SK have advanced to the DreamHack Open Summer grand final after defeating CLG 2-1.
The first semi-final of the day started out with CLG picking up the pistol round on their opponents' map pick, Mirage, and easily getting out to a 7-0 start. It was only then that SK were finally able to pick up their first win as Terrorists.
After losing another two rounds, the North Americans grabbed their eighth with a patient 2v3 win from Pujan "FNS" Mehta and Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland. Until the end of the first half, the Brazilians could not find any gap in CLG's defence and kept losing rounds.
Now playing as Counter-Terrorists, SK won the pistol round and the following two, reducing the gap to 6-12. Rickeh opened up the gun round with two kills, helping his team secure one more, but Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men did not back off and won three in a row.
On Train, CLG's choice, SK managed to pick up the initial four CT rounds before losing the next one. Still, the North American players were not able to respond for three more rounds. When they did, it was with an AWP triple-kill from Rickeh.
Then, the Brazilian team grabbed another two rounds. In the 12th round, a double-kill and a subsequent 1v2 clutch from Rickeh guaranteed the third and last round for his team during the half.
SK opened up the second half with the pistol round going in their favour, but their opponents turned the economy around with a flawless force-buy. Following the save rounds, despite losing one more round, SK easily closed out Train 16-7.
The decider map was Cobblestone, where SK started out with a triple and a double-kill from FalleN and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, respectively. The Brazilians then continued their quest for the grand final with a five-round lead as Counter-Terrorists.
After picking up their first round when they were down 5-0, CLG were not able to get back into the game, especially after Marcelo "coldzera" David pulled off a 1v2 clutch for an 8-1 lead. The North Americans would still win one more round, but SK proved that the first half was a one-sided affair with a 13-2 lead.
Ethan "nahtE" Arnold and Kenneth "koosta" Suen picked up triple and double-kills in the second pistol round, leading their team to secure the first three rounds as CTs. After winning yet another one, CLG almost lost against a semi-buy, but Stephen "reltuC" Cutler did not let coldzera pull off a 1v3 clutch.
Then, SK finally managed to grab their first as Ts with a B execution. The Brazilians went on to lose the next two, with coldzera nearly clutching a 1v3 in the second one, but they reached match-point with a semi-buy that broke CLG's economy and let them close out the map, 16-9, and the series, 2-1.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||63 - 50||+13||89.3||1.24|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||52 - 42||+10||76.7||1.18|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||56 - 54||+2||89.2||1.11|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||52 - 45||+7||72.3||1.05|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||41 - 39||+2||61.7||0.99|