Gambit overrun FaZe; OpTic move past Liquid
Gambit have picked up their first victory at IEM Oakland after thrashing FaZe, while OpTic have moved up to second in the group after defeating hometown favourites Liquid.
Gambit got off to a flying start to the match as they cruised to a 5-0 lead following fast B executions in the pistol round, in which Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov got three kills to his name, and in the first full gun round despite being on a shoddy buy.
FaZe then finally managed to hold Gambit off, but they were instantly reset after being caught off-guard by the Terrorists' aggressive manoeuvres. The Kazakh team kept pressing on and eventually increased their lead to 8-1, forcing the European mixture to call a tactical pause in a bid to halt their opponents' momentum.
It was only then that FaZe managed to string some rounds together. But their run would not last; Gambit continued to play at an extremely high pace and closed out the half with a commanding 12-3 lead.
Gambit then piled more misery on their opponents by winning the pistol round. A series of force buys from FaZe failed to produce any results, giving Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's men the last rounds they needed to run out victorious.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||14 - 15||-1||75.8||0.93|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||10 - 17||-7||81.5||0.67|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||10 - 18||-8||68.3||0.61|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||11 - 17||-6||63.1||0.55|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||6 - 18||-12||50.2||0.30|
|Gambit||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit||25 - 10||+15||131.1||2.17|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||16 - 8||+8||97.4||1.67|
|Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou||16 - 10||+6||82.7||1.40|
|Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia||13 - 11||+2||74.4||1.26|
|Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch||15 - 12||+3||74.6||1.19|
Elsewhere, Liquid took on OpTic looking to extend their perfect start to the tournament. The first round of the match went OpTic's way, but then the North Americans responded on eco thanks to a quad kill from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski with a Desert Eagle.
Liquid took that chance to secure a 4-1 lead, but they were unable to hold on to it as OpTic responded by stringing a few rounds together. The North Americans then tightened up their defense, winning four of the next five rounds to take a narrow 8-7 halftime lead.
Now playing as CT, OpTic put in a near-flawless display. The Europeans shut down any chances of Liquid building up an economy or stringing rounds together, and eventually took the map at 16-10 to move up to second in Group B.
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||22 - 16||+6||105.7||1.57|
|Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell||23 - 14||+9||89.4||1.40|
|Kevin 'HS' TarnHS||20 - 13||+7||79.6||1.35|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||15 - 17||-2||66.4||1.04|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||14 - 13||+1||56.9||1.00|