mousesports beat Vega Squadron to qualify for ROG Masters
mousesports came from behind to beat Vega Squadron 2-1 and secure a spot at ROG Masters 2017.
The first semi-final of the day began on Mirage, Vega Squadron's map choice, where the Russian team came out strongly on the Terrorist side, winning six of the first eight rounds. mousesports then tightened up their defense and overcame the deficit by stringings five rounds together, but Dmitriy "jR" Chervak's team picked up the final two rounds of the half to secure a narrow 8-7 lead.
mousesports entered the second half determined to turn things around, and they retook the lead after taking the pistol round and the following anti-ecos. However, once the game reached the gun rounds it was all about Vega Squadron's impenetrable defence. Powered by Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov and Nikolay "mir" Bityukov, the Russian team never let mousesports string any rounds together and closed out the map, 16-13.
The second map of the series was Nuke, where Vega Squadron got out to a quick 3-0 lead on the Terrorist side. But after buying up, mousesports took control of proceedings, dropping just two rounds until the end of the half as they stormed to a 10-5 lead.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first as the Russian team won the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos, only to lose control of the game in gun rounds. mousesports shut down any chances of the CTs building up their economy or stringing rounds together, locking down the map at 16-10.
Vega Squadron entered the final map, Inferno, with all guns blazing, cruising to a 6-1 lead on the CT side. mousesports' offence then finally came to life, with the half ending in a surprisingly close 8-7 scoreline.
The Russian team further added to their lead by taking the pistol round and the next anti-eco, but then a 1v3 clutch from Miikka "suNny" Kemppi put mousesports back in the game. The European mixture kept this momentum for the remainder of the half, with their individual talent making the difference in key rounds. With a stunning wallbang from Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný in a 1v1 and a quad-kill from Robin "ropz" Kool, mousesports reached match point, and they denied Vega Squadron the chance to take the game to overtime with three more kills from the Estonian talent in the pit.
|Vega Squadron||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper||58 - 55||+3||80.8||1.11|
|Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir||60 - 53||+7||71.3||1.04|
|Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishinkeshandr||57 - 60||-3||71.6||1.00|
|Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR||46 - 61||-15||61.6||0.89|
|Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji||47 - 59||-12||62.0||0.86|
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny||62 - 57||+5||87.6||1.19|
|Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar||62 - 55||+7||77.1||1.12|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||62 - 54||+8||72.3||1.06|
|Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO||53 - 50||+3||72.3||1.02|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||49 - 54||-5||66.5||0.99|
With mousesports through to ROG Masters 2017, the team list for the $250,000 event, which will take place from December 7-10 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, currently looks as follows: