Red Reserve have become the second grand finalists at DreamHack Open Valencia 2017 after beating Heroic 2-1 (13-16 on Train, 16-14 on Overpass, and 19-17 on Mirage).
Heroic and Red Reserve squared off in a Nordic derby to decide who would face NiP in the grand final at DreamHack Open Valencia 2017. The best-of-three semi-final series kicked off on Train which was picked by the Swedish side.
The T-sided Heroic started the match by winning the first three rounds but Red Reserve replied in the first weapon round where they didn't lose a single player. Two rounds later, Jakob "JUGi" Hansen had a phenomenal round where he clutched a 1vs2 to secure the round with an ace (4-2). Heroic then extended their lead to 8-2 and finished the half 10-5 ahead.
Red Reserve took the first six rounds on the T-side to take the lead (11-10). Despite a 13-11 lead, The Swedish squad couldn't close it out and Heroic won five rounds in a row to win the first map 16-13.
Mikail "Maikelele" Bill & company started with a 5-0 lead on Overpass and although Heroic replied with four rounds of their own, Hampus "hampus" Poser's dominance on the B-site stopped Heroic from getting any more rounds in the first half (11-4).
Heroic got to six rounds after winning the first two rounds in the second half. Red Reserve responded with a third round buy but the economic reset came into effect when they lost the following one (12-7). Although Heroic got close and took the match to the thirtieth round, Red Reserve won the match 16-14.
Red Reserve kicked off Mirage with the pistol round victory but Heroic were dominant on the CT-side and got ten rounds in a row and went on to win the half 12-3. In the second half pistol round, Maikelele smoke defused the bomb to get his team their fourth round (12-4). Red Reserve stopped Heroic's early third round but and added insult to injury after stopping the Danes' buy two rounds later as well (12-8).
Red Reserve eventually took the lead for the first time since the pistol round, making it 13-12 with a successful B-site defense. Heroic came alive when they were trailing 12-14 to take three consecutive rounds, leading 15-14. Heroic had a 2vs2 post-plant sitaution but Maikelele defused the bomb in the last possible second to take the match to overtime (15-15). Red Reserve closed it out in overtime with a 1vs1 victory by Joakim "Relaxa" Gustafsson in the last round, winning the map 19-17 and series 2-1.
|Heroic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||65 - 58||+7||68.6||1.08|
|Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII||69 - 64||+5||77.0||1.07|
|Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko||64 - 64||0||73.4||1.06|
|Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag||65 - 67||-2||73.6||1.04|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||60 - 66||-6||73.1||0.99|
|Red Reserve||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus||82 - 67||+15||90.9||1.22|
|Joakim 'Relaxa' GustafssonRelaxa||68 - 59||+9||78.0||1.15|
|Mikail 'Maikelele' BillMaikelele||66 - 62||+4||67.2||1.01|
|Fredrik 'FREDDyFROG' GustafssonFREDDyFROG||53 - 63||-10||67.1||0.93|
|Alfred 'RuStY' KarlssonRuStY||49 - 72||-23||66.0||0.89|