OpTic secure the final IEM Oakland spot

OpTic qualified for IEM Oakland 2017 by beating Renegades 2-1 in the finals of the closed qualifier (14-16 Cache, 16-10 Overpass, 16-11 Train).

OpTic started their qualification by taking down Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan's Torqued 2-0, while NRG and Renegades secured the same scoreline wins over Misfits and Luminosity, respectively. The only team that put up a fight in the first round was the Swedish Tempo Storm lineup, that took Cache off of CLG, but fell 2-1 in the end.

Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg's team then met NRG, with the North American side surprising them on the first map, Nuke, and taking the 16-9 win—with Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte's 32-13 K-D surely hepling the matter. Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli stepped on map 2, Overpass, as OpTic started their comeback with a 16-8 win, finishing off the series with a 16-10 on Cache.

In the other semi, Renegades blew away CLG on Cobblestone, dropping only one round, and secured the final with a confident 16-10 on Train. Ricardo "⁠Rickeh⁠" Mulholland was the only one delivering for his side in the 2-0 defeat, finishing the series with a 1.16 rating, while the second best player, Stephen "⁠reltuC⁠" Cutler, had 0.67.

The new OpTic lineup qualified for IEM Oakland

Renegades picked Cache to start off the final series, but it was OpTic who took the early lead, going six rounds to none at the start of the map. The Australians then tied together four of their own, but only finished their CT half with five and their chances to turn it around were looking slim.

However, thanks to an inspired performance by Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic against his former organization, Renegades mirrored OpTic's T side start, picking up the first five rounds. After conceding two, Renegades were able to bounce back and close out the game 16-14 with the help of the economy control.

Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage and co. had another tough start to the second map, Overpass, where allu was once again on point, finishing the CT half with a slim, 8-7 lead. Unlike on the first map, Renegades didn't get the second pistol and the much needed good start to the half and ended up losing Overpass 16-10.

Moving on to Train, we once again saw the Terrorist sides doing work, as Renegades had a great start, being 8-1 up and finishing the half with 10 rounds. However, OpTic was able to turn it around, winning the crucial rounds to make their comeback as easy as possible. In the end, the European side tied it up 16-11 to get the 2-1 victory and a slot at IEM Oakland 2017.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
76 - 54 +22 93.2 1.35
63 - 57 +6 91.9 1.19
48 - 63 -15 62.5 0.93
48 - 57 -9 55.8 0.87
34 - 67 -33 55.8 0.70
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
77 - 53 +24 95.3 1.49
71 - 57 +14 89.0 1.29
55 - 51 +4 71.3 1.14
49 - 57 -8 75.7 1.01
46 - 52 -6 54.7 0.92

The tournament, which will be held on November 16-19 and will feature a $300,000 prize pool, will have the following teams in attendance:

Denmark Astralis United States Cloud9
Europe FaZe France G2
Kazakhstan Gambit Brazil Immortals
United States Liquid Sweden NIP
Brazil SK Mongolia TheMongolz
France Envy Europe OpTic
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
United States Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
137
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
326
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
324
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.71
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
#1
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United Kingdom Tendies
Nice fucking job bois
2017-10-03 10:13
13 replies
the mongolz will have another visa problem and the Gale force will get the last spot Lets pray guys #NOVISATOMOLGOL
2017-10-03 10:41
10 replies
#40
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Serbia r0niNsrb
Lol Gale Force sucks donkey ass.
2017-10-03 10:54
2 replies
I mean how is mongolz any better
2017-10-04 00:11
1 reply
#118
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Serbia r0niNsrb
I never said that they were,they both suck.
2017-10-05 12:19
holyfuck thats cringe
2017-10-03 11:04
1 reply
#87
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Croatia rokss
y
2017-10-03 14:17
marke stream sniping on lan
2017-10-03 11:04
1 reply
#52
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Germany svNNN
ayyyy
2017-10-03 11:14
Im honestly ashamed
2017-10-03 11:46
you're the scum of the earth
2017-10-03 12:58
there are like the best 10 teams in the world, why would you invite gale force?
2017-10-03 21:19
#81
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Brazil Duducal
Im gay
2017-10-03 13:20
yeet, im happy for optic
2017-10-03 17:34
#2
C0M | 
Canada Amberr
nice
2017-10-03 10:12
stacked tournament
2017-10-03 10:13
4 replies
#60
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Brazil coldzao2
SK ez
2017-10-03 11:41
3 replies
Yeah sk seems really on point lately. Definitely above everyone else atm, no doubt!
2017-10-03 12:08
1 reply
put some more sarcasm in that sentence ;))))
2017-10-03 12:21
xdddd
2017-10-03 12:22
#4
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Panama Bill_Bait
LATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2017-10-03 10:13
lets go optic!
2017-10-03 10:13
#6
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Sweden EraXYT
EZ FOR OPTIC <3
2017-10-03 10:13
#7
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Finland hotdog^
allu slamming dem kids
2017-10-03 10:13
N1 godallu at it again
2017-10-03 10:14
1 reply
#59
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Finland edemp^
GOD ALLU
2017-10-03 11:20
0 wins at the tournament itself
2017-10-03 10:14
1 reply
well in these days even qualify for a good LAN can be hard so it's a good first step for a new team
2017-10-03 17:26
thank mr ustilo
2017-10-03 10:15
#11
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France cedd
feelsbadforNAF he played insane this series
2017-10-03 10:16
#12
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France Deadfish
allu up allup
2017-10-03 10:16
1 reply
#58
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Finland edemp^
GOD ALLU
2017-10-03 11:20
NA quals AU vs EU LUL
2017-10-03 10:17
4 replies
#23
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Norway Shaquelele
+1
2017-10-03 10:32
#82
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Malaysia byaIi
Rene always playing in china quali x
2017-10-03 13:22
2 replies
It isn't china quals. It's asian quals but it's actually asian and oceanian quals
2017-10-03 16:24
1 reply
#102
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Malaysia byaIi
+1
2017-10-03 17:23
de_Train is T Sided now LUL Also was proffeseur sleeping, why'd it take so long
2017-10-03 10:17
good job tarik. oh wait
2017-10-03 10:19
#17
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Armenia GaRY56
ez 4 BOT Allu
2017-10-03 10:22
1 reply
#89
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Finland Taynz
God
2017-10-03 14:45
#18
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Malaysia phyzell
Friberg gets the first chance to beat his old team.
2017-10-03 10:24
7 replies
#26
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United Kingdom Szbitzel2
Same with allu though Allu has 2 teams to beat nip and faze
2017-10-03 10:48
3 replies
#34
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Malaysia phyzell
they've been together for quite sometime, hope he'll show us the way to upset Niko & the bois :)
2017-10-03 10:48
2 replies
#37
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United Kingdom Szbitzel2
Idk mby allu has some kind of ace in the hole.
2017-10-03 10:50
1 reply
#39
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Malaysia phyzell
he doesn't need to take Adderall with his new team and their schedule's no longer tight so he should have enough space to figure out something for IEM Oakland.
2017-10-03 10:53
#27
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Sweden Dino1
Would be great to see NiP - OpTic :D
2017-10-03 10:36
2 replies
#35
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United Kingdom Szbitzel2
You know what would be greater optic - faze
2017-10-03 10:49
#36
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Malaysia phyzell
hybrid teams
2017-10-03 10:49
#19
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Finland Jardeet
Easy for optic gaming (new tier 1 team )
2017-10-03 10:25
God allu
2017-10-03 10:26
-HS +NAF
2017-10-03 10:27
1 reply
No sorry no na players in optic only EU
2017-10-03 10:45
#22
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Finland kappaboi
gz and gl
2017-10-03 10:29
Damn, HS not feelig the team maybe? even on vlogs hes not very active and doesnt talk much... Hope he steps up or he is first one to get changed
2017-10-03 10:33
5 replies
#31
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Norway Phancy11
Better than seized anyway who was a first option for them. Also its estonian mindset thats why he is not very active and dont like to talk a lot. Ropz is the same type person.
2017-10-03 10:42
Estonians seem to be introvert
2017-10-03 10:59
2 replies
#71
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Switzerland rhiq
they're basically budget finns
2017-10-03 12:39
1 reply
I guess so, they also have a weird ass language :D
2017-10-03 12:43
HS is up and down player. His aim is one of the best, he just needs a bit more experience, considering he hadn't played like on any tier5 LAN before joining PENTA in the beginning of the year.
2017-10-03 11:02
G O D A L L U
2017-10-03 10:34
#28
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Norway Phancy11
Nice try NAF, you deserve better team.
2017-10-03 10:37
1 reply
Ustilo had a bad series, He is normally better, If Ustilo played normally Renegades would've won tbh
2017-10-03 13:17
#30
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Australia WaxNWayne
Renegades always choking in the final... feelsbadman
2017-10-03 10:41
5 replies
Atleast you get the final...
2017-10-03 11:00
3 replies
Poor FlipSide maybe you should stick to rainbow six siege
2017-10-03 12:40
2 replies
Not even that my friend :(
2017-10-03 12:42
1 reply
atleast they go to every major #RUNF3
2017-10-03 23:16
#84
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Malaysia byaIi
like a kinguin xD
2017-10-03 13:23
LETS FUCKING GO EZ FOR #GREENWALL
2017-10-03 10:43
NICE
2017-10-03 10:52
Lets hope mongolz dont get their visa denied. Mlg columbus major qualifier was already a clusterfuck
2017-10-03 10:57
NAF > HS
2017-10-03 11:03
1 reply
If only he were willing to live in europe
2017-10-03 20:58
is optic still playing from EUROPE??
2017-10-03 11:05
6 replies
#50
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Luxembourg alex24
yes they were
2017-10-03 11:10
4 replies
No they are playing from Optics gaming house in chicago
2017-10-03 11:19
3 replies
#69
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Luxembourg alex24
Chicago in Germany ?
2017-10-03 12:36
2 replies
dude what?
2017-10-03 13:54
drunk?
2017-10-03 23:17
#49
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Russia USUAL
GOD ALLU
2017-10-03 11:09
guat da fuk, -33
2017-10-03 11:14
Fun match. allu missed some easy shots and got killed a lot in dumb moves he made and he still topped the scoreboard. USTILO is to thank for the win, he crashed completely and took the team down with him.
2017-10-03 11:17
Turned off and gone to sleep when they lost Nuke to NRG, having horrible tactical decisions and potato aim. Still, I'm glad they made it, but they should not chill in NA.
2017-10-03 11:17
Ez for allu
2017-10-03 11:20
#62
Boo | 
France mbl4
<3
2017-10-03 11:53
fribeeerrgg
2017-10-03 12:25
Renegades did a gr8 event :) wp
2017-10-03 12:28
#68
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Finland Faust_fSt
I hope my boys won't get too depressed about the results at the lan itself. OpTic still need a loooot of time and work... but they're improving constantly, that's all you can ask. Stop hating on HS peeps, I think he'll be the last piece of the puzzle to step up. He's an absolute virgin compared to the other guys' xp, and he's a little too humble for his own good. I suppose it's a bit overwhelming to go from semi-pro to living in OpTic's house with the likes of Friberg and Magisk, expected to break into tier 1 asap.
2017-10-03 12:31
2 replies
#70
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Finland hotdog^
imapet (coach) said they know they have a lot to work on =)
2017-10-03 12:39
1 reply
#73
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Finland Faust_fSt
Imapet knows, the players know and so does h3cz and everyone else. That doesn't mean they don't want to win every game they play right now, and feel bad if they lose.
2017-10-03 12:41
allu plays like shit but still somehow manages to be topfragger
2017-10-03 12:41
2 replies
#86
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Finland Faust_fSt
So does C. Ronaldo, but he's not considered the worst footballer in pro scene :hmm:
2017-10-03 13:56
1 reply
OMG! Bot Faust. Bot Allu.
2017-10-03 16:01
glad another NA team ma... nvm.
2017-10-03 12:43
#78
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China haskell_cg
ez for GodAllu
2017-10-03 12:47
The finals of a North American qualifier? Australia vs. Europe Fucking kek
2017-10-03 14:31
NAF has been playing really well on renegades If they can get ustilo to step up more often they could be really good and maybe even get out of groups sometimes
2017-10-03 15:02
Gl
2017-10-03 15:28
How did mongolz get in there? Anyone has a link to their qualifying match page or news page please?
2017-10-03 15:46
Gj god allu
2017-10-03 16:26
HS is garbage... if they add some good player instead, they could be a top 5-6 team
2017-10-03 16:36
#97
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Should be interesting... NiP won the last IEM Oakland against SK 2-1, but technically so did Friberg who was in the NiP lineup at that time and friberg now being in OpTic gaming - the victor of the previous IEM Oakland. However this looks to be a very exciting tournament. Lot of stacked talent here with the clear favourites being: FaZe/G2... Upsets can happen by SK, NiP. Astralis and Gambit. It's also good to see Mongolz in action, as there is some amazing talent to be seen in that team alongside "MachineGun" and "Zilkenberg". Good newspost, Professeur. :)
2017-10-03 16:42
Damn it’s a shame because I plan on going To IEM Oakland. I was really hoping Renegades could clinch the last spot.
2017-10-03 16:53
2 replies
You are still going, right?
2017-10-03 18:17
1 reply
Oh yea just won't route for Optic
2017-10-04 21:33
hope to see Optic on more events now
2017-10-03 16:57
ez for god allu
2017-10-03 16:58
#101
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Spain Alser
ggwp I was scared
2017-10-03 17:13
gj optic lol
2017-10-03 18:18
botberg and fullshit hs is so b4d
2017-10-03 19:54
-33 USTILUL
2017-10-03 22:43
IMT in the tournament. I say lul..
2017-10-03 23:11
wasted spot
2017-10-04 02:04
Nice!
2017-10-04 12:01
#119
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Faroe Islands LEX_TA
1 Astralis 2 FaZe G2 Cloud9 Gambit Liquid SK EnVyUs OpTic Immortals TheMongolz
2017-10-07 10:51
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