mousesports, Liquid advance to StarSeries i-League S5 playoffs
mousesports defeated Natus Vincere 2-1 (Mirage 16-5, Nuke 2-16, Train 16-9) while Liquid took down AVANGAR with the same scoreline (Mirage 11-16, Dust2 16-5, Cache 16-10), with the winning teams securing playoff spots.
The rematch of the StarSeries i-League S4 grand final, mousesports - Natus Vincere, started with two one-sided maps. mousesports started well on Mirage, which was the pick of their opponents, grabbing a 5-2 lead despite losing the second round anti-force.
Shortly after that, Natus Vincere won their first rifle vs. rifle round, but as they were unable to follow up on it, mousesports ran away with the lead, finishing the CT half 11-4 up. After picking up the second pistol round, mousesports were quick to steal Mirage away with a 16-5 final score, going 1-0 up in the series.
Nuke followed, and despite Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's side picking it, mousesports didn't show much on the historically easier side of the map, as CT. Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, Denis "electronic" Sharipov and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev were bullying the defense and cracking open sites with ease, allowing mousesports to pick up only two rounds in the first half. The domestic side closed out Nuke confidently, 16-2, to force Train, the decider.
It seemed like the momentum swung back mousesports' way in the last map, as they secured round after round on the T side, with Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's side unable to reply. Martin "STYKO" Styk was the main man early on for mousesports, securing triple kills in both the pistol and the first buy round, but later on Miikka "suNny" Kemppi took over the mantle, topfragging for his team. After a 4-11 half, Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev and co. had a comeback attempt that was instigated by a Terrorist side pistol win, but Natus Vincere still fell to mousesports in the end, 16-9.
K - D
Robin 'ropz' Koolropz
48 - 41
Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny
45 - 45
Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ
40 - 43
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar
41 - 42
Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO
38 - 44
K - D
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
62 - 43
Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic
43 - 38
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
42 - 44
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
43 - 43
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
25 - 44
The first map of the series between Liquid and AVANGAR, two teams with a 2-1 record, kicked off on the Kazakh team’s pick, Mirage. It was the same team who picked the map that started off on a roll, winning the pistol round and the two anti-ecos to get a 3-0 lead. Having not let Liquid plant, they soon found themselves with a hefty lead after winning the first gun round, and went on to take an 8-0 lead with the momentum on their side. Liquid were finally able to bring it back with five rounds late in the half including a last round win thanks to a double entry by Nick "nitr0" Cannella.
The second half saw Liquid win five of the six first rounds of the second half, but it would prove to be too little too late from the North American side after Alexey "qikert" Golubev broke the second half with a triple kill round in which his team took the 13-10 lead. Finally, AVANGAR closed it out 16-11.
After a rough first map, Liquid quickly regained composure on their own pick, Dust2, where they started on the attacking side. On round 4, all of which Liquid had won, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski kept the streak going with a quad-kill for a 5-0 lead. Liquid’s dominance was even bigger than that of AVANGAR on Mirage, as they took the first half 11-4.
On the CT side, it was easy pickings for Liquid, who after winning the pistol and the following round sat at a comfortable 13-4. Ultimately, despite giving one round up, Liquid would go on to close the half without issues, 16-5, with a great showing by EliGE
The decider map, Cache, would prove to be as close as Mirage, but going in favour of Liquid who would win eight out of the first ten rounds on the attacking side, in big part thanks to a triple kill on the fifth round by Epitacio "TACO" de Melo that would give his team the economic advantage early on in the half.
With 10-5 on the board for Liquid, Dzhami "Jame" Ali was able to get a triple with the USP to keep his team in contention for the match that could qualify his team to the playoffs. AVANGAR brought it all the way up to within one, 10-11, but a solid defense by the North American side late in the match carried them through to win 16-10 as EliGE posted another great map with 25 kills and 107.8 ADR.
K - D
Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame
57 - 44
Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienkodimasick
45 - 49
Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert
43 - 55
Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster
37 - 53
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN
39 - 58