NRG beat HellRaisers to book playoff spot in Shanghai

NRG have booked their spot in the IEM Shanghai 2018 playoffs after defeating HellRaisers 2-1 (9-16 on Mirage, 16-10 on Overpass and 16-11 on Train).

The Group A winners' match kicked off on HellRaisers' map pick, Mirage, with Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow denying a 1v3 clutch by Damian "daps" Steele to put his team in the lead as Terrorists. After building up their economy, NRG responded with two successful rounds, but that was not enough to stop HellRaisers.

ANGE1's men kept shutting down NRG vigorously, losing only one more round before hitting double-digits. Still, with a quad-kill from Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte and a successful retake in the 15th round, the North Americans were able to reduce the deficit to 5-10.

HellRaisers further added to their lead in the second half, convincingly winning their CT pistol before following that up with an anti-eco. Although NRG then got on the board with a third-round buy, HellRaisers strung three rounds together to hit map point. The North Americans still made a slight climb back into the map, but the Europeans eventually closed out the map with a 2v3 clutch from Issa "ISSAA" Murad and Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz.

daps' NRG came from behind to beat HellRaisers

Next up was Overpass, NRG's map pick, which began with the North Americans bagging a 3-0 score as Terrorists. In the first gun round, NRG increased their lead with a fast and aggressive B execution.

Kristjan "fejtZ" Allsaar then found an impressive quad-kill with an AWP, but Jacob "FugLy" Medina won the 1v1 for his team to remain in control. Nevertheless, HellRaisers rallied back with three rounds in a row, bringing the gap to 3-5.

That was the start of a great run from the European side, who shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together or building up an economy, going into the break with an 8-7 lead.

The second half was all about NRG's water-tight defence, with the North Americans losing just two rounds before locking down the map, 16-10, to take the series to Train.

nahtE was one of the key figures for NRG

The decider map started with ISSAA finding a clean triple-kill to help HellRaisers stop NRG's fast A execution in the pistol round. Once they got their economy back on track after two ecos, NRG reduced the deficit to a single round, but their opponents remained in the driving seat thanks to a quad-kill by the Jordanian player.

After that, however, NRG kept breaking through the defence, losing just one of the next eight rounds to go up 8-5. HellRaisers nearly pulled off the following round with nothing but pistols, but FugLy denied them with a 1v2 clutch. Then, HellRaisers won the last round of the half to bring the scoreline to 6-9.

The second half began with NRG picking up their third pistol of the series, but it quickly turned into a chaotic affair. Rounds went back and forth before HellRaisers put their foot down, bringing the deficit to 10-11.

That was when NRG tightened up their defence to stop their opponents for two straight rounds. And even though HellRaisers still responded with nothing but pistols, it was in vain as NRG would put the series to bed in the 27th round.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 58 - 48 +10 82.4 1.27
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 55 - 45 +10 75.4 1.16
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 53 - 49 +4 74.8 1.10
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 44 - 54 -10 62.5 0.96
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 45 - 51 -6 66.5 0.91
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 60 - 45 +15 70.1 1.16
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 50 - 55 -5 77.4 1.03
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik 46 - 53 -7 72.4 0.98
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' BöröczDeadFox 49 - 54 -5 67.5 0.93
Estonia Kristjan 'fejtZ' AllsaarfejtZ 42 - 49 -7 54.7 0.90
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
524
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1634
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Estonia Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1039
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
#1
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Russia Baitzera_SK 
xaxaxaxax
2018-08-01 14:37
U gay
2018-08-01 14:39
#30
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India swast1k36 
TriHard 7
2018-08-01 15:11
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Georgia Broozman 
ez cerq
2018-08-01 14:37
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Bosnia and Herzegovina kennynext 
gg
2018-08-01 14:38
koh
2018-08-01 14:38
#5
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Finland JKS_IS_A_GOD 
BOT Fejtz
2018-08-01 14:38
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Bulgaria HLTVholic 
CeRq god
2018-08-01 14:39
OMEGALUL
2018-08-01 14:39
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
EZ4CeRqMONSTA
2018-08-01 14:40
no w0xic, no party
2018-08-01 14:40
#11
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Indonesia segopecel 
Ez for NRG
2018-08-01 14:40
no woxic no substantial impact
2018-08-01 14:41
+1
2018-08-01 14:42
+2
2018-08-01 14:42
+3
2018-08-01 14:48
#21
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
+4 VACxic carry these dummies
2018-08-01 14:55
#17
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Russia foggy54 
w0xic is key player of HR
2018-08-01 14:48
#19
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Canada mandydingo 
All this success but still can't get to the major.
2018-08-01 14:51
same was for nip for two years
2018-08-01 15:07
Nip success in the last 2 years? Won a t1-2 event and some random dh and out in groups in other ones
2018-08-01 16:47
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
meanwhile teams lile VP are at the major lul
2018-08-01 15:34
and winstrike
2018-08-01 17:22
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Serbia Wule123 
i watch first map, fejtZ has movement worst then most dmg in mm...
2018-08-01 14:52
It's a shame they couldn't qualify for the major.
2018-08-01 14:57
damn I feel sorry for angel and ISSA. The other three players are legit bots, especially Deadfox. He really is dead weight, should kick him asap and bring back STYKO or something
2018-08-01 15:09
Deadfox looked hot when he came to hr as the awper, lead their way to the major, and ever since he was made support he is worse and worse each event
2018-08-01 16:49
I don't watch HR a lot but I watched the series today, but does Deadfox ever go in first? seems he's always the one at last that has to clutch a 1v1 or 2v1 but never works for him. Just a bad player imo
2018-08-01 15:10
-Deadfox fejtZ +styko woxic
2018-08-01 15:18
#35
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Bulgaria RzE 
fejtz is better than styko atm
2018-08-01 16:08
But he would be added for deadfox not fejtz
2018-08-01 16:50
I agreed
2018-08-01 21:31
#32
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
nicee
2018-08-01 15:30
#33
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
ez4cerq
2018-08-01 15:34
#36
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Iraq a1_ 
issaa couldn't carry them alone :( feels bad
2018-08-01 16:41
#37
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Faroe Islands qunort 
EZ4NRG
2018-08-01 16:42
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Poland Frain75 
NRG Poggers
2018-08-01 17:09
ngr ez ez
2018-08-01 18:30
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