SK Gaming are through to the playoffs at DreamHack Open Summer 2017 after defeating mousesports 2-0 in a hard-fought series.
The battle for the second spot in Group A kicked off on Inferno, where mousesports got out to a 3-0 lead after easily winning the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos. The first full gun round then went SK's way thanks to three quick kills from Marcelo "coldzera" David in the apartment area, but the Brazilians were unable to follow that up as Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný picked up two kills apiece in a B hold.
mousesports continued firing on all cylinders, with the scoreline blooming to a 9-1 advantage of them. A scrappy round won by Fernando "fer" Alvarenga was immediately countered by mousesports, but the Brazilians managed to win the final three rounds of the half, reducing the gap to 5-10.
The second half began with a B push from SK, who were able to break through the defence thanks to a sensational quad kill from fer. After losing both eco rounds, mousesports took the first gun round, but SK fired back right after, regaining control of the game and of the economy.
With the scoreline 14-11 in SK's favour, mousesports tightened up their defence and took the game to the 30th round, but Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo had no interest in overtime and sealed the deal with a quad kill.
The next map was Mirage, which saw mousesports take the pistol round and the following anti-ecos to secure a 3-0 lead. It looked like the European team would be able to build on that, but coldzera did what he does best and clutched a 1v4 inside B, following that up with a triple kill in the next round.
Those two rounds set SK up for a great run as they would lose just one more round - an anti-eco in which Robin "ropz" Kool got two quick kills, followed by three more from loWel - until the end of the half.
mousesports entered the second half very determined and won the opening three rounds to bring the deficit to 7-11. But once SK got money in the bank they exerted their superiority over the Europeans immediately. The few rounds that mousesports edged out from that moment were few and far between, allowing SK to close out the map at 16-9.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||47 - 33||+14||91.8||1.41|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||43 - 29||+14||78.4||1.26|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||42 - 37||+5||77.4||1.16|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||30 - 31||-1||67.5||1.11|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||31 - 32||-1||65.4||0.98|