Spirit through to SL i-League Invitational Shanghai
Spirit beat AVANGAR, 2-1, in the SL i-League Invitational Shanghai final to earn a ticket to the tournament in China.
After an intense SL i-League Invitational Shanghai CIS qualifier that saw Spirit make the final after beating Sherifi and forZe—the latter having beaten the likes of Tengri and FlipSid3—and AVANGAR, who beat pro100 and Vega Squadron on their way there, it was ultimately Spirit who clinched a spot in Shanghai after three maps.
The final started out with Spirit—with Vladyslav "arch" Svistov standing in for the recently benched Sergey "starix" Ischuk—and the Kazakh-Russian team AVANGAR, with the winner earning a ticket to SL i-League Shanghai taking place the first week of November.
The first map was Mirage, AVANGAR’s pick. The Kazakh side started on the terrorist side, and won the pistol round. They weren’t able to get the three first rounds, however, as Spirit won the third and ran away with a 5-2 lead. The half, though, ended up being the first of two close ones, as AVANGAR were able to win two rounds before trading three rounds a side for an 8-7 half favoring Spirit.
The second half of the map saw AVANGAR mount an incredible comeback as the Kazakh side was able to bring an 8-15 deficit back to a tie winning seven rounds in a row. After kicking the overtime off, AVANGAR closed it out winning four out of the six extra rounds to take it 19-17.
Spirit started on the CT side in their map pick, Cobblestone, and won the pistol round. The Kazakhs, however, won the forcebuy after Timur "buster" Tulepov and Dzhami "Jame" Ali got three CZ75 opening frags allowing a quick bomb plant. After ten rounds AVANGAR were up 7-3, but Spirit finally got it together and turned it around to an 8-7 lead.
The second half start with Spirit carrying their momentum from the end of the first half, as they were able to chain five rounds in a row despite losing the first one to increase their lead to 13-8. AVANGAR once again started winning rounds, trying to make the comeback, but Spirit were able to close the map and take it to the decider with a final score of 16-13.
Spirit started off dominating on Overpass, the decider. The Russian-Ukrainian side took a seven round lead before AVANGAR were even able to put a tally on the scoreboard. The Kazakh team was able to bring it back later in the half, however, as they won five more rounds before switching sides.
Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka got his team a bit closer to qualifying in the last pistol round of the match with a triple. With a 12-6 lead, Spirit won the first gun round, getting ever closer to Shanghai. AVANGAR were able to put a round on the board when trailing 7-15, but Spirit finally closed it out the following round to seal their pass to the SL i-League Invitational Shanghai.
K - D
Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert
79 - 60
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN
59 - 68
Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienkodimasick
64 - 65
Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame
48 - 56
Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster
34 - 67
The teams invited or qualified to SL i-League Shanghai Invitational so far are:
|Invite #3||Invite #4|
|Invite #5||EU Qualifier|