Space Soldiers beat OpTic; through to semi-finals in Austin
The final group match in Austin, featuring two European teams, began on Mirage, where OpTic came out the livelier of the two sides as they won the pistol round and the following anti-ecos to pick up a 3-0 lead.
As soon as Space Soldiers bought up, the swing of the game changed, though, as the Turkish side won six of the following seven rounds, leaving OpTic's players strapped for cash. The Danes would not take long to regain control of the game, however, and bagged the final five rounds of the half to take a 9-6 lead.
The second half saw more of the same as OpTic took the opening three rounds to get closer to the map victory. A 1v2 clutch from Ahmet "paz" Karahoca in the first gun round earned Space Soldiers their first round of the half, but the Danes would reply immediately, resetting their opponents and setting themselves up for a comprehensive 16-7 success.
Inferno, the second map of the series, began with OpTic winning a 2v4 post-plant on the A site. Space Soldiers' players looked incredibly off the pace and only managed to respond six rounds into the map, when Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş took matters into his own hands and picked up three kills while pushing down banana.
That individual action turned the game on its head and breathed new life into Space Soldiers' players, propelling the Turkish team into a six-round streak. The rest of the half was highly contested as rounds went back and forth, with Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's side taking a close 8-7 lead into the break.
Now on the Terrorist side, Space Soldiers ran all over the OpTic defence. The rounds that the Danish team edged out were few and far between, and, with their economy permanently in a dire state, they were unable to prevent the Turkish side from locking down the map.
The decider map, Train, saw OpTic take the lead after winning the pistol round and an anti-eco round. A third-round buy from Space Soldiers paid dividends and marked the beginning of a phenomenal run from the Turkish side. OpTic were constantly caught off-guard by the quick Terrorists and kept losing the aim duels, with the half ending with a one-sided 12-3 scoreline.
MAJ3R came up huge in the second half and tapped down three players in the pistol round to kick Space Soldiers further into the lead before pulling off a quad-kill in a flank in the next round. OpTic fought bravely to get back into the game, but two round wins on very weak buys eventually put the Turkish side through to the semi-finals, in which they will face Heroic.
|Space Soldiers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES||63 - 52||+11||90.1||1.33|
|Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx||58 - 44||+14||84.8||1.19|
|Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R||51 - 45||+6||72.0||1.07|
|Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz||51 - 48||+3||70.7||1.00|
|Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN||29 - 46||-17||56.4||0.78|