Rogue to DreamHack Austin final over Fragsters
The first semi-final of the day kicked off with Rogue and Fragsters going head-to-head, with the Danes' map pick, Nuke, going first. The first pistol round went to Rogue, on the attack, as Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland and Hunter "SicK" Mims got underway with doubles. They then took it to 4-0 after the first gun round, but a forcebuy with four CZ frags and a scout kill gave got Fragsters on the board. It looked like the North American team would be the one to take the half with the early lead, but a strong defense eventually carried Fragsters to a 9-6 lead.
The second pistol round went once again to Rogue, who after winning the anti-eco and first gun round were able to bring it back to a 9-9 tie. Having lost the lead, Fragsters called a timeout to talk about their attack. Jacob "dragonfly" Lund then opened with the AWP in the following round, but a quad-kill by Rickeh stopped the Danes in their tracks. Rounds were then traded by both teams, although Fragsters seemed hesitant with some of their mid-round calling, eventually falling behind 11-13 going into a pistol buy. Fragsters tried a final push, winning two rounds, but it was ultimately Rogue who were able to close the map out, 16-13.
Rogue started out on top on their pick, Inferno, winning the pistol round on the defense, but Fragsters won the forcebuy and were able to follow it up to a 3-1 lead going into the first gun round. Rogue were then able to bring it back with three rounds won in a row, but a 1vs4 clutch by dragonfly including a 1vs1 after-plant defense, kept the Danes in the lead, 5-4. After trading rounds, Fragsters came out on top, breaking Rogue's economy and going on to win the half, 9-6.
Martin "stavn" Lund and Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen downed all of their rivals to bag the first round of the second half, propelling Fragsters to a 12-6 lead before Rogue could get a round on the board in the first gun round. Rogue then started mounting the comeback, but a 1vs3 clutch by Nicolai "torben" Amorim on B got his team back on the driver's seat, one away from match point. Fragsters went on tie the series, 1-1, after ending Inferno, 16-11.
The decider map, Dust2, looked like it was going to go well for Fragsters, as the Danish team took the pistol round on the defending side, but Rogue had different plans, however, as the North American squad went on a rampage after winning the forcebuy, taking eight in a row. After a lengthy technical pause, Ismail "refrezh" Ali and stavn gave their team a second round, with a double each, but Rogue won the follow-up and kept a completely dominant T-side half, 13-2.
Having won the pistol round, it looked like Rogue would go on to win it outright, but Fragsters, with two desert eagle kills by Bubzkji and two CZ75 kills by refrezh were able to keep the match alive. A clean round in which no defending player died a few rounds later, with 14-5 on the board, put Rogue on match point, which they converted the following round to take the map and match.
|Rogue||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN||68 - 37||+31||85.4||1.43|
|Ricardo 'Rickeh' MulhollandRickeh||58 - 41||+17||88.1||1.35|
|Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK||56 - 49||+7||78.1||1.20|
|Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko||48 - 49||-1||76.1||1.07|
|Daniel 'vice' Kimvice||50 - 45||+5||61.9||1.03|