Torqued win DH Open Tours NA qualifier
Torqued have secured a spot at DreamHack Open Tours following a 2-1 win over compLexity (9-16 on Inferno, 16-14 on Cobblestone, and 16-14 on Nuke) in the North American closed qualifier.
The final began on Inferno, where chaos broke out on banana, but Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor tapped his way through with a triple kill to secure the pistol for his team. In the following round, Torqued secured the eco thanks to a post-plant double hold from Matt "Pollo" Wilson and Keven "AZK" Lariviere to even the score. Joshua "steel" Nissan and his men then marched on to pick up four in a row before Complexity answered back on their buy round. Two more rounds would go towards Complexity until a well-timed execute on the A-bombsite from Torqued would force Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker to save.
Torqued pressed on to pick up two more rounds, but a saved AWP from Complexity allowed Alec "Slemmy" White and co. to secure the scrappy round and the remainder of the half for an 8-7 lead. A passive approach from Torqued in the second half didn’t pay dividends as the team struggled to close rounds, with Complexity, winning nine out of ten rounds in the second half to secure the series lead.
The series moved onto Complexity’s map pick, Cobblestone, where their T-side marched through the pistol and the anti-ecos for a 3-0 lead. Torqued responded in their buy round, in which Pollo came out on top of a 1v1 over Slemmy to secure the defuse, but ANDROID's triple kill in the following round kept the lead within three rounds. The lead didn’t last long, though, as Torqued picked up three straight off the back of AZK's and Kenneth "koosta" Suen’s firm hold on B with CZ-75s.
Down 7-8, Complexity opened the second half with three straight, but then a buy from Torqued allowed the squad to string together six straight to take the 14-10 lead. Complexity then traded rounds that eventually led the team to win three straight, but Braxton "swag" Pierce sold the fake on A that allowed steel to secure the plant and win the 1v1 to even the series.
The decider came down to Nuke, where Complexity came out strong with four straight on the board. However, Torqued returned on their buy round to tack on five straight for the lead. Complexity tried to equalize the score late in the half, but AZK stopped the defuser in a 1v3 post-plant situation to claim the 9-6 half. The second half was highly contested as the two teams had several lopsided rounds that could have gone either way, but Torqued eventually edge Nuke by the narrowest of margins to secure their spot at DreamHack Open Tours.
|Complexity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID||66 - 51||+15||82.5||1.22|
|Rory 'dephh' Jacksondephh||65 - 63||+2||85.3||1.15|
|Jaccob 'yay' Whiteakeryay||58 - 57||+1||71.5||1.11|
|Peter 'ptr' Gurneyptr||62 - 56||+6||73.0||1.09|
|Alec 'Slemmy' WhiteSlemmy||36 - 57||-21||49.1||0.73|
|Torqued||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta||64 - 52||+12||70.8||1.14|
|Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag||60 - 57||+3||78.0||1.11|
|Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel||56 - 61||-5||82.9||1.11|
|Matt 'Pollo' WilsonPollo||52 - 61||-9||72.9||0.98|
|Keven 'AZK' LariviereAZK||52 - 58||-6||58.5||0.90|
Torqued join AGO, the winner of the European closed qualifier, as the first teams confirmed for the French event, which will take place from May 19-21. The remaining six sides are expected to be revealed by DreamHack shortly.