Renegades beat OpTic as Nifty shines; to iBP Masters grand final
Renegades are the first grand finalists of iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 after defeating OpTic 2-0 (16-7 on both Cache and Overpass).
The first semi-final of iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 kicked off on Renegades' map pick, Cache, with OpTic getting off to a 5-0 lead after picking up the CT pistol. Still, the following round marked the beginning of a turnaround from Renegades, who would win six in a row without response.
Despite the European mixture equalizing the score, Noah "Nifty" Francis's men reset OpTic's economy with a flawless A execution, and followed that up with the next two rounds to grab a 9-6 half-time lead.
Karlo "USTILO" Pivac started off the second half with a quad-kill, opening a way for his team to secure a 12-6 score. From that point, even though OpTic won the following round, Renegades would fairly easily finish off Cache, 16-7.
Contrary to the previous map, it were Renegades who quickly bagged a 5-0 lead on Overpass. It was only in the eighth round that Adam "friberg" Friberg's men managed to get a foothold in the game, but they could not string more than four rounds together.
OpTic were only able to get back to the game in the last round of the half. Despite losing the second pistol, Renegades continued to shut down their opponents' hopes, locking down the map, 16-7, thanks to back-to-back multi-kills from Nifty in the last two rounds.
K - D
Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty
55 - 25
Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF
38 - 22
Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO
37 - 28
Justin 'jks' Savagejks
29 - 25
Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR
26 - 32