Natus Vincere edge out Cloud9
The series kicked off on Inferno, the choice of Cloud9, who also got off to the better start after securing the pistol round as Terrorists. The first gunrounds went the way of Na`Vi, who defended the A bombsite twice while Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev clutched a 1v1, which led to a 5-3 scoreline. The two sides proceeded to trade rounds towards the end of the half, with Natus Vincere securing four more for a 9-6 halftime score on the defense.
The American side equalized things with the second pistol round win, but they once again faltered against full buys, as s1mple & co. powered to map point with six out of the next seven rounds. The match wasn't over just yet, as Tarik "tarik" Celik stepped up with nine kills including an ace over the next four rounds, but Na`Vi stopped the comeback attempt in the 30th round as s1mple found a triple in a B attack while Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko clutched the final 1v1.
Na`Vi chose Overpass to follow and picked up a 4-1 lead as Terrorists despite losing the second-round antiforcebuy to Timothy "autimatic" Ta's triple. No one could keep their momentum for the next seven rounds, as the two teams could string a maximum of two together before the other replied, with each team securing a 1v1 clutch and an eco round. At 7-5, Natus Vincere decided to opt for three A attacks in a row, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and s1mple each grabbing a triple on the way to a 10-5 lead on the offense.
Cloud9 began mounting the comeback after autimatic clutched a 1v2 in the pistol round while William "RUSH" Wierzba fended off a scary second-round forcebuy with a 1v1 clutch. Na`Vi won their first round in the half in the first full buy, but Cloud9 didn't let them gain momentum as autimatic destroyed his opponents with a single AK-47 in a half-buy round.
That, alongside another 1v2 clutch, that time from tarik up against a low buy, leveled the score at 11-11. Zeus replied with a 1v2 clutch of his own to retake the lead, but Cloud9 kept things even after the following round. The North American side fell to a forcebuy in the next, however, as s1mple grabbed a triple with a saved AWP, inspiring his team to secure map two and the series at 16-12, 2-0.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||41 - 40||+1||75.9||1.17|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||47 - 40||+7||75.3||1.11|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||38 - 46||-8||82.9||1.00|
|Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO||32 - 42||-10||71.3||0.87|
|Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle||18 - 36||-18||41.3||0.70|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||54 - 28||+26||86.5||1.50|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||40 - 32||+8||81.2||1.18|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||38 - 33||+5||67.2||1.06|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||36 - 43||-7||75.8||1.02|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||36 - 41||-5||68.7||0.98|