Sprout are off to a great start at the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier after defeating Space Soldiers 16-11 in their first match in Atlanta.
The fifth match of the day in Atlanta, the second to feature two European teams, began at a frantic pace, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game during the early stages. After taking the pistol round, Space Soldiers lost the following anti-eco following a trio of CZ kills from Denis "denis" Howell, but the Turkish team got back in the game once they had money to work with again.
Space Soldiers' over-eagerness in anti-eco situations proved costly and held them off of any economic development once again, so they turned to Engin "ngiN" Kor, who kept the team in it with two big plays, a quad-kill in an A execution and a trio of mac10 kills in a 2v3 situation. The latter ended up being a catalyst for the Turkish team, who won five rounds in a row before Sprout secured the final round of the half.
Down 9-6, the German team won the second pistol round of the game with a B execution, with Paweł "innocent" Mocek getting four kills to his name. That was the start of a great run from the German team, who strung six rounds together as Space Soldiers struggled to contain the opposition.
A 1v1 won by Ahmet "paz" Karahoca, followed up by a quad kill from Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş to shut down a B rush, gave Space Soldiers some breathing room and brought the deficit to a minimum. But as the next round went Sprout's way, the Turkish players were left strapped for cash. After watching the Germans hit match point, Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's men still made one final push, but the Terrorists overturned a 3v5 situation to put their opponents in the 0-1 pool of teams.
|Sprout||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Denis 'denis' Howelldenis||24 - 17||+7||98.6||1.48|
|Paweł 'innocent' Mocekinnocent||21 - 15||+6||85.9||1.28|
|Jesse 'zehN' LinjalazehN||20 - 16||+4||70.4||1.25|
|Timo 'Spiidi' RichterSpiidi||20 - 18||+2||92.5||1.19|
|Kevin 'kRYSTAL' AmendkRYSTAL||12 - 17||-5||41.1||0.79|