Liquid beat NRG; SK edge out VG.Flash in Kiev
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and his men won the pistol round as CTs, but NRG answered back in the following eco round. They found their footing for a while, making it to 14-6 before Liquid shut them down again and closed out Cache with a 16-6 win.
The second map was Inferno, where NRG took the first pistol round along with the next two. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken answered back with an ace in Liquid’s first gun round, though, after which they brought it back to 3-3. EliGE’s men had the first half in their grasp, ending it with a 10-5 lead.
NRG won the pistol round again in the second half as well as the next two. Liquid nearly won their first gun round, but Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte had other plans. His team then evened the score, but couldn’t stop their North American rivals from taking off. Liquid took back control of the match and ended up winning Inferno 16-11 and the series 2-0.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||48 - 29||+19||110.2||1.67|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||38 - 29||+9||77.2||1.25|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||37 - 31||+6||78.1||1.22|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||35 - 28||+7||71.6||1.21|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||32 - 30||+2||72.1||1.09|
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||37 - 40||-3||84.3||1.06|
|Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy||40 - 38||+2||76.7||1.06|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||32 - 36||-4||75.0||0.93|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||21 - 39||-18||53.8||0.72|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||17 - 37||-20||52.8||0.63|
VG.Flash took a firm grip of the map on the terrorist side, with YuLun "Summer" Cai and YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng showing up big. SK finally got themselves on the board to make it 7-1, but failed to build on it against the dominating Chinese team, who ended the half with a 14-1 lead.
Attacker became the hero in the first pistol round of the second map, Inferno, imitating his teammate from earlier with a 4k to win the round. SK won the following eco round, though, and from there took control of the first half, ending it 10-5 in their favour.
VG.Flash again showed up in the pistol round, winning it along with the following two anti ecos. The Chinese then found the recipe for succes, closed the gap and even surpassed SK, finding themselves with a 14-11 lead. They ended up at match point, but Marcelo "coldzera" David's men rallied to come back, securing overtime. They continued their good form in the extra rounds, quickly taking four to close out Inferno 19-15.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||56 - 45||+11||80.8||1.16|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||53 - 44||+9||78.5||1.14|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||52 - 47||+5||74.6||1.07|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||44 - 53||-9||80.2||0.96|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||38 - 47||-9||68.7||0.83|