Renegades, Fragsters advance to playoffs at StarSeries
In the first match of the day, Renegades won a back-and-forth game against Imperial (Cache 16-12), while the Danish rookies of Fragsters upset North (Nuke 16-12), both securing a place in the top eight.
After losing the pistol and the two followups to Renegades, Imperial bounced back as CT's on Cache with rifles. Good information plays in the following rounds allowed them to flank Renegades, first locking down B and then retaking A. With a 2v4 won almost single handedly by Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss, Imperial took the early lead, 5-3.
Then Renegades mustered some tight rounds and broke their opponents economy to go 7-5 up, and were looking to extend the lead when Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas went huge with a CZ-75 and a picked up AK-47 to steal the round away. Off the back of that, Imperial finished the half with a minimal lead, 8-7.
Aaron "AZR" Ward's crisp triple was the catalyst to Renegades' A site retake in the pistol, but after doing a lot of damage in the eco round, Imperial broke the Australians in their first buy and bounced back into the lead, 11-9.
Still, Renegades managed to establish themselves as CT quickly, taking a 12-11 lead when Nemanja "nexa" Isaković clutched a big 1v2 on B, giving his team a lifeline. It was looking grim for Justin "jks" Savage and co., but they managed to bounce back, with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad's 3K on the B site defence pushing Renegades to a 14-12 lead, which they closed out straight away to qualify for the playoffs.
|Imperial||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|20 - 19||+1||71.9||1.15|
|22 - 20||+2||80.1||1.08|
|19 - 18||+1||79.3||1.07|
|18 - 21||-3||71.0||0.95|
|13 - 20||-7||63.8||0.82|
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|23 - 20||+3||99.9||1.28|
|20 - 19||+1||72.7||1.19|
|23 - 18||+5||89.0||1.17|
|18 - 17||+1||66.9||0.98|
|14 - 18||-4||51.4||0.90|
The game between Fragsters and North took place on Nuke, with the start of the map being chaotic. Rounds were traded back-and-forth five times, with force-buys paying off for both teams, but Fragsters ended up on top in the end, taking a significant 5-2 T side lead.
Ismail "refrezh" Ali, who has been a key player for Fragsters at StarSeries, was pivotal in the following buy round as well, clutching a 1v2 on the lower site. As North didn't follow up on their round won by retaking the lower site (7-3), their economy was reset and the young Danish side continued running up the T side lead.
After a miserable first half, being down 12-3, North wrapped the A site through Hell in the pistol and managed to win it, following it up to reach the six round mark. Casper "cadiaN" Møller's team started grabbing some momentum, with Fragsters struggling to keep their countrymen off of the lower bombsite. In round 20, Nicolai "torben" Amorim put his team in a good position with three Deagle kills, but Fragsters were denied the 3v1 by Nicklas "gade" Gade (12-8).
Fragsters managed to win their first CT round after that, but they couldn't follow it up, and with their money broken, North's comeback continued. They got to the brink of eqalizing the score, 13-12, when the secondary AWP of refrezh did wonders once again, first on A and then on B, to get Fragsters over the line, 16-12.
|Fragsters||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|32 - 15||+17||104.0||1.64|
|24 - 19||+5||89.7||1.41|
|22 - 18||+4||81.4||1.13|
|18 - 15||+3||65.4||1.06|
|11 - 21||-10||67.0||0.80|
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|29 - 19||+10||92.6||1.43|
|19 - 21||-2||71.0||1.02|
|15 - 21||-6||67.4||0.90|
|12 - 22||-10||61.7||0.77|
|12 - 24||-12||71.4||0.66|