SK scrape past OpTic to secure playoff spot

MIRAA
May 18th, 2018 00:29

SK Gaming came from behind to beat OpTic Gaming 2-1 and punch their ticket to the quarter-final stage at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

The battle for the final playoff spot began on Train, SK's map pick, even though the first half certainly suggested otherwise. The Brazilian team managed to break through the OpTic defence for the first time eight rounds into the game, but there was no follow-up as the Danes hit back immediately.

That trend would continue until the end of the half, as any round that SK took was quickly countered with a round by OpTic, who took an impressive 12 rounds into the second half.

SK kept their comeback hopes alive by winning the next pistol, but then they were dealt a heavy blow as OpTic responded in a force-buy. The Danish team would go on to hit 14 rounds, but what followed was a massive run from SK, who kept their defence very tight, even when facing map point.

The Brazilians brought the game all the way to the 28th round, when Jake "Stewie2K" Yip did the unthinkable and clutched a 1v3 with the bomb planted after Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke had opened up the path to the outer bombsite with two kills apiece. It looked like the game would go to overtime, but then SK shockingly wasted a 4v2 situation in the final round of regulation.

SK secured a hard-fought win over OpTic

Dust2, the map that followed, began with SK winning their CT pistol and the subsequent anti-ecos for a 3-0 lead. Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer then put OpTic on the board with a 1v2 clutch on the A site, but Stewie2K restored a three-round lead for SK in the next round with a quad-kill. The rest of the half would be a one-way street as the Brazilians would only lose one more round before switching to the offensive side.

Up 13-2, SK further added to their lead by taking the next pistol with a B execution thanks to three entry frags from Marcelo "coldzera" David. Once they had money in the bag, OpTic still attempted to issue a response, but the Brazilians would eventually lock down the map to take the series to Inferno.

Carrying their momentum into the final map, SK got out to a 3-0 lead on the Terrorist side, but then they struggled to get going once OpTic had money to work with, only securing three more rounds before the end of the half.

The Danes won the first map, but could not put the series to bed

OpTic came out of the break with all guns blazing and further added to their lead thanks to k0nfig opening up the A site with two kills. After losing both eco rounds, SK bounced back by winning two rounds in a row, but then René "cajunb" Borg put OpTic closer to the win with a triple-kill, leaving SK's players strapped for cash.

coldzera, who had been struggling to find frags up until that point, then, like many times before, came to SK's rescue with a trio of kills, halting OpTic's momentum. That ended up being the turning point in the match as it propelled SK into a winning streak that only ended when they took the map, in the 29th round.

Brazil
Matchpage
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17th May 2018
14
Train
16
16
Dust2
6
16
Inferno
13

 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 60 - 47 +13 75.5 1.22
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 58 - 51 +7 79.5 1.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 61 - 51 +10 76.6 1.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 53 - 48 +5 70.0 1.02
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 52 - 66 -14 74.3 0.94
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 60 - 56 +4 79.1 1.10
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 59 - 59 0 77.6 1.03
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 57 - 56 +1 71.2 0.99
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 46 - 60 -14 64.2 0.87
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 41 - 53 -12 59.7 0.85

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
946
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
909
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
SK IS BACK #NEWERA keepo
2018-05-18 00:32
No, they played against bad teams to qualify for Playoffs. They will get spanked by Faze or Astralis next. Coldz3-16 #NeverForget
2018-05-18 00:32
#22
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Palestine zwe 
Reply needs to have actual content
2018-05-18 00:32
#87
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Brazil fuz1nato 
niko0/11
2018-05-18 11:29
#109
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
NiKo 1/14
2018-05-19 00:18
CRYYYY HAHAHHAA
2018-05-19 00:19
#112
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
they are no longer the best team in the world but NiKo is still 1/14 against them (and I do not even care about SK)
2018-05-19 00:23
PROOF? HHAAHHAHA
2018-05-19 00:24
#13
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United States Cherryyy 
-GADE INC
2018-05-18 00:31
#86
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
-Gade -snaipi -k0nfig +MSL +aizy +Kjærbye = win
2018-05-18 11:10
#102
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Europe AtomicZombie 
why k0nfig ?? he's been playing well for Optic
2018-05-18 16:02
#103
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
Jugi is better
2018-05-18 16:17
#105
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United States Cherryyy 
Nice bait, we all know MSL is a waste of a spot. -Gade +aizy or kyaerbye and they will be solid
2018-05-18 18:11
#110
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
Aizy solid shit ;-;
2018-05-19 00:19
#114
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
No IGL = no win
2018-05-19 02:28
#115
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United States Cherryyy 
yea thats why you keep snappii and replace gade with a better fragger
2018-05-19 07:58
Stewie the hero brazil needs
2018-05-18 00:31
they look shaky, but still far better than last showings
2018-05-18 00:31
#46
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United States Skuter! 
+1
2018-05-18 00:47
#69
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
Faze got this
2018-05-18 05:16
#106
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
nope .......
2018-05-18 18:44
#2
fnx | 
World hawk_eye49 
1st
2018-05-18 00:30
NO
2018-05-18 00:30
#3
 | 
Finland itsansuu 
Nicee
2018-05-18 00:30
#4
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Brazil Kazuo99 
gg wp
2018-05-18 00:30
#5
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Brazil Marcola 
ez, at least now put up some show against faze, even though I dont believe they can win
2018-05-18 00:31
SK will be stopped in quarter finals
2018-05-18 00:30
#36
sergej | 
Other Tyload 
I think so, even though i like Sk a lot
2018-05-18 00:36
#41
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India bonelessp3 
inb4 faze wins against sk and loses against astralis.
2018-05-18 00:40
#47
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Brazil BlueLighting 
or against S1mple V1ncere once again
2018-05-18 00:48
+1
2018-05-18 01:27
#8
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United States ShawnM 
2 0 optic.. wut
2018-05-18 00:30
#9
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Brazil @fallenzera_SK 
1st
2018-05-18 00:30
#12
Lekr0 | 
Peru synergy_ 
nt #9
2018-05-18 00:31
#10
Lekr0 | 
Peru synergy_ 
gg
2018-05-18 00:31
#14
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Brazil digozamaral 
Gg
2018-05-18 00:31
#15
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Brazil truphexz^ 
ggwp
2018-05-18 00:31
#19
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Australia BohemianJerry 
ez
2018-05-18 00:31
SK BEST CS NATION
2018-05-18 00:31
sk is trying but need more work to be on top 3 again. lets see.
2018-05-18 00:31
still t3
2018-05-18 00:31
#26
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Brazil Nickzim 
SK CT side: Top 3 of the world SK T side: Top 30
2018-05-18 00:32
#40
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Brazil GKR48 
Top 100
2018-05-18 00:39
#70
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Brazil killfell 
+1
2018-05-18 05:27
#27
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Optic should be proud. That was an amazing first showing today :)
2018-05-18 00:32
That is true...they did great for them just coming together
2018-05-18 00:35
#48
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
+1
2018-05-18 00:50
#78
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Norway NoregNik 
Who cares about them? Bunch of toxic kids who won't do nothing. K0nfig said 'he'll prove everyone wrong'. He did nothing special and proved nothing.
2018-05-18 09:07
#79
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Well he has a higher rating than rain in more maps. :)
2018-05-18 09:08
#81
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Norway NoregNik 
Yet he can't do shit. Hmm wonder why Astralis didn't even try to sign him. Megz you're just a typical Danish fool who overhypes Danish players and has weak arguments. You literally mentioned Rain without a reason even though it's obvious that Rain is the better player. You're the biggest moron from Denmark I've ever seen.
2018-05-18 09:15
#82
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Norway NoregNik 
You think they did good at this tournament even though they beat tier 3 teams such as SS (who played with a stand-in) and NiP who are in a big slump individually. Optic can't even beat EUnited in ECS and you think they're good lmao.
2018-05-18 09:18
just a FYI the optic team was playing from EU
2018-05-19 08:37
#88
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Ehm first of all, I just commend them on the way their first tournament went, and you go on to flame them for being toxic which has absolutely nothing to do with my comment. It was you replying to my post with absolutely no reason and I recognize that you are just baiting for a reaction, which i give you by pointing out that the most hyped Norwegian player ever has a worse performance than the kid you called out as being overhyped. Now, my statement was purely showing my own appreciation of what optic accomplished in such a short time. Sure they lost to SK in a game they should have won, so fucking what. Most people on this site agree with my statement, and if you dont, then give me a valid reason and a solid discussion, or just leave me the fuck alone. Damn kid.
2018-05-18 11:34
#89
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Norway NoregNik 
Accomplished? They accomplished nothing you fucking retard. Like I said you're the biggest retard from Denmark I've ever seen and probably the most delusional fucktard on HLTV. I bet you're 14-15 years old. Typical toxic Danes lmao.
2018-05-18 11:40
#90
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
My account on hltv.org is almost as old as you, so guess again. At least ill get your account and IP banned, even if its the only thing I accomplish today. Have a good one.
2018-05-18 11:42
#92
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Norway NoregNik 
LMAO you're hella pathetic and it's sad. Btw good maths you absolute moron.
2018-05-18 11:43
#93
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Well, at least I recognize a figure of speech when I see one. As I said, have a good one.
2018-05-18 11:48
#94
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Norway NoregNik 
You don't recognize shit boy. You're pathetic and delusional. You are egotistical just like k0nfig, gade, cajunb etc. The problem is not with me fella. Maybe try and be more realistic. I laugh at your stupidity and retardedness. Have a good one.
2018-05-18 11:55
#95
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Just keep trying. Im long past the phase when I would let kids lacking or absent social skills offend me :)
2018-05-18 11:58
#96
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Germany cuzican 
Lmao you got rekt so fucking hard. Typical danish retard
2018-05-18 13:06
#99
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
w/e dude :)
2018-05-18 13:08
#104
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Run out of steam? I can do this all day :)
2018-05-18 16:48
Strong Dust2 from SK. Looks like they're saving for another moment.
2018-05-18 00:32
#56
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Brazil llskll 
Exactly :/
2018-05-18 01:28
#91
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Looked solid, but let's be honest, we didn't get to see much dust2. :) it was clearly a gamble from optic, and a bad one. SK will win out those brawls due to experience.
2018-05-18 11:43
#97
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Germany cuzican 
Stop commenting, you have zero understanding for the game.
2018-05-18 13:07
#98
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Even if what you claim was true, I would still have just as much right to comment as you. Enjoy your day.
2018-05-18 13:08
#100
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Germany cuzican 
Nice try being jonty, faggot
2018-05-18 13:09
#101
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Nice try to be abusive.
2018-05-18 13:10
After train I never saw sk coming back becoz of dust2 ...but they did but unfortunately they will lose against faze
2018-05-18 00:32
#71
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Brazil killfell 
trust sk
2018-05-18 05:28
Trusting sk since 6 months bro
2018-05-18 10:57
#108
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Brazil killfell 
You will not regret
2018-05-18 22:02
Optic losing to SK, LUL! Optic disband!
2018-05-18 00:33
#32
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Switzerland sovereiign 
SK actually made the playoffs?!?! PogChamp
2018-05-18 00:34
Noooo 😭😭😭😭 Anyway, good for the first LAN even tho guys choked and Dust2 probably wasn’t right pick, they could’ve at least got to playoffs. GG! #GreenWall
2018-05-18 00:34
#39
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Dust2 was clearly a gamble. It was either that or mirage. Didn't work out, starting on T side. I feel like they had a chance if they would just have gotten a few more rounds there. Anyway, SK really stepped up on inferno, and optic made a couple of mistakes that really just came down to communication. Even tho SK won, I feel like they at least met their match today, if not the better team.
2018-05-18 00:38
#57
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Like every team that plays against SK, they executed a lot better and looked superior as a team. But then again, you can't try to beat SK in their own game, leaving the deciding factors up to aim duels and clutches. They will always win those, even in a slump.
2018-05-18 01:29
#76
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Yeah, agreed. They have too much Experience to pass a chance like that:)
2018-05-18 07:44
Faze will continue their losing streak against SK in this latest BO3. +olofmeister -karrigan incoming Have a depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2018-05-18 00:37
glad to see Gayde bottom fragging
2018-05-18 00:37
Thank God I will manage to see SK in playoffs for the very first time in 2018. What a match! If there’s no emotion in the match, then SK is not playing this one. I know SK will get rekt in quarter finals now, because they’re very weak lately. Still, I will see ma’ boys on LAN again. :’) Sincerely, Maester Rhaegar
2018-05-18 00:43
#43
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Finland Smoonah 
haha barely got the W
2018-05-18 00:43
#50
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
Tomorrow against faze should be ez tho.
2018-05-18 01:09
#55
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Finland Smoonah 
ez vs clan with 2 IGLs??
2018-05-18 01:28
Two igls = 400iq plays
2018-05-18 03:09
#68
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Finland Smoonah 
unfortunately not the case here lol
2018-05-18 04:14
#45
vsm | 
Brazil matwoks 
Expected
2018-05-18 00:47
Optic still looked good in this tourny. Their #2 for sure when it comes to Danish CS
2018-05-18 01:02
#51
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Brazil 1DrK 
SK came from behind, in the left to the right, in the middle. Joel santana to coach sk so english communication won't be a problem anymore.
2018-05-18 01:12
#53
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Brazil Raphzzz 
uhuehueuheuuehuheheuhe
2018-05-18 01:20
They need mental confidence to back to high level
2018-05-18 01:36
says a lot that they scraped on by vs optic
2018-05-18 01:38
fucking choke
2018-05-18 01:59
#61
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Philippines SaintPoell 
SK is SK 😁 While they used to be Gods, they went on a slumpfest spree, then again, they will come back... SK is unpredictable
2018-05-18 02:10
#62
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Australia Tekker07 
Sk beats a T3 team 2-1 barley winning second map and all the Brazillian ass fans are back smh
2018-05-18 02:20
+1
2018-05-18 10:16
#63
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
SK IS BACK BITCHEZ
2018-05-18 02:58
#73
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Europe CZADzz 
rofl
2018-05-18 07:20
-gade +valde
2018-05-18 03:07
#66
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Greece anwteros 
u mean -konfig +valde
2018-05-18 03:24
#74
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
finally out of groupstage lets go SK!
2018-05-18 07:27
So many changes in SK, Cold primary awping, Stewie secondary and fallen mostly choosing to rifle, boltz being given most of cold's roles and he's handling it well. Wow this cold igl thing might even work considering he isn't playing for frags anymore.
2018-05-18 07:31
I fell asleep at 13-8 for optic.. did they just really choke 8 rounds in a row?
2018-05-18 08:56
#80
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Norway NoregNik 
Haha fuck those toxic Danish cunts. They'll never succeed because of that huge ego.
2018-05-18 09:09
Haha fuck this toxic norvegian cunt. Rain’ll never succeed because of that huge ego
2018-05-18 10:17
kick gade ffs
2018-05-18 18:58
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