Renegades, NRG survive; Gambit, VG.Flash eliminated at 0-3

In the 0-2 pool at StarSeries i-League Season 5, Renegades fended off Gambit 2-1 (Cache 28-25, Overpass 5-16, Mirage 16-14), while NRG eliminated VG.Flash 2-0 (Mirage 16-14, Overpass 16-10).

The first map of the Renegades-Gambit elimination match, Cache, began as a game of CT sides. Despite being on the back foot at the beginning after conceding the pistol round and the first gunround, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's team strung together 11 rounds, with Rustem "mou" Telepov's AWP ringing true throughout the half.

Renegades responded with a fantastic CT side of their own, as they once again got off to a flying start, that time a 6-0 lead, before adding five more to their tally. They couldn't close it out in regulation, however, as Gambit came back from a 13-15 deficit to force the first map to overtime.

It took four sets to determine the winner. The first two overtimes saw each team grab two rounds on the offense, while in the third, Renegades pulled off the perfect defense only to see their opponents do the same. Noah "Nifty" Francis's team made up for it in the fourth, though, grabbing two rounds on each side to come out victorious from the exhausting opener at 28-25.

Renegades fended off Gambit in a tight series

Overpass was a much quicker affair, as Gambit were dominant from start to finish. With an early 5-0 lead, they were looking to get a sizable half, which they did thanks to Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov's ace in an eco round and Nikolay "mir" Bityukov's 1v2 on the way to a 10-5 scoreline.

Once Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov clutched a 1v2 in the second pistol round, Renegades had too tall of a task ahead of them and Gambit went on a six-round streak to equalize the series at 16-5.

Gambit picked up where they left off on Mirage, getting off to a 5-2 lead as Terrorists after the first few gunrounds. This time, Renegades didn't let their opponents rack up a big lead, however, winning six out of the remaining eight rounds to switch over to the offense at 8-7 in their favor.

Securing the pistol and the first full buy, Nifty's team rallied to 13-7, but their lead started to dwindle away from them when Gambit got to their double AWP setup. Nonetheless, Renegades found the way to penetrate the defense at 14-14 and locked down the last two rounds to move on to the 1-2 pool.

Matchpage
2
1
30th May 2018
28
Cache
25
5
Overpass
16
16
Mirage
14
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 75 - 72 +3 83.8 1.11
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 82 - 69 +13 77.5 1.10
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 78 - 71 +7 72.8 1.07
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 56 - 72 -16 66.1 0.93
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 62 - 70 -8 65.9 0.93
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit 75 - 69 +6 82.6 1.17
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 84 - 74 +10 82.0 1.16
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 77 - 69 +8 72.6 1.09
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 61 - 71 -10 70.7 0.96
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 56 - 70 -14 66.4 0.91

The other elimination match between VG.Flash and NRG kicked off on Mirage, with the two teams going toe-to-toe from the start, as the score was 4-4 eight rounds in. The Chinese side ended up grabbing the better half on the defense, albeit by just one round, but their lead was quickly gone as Damian "daps" Steele & co. clinched the second pistol round.

With that, they were able to get an 11-8 lead before YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng stepped up to the plate with several key kills to tilt the scales in his team's favor, but it was all for naught in the end, as NRG came out on top after a nail-biting finish, securing the first map at 16-14.

NRG avoided elimination in the third round

Overpass saw NRG get off to a dominant start with seven rounds in a row on the offense. YuLun "Summer" Cai's team responded with the next three, but it was all they could do in the half as the North American side switched over to Counter-Terrorists at 12-3, with daps sitting at the top of the scoreboard with 20 kills to his name.

VG.Flash attempted to come back into the match and lowered the deficit to just two rounds after a seven-round streak at the beginning of the second half, but NRG put their foot down with four in a row to eliminate the Chinese team at 16-10, 2-0.

Matchpage
0
2
30th May 2018
United States
14
Mirage
16
10
Overpass
16
 VG.Flash K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
China YuLun 'Summer' CaiSummer 37 - 39 -2 84.0 1.10
China YuanZhang 'Attacker' ShengAttacker 43 - 43 0 79.1 1.02
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' ZhongzhokiNg 32 - 39 -7 66.4 0.93
China KunHua 'LOVEYY' BaiLOVEYY 32 - 41 -9 64.7 0.85
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' CheungFreeman 30 - 42 -12 52.9 0.75
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 48 - 34 +14 90.4 1.43
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 40 - 32 +8 77.0 1.27
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 42 - 33 +9 74.2 1.16
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 37 - 37 0 79.3 1.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 36 - 38 -2 70.0 1.03
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
China YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
931
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
791
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
644
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
China YuLun 'Summer' Cai
YuLun 'Summer' Cai
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
527
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for Random Number Generator deciding to win a game
2018-05-30 13:27
#8
stinx | 
Czech Republic stinx 
Lmao
2018-05-30 13:29
#11
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2018-05-30 13:29
#48
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Oceania venjful 
Proves how vital zeus was to gambit.. plus luck.. vs immortals in a major.. lols.
2018-05-30 14:30
Immortals deserved that major tbh
2018-05-30 15:26
#65
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
really, this IMT even choked more and u said they deserve =))
2018-05-30 16:17
+1, it would've been a beautiful history buuuuut they got what they deserved
2018-05-30 17:24
#70
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United States GeT_ReiCh 
LUL Immortals didn't even face any good teams the entire playoffs of that major. Gambit deserved the major more than Immortals did.
2018-05-30 18:42
#2
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Sweden 1ArKade1 
ez for nifty
2018-05-30 13:27
#21
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Brazil coldzao2 
gambit minimum 14 rounds across 3 maps and still lost the series haha
2018-05-30 13:39
#49
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Oceania venjful 
Nifty to cloud9 #noclout
2018-05-30 14:30
#66
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United States LookitsJrd 
+1
2018-05-30 16:18
#3
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India Shanenanigans 
Go Renegades!
2018-05-30 13:27
Expected
2018-05-30 13:27
gambot disband
2018-05-30 13:27
#6
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Australia StVincent 
go renegades
2018-05-30 13:28
Jkaem is actually better than NAF for RNG IMO
2018-05-30 13:28
+1
2018-05-30 13:40
Jkaem is actually a god-like superstar player, he's just underrated Ask any caster
2018-05-30 14:15
Jkaem is one of us now. We've claimed him.
2018-05-30 14:36
daps turning into a fragger for some reason
2018-05-30 13:29
#13
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Norway JorgyZ 
ethan is the reason
2018-05-30 13:32
#45
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Portugal ruskije 
+1
2018-05-30 14:21
Why so
2018-05-30 13:29
adren so noob now smh
2018-05-30 13:30
#15
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Spain JasonRacism 
Jks not having the best tournament :((( Means a lot that Renegades can still win with the best player having off games
2018-05-30 13:33
Jkaem is the best on that team. He's actually on par with rain.
2018-05-30 14:16
Could probably form a full norwegian team that would be t2 or over time t1 +Rain (Awper/IGL) *Evryone can awp to some extent in Faze also alot of experience* +Jkaem (Rifler) *Star player. Great aim and game sense* +Cromen (Rifler) *Star player. Great aim bit new to top tier CS but could be great in future* +Rubino (Support) *Wont be star since not great aimer/Game sense* +Marcelious (Rifler\Support) *not bad aim but very new to top tier CS* +Zeves (coach)
2018-05-30 15:11
#60
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Spain JasonRacism 
Jks > Jkaem, Lately Jkaem has probably been better though
2018-05-30 15:49
#16
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Ukraine w1nth 
GAMBOT SO BAD OMG
2018-05-30 13:33
its not even connected with ua
2018-05-30 13:35
#19
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Ukraine w1nth 
what the fuck do you mean?????
2018-05-30 13:36
why the fuck you even worry about gambit, it's your country?
2018-05-30 13:39
#27
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Ukraine w1nth 
kicking Zeus and kane LUL kicking seized OMEGALUL
2018-05-30 13:41
#39
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Paraguay HighAlching 
kazakhstan and ukraine = russia
2018-05-30 14:06
it's true!
2018-05-30 15:22
kick dosia
2018-05-30 13:36
hope this will be a good experience boost for VG.Flash
2018-05-30 13:39
RNG need to remove ustilo if they want any more success, maybe someone like a dickstacy or ins would help
2018-05-30 13:40
#33
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Norway Mickey Mouse 
What is ustilo's role?
2018-05-30 13:45
#34
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
Entry
2018-05-30 13:47
#44
RapeN | 
India Women 
LOBSTER TOM
2018-05-30 14:19
+1 made my day
2018-05-30 15:50
#46
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Pakistan perth 
MONSTER
2018-05-30 14:22
Big dickstacy?
2018-05-30 14:38
big rig dickstacy
2018-05-30 22:47
555
2018-05-30 13:40
#28
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Armenia baitpolice 
expected
2018-05-30 13:41
#25
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Armenia baitpolice 
mou pulled a nifty on nifty
2018-05-30 13:40
#30
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Hungary w1dos 
Gambit without seized 2k18 XDDD
2018-05-30 13:44
Gambit in 2k18
2018-05-30 15:16
bb trashbit
2018-05-30 13:44
#32
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Poland KasPro 
Unluko gambit
2018-05-30 13:45
Nice Gambit, still ignoring the real problem...
2018-05-30 13:48
#47
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Portugal ruskije 
Who? Dosia?
2018-05-30 14:23
#50
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Other Phinks 
Also
2018-05-30 14:34
I think he means AdreN and Dosia Adren 2016-2017 godlike Adren now botlike
2018-05-30 14:35
Seized was the problem.
2018-05-30 13:51
#37
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Brazil Charizaldo 
kick_dosia_ffs
2018-05-30 13:58
#38
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Brazil jstrr 
damn RNG I'm actually surprised gambit had the mentality to win the second map so convincingly after losing 28-25 on map1, and even more surprised RNG still managed to beat them after that in map3
2018-05-30 13:59
nrg
2018-05-30 15:16
#62
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United States drobotgamer 
No he means RNG (Stands for Renegades)
2018-05-30 15:51
lmao ok:D
2018-05-30 15:52
#64
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United States drobotgamer 
I got confused before too
2018-05-30 15:53
#43
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United States sh0ckwavemodz 
FUUUUUUCK COME ON GAMBIT WIN 1 GOD DAMN GAME!!! :')
2018-05-30 14:17
#54
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Ukraine Maxxee 
Hello Gambit? This is Sezied, miss me yet? LOOL
2018-05-30 14:55
#68
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Argentina Renardo 
kill me pls ty
2018-05-30 17:28
lol daps leading the scoreboards nahte cerq onliners
2018-05-30 17:41
#71
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Denmark Xipingu 
Gambit what the fuck....
2018-05-30 19:28
#73
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Estonia teremartin 
god ustilo <3
2018-05-30 22:48
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