Torqued have sent Vega Squadron packing at cs_summit 2 after picking up a 2-0 victory in the Lower Bracket (16-13 on Inferno and 16-14 on Mirage).
The first Lower Bracket match of the tournament began on Inferno, Torqued's pick, with the North Americans responding really well to a pistol round loss as they won a force-buy, setting themselves up for a 4-1 lead.
Vega Squadron then brought the deficit to a minimum off of triple-kills from Nikolay "mir" Bityukov and Pavel "hutji" Lashkov. But since those rounds had been very expensive for the Russian side, they were left strapped for cash once Torqued regained control of the game, with the half ending with a 10-5 lead for the North Americans.
The second half began at a frantic pace as both teams managed to win scrappy force-buys, with Torqued then stringing a few rounds together to increase their lead to 14-6. Vega Squadron then found a way back into the game after punishing the CTs' overaggression, with the North Americans being held off any economic development.
With Dmitriy "jR" Chervak stepping up his AWP game, Vega Squadron tried to push the game to overtime, but Torqued eventually sealed the deal in a B retake thanks to a triple-kill from Matt "Pollo" Wilson.
The map that followed was Mirage, where Joshua "steel" Nissan opened up the action with a trio of kills in the pistol round. After losing the following eco round, Vega Squadron rallied back with a third-round buy after overtuning a 2v4 situation in the B site.
Torqued then kept their defense very tight, winning five of the next six rounds, but a late resurgence from Vega Squadron saw them bag four rounds to bring the deficit to a minimum - and they could have taken the lead had they not allowed Kenneth "koosta" Suen to clutch a 1v3 situation.
The second half began with Torqued winning the pistol round following a successful B execution. The game then entered a scrappy period of play as neither side could stamp their authority on the game, with Vega Squadron twice recovering from three-round deficits.
With the score tied at 14-14 and a solid economy, the CIS side looked set to take the series to a third map, but then they shockingly let the game slip and lost two rounds in horrific fashion to lose a map that was all but won.
|Torqued||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel||57 - 43||+14||107.8||1.50|
|Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta||51 - 35||+16||77.6||1.25|
|Keven 'AZK' LariviereAZK||43 - 39||+4||75.6||1.11|
|Matt 'Pollo' WilsonPollo||37 - 43||-6||78.4||1.03|
|Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag||31 - 34||-3||59.2||0.98|