North edge OpTic in triple OT
After three overtimes on Inferno, North edged OpTic 25-23 in the first match of the Swiss group stage at IEM Sydney.
James "hazed" Cobb, who is standing in for Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski in Australia, then put up two entry kills after pushing through a smoke, giving OpTic their first round. Emil "Magisk" Reif's quad-kill and Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke's triple including 1v1 clutch then sent the Danes to a 6-1 lead before OpTic got their second on the A bombsite.
North proceeded to go on a streak of four rounds with k0nfig getting picks with the AWP all across the map before the North American squad closed out the half with three, as the Danish side switched over to the offense at 10-5.
North find their first victory after three overtimes on Inferno
Keith "NAF" Markovic's two triples in A defense closed the gap to 13-10 before North got their first gunround on the board thanks to a fantastic double from Magisk that turned a 2v4 situation in their favor.
MSL was the man of the hour in overtime, getting immensely important kills while lurking towards arch side, which gave his squad two rounds on the Terrorist side. OpTic repeated that feat, pushing the match to its second OT.
Starting as CT this time, North once again put two rounds on the board and had a chance to close it out after getting to 21-20 and a 3v3 situation, but OpTic defended the B attack for overtime number three.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||41 - 33||+8||82.8||1.19|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||37 - 31||+6||76.6||1.06|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||30 - 31||-1||76.0||1.02|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||29 - 37||-8||72.4||0.95|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||27 - 30||-3||62.1||0.94|
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||44 - 35||+9||93.9||1.22|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||37 - 34||+3||87.4||1.18|
|Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell||33 - 31||+2||66.7||1.06|
|James 'hazed' Cobbhazed||25 - 31||-6||64.7||0.93|
|William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||23 - 35||-12||61.8||0.78|
The standings of the Swiss group stage are the following: