North edge out AGO to move on to semi-finals

North are the second semi-finalists of StarSeries i-League Season 5 Finals after recovering from AGO's incredible comeback on Dust2 to prevail 2-1 (Train 16-13, Dust2 14-16, Mirage 16-10).

The second quarter-final started on Train with Daniel "mertz" Mertz's quad-kill securing the pistol round and a 4-0 lead for North on the defence. The next four rounds were split between the two teams, but AGO soon found themselves up against the ropes once mertz stepped up with a triple and a 1v2 clutch, which led to a six-round streak and a 12-3 half in the end.

A chaotic second pistol round came to a close with Michał "snatchie" Rudzki clutching a 1v1 duel to kick off the comeback. North were unable to string rounds together on the lower bombsite, but they still crept towards victory with two out of four executes towards the B bombsite converted into a 14-9 lead.

North are through to the semi-finals

The Polish team took advantage of the strain on North's bank, as after losing the next round, the Danes opted for a measly forcebuy, which came to no fruition. AGO closed the gap to just one round when Damian "Furlan" Kislowski defused the bomb in a smoke after a back-and-forth retake on B, but it wasn't enough. mertz's triple in the following round sent Tomasz "phr" Wójcik & co. on a low buy in the last round and North came out victorious at 16-13.

Dust2, the Danes' pick, saw the two teams trade rounds at the beginning until it was 2-2. The Polish side stopped the exchange by surviving North's forcebuy and an antieco, leading 4-2 on the T side, but that turned out to be all they could do in the first half.

Defending each bombsite with relative ease, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's squad powered to an 11-4 scoreline on the defense and topped it off with their second pistol round win, spelling trouble for AGO. Once Philip "aizy" Aistrup clutched a 1v3 in an anti-eco for 14-4, all hope of the Poles' comeback seemed lost, but that wasn't the case whatsoever.

AGO gave themselves a chance in the series with an incredible comeback from a 4-14 deficit on Dust2

AGO began putting up a dominant defense of their own, as North couldn't even reach either of the bombsites to put down the bomb. With Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski at the helm, the Poles mounted an incredible comeback against all odds, stringing 12 rounds together to force the devastated Danes to the deciding map, Mirage.

There, AGO grabbed a 2-0 lead as CT but quickly found themselves on the back foot after the first three gunrounds went North's way, in large part thanks to aizy's 1v2 clutch. Furlan's side lowered the deficit to one and kept the match close after most of the action took place on the A site, but North strung together three rounds towards the end of the half to switch over at 9-6.

Securing the second pistol round and the first gunround, AGO took a one-round lead, but it was short-lived, as North destroyed the Poles with just pistols in their hands and the tide turned. With six rounds in a row, MSL & co. secured their place in the semi-finals at 16-10, 2-1.

Poland
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Train
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Mirage
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 AGO K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Dominik 'GruBy' SwiderskiGruBy 64 - 59 +5 79.8 1.06
Poland Tomasz 'phr' Wójcikphr 58 - 63 -5 76.3 1.03
Poland Damian 'Furlan' KislowskiFurlan 45 - 61 -16 75.0 0.94
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzkisnatchie 55 - 66 -11 64.5 0.92
Poland Mateusz 'TOAO' ZawistowskiTOAO 49 - 60 -11 63.9 0.84
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 75 - 54 +21 92.4 1.34
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 66 - 50 +16 79.5 1.26
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 71 - 52 +19 83.4 1.24
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 57 - 57 0 81.0 1.09
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 40 - 58 -18 52.0 0.73
Poland Tomasz 'phr' Wójcik
Tomasz 'phr' Wójcik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
952
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Poland Damian 'Furlan' Kislowski
Damian 'Furlan' Kislowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Poland Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1308
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Shame for AGO's run in this tourney to end. I still think that it's Mousesports' to lose at this point
2018-06-02 17:28
#6
China o_O 
True
2018-06-02 17:28
#13
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United Kingdom Tendies 
unlucky ago
2018-06-02 17:29
#20
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
They were fun to watch, nothing like Gruby's teddy <3
2018-06-02 17:30
#31
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected
2018-06-02 17:35
#33
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Yes
2018-06-02 17:37
north choke always expected
2018-06-02 19:32
#7
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Denmark chrkloster 
Why North gotta let me down like this imgur.com/a/MnXCoIs
2018-06-02 17:28
#17
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
FeelsBadMan, I used to bet alot, I stopped when EnvyUs got beaten by LDLC and lost me just under £200
2018-06-02 17:29
#21
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Denmark chrkloster 
Well it just annoys me that they choke hard, and they still win... Means that it only hurts me and not them :''''(
2018-06-02 17:30
#23
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
I feel like whenever I bet on a team, they always try to lose xD
2018-06-02 17:31
#24
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Denmark chrkloster 
Haha I know the feeling :D
2018-06-02 17:31
#39
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Poland KubelakK 
+1
2018-06-02 18:01
#2
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Ukraine dashbug 
thx, AGO for a wonderful game and epic comeback
2018-06-02 17:27
#3
TaZ | 
Poland Leszczon 
BibleThump
2018-06-02 17:27
nice
2018-06-02 17:28
#5
Xyp9x | 
Portugal Kptan 
hi
2018-06-02 17:28
#8
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Europe b7ack0ut 
RIP DREAM
2018-06-02 17:28
Thanks ago! That was really good tournament
2018-06-02 17:28
#10
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Denmark potatomato 
expected
2018-06-02 17:28
#11
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Finland coswell 
Too bad, ago. Good run though!
2018-06-02 17:28
#12
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3 
Ggwp to AGO. Bright future ahead of them
2018-06-02 17:29
#14
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Netherlands Legendarycrab 
GODBYE
2018-06-02 17:29
#15
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Indonesia nangidyr 
Kjaerbye + 21 MSL -18 lul?
2018-06-02 17:29
#16
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Russia NiGaTiVe 
Dick,dick,dick,stupid poland)
2018-06-02 17:29
russian fan of "f*ck you" really nice
2018-06-03 00:02
#60
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Russia NiGaTiVe 
O, Iidiot,hello, how are you?AGO and VP go HOME? ))
2018-06-03 00:19
Idc but wanted to joke of this logo team ))
2018-06-03 01:57
#18
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United States Noahack88 
Great game to watch CarryBye and Mertz played so well.
2018-06-02 17:30
pity ago after this comeback on dust2, but respect for the tournament
2018-06-02 17:30
gg
2018-06-02 17:30
#25
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Poland Hamadoshi 
good game AGO ;D
2018-06-02 17:32
sad, lose to MSL needs to feels like total shit
2018-06-02 17:32
unluki
2018-06-02 17:33
#28
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Poland Gapikx 
GG Ago that dust 2 map really had me nervous
2018-06-02 17:33
#29
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Poland CedricPL 
Amazing game from AGO. That comeback on Dust2 was incredible! Waiting for the next tounraments! Tylko AGO! <3
2018-06-02 17:33
disband poorago
2018-06-02 17:33
#40
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Poland HTMFS 
Count.
2018-06-02 18:02
#46
saju | 
Poland momtr 
Any czek team in t2 lol ofc not
2018-06-02 18:18
#32
s1mple | 
Russia adkCS 
expected
2018-06-02 17:36
#34
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Poland Nivener 
The eco round from North broke AGO. What a shame. Lack of experience is visible, but great run from AGO nonetheless, these guys have a great future ahead of them. But run like this, breezing through the group stage and making that comeback on DD2 against North will do a lot for them in terms of the confidence. Happy for them, really fun team to watch.
2018-06-02 17:38
#41
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Poland HTMFS 
Totally agreed, I feel like they deserves little more but I hope that's was good experience For them, and they will show us more on DH.
2018-06-02 18:03
AGO fking trash team, nice tt XD
2018-06-02 17:45
#36
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Poland Kobel_ 
Sad, gg anyway
2018-06-02 17:46
#37
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Singapore repu1se 
Nice try AGO. Do better next time!
2018-06-02 17:51
#38
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
North is Commons back, Danish csgo is the Best in the World. After VIP is going Down, the polske have a long Way.
2018-06-02 17:58
Gg wp both teams.
2018-06-02 18:08
without joking north are on the way back.
2018-06-02 18:10
MSL 5 kills POGCHAMP
2018-06-02 18:12
#45
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
K_CK M_L
2018-06-02 18:17
AGO is mentaly string af, dat comeback tho
2018-06-02 18:22
ago same shit like vp
2018-06-02 18:27
nt ago
2018-06-02 18:28
#50
KRIMZ | 
United States KevinUSA 
Expected. Really nice match won by North.
2018-06-02 18:59
#54
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Other Phinks 
4-14 comeback?? Respect to AGO. I wish them more succes in the future!
2018-06-02 20:26
#55
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Poland noizerinho 
unluko maluko :(
2018-06-02 20:26
#56
Twistzz | 
Poland Kwjx22 
I still think north's players are cheating, but its only my opinion MSL - obvious WH Kjaerbye - obvious AIM HACK Mertz - WH
2018-06-02 20:30
#57
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Poland noizerinho 
msl wh? xd msl is very weak
2018-06-02 20:40
#63
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Singapore derpydm 
msl wh to call for aizy))))
2018-06-03 09:44
#65
Twistzz | 
Poland Kwjx22 
Yeah situation on de_train North CT Msl scan smoke, but his crosshair was on TOAO's head. Btw Toao at these moment was behind the wall
2018-06-03 16:50
#62
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Poland Frain75 
I don't think that Kjaerbye have wh, neither rest of the North team. Kjaerbye is shaking his mouse a lot when spraying, which I don't really understand of doing so. It's just gives him a higher chance to miss.
2018-06-03 06:28
#58
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Europe Vallon 
Kinda sad how North turned out - from beating SK (when they were good) in bo3, to edging out AGO. Sigh.
2018-06-02 20:45
#64
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Singapore derpydm 
It's a large rebound from losing to the same team in qualis for this tourney and dropping maps to t2-3 opposition though. Without a North-OpTiC match anytime soon I'd say they're at least 3rd in DK, which is huge considering how much they've sucked and also the amount of talent flowing from there.
2018-06-03 09:45
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