for a 16-6 score at the end of the map.
K - D
Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou
57 - 42
Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN
63 - 45
Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit
53 - 46
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
47 - 45
Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia
35 - 42