Na`Vi defeat HellRaisers; G2 crush Renegades
Natus Vincere and G2 have picked up their first victories at StarSeries i-League Season 4 after beating HellRaisers and Renegades, respectively, both by 2-0 scorelines.
The series between Natus Vincere and HellRaisers kicked off on Cobblestone, the latter team's map pick, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev opening up the action with a triple-kill to help his team grab the CT pistol. Despite losing the first gun round, the Ukrainian side instantly responded to break their opponents' economy.
Then, a successful eco round marked the beginning of a five-round streak from Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's squad, who continuously ran all over the Na`Vi defence, losing only two more rounds before the end of the half as they took a 9-6 lead.
In the second half, Natus Vincere seemed to have the pistol round in control, but then Kevin "HS" Tarn almost clutched a 1v3 situation. After following that up with both anti-ecos, Na`Vi got back in the lead after overturning a 3v5 situation.
After Natus Vincere hit the 11-round mark, HellRaisers tightened up their defense and retook the lead, forcing Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko to call a tactical pause. That short break did wonders for the Ukrainians, who would lock down the map shortly afterwards.
Next up was Inferno, and, just like on the previous map, flamie opened things up with a triple-kill to secure the CT pistol for Natus Vincere. This time around, however, the Ukrainian team would not prevail in the subsequent anti-eco.
Still, Natus Vincere remained in control of the map by winning four of the following five rounds. In the next round, Özgür "woxic" Eker gave his team some breathing room after finding two opponents with a Deagle and then clutching a heroic 1v3 situation.
Na`Vi shut down any chances of HellRaisers building up an economy or stringing rounds together, closing out the half with a 9-6 lead, to which they added after taking the second half pistol and the following anti-ecos.
Zeus came up huge with a quad-kill in the first full gun round, setting Na`Vi up for a 14-6 lead. HellRaisers still tried to get back in it, but there was nothing they could do to prevent Na`Vi from running away with the lead.
K - D
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
40 - 24
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
44 - 36
Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic
35 - 27
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
36 - 35
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
34 - 31
In their LAN debut with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, Renegades began their opponents' map pick, Cobblestone, with a successful T-side pistol, but could not follow that up. After grabbing a quick 3-1 lead, G2 still lost the first full gun round before stringing five rounds together to secure a dominant 8-2 lead.
That was when Renegades finally managed to get a footing in the game, winning three of the next five rounds to reduce the deficit to 5-10. Noah "Nifty" Francis' men carried that momentum into the second half, picking up the initial three rounds to get within touching distance of their opponents.
G2 were unwilling to let the game slip from their fingers, however, and finally picked up the pace, bagging six rounds in a row to close out the map, 16-8.
Starting out on the CT-side on Mirage, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub found two kills while holding B, but Justin "jks" Savage came up huge with a quad-kill to help Renegades secure their third pistol of the series. Just like on Cobblestone, though, G2 responded immediately and took control of proceedings after that.
It was only in the 11th round that Renegades were able to pick up their second round of the map, but G2 were far too hot for the Australians to handle and closed out the half with a 13-2 lead before winning three rounds straight as Terrorists.
K - D
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
41 - 26
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
44 - 16
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
34 - 22
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy
32 - 23
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
30 - 23