North squeeze past Virtus.pro; qualify for playoffs
North have secured a spot in the PGL Major Krakow playoffs following a hard-fought 16-14 victory over Virtus.pro on Mirage.
The match began with North getting slaughtered in the pistol round on their way to B, where Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski picked up three rounds. After almost winning a force-buy round, North managed to break through Virtus.pro's defence on a shoddy buy thanks to Philip "aizy" Aistrup finding two kills with a P250.
The Danish team went on to add the next round, equalising the score at 2-2, but then they struggled to find a way past Virtus.pro's tight defence, with the Polish team winning five rounds in a row without even letting their opponents plant the bomb.
It was only then that North's offence truly came to life. The Danes won four rounds without response to bring the deficit to a minimum, but they could not find the equaliser as they got torn apart by pashaBiceps, who secured a quad kill with an AWP, setting Virtus.pro up for a 9-6 lead.
Now playing on the CT side, North won a messy pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos to make it 9-9. The first four gun rounds were a complete blowout as Virtus.pro could not even plant the bomb, but then they were able to get a round on the board in a semi-buy following a quad kill from Filip "NEO" Kubski.
That one round ended up turning the game on its head. In the next three rounds, Virtus.pro ran all over the Danish defence, completely destroying their economy. After calling a timeout, North successfully retook the A site two times in a row in 5v5 post-plant situations to hit match point. Virtus.pro still tried to play for overtime, but they could not sell an A fake, with Emil "Magisk" Reif picking up two crucial kills in B to hand his team a playoff berth.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||26 - 25||+1||102.1||1.36|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||26 - 18||+8||86.9||1.28|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||19 - 19||0||72.1||1.01|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||17 - 16||+1||58.9||0.88|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||16 - 22||-6||62.0||0.87|
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax||23 - 20||+3||85.5||1.22|
|Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps||23 - 21||+2||81.8||1.17|
|Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO||17 - 21||-4||65.8||0.98|
|Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali||19 - 22||-3||68.9||0.88|
|Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ||18 - 20||-2||56.6||0.88|
Below you can find the current Swiss round record:
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