Space Soldiers beat Heroic; to DH Austin grand final
Space Soldiers have assured themselves of a spot in the DreamHack Open Austin grand final after beating Heroic 2-0.
The second semi-final of the tournament began on Cache, Space Soldiers' map pick, with Buğra "Calyx" Arkın and Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş securing their team's CT pistol with a triple and a double-kill, respectively. Heroic responded well in a force-buy, in part thanks to a CZ double-kill from Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, but their opponents instantly regained control of proceedings.
Heroic picked up the pace and lost just one of the next five rounds to bag the lead, but they would only be able to win one more round until the break, with Space Soldiers coming out on top of the half with a 9-6 scoreline.
Adam "friberg" Friberg's men got off to a great start in the second half, winning the pistol and the anti-ecos to level the score. Space Soldiers replied with a three-round winning streak before Heroic tightened up their defence to go up 14-12.
Neither team would be able to close out the map in regulation, with Heroic equalising the score at 15-15 on the back of a triple-kill from Andreas "MODDII" Fridh in a 3v3 post-plant situation. In overtime, Space Soldiers did not let their map pick slip away and sealed the deal with a 19-16 win.
Next up was Mirage, the map chosen by Heroic, who started on the Terrorist side. It kicked off with Calyx countering Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen's quad-kill with a great 1v3 clutch, which Space Soldiers followed up with the subsequent anti-eco.
Heroic then hit their first round on the board in a third-round buy, but Space Soldiers would not let them build on that and went on a great run that saw them lose only two of the next nine rounds. The European mixture still managed to find a way through their opponents' defence for two more rounds, however, bringing the deficit to 5-10.
In the second half, Heroic won their CT pistol and the following anti-eco, but, once Space Soldiers had money to work with, they immediately got on the board thanks to another 1v3 clutch from Calyx that they picked up the 18th round.
After that, Space Soldiers kept tearing Heroic's defence apart to go up 14-7. Heroic still attempted a comeback by winning four rounds in a row, but a comeback was not on the cards as the Turkish side would string two rounds together to book passage to the final.
K - D
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko
48 - 43
Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII
38 - 44
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
42 - 51
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag
33 - 47
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsencromen
30 - 45