In the third round of Group B at IEM Oakland, Renegades shocked G2 with a 16-9 win on Cobblestone, while Liquid grabbed their second overtime victory after a tough Mirage versus Gambit.
Squaring off against G2 on Cobblestone, Renegades went on a massive streak towards the beginning of their second match at IEM Oakland, grabbing the pistol and the first few gunrounds as Terrorists. Coupled with several anti-eco rounds, Keith "NAF" Markovic's side went up 8-0 before the French squad found a way to their first.
Despite losing the next two rounds, G2 finally recovered on the back of a quad-kill in a forcebuy from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who added six more kills to his score en route to five rounds in the first half.
Winning the pistol round, Renegades fended off a forcebuy attempt from G2 and continued to close the distance to the upset and their first win at IEM Oakland. Richard "shox" Papillon's men found themselves up against the ropes at 5-15, at which point they secured four rounds in a row, but they then ran into a forcebuy as Renegades closed things out 16-9.
K - D
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
21 - 20
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy
16 - 19
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
16 - 19
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
14 - 19
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
16 - 23
In the other match of Group B's third round, Liquid went up 4-1 as Terrorists on Mirage, although Gambit quickly took control of the match after Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov's four kills in a low forcebuy. A few more individual heroics and one massive read later, Gambit secured 10 rounds on the defense.
The Kazakh team looked to extend their lead with a pistol round victory, but Liquid replied with a forcebuy and eventually equalized the score at 11-11.
The next four rounds were split evenly but it was Liquid who gained the advantage with an anti-eco win at 14-13 before Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev clutched a 1v1 to even things out once more. Rustem "mou" Telepov's amazing quad-kill in a 3v5 situation sent Gambit to match point, which decimated Liquid's economy, but the North American team brought it back against all odds and took the match to overtime with a stellar defense on A.
Josh "jdm64" Marzano's quad-kill started his team's journey to a perfect first half in the overtime.Gambit replied with a 2v4 retake on the B bombsite at the start of the second half, but they couldn't turn around another disadvantageous situation, as Liquid grabbed two points to Gambit's one in the overtime victory.
K - D
Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE
34 - 25
Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64
29 - 19
Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel
28 - 22
Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz
27 - 21
Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0
18 - 26