SK are through to the grand final at the Adrenaline Cyber League after beating Gambit 2-1 (14-16 on Cache, 19-17 on Train, 16-14 on Mirage).
SK then put their first round on the board, but Gambit responded with a three-round winning streak to shut them down. In the ninth round, SK picked up their second, but they could not follow that up once again.
Still, Marcelo "coldzera" David and co. won the 12th round with nothing but pistols, and from that moment, strung together the final rounds of the half to reduce the deficit to 6-9 before switching to the CT-side.
In the second half, SK seemed like they had everything under control after rallying themselves to a 10-9 lead – after all, this was their map pick. But Gambit were in charge, losing a single round before hitting map-point, and remained calm and collected to finish things off in the 30th round.
Gambit's pick, Train, kicked off with SK winning their CT pistol. The Brazilians could not prevail in the subsequent anti-eco, but that would not stop them from bagging a 4-1 start. Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov's men responded in a convincing manner, losing only one of the six rounds to secure a two-round advantage.
SK were only able to win three more rounds in the first half, but they still managed to get to a 10-8 lead thanks to a successful second pistol. In the gun round, Gambit found two entry-kills but SK turned the situation around.
In the next round, a shoddy pistol buy win marked the beginning of three-round streak from Gambit, who restored parity at 11-11. SK responded well to reach their 14th round, but Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov and his teammates were as determined as them, equalizing things off once more.
The final two rounds of regulation were chaotic and the game went to overtime. On the CT-side, Gambit won the first half by one round, but it was in vain as SK closed out the map after switching sides, 19-17.
The decider, Mirage, began with SK picking up their T-side pistol. Gambit instantly countered the offence, however, and got to a 4-1 lead after winning the first gun round, in which Dosia found two opponents in a 2v3 clutch.
SK further added to their lead in the second half, coming out on top in both the pistol and the anti-ecos to go up 12-6. But Gambit would not back down, losing a single round to tie up the score at 13-13.
With nothing but CZs, SK bagged their 14th round but Gambit immediately reset their economy. From there, SK kept the Kazakhstani-Russian side at bay to put the last nail in the coffin at the last moment, 16-14.
K - D
Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera
78 - 67
Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer
69 - 71
Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN
67 - 59
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
61 - 67
Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K
57 - 66