Cloud9 have secured the final spot at ESL One New York after defeating Rise Nation 2-1 in the grand final of the North American qualifier.
Day of the qualifier began with Cloud9 moving past compLexity on two maps, with the team's newest members, Tarik "tarik" Celik and Will "RUSH" Wierzba, both putting in big numbers. Rise Nation then pulled off quite the upset as they came from behind to beat CLG 2-1 after losing the opening map of the series.
The grand final kicked off on Cobblestone, where Rise Nation picked up two rounds either side of a massive 13-round streak from Cloud9. In the second half, a force buy from Rise Nation canceled out Cloud9's pistol round win, but Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's men immediately regained control of the game, setting themselves up for an easy 16-3 win.
Map two, Mirage, saw Rise Nation jump out to an impressive 9-0 lead on the CT side. A quad kill from Stewie2K then helped Cloud9 to finally break their opponents' streak, with the Terrorists still picking up three more rounds before the end of the half. After switching sides, Cloud9 secured five rounds in a row, bringing the deficit to 9-11, but then Rise Nation picked up the pace and won five rounds without response to take the series to a third map.
It all came down to Inferno, where Cloud9 took a whopping 13 rounds on the CT side after giving Rise Nation very little room to operate throughout the half. Upon switching to the Terrorist side, Cloud9 won three rounds straight to seal a 2-1 victory and advance to ESL One New York.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||62 - 34||+28||96.4||1.56|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||59 - 36||+23||90.0||1.45|
|Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle||48 - 35||+13||86.3||1.32|
|Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag||43 - 35||+8||89.8||1.22|
|Will 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||42 - 44||-2||73.5||1.10|
|Rise Nation||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'Jonji' CareyJonji||42 - 50||-8||75.9||1.03|
|Will 'dazzLe' LoafmandazzLe||44 - 53||-9||72.7||0.94|
|Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose||38 - 50||-12||69.4||0.84|
|Brandon 'Ace' WinnAce||28 - 49||-21||53.0||0.70|
|Andy 'vSa' XuvSa||32 - 53||-21||57.1||0.63|
Below you can find the final team list for the $250,000 ESL One New York event, taking place from September 14-17: