SK, Heroic move into 2-1 pool at StarSeries

SK and Heroic have picked up their second victory at StarSeries i-League Season 4 after defeating Cloud9 and TyLoo, respectively, both by 2-0 scorelines.

The rematch of the ELEAGUE Major semi-final kicked off on SK's map pick, Cache, with the Brazilians securing a quick 3-0 lead as CTs. In the first gun round, two fast openers from Timothy "autimatic" Ta forced SK to save, and, despite losing the following one, the North Americans rallied back to tie up the score at 4-4.

SK then got back in the game with double-kills from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, setting themselves up for a 7-4 score, but Cloud9 were still able to break the Brazilians' economy. The half continued to be a back-and-forth affair, but SK strung the final two rounds together to secure a 9-6 half-time lead.

FalleN's men came out of the break with all guns blazing and won the initial three rounds fairly easily. Although Cloud9 then won the first gun round with a triple-kill from autimatic, SK replied with a fast B execution to break the North Americans' economy, and eventually close out the map after losing just one more round.

coldzera had an impressive 1.71 rating in the series

Starting out as Terrorists on their opponents' map pick, Inferno, SK yet again secured a 3-0 start after successfully executing B in the pistol. Still, with a very tight defense, Cloud9 quickly picked up the lead after buying up.

Surprisingly enough, it was on an extremely weak buy that SK would be able to get back to winning ways. In the 13th round, a 1v2 clutch from Marcelo "coldzera" David in a post-plant situation broke Cloud9's economy, setting the Brazilians up for a 10-5 half-time lead.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass opened up the action in the second half with a quad-kill, paving the way for SK to bag a 13-5 lead. Cloud9 still attempted a comeback by stringing two rounds together, but it was in vain as the Brazilians eventually ran out 16-7 victors. 

Matchpage
0
2
19th February 2018
Brazil
8
Cache
16
7
Inferno
16

 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 40 - 36 +4 93.2 1.22
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 26 - 38 -12 70.0 0.88
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 28 - 34 -6 69.9 0.88
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle 24 - 35 -11 55.6 0.73
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 12 - 36 -24 40.1 0.58
 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 49 - 18 +31 94.6 1.71
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 42 - 30 +12 104.5 1.50
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 31 - 25 +6 80.3 1.23
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 32 - 29 +3 69.6 1.06
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 25 - 28 -3 57.4 0.93

On the secondary stream, TYLOO battled it out against their former coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu's newest team in a series that kicked off on Inferno. Heroic began the match with a successful T-side pistol, but the Chinese side responded with a great triple-kill from Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand to restore parity.

Heroic remained in control of the action, taking a 4-1 lead, but the rest of the half was keenly contested, with TYLOO heading into the break with a narrow 8-7 lead. 

Following the second pistol, which Heroic picked up, TYLOO were able to buy in the third round. After that, the Chinese team raised eyebrows with some dominant executions, winning six rounds in a row to secure a 14-9 lead.

Heroic came back from a 9-14 deficit on Inferno

But after calling a tactical pause, Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel's new squad tightened up their defense and won every remaining rounds to seal a hard-fought 16-14 success.

Next up was Train, Heroic's map pick, where the Danish side got off to a flying start as Terrorists as they bagged six straight rounds. TYLOO did not want to throw in the towel, however, and responded with a run for their own to bring the deficit to a minimum. 

Still, Heroic kept racking up rounds until half-time to take a 10-5 lead into the break. Then, following a flawless CT pistol in the second half, the Danes quickly wrapped things up to go 2-1 in Kiev.

Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2018
16
Inferno
14
16
Train
6

 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 46 - 32 +14 85.5 1.37
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 39 - 25 +14 76.3 1.31
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 40 - 30 +10 75.4 1.17
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 32 - 30 +2 63.6 1.04
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 26 - 34 -8 71.5 0.98
 TYLOO K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
China Ke 'captainMo' LiucaptainMo 35 - 36 -1 74.4 1.05
Indonesia Kevin 'xccurate' Susantoxccurate 37 - 37 0 64.4 0.98
China Hui 'DD' WuDD 29 - 35 -6 65.8 0.91
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' FerdinandBnTeT 24 - 34 -10 59.7 0.82
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xusomebody 26 - 41 -15 70.1 0.81

Two rounds into the third day of action in the tournament, here is how the Swiss stage is currently looking:

2-0
Europe FaZe France G2
Ukraine Natus Vincere Europe mousesports
2-1
Brazil SK Denmark Heroic
North America Liquid
1-1
Denmark Astralis Kazakhstan Gambit
1-2
Poland Virtus.pro United States Cloud9
Australia Renegades China TYLOO
0-2
Europe HellRaisers Korea MVP PK
Eliminated
Sweden fnatic  
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
971
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Gg
2018-02-19 14:30
LET'S GO TACO VACO EZ PZ
2018-02-19 14:31
SK played so much better, totally deserved
2018-02-19 14:32
#19
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
49/18 +31 Okay coldzera
2018-02-19 14:34
C9 major win F L U K E
2018-02-19 14:36
#28
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Only their fans say it wasn’t, they couldn’t even win cs_summit tryharding
2018-02-19 14:40
And SK won?
2018-02-19 14:46
#37
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Maybe because they didn’t care enough about winning it, they had actually will fight for big tournaments the upcoming days.
2018-02-19 14:48
Lmao excuses
2018-02-19 14:48
lol sk was like "yeah,sure,i'll go" cause they were like from half to one hour away from the house.
2018-02-19 14:55
#42
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Excuses? Just the reality my dude, why would they give everything o win a tournament such as cs_summit when there’s Starladder and IEM Katowice on the next 2 weeks? NA Gambit knew they can’t win big events without a lucky run, so they tried very hard on cs_summit and still lost. Couldn’t even get to double digits against FaZe or SK, this just proves how much of a fluke their major run was.
2018-02-19 15:01
Ok you must be fallen's wife or something if you have such inside info that's completely 100% accurate
2018-02-19 15:01
#44
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
vs FaZe: 1-16/8-16 vs SK: 8-16/7-16 Enough said.
2018-02-19 15:04
Two matches ok
2018-02-19 15:06
#46
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Can say the same about NA Gambit
2018-02-19 15:08
Most important event in the last two months, and they performed.
2018-02-19 15:08
#54
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
That’s the only event out of 284726162 they performed :D NA Gambit
2018-02-19 15:35
#56
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Gambit won major last year, look where they are now. Its almost never the favoutites that wins the major. C9 is not best team, neither top 3.
2018-02-19 15:41
That's cuz Zeus left. It's a different situation, idiot
2018-02-19 15:47
#83
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Ok, so if zeus joins them again they will become the best team?
2018-02-20 15:22
#79
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Portugal hazex123 
CRY LITTLE BITCH
2018-02-19 22:01
#76
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Brazil victorlookoo 
with coldzera in this MVP form and fer don`t struggling ( 3-13 first half against mouz ) , there`s no way other team them Faze or G2 can beat them. Lets hope Cold can keep this form to playoffs
2018-02-19 19:11
OMG EZ
2018-02-19 14:31
#33
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
"C9 top1" na fangays kys
2018-02-19 14:46
hey fuck you
2018-02-19 14:48
#2
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Brazil Pedrolc22 
Ez sk
2018-02-19 14:31
#11
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Brazil coldzao2 
1- SK Lucky 2- coldzera is cheater 3- the crowd shouted "JANELAAAA" 4- SK/LG have 2 Majors in fluke 5- SK does not play well, the other teams that play poorly 6- There are Brazilian fans in the event making calls to players 7- SK is very lucky 8- Defuse with 1HP 9- Coldzera is lucky in clutches 10- The other team went into choke 11- Best lucky team pick your excuse
2018-02-19 14:32
All of them are true!
2018-02-19 14:33
#26
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
+1
2018-02-19 14:37
#30
deM0 | 
Brazil ilm7 
cry kenny baby buaaaa
2018-02-19 14:42
c9 excuse thread??xaxaxaxa
2018-02-19 14:46
#47
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Cry Is Free
2018-02-19 15:08
2 majors fluke > 1 major fluke GG
2018-02-19 14:36
ez
2018-02-19 14:31
third
2018-02-19 14:31
fuck
2018-02-19 14:31
#80
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Brazil celowdrums 
Lol
2018-02-19 23:17
Crowd9 next gambit confirmed
2018-02-19 14:31
Fluke9 boyZ
2018-02-19 14:32
semmler <3
2018-02-19 14:32
Clown9 era they said.
2018-02-19 14:32
#74
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United States DarknessMatt 
Who said? The trolls? No legit c9 fan thinks this way
2018-02-19 18:36
#78
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World halamadridsk 
Most of the c9 fans do while some realists know what the true form of c9 is right now
2018-02-19 21:33
godzera #1 2K18
2018-02-19 14:32
tyloo inferno almost ot
2018-02-19 14:32
#15
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Ukraine w1nth 
And there goes C9's confidence XDDDDDDDD
2018-02-19 14:32
#21
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Brazil mth^ 
Still got this - turok
2018-02-19 14:34
ez for sk and heroic gg
2018-02-19 14:32
#20
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Pakistan perth 
cold 18 deaths ez baits
2018-02-19 14:34
@HLTVorg at the last events featuring the swiss system you've put a info in every news about the current standings in the group stage. you could always check the top news to be informed what team is in which pool (2-0 1-1 1-2 etcpp). i miss that, it was nice! maybe you can bring it back... e: i swear to god you edited that in after i replied :) thanks!
2018-02-19 14:36
<3
2018-02-19 14:36
#27
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Slovakia TatKo 
FeelsBadMan TyLoo
2018-02-19 14:38
#29
JUGi | 
United Kingdom onwards 
rip tyloo
2018-02-19 14:42
Cloud9 are 1-2 now the scene is set for a 3-2 comeback to steamroll through to playoffs and rape FaZe and SK again
2018-02-19 14:47
#57
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Brazil stewArt1 
Dream
2018-02-19 15:43
#71
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Singapore Wadufuk 
The major was a fluke,cloud9 is going to be the next gambit
2018-02-19 17:58
rip C9 xd
2018-02-19 14:47
#39
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Asia ElemeNt4ffff 
How exactly cloud9 won a major?
2018-02-19 14:49
#67
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United States Prattatat 
By beating the 3 best teams in the world making them 3rd in the world. They now lost to #1 & #2 in the world. This is no where near devastating just a bad two days against the two best teams.
2018-02-19 17:12
#68
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Sweden X-rAy 
i agree cloud9 had fresh taticas in major but now the same thing isnt working cause both FaZe and SK adapted to their playstyle.
2018-02-19 17:28
#70
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United States Prattatat 
Exactly, they got countered hard by both teams. Pretty upsetting for Tarik from and IGL standpoint in that you need to add a few variations especially when going up against the likes of Fallen and Karrigan in the IGL game. If you use the same stuff you beat them with previously it isn't going to work, they will have figured it out and planned for it. Edit: its why C9, G2, Mous, Astralis & Fnatic (despite this tourny) are on the outside looking in compared to the top 2 SK and Faze, they are just on a different level tactically and mechanically
2018-02-19 17:36
godzera smurfing
2018-02-19 14:49
#51
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
HAHAHA It's actually funny how he is so much better than all other professional players. Maybe not much better than s1mple, though.
2018-02-19 15:10
#49
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Coldzera Gaming at it again. One man army. Fallen has to start playing monstrously again so both of them can carry SK back to the top. Coldzera alone can only do so much...
2018-02-19 15:09
#73
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Singapore Nephalith 
Not quite fair to say that as coldzera is SK's center piece and they play around his strength. fer did great tbh.
2018-02-19 18:19
#75
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Nope. He didn't. As usual, fer plays with instinct, like a dog loose from his leash. He's not a great player, only an aggressive mad beast losing guns on won rounds. Cold and Fallen were always the reason of the team's success. Sad that fallen isn't as consistent as cold is.
2018-02-19 18:40
I love how now that cloud9 are on the verge of a groupstage exit these salty faze and SK fans pounce like they haven't had anything to boast about this year.
2018-02-19 15:10
#65
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
FLUKE 9 LUL
2018-02-19 16:54
Holy hell, autimatic is such a beast
2018-02-19 15:15
#53
coldzera | 
Brazil Luska 
nice SK, vqv !
2018-02-19 15:19
#55
nitr0 | 
Brunei shrxtz 
C9 back to being shit, I love this guys as idividuals but as a whole team they are garbage.
2018-02-19 15:36
#69
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Sweden X-rAy 
they are not shit... teams just adapted to their playstyle...they new to come up with something new as skillwise they cant beat sk or faze still being top3 in the world is bad? shit? Many teams wished they were there playing against the best
2018-02-19 17:30
#58
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
C9 ERA ? WHERE?
2018-02-19 15:46
C9 and NA CS back to reality LUL FLUKE9 CROWD9 CRY9
2018-02-19 15:58
#61
FalleN | 
Brazil Lk1Ng 
clown9 back to be our very well known clown 9 LUL SK top 1 again
2018-02-19 16:18
#63
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Denmark Zorrondo 
the major was a fluke NA CS back to be NA CS OMEGALUL
2018-02-19 16:43
#64
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
lul
2018-02-19 16:46
cold going crazy on my bois :(
2018-02-19 16:55
#77
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Bangladesh iShojol 
True :(
2018-02-19 19:44
Coldzera is soo goooooood man wtf
2018-02-19 18:04
da man da mith da...
2018-02-19 23:42
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