SK and OpTic have eliminated Renegades and Space Soldiers, respectively, from the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals with 2-0 victories.
Starting out as Counter-Terrorists on their map pick, Cache, SK got off to a 3-0 lead after securing a flawless CT pistol with a triple-kill from Ricardo "boltz" Prass. The Brazilians kept adding to their lead, and with Marcelo "coldzera" David denying Justin "jks" Savage from clutching a 1v3 in the sixth round, forcing Renegades to call for a tactical pause after winning the seventh.
In the ninth round, the Australian side managed to string two rounds together, eventually breaking SK's economy, but Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and co. did not back down and went on to bag an 11-4 half-time lead.
Noah "Nifty" Francis's squad still found a lifeline on the map after picking up the pistol in the second half, but there was little they could do to halt SK, who closed out the map, 16-7, with a 2v4 clutch from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and coldzera.
In the second half, Renegades finally found a foothold on the map, stringing five rounds together before SK could pick up their first as Terrorists. The Australians eventually hit double-digits, but then coldzera and FalleN pulled off a 2v3 clutch to reach their 15th round, inspiring SK to finish things off two rounds later.
K - D
Justin 'jks' Savagejks
44 - 36
Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO
27 - 37
Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty
27 - 36
Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR
26 - 40
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem
27 - 42
The second Group B Lower Bracket semi-final kicked off on Inferno, Space Soldiers' map pick, but it was OpTic who took over the reins on the CT-side after René "cajunb" Borg followed up a double-kill with a 1v2 clutch in the pistol round.
Space Soldiers looked completely lost as they were only able to win one of the first eight rounds, but then Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's men started finding breaches on their opponents' defence. Still, OpTic would not concede more than four rounds until half-time.
In the second half, a successful B fake opened up a way for OpTic to hit 14 rounds. The Danes then put the last nail in the coffin with two aggressive strategies.
Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's team carried that momentum into their map pick, Nuke, as well as their aggressiveness. Space Soldiers simply could not handle the offense, who switched up a bit of the pace and constantly broke through the defense.
Surprisingly enough, Space Soldiers won their first round of the map with nothing but CZs. That seemed to give some inspiration to the Turks as they followed it up with two more rounds, but, once again, it was all about OpTic until the break.
Even though Space Soldiers then won the second pistol, OpTic immediately countered them to eventually hit match-point. Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş and co. still responded with a fifth tally on the scoreboard, but it would all be over in the next round as OpTic closed the series out 2-0.
K - D
René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb
46 - 16
Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi
39 - 16
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig
37 - 21
Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi
37 - 27
Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade
22 - 18