SK top Group B; OpTic crush NRG to finish second
SK Gaming have nailed down the top spot in Group B after defeating Misfits, who have been leapfrogged by OpTic in the table following a 16-3 thrashing of NRG.
With SK and Misfits level on points at the top of the table, the clash for the first place began with a dominant start from the Brazilians, who strolled to a 7-1 round after recovering from a lost pistol round. Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan then took matters into his own hands, clutching a 1v2 to bring SK's streak to an end.
That individual action sparked a great run from the North Americans, who shut down any chances of SK stringing rounds together again, reducing the gap to 9-6.
The second half was a complete one-way street from the get-go. After losing the pistol round and the following anti-ecos, Misfits won the first full buy round to keep themselves in the race. However, their hopes of finishing at the top of the group were soon quashed as SK ran all over the North American defence, winning four rounds straight to lock down the map, 16-7.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||24 - 11||+13||112.3||1.71|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||23 - 10||+13||91.8||1.66|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||20 - 14||+6||97.6||1.48|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||19 - 9||+10||83.0||1.47|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||14 - 11||+3||63.6||1.03|
|Misfits||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM||17 - 17||0||76.1||0.96|
|David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek||10 - 21||-11||69.7||0.64|
|Sean 'seang@res' Garesseang@res||9 - 21||-12||47.7||0.63|
|Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK||10 - 21||-11||55.7||0.53|
|François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk||9 - 20||-11||45.0||0.44|
Meanwhile, OpTic and NRG faced each other on Cobblestone for the all-important playoff spot. Many had expected this to be a close contest after the North American had acquitted themselves quite well on the first day of the event, but it ended up being a one-sided affair, with the European mixture cruising to a 12-3 lead on the Terrorist side after constantly countering their opponents' few round wins.
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||9 - 18||-9||64.0||0.70|
|Allan 'AnJ' JensenAnJ||10 - 14||-4||46.3||0.66|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||8 - 16||-8||64.6||0.63|
|Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy||10 - 17||-7||61.1||0.53|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||7 - 18||-11||51.8||0.40|
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kevin 'HS' TarnHS||30 - 8||+22||142.9||2.48|
|Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell||15 - 9||+6||83.1||1.61|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||17 - 9||+8||78.3||1.48|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||13 - 10||+3||77.8||1.29|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||8 - 8||0||57.9||1.13|
The final group match was a Nordic classic between NiP and North, two teams already out of the race for the playoffs. A lively start from NiP saw them take a 6-2 lead after constantly denying North the chance to string any rounds together, but the Danes then tightened up their defence and won seven rounds straight to pick up a 9-6 lead.
North overcame a slow start to the second half and brought the scoreline to a 15-10 advantage with a 1v4 clutch from Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen, but they failed to deal the finishing blow, allowing NiP to force overtime - in which the Swedes would run riot.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||32 - 22||+10||95.3||1.45|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||22 - 25||-3||72.1||0.94|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||18 - 23||-5||64.0||0.88|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||22 - 27||-5||66.4||0.80|
|Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde||15 - 23||-8||50.8||0.68|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|William 'draken' Sundindraken||38 - 21||+17||115.6||1.68|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||29 - 23||+6||91.1||1.20|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||19 - 22||-3||70.2||1.00|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||18 - 19||-1||56.2||0.93|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||16 - 24||-8||56.5||0.79|
Below you can find the final standings of Group B:
|1. SK - through to semi-finals|
|2. OpTic - through to quarter-finals|
|3. Misfits - through to quarter-finals|
With the group stage now over, the quarter-final match-ups look as follows: