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.

North began the first match of IEM Sydney on the Counter-Terrorist side and got off to a 3-0 start after Philip "aizy" Aistrup picked up three kills in the initial pistol round.

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. 

With René "cajunb" Borg clutching a tight 1v3 on B, North extended their lead to 13-5, but it was OpTic who took control of the first gunrounds, retaking the B bombsite twice in a row.


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. 

As Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team was unable to string rounds together, OpTic proceeded to clinch match point at 15-14, while North exchanged a shoddy forcebuy for overtime.

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.

That time it was OpTic who got two rounds on the CT side, but North replied with three in a row to clinch their first win in the Swiss group stage at 25-23.

Matchpage
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3rd May 2017
25
Inferno
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 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 41 - 33 +8 82.8 1.19
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 37 - 31 +6 76.6 1.06
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 30 - 31 -1 76.0 1.02
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 29 - 37 -8 72.4 0.95
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 27 - 30 -3 62.1 0.94
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 44 - 35 +9 93.9 1.22
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 37 - 34 +3 87.4 1.18
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 33 - 31 +2 66.7 1.06
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 25 - 31 -6 64.7 0.93
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 23 - 35 -12 61.8 0.78

The standings of the Swiss group stage are the following:

1-0 0-0 0-1
Denmark North  Europe FaZe North America OpTic 
  Australia Renegades   
  Denmark Astralis   
  Australia Chiefs   
  Brazil SK  
  China ViCi 
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Canada Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Brazil Atok 
Now felps is coming! brace yourselves
2017-05-03 06:57
n1
2017-05-03 06:57
They are saying if they didn't die they are still playin
2017-05-03 07:05
#2
Canada Roody 
This tournament will be like so, 1st: Faze/Astralis 2nd: Faze/Astralis 3rd: SK 4th: Optic 5/6th: North 5/6th: Renegades 7/8th: Chiefs 7/8th: Vici YOU SAW IT FIRST HERE
2017-05-03 06:59
#4
Brazil raqz 
ez 4 tarik
2017-05-03 06:57
#6
nitr0 | 
North America SomaRoss 
Good to see not a total blowout.
2017-05-03 06:57
#7
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Germany ARUSH 
Optic to win this one
2017-05-03 06:57
sick game
2017-05-03 07:00
#11
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Denmark clutchkongen 
not a good sign for North! to struggle against optic like that with both pistol wins :S outch.
2017-05-03 07:01
#18
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
1st game they always suck in the beginning
2017-05-03 07:46
#12
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Germany Payynnkilla 
NT tarik
2017-05-03 07:04
>ranked 5th in world >3 OTs to beat OpTic
2017-05-03 07:06
#15
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Germany ToxlC 
That time...
2017-05-03 07:13
Not like this optic
2017-05-03 07:35
Au hypeee
2017-05-03 07:37
#19
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Russia sNQ- 
Striker James "hazed" Cobb, who is standing in for No team?
2017-05-03 08:50
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