AVANGAR beat ENCE to book IEM Chicago spot

AVANGAR have earned a spot at IEM Chicago after defeating ENCE 2-1 in the upper bracket final of the European closed qualifier.

The battle for the first European qualifying spot at the IEM event began on Mirage, AVANGAR's map pick. The Kazakhstani side, who had defeated Heroic and Gambit earlier in the tournament, jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Terrorists, but then ENCE tightened up their defence, losing just one more round before the break.

A strong start from AVANGAR in the second half saw them win the first two rounds, bringing the deficit to 8-9. ENCE then upped the pace, stringing five rounds together, and though the CIS side still tried to get back in the game, the Finnish team kept their composure and locked down the map at 16-11.

Next up was Inferno, where ENCE got off to a dream start, taking a 10-3 lead after preventing their opponents from building up an economy. The final two rounds of the half then went AVANGAR's way, and the Kazakhstani team showed a very strong T side, eventually hitting map point after constantly resetting ENCE.

Jame led the charge for AVANGAR

A triple kill from Jere "sergej" Salo in the 30th round rescued ENCE and forced overtime, but it was all downhill from there. AVANGAR played the perfect 3-0 half as Terrorists following some great post-plant situations, with Timur "buster" Tulepov coming up huge in two of those rounds, before they won the first round as CT to level up the series.

The final map of the series, Train, also came down to the wire. Once again, ENCE closed the curtain down on the first half with the lead (9-6), only to let the game slip away after the break. AVANGAR's Terrorist side was far too hot for the Finnish players to handle, and they grabbed the win in the final round of regulation thanks to their stellar control of the economy throughout the half, inspired by a great showing from Dzhami "Jame" Ali, who was the team's top performer in two of the three maps of the series.

Matchpage
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24th August 2018
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Mirage
11
15
Inferno
19
14
Train
16
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 57 - 43 +14 91.3 1.38
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 42 - 42 0 77.8 1.04
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 43 - 40 +3 77.5 1.04
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 40 - 41 -1 68.1 1.01
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 27 - 44 -17 62.0 0.81
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 53 - 36 +17 89.8 1.37
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN 38 - 41 -3 81.2 1.06
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 41 - 41 0 68.2 1.02
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch 38 - 45 -7 71.6 0.99
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 40 - 46 -6 70.1 0.97

IEM Chicago will run from November 6-11 at the Wintrust Arena, with 16 teams in attendance and a $250,000 prize pool. The team list for the event looks as follows:

The European qualifier continues with the lower bracket final, pitting North against Gambit, with the winner of that match set to meet ENCE in the consolidation final, on Saturday,

Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
GG RIP ENCE ERA
2018-08-24 18:23
#34
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Sweden ConaN007 
-flamie +jame
2018-08-24 18:33
no thanks, flamie is better he also decent with awp
2018-08-24 18:36
#74
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Maybe -edward?
2018-08-25 02:35
#2
supita | 
Romania bigdog 
Wat
2018-08-24 18:23
Gg
2018-08-24 18:23
#4
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Russia M13f 
ez4Jame
2018-08-24 18:23
Lmao, well played, “top 20 team”
2018-08-24 18:23
#7
jks | 
North America alfredbond 
Oh nence
2018-08-24 18:24
NOT EZ4ENCE EZ4NRG
2018-08-24 18:24
Nt mibr fan cerq>fallen
2018-08-24 18:24
#22
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France StickyRice 
This. NRG top 2 NA Scene, MIBR top 3. (Clown9 6th rank below coL and Rogue)
2018-08-24 18:27
#37
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World nakTriceps 
Ghost > Rogue atm
2018-08-24 18:34
#46
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France StickyRice 
Yeah, i didn't think about them. They have been flying under the radar, not getting the spotlight, unlike Rogue and coL making the Major, NRG performing well (except at Minor obviously), MIBR and C9 being big names, and Liquid being the best NA team. (Luminosity rising lately it seems)
2018-08-24 18:43
#62
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World nakTriceps 
Yep, +1. LG rising, really. We´ll see in DH Open if they could maintain the last good tournament.
2018-08-24 20:03
#9
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Poland KasPro 
no so ez for ence :(
2018-08-24 18:24
#10
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Kazakhstan maksat04 
Alga AVG
2018-08-24 18:24
#11
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
GOD AVANGAR les go jame so good
2018-08-24 18:24
#12
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Poland @Fridzu 
EZ for avangar.
2018-08-24 18:24
tren hard and avangar give up
2018-08-24 18:24
ENCE LUL Avangar 27 game winstreak btw
2018-08-24 18:24
#58
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Russia dmitrydecoder 
22 game streak btw
2018-08-24 19:20
#60
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Finland kappaboi 
online ;)
2018-08-24 19:44
Fin Online Pick one
2018-08-24 20:11
EZ4ENCE
2018-08-24 18:24
AVANGAR 4EVER!!!!! EZ4AVANGAR!!!!!!!1111!!!!1!1!oneone
2018-08-24 18:25
#18
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France StickyRice 
EZ4ENCE kek aleksiBOT
2018-08-24 18:25
aleksiBOT
2018-08-24 18:26
#20
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Finland Smoonah 
Jame “Jame” Jame
2018-08-24 18:26
Gambit Jame ;)
2018-08-24 18:27
#52
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Russia illuminosity 
no fuck pls god not gambit pls
2018-08-24 19:07
They will change roster again after major failure. Jame can IGL so there's a chance... We will see :)
2018-08-24 19:08
#54
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Russia illuminosity 
is it?
2018-08-24 19:12
The only chance is gambit getting the whole avangar rosted xd ps i hate every gambit player but mir, hobbit and B1ad3 if he count as a player
2018-08-24 21:44
Is Jame chechnyan by any chance?
2018-08-24 18:27
#79
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CIS antishaakeh 
chechen* And yes.
2018-08-25 16:58
noiice. first chechen professional player <3
2018-08-25 17:26
Top31 vs top13
2018-08-24 18:28
#25
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Georgia Broozman 
Ez for top-2 in CIS region, let's fucking go, my boys, Alga Avangar, Gambit sucks!
2018-08-24 18:29
gambit maybe buy avangar?
2018-08-24 18:29
good job avangar but you win so hard
2018-08-24 18:29
So lucky avangar omg
2018-08-24 18:30
#45
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
Non e fortuna
2018-08-24 18:41
not so ez
2018-08-24 18:30
ez for Jame's left ear
2018-08-24 18:30
#44
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
Ffs his hair Just got in the way
2018-08-24 18:40
HAHA
2018-08-24 19:18
#32
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Russia M13f 
Navi.Jame
2018-08-24 18:32
Could be a good move, actually. Move s1mple to rifling.
2018-08-24 18:36
dont ruin avangar pls, they got a good potential
2018-08-25 09:05
No way dude, avangar are yet to lose a game
2018-08-24 18:33
#35
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Sweden KarlXII 
Ty. Finally shutting the ENCE spammers up.
2018-08-24 18:33
#36
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Malta SS_ArT 
Avangar outta nowhere +1 PS: Still sad for ENCE. Close Train game, practice makes perfect, wish the best for ENCE in future events. #ez4ence #let'sgoavangar
2018-08-24 18:34
#41
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Brazil Danxd22 
Avangar, the terror of tier 2, 3 teams.
2018-08-24 18:38
#43
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
+1 xd
2018-08-24 18:39
#42
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
Kazakh not kazakhstani FFS
2018-08-24 18:39
Nice
2018-08-24 18:44
Really good game from AVANGAR but ENCE must win 100 times just throw the game 10-3 > 15-19 , 11-6 > 14-16 . And North will beat them i guess
2018-08-24 18:44
EZ4ENCE i can see
2018-08-24 18:52
EZ for cheater jame
2018-08-24 18:53
#51
k1to | 
CIS mice1337 
OMEGALUL
2018-08-24 18:59
#55
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Other TapioKuusela 
inb4 Ence claiming the spot due to the visa issues of Avangar
2018-08-24 19:16
Avangar have been to Eleague Boston with full lineup, there is high chance they can make visas in time because of getting them for the 2nd time
2018-08-24 20:57
#56
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Bulgaria goatse 
ez ez EZ FOR E N C E
2018-08-24 19:18
Thank you Aleksib, say hi to zehn on you way out son
2018-08-24 19:22
btw does B in the end of his nickname stand for BOT?
2018-08-24 20:57
It stands for bot, you are correct
2018-08-24 20:59
Zehn igl wait what?
2018-08-24 21:17
They have plenty of options for the IGL in the team, each better than the shinyface. Point being alexi is just nowhere near good enough
2018-08-24 22:27
#84
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Other TapioKuusela 
That's pretty delusional tbh. Only Allu's got more stable spot in the team.
2018-08-26 17:17
#69
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Croatia Jack Russell 
I remember this nick Aerial from the end of 1.6, he was often on hltv matches for Finnish teams, how come he didn't break through in the pro scene of CSGO earlier and not now when he's 25? Pretty good player.
2018-08-24 22:03
#85
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Other TapioKuusela 
There's too many things in Finland that want to distract you from doing things u're supposed to.
2018-08-26 17:20
Uh, yeah Probably they feeling Avg drift Ffs, avg should have been in this form on major qualifierr Anyways gj
2018-08-24 22:06
GOOD JOB :D
2018-08-24 22:15
#73
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Brazil SecondKS 
ez4ENC... oh wait!
2018-08-24 23:35
so ez
2018-08-25 09:03
Ence had all the tools to win this. They literally screwed up. And today they gonna lose against North.
2018-08-25 09:33
Rip allu :(
2018-08-25 15:38
#82
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Nepal Avhy 
Nice one.
2018-08-26 10:44
rip ence well played
2018-08-26 13:38
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