FaZe have survived a tight match against Renegades, who nearly mounted a comeback from a 2-13 deficit on Train. Meanwhile, G2 outlasted Gambit after a double-overtime battle on Overpass, 22-19.
The last round of day one in Burbank saw FaZe and Renegades play their third match of the group stage on Train, with the European mixture getting off to a flying start despite Justin "jks" Savage's 1v3 clutch in round three.
With a few close rounds, including a 1v1 from Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Finn "karrigan" Andersen's 1v2, FaZe secured an 8-1 scoreline before Renegades found a way to their second round. karrigan's squad were quickly back in the driving seat, locking down the rest of the half for a 13-2 lead.
On the back of a pistol round win, Renegades started mounting a comeback and racked up eight rounds in a row with a confident defense. FaZe then opted for a quick B attack and grabbed their 14th round after a close retake scenario, but Renegades reset their economy shortly after.
K - D
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
26 - 19
Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo
23 - 22
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
18 - 19
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
19 - 17
Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain
15 - 22
Gambit went up 5-1 at the beginning of their match against G2 on Overpass, where the Kazakh squad played as Terrorists at first. The Frenchmen soon equalized the score at 5-5 before Abay "HObbit" Khasenov and Rustem "mou" Telepov broke the streak with win in a long 2v4 situation.
G2 clinched two out of the remaining three rounds of the half, switching over to the offense with seven to their name. Gambit then picked up the second pistol and Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov saved a hairy anti-forcebuy with a 1v3 clutch, sending his team to a 12-7 advantage.
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's 1v2 clutch kept G2 in the match even if they got reset in the next round, as Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's triple in the following forcebuy helped the French side turn the tables. The AWPer's clutch in the 26th round made the score even at 13-13 before the two teams split the next two rounds. It was G2 who clinched match point first, but despite a poor economic situation, Gambit took it to overtime with just pistols.
G2 took their opponents off-guard with quick-paced attacks at the beginning, with Gambit later trying to answer to aggression with aggression without success. Richard "shox" Papillon's team grabbed two rounds on the Terrorist side, but Gambit replied with two of their own to force overtime number two.
Starting as CT this time, G2 strung together all three rounds in the second set, with AWPs in the hands of kennyS and NBK- doing most of the work. That allowed the Frenchmen enough room to breathe to grab their first win in the group stage at 22-19.
K - D
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
47 - 31
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
40 - 27
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
25 - 29
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
24 - 30
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy
23 - 29
Here are the standings of IEM Oakland's group stage after day one:
|Group A||W||OT W||OT L||L||P|
|Group B||W||OT W||OT L||L||P|
Tomorrow IEM Oakland continues with the remaining 14 matches of the group stage, beginning with Group A at 20:00.