OpTic eliminate Chiefs, to playoffs

OpTic are the last team to advance to the playoffs at IEM Sydney after beating Chiefs 16-10 on Train.

Starting at bombsite A and finishing it at B, Chiefs began Train with a successful T-side pistol round. After winning the subsequent anti-ecos, the Australian team managed to win the first gun round with a great fake play – it started as a B execution that turned out to be a ladder play.

OpTic say goodbye to Chiefs at IEM Sydney

Chiefs were then able to win their fifth in a row, but in a semi-buy in the sixth round, OpTic finally managed to pick their first. Besides that one, the North American squad won eight straight rounds with a double-AWP setup in the hands of Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas and Keith "NAF" Markovic – the latter also pulled off a 1v2 clutch in the 12th round – before losing the 15th round and finishing the first half 9-6 in their favor.

As for the second half, OpTic secured the pistol round with a fast B execution. From that point onward, the North American extended their lead to 12-6 before their opponents were able to buy guns.

James "hazed" Cobb and co. then reached the 14 rounds. Chiefs called for a tactical pause and, despite losing the round that followed their timeout, they managed to win three in a row to reduce the scoreline to 9-14.

However, a AWP save by mixwell in the previous round was crucial to reach match point in the 24th round as the Spanish player killed two before his team secured it. The Aussies didn't back off and won yet another round, but OpTic had their eyes set on the playoffs and finished the map 16-10.

4th May 2017

 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 29 - 14 +15 111.1 1.84
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 24 - 11 +13 96.2 1.59
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 24 - 14 +10 76.2 1.30
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 14 - 13 +1 72.8 1.17
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 13 - 18 -5 68.4 0.89
 Chiefs K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' JohnstonaliStair 19 - 18 +1 76.2 1.02
Australia Joshua 'INS' PotterINS 18 - 22 -4 76.7 0.90
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 17 - 22 -5 70.0 0.84
Australia Tyler 'tucks' Reillytucks 9 - 20 -11 37.8 0.50
Australia Peter 'pecks' Nguyenpecks 7 - 23 -16 46.2 0.41

Here's how the Swiss stage looks after its last match:

Qualified Eliminated
Brazil SK China ViCi
Europe FaZe Denmark North
Denmark Astralis
Australia Renegades
North America OpTic Australia Chiefs
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Europe mlok401 
RIP Chiefs :/
2017-05-04 14:30
Russia AyvaN 
Fuckin ez
2017-05-04 14:31
Ez Astralis
2017-05-04 14:30
Rip North-
2017-05-04 14:30
Meh I expected north not to qualify but maybe not in the way they did but still
2017-05-04 15:30
Russia YQKKE Q_Q 
rip aussies
2017-05-04 14:30
2017-05-04 14:30
nt chiefs
2017-05-04 14:30
2017-05-04 14:30
2017-05-04 14:30
RIP australia :(
2017-05-04 14:30
It's OK, they still did better than expected
2017-05-04 15:10
Singapore Prawblems 
chiefs > renegades
2017-05-04 14:30
The bestor teams are into playoffs. Will be noice to see!
2017-05-04 14:30
Good to see optic getting through with a stand in. Too bad a wanted to see chiefs get through to play on the mainstage in front of their home crowd.
2017-05-04 14:31
Russia AyvaN 
It's their coach not stand-in
2017-05-04 14:32
Australia JoshHartSZN 
And what is their coach doing? Standing in.
2017-05-04 14:51
Russia AyvaN 
they have jasonR on cs_summit and hazed was coach. Now they play without jasonR and use thier coach as player.
2017-05-04 14:59
United States Moosk 
What is the coach doing for JasonR?
2017-05-04 15:34
Russia AyvaN 
What anycoach doing with team with IGL
2017-05-04 15:56
United States Prattatat 
Their coach is standing in for JasonR. Playing for someone else is standing in for them. That is exactly what hazed is doing.
2017-05-04 16:53
Russia AyvaN 
hazed optic's coach
2017-05-04 17:44
United States Prattatat 
And the coach is standing in for his player since he can't make it. There is no way in hell you are this dense.
2017-05-04 18:13
Sweden LimeyGaming 
You'd be surprised at how dense people can be.
2017-05-04 22:10
Chiefs > all other aus teams
2017-05-04 14:32
Latvia pumasiK 
2017-05-04 14:32
Finland terquie 
gl optic vs sk
2017-05-04 14:33
2017-05-04 14:34
expected team
2017-05-04 14:35
Australia jezh42 
nt chiefs. Would have been next level to see you play on Saturday. You definitely stepped it up for this tournament, keen to see you play in the future
2017-05-04 14:40
Chiefs looks like an NA team from 2014. The moment they lose a round they have no business losing, they just seem to tilt off the planet. Their trade fragging is actually quite impressive. Just need to work on some of the mental aspects of their game.
2017-05-04 14:41
Optic advance beating chiefs twice and ViCi once. gj lul
2017-05-04 14:48
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Good to see them for once not getting shafted by the group stage RNG.
2017-05-04 15:00
Wp chiefs, a solid international debut from a team with virtually no LAN experience and mostly online regionals. And to beat the Danish powerhouse and their previous successors RNG... Quite impressive tbh
2017-05-04 15:09
pretty bummed that Chiefs couldn't win, would be fun if an aussie team made the playoffs. optic will be demolished in semis anyway no matter who they face
2017-05-04 15:12
Hungary StraYzie 
GJ Chiefs
2017-05-04 15:35
A COACH gj OpTic, and gj Chiefs for getting this far
2017-05-04 15:36
This is probably one of the best playoff team combos that could be achieved. OpTic really showing that their performance on LAN is much better than online.
2017-05-04 15:41
lol they are shit, they won only vs ViCi and Chiefs 2 times here
2017-05-04 15:53
Brazil sprk1 
2017-05-04 15:56
that's not their fault though, that's the swiss system being shit
2017-05-04 16:05
i mean that they lost to every good team they played against
2017-05-04 16:11
yeah but it's a bit hard to call a NA team who has a standin and has actually been improving for a while who loses to the 2nd best team in the world on their best map, and losing in triple OT to the world's 5th best team on a map they're also pretty good on shit. they're a decent team, definitely not a championship contender but a decent tier 2 team
2017-05-04 16:28
Train is Faze's best map now?
2017-05-04 17:48
It's statistically their best map and for a good reason, because they're extremely good on it.
2017-05-04 17:51
They have better win rates on inferno and nuke. They just play Train more as of late because a lot of tier 1-2 teams like it enough to never ban it. Navi, SK, Astralis, VP, G2, C9, Optic, Gambit..etc all are confident on the map which results in them playing it a lot. However if you look at Faze's bo3 series they rarely pick it.
2017-05-04 18:03
They have better win rates on inferno and nuke. no they don't, Train is statistically their most won map: hltv.org/?pageid=362&teamid=6667
2017-05-04 18:06
Most won doesn't = best win rate. Please don't be ignorant. Hypothetical: If I play Nuke 20 times and go 20-0 and then play Train 60 times and go 30-30 then which map am I better on? Nuke obviously, despite the fact that I have more wins on Train it's much more likely that I win on Nuke. And I explained later in #49 why that is which you cleaarly ignored after unreasonably disagreeing with the first line of the post.
2017-05-04 23:37
Are you fucking serious? They have an 80% win rate on Train which is higher than any other map they play. I worded my answer incorrectly in my previous reply but the point still stands that Train is FaZe's best map statistically, and the graph on their team page should show you that if you were bothered to look at it. Nuke and Cache are the 2 other best maps with 77.8% and 71.4% win rates respectively, and Inferno which has a 66.7% win rate. Not only do FaZe have the most wins on Train, they have won the highest percentage of matches played on Train. Also about the part about FaZe rarely picking Train: Doesn't make sense for them to pick Train vs weaker teams since because FaZe are such a good team, they can pick straight into the opponent's weaknesses instead, which most of the time they've done such as when they played Astralis and G2 at SL where they picked Nuke both times as that was simply a potentially easier matchup for them on paper compared to if they picked Train.
2017-05-05 17:29
In 2017 gyazo.com/7cee3acc639dddceead6fa35e279d3.. Win rate on Train: 75% Win rate on Nuke: 83.3 % All time gyazo.com/14354b86ad0b8668c719c0341bc1c3.. Win rate on Train 61.1% Win rate on Inferno: 70% Win rate on Nuke: 73.9% 2017 on LAN gyazo.com/d11acf549565836a5f2a57a9ab5193.. Win rate on Train: 66.7% Win rate on Nuke: 71.4% Win rate on Inferno: 75% Yes obviously you don't want to pick Train into G2 or Astralis but as for the other teams I mentioned they all have relatively average Train's and all have a permaban on a different map, why would they not pick Train vs them? Why are they picking Nuke and Inferno vs those teams? Maybe it's because they're more confident in their Nuke and Inferno. Why? Maybe because they know they're better on those 2 than Train.
2017-05-05 23:45
Why would you include stats from the whole year rather than from the past 3 months with the current lineup, for example a 5-16 loss to SK at the major when they had aizy rather than NiKo in the team? Makes no sense. When aizy left the team and NiKo joined their strengths immediately changed, and they became much better on Train hence their high win rate. As for the other teams, have they played either Na`Vi, Gambit, C9, or VP on Train in a BO3 on LAN yet? Surely not since they've only played at 3 tournaments, the latter of which none of the teams mentioned are at. VP and Gambit were knocked out in groups at SL and Na`Vi were beaten by Astralis again in the semis as they weren't on the same side of the bracket as FaZe, and they actually left Train in vs G2 as I said before and actually picked it vs HR. At Katowice they left it in vs IMT and just picked Mirage instead which in the last 3 months has been one of their worse maps. So why are FaZe picking Nuke and Inferno vs those teams? Not because they're more confident in those maps necessarily but with a team as good as they are with as deep a map pool as they have it's much easier to pick into the opponent's weaknesses rather than pick into their strengths as that way you put them on a map that they'd be shit on compared to one that they had half an idea as to how to play like Train for example. Although they probably could have picked Train vs IMT at Katowice since it's statistically IMT's worst map in the past 3 months. hltv.org/?pageid=362&teamid=6667
2017-05-06 00:23
South Africa nimmaJ 
They've had plenty of opportunities to pick Train vs avg/weak train teams and continue to pick Nuke/Inferno. The stats are essentially the same with the small sample size of the past 3 months. I'm going to trust that FaZe knows which maps they themselves are best on and based on that they clearly don't think that Train is their best map.
2017-05-06 02:11
they were toe to toe with north with a standin..lol
2017-05-05 07:24
Anyone saw bm between hazed and chefs? XD
2017-05-04 15:41
you mean naf? what did hazed do
2017-05-05 07:25
rip north
2017-05-04 16:08
Sweden lagcats 
man tucks is always bottom fragging and dragging chiefs down, they shud def remove dat dude
2017-05-04 16:29
carried them there in the first place ;)
2017-05-05 07:21
United States ViKaLiBuR 
Chiefs exceeded my expectations... Probably because other teams didn't practice against them and thought little of them, so they got the upper hand because they studied the other teams while they weren't studied at all. Anyways, hope to see more of Chiefs.
2017-05-04 16:45
Australia DayV 
RIP AU Scene
2017-05-05 01:12
renegades need to get INS
2017-05-05 07:26
India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Great try Cheifs .. Hoping to see this team again in big tournaments
2017-05-05 08:16
Europe SteffeM 
Thanks for the 20 euro win yesterday with just 1 euro, good luck in the future Chiefs, love you
2017-05-05 17:39
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