Space Soldiers qualify for Major after beating mousesports in OT
Space Soldiers have booked their spot at the ELEAGUE Major 2018 after defeating mousesports 19-17 on Mirage.
Starting out as Terrorists, Space Soldiers got off to the better start after picking up the pistol round thanks to a triple and a double-kill from Ahmet "paz" Karahoca and Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, respectively. A key quad-kill from Miikka "suNny" Kemppi in the first gun round then helped mousesports secure their first on the board, propelling them to grab a 4-3 lead.
The Turkish side responded with two nearly-perfect executions to break their opponents' economy and get back to the lead, forcing mousesports to call their first tactical timeout. Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli would also pause the game after his team lost the subsequent round, inspiring his teammates to remain in the driving seat and grab a 10-5 half-time lead.
With a strong B defense and two clean headshots from paz, Space Soldiers picked up their second pistol, and followed that up with two anti-ecos to hit 13-rounds. As well as in the first half, suNny and co. then responded with a four-round streak.
In the following round, mousesports could not break through Space Soldiers' defense despite finding the first two entry-kills. Still, the European mixture immediately replied with a successful round to break their economy.
Nevertheless, MAJ3R's men then hit match-point with nothing but pistols, with the Turkish captain closing out a 1v1 situation after finding two other enemies. That would not stop mousesports, who won five straight rounds to take the match to overtime.
Although Space Soldiers were set to win the first round of overtime, Martin "STYKO" Styk clutched what seemed to be an heavy-duty 1v3 clutch. Still, with a flawless T-side, Space Soldiers then finished things off, 19-17, to secure their place at the ELEAGUE Major.
K - D
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES
30 - 22
Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz
33 - 21
Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx
26 - 22
Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN
15 - 23
Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R
16 - 26
| Space Soldiers
|Natus Vincere||Quantum Bellator Fire|
|1-3 (eliminated)||0-3 (eliminated)|