LDLC qualify for IEM Chicago 2018 over OpTic

eZlo
October 20th, 2018 18:38

LDLC have booked the final spot at IEM Chicago 2018 after beating OpTic 2-1 (8-16 on Overpass, 16-7 on Mirage and 16-14 on Train) in the grand final of GG.BET Shuffle.

The GG.BET Shuffle IEM Chicago qualifier kicked off on September 24, with 20 teams battling it out for a spot at the prestigious ESL event. OpTic reached the grand final following victories over Vitality and ENCE in the playoff bracket, while LDLC had to beat G2 and Heroic in the quarter and semi-final stage, respectively.

The series kicked off on LDLC's map pick, Overpass, but it was OpTic who got off to a flying start as CTs, stringing six rounds in a row without much effort. Then, David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic and co. looked set to win their first round, but Jakob "JUGi" Hansen clutched a 1v2 situation for his team to remain in the driving seat. It was only in the 11th round that LDLC were finally able to get on the board, but that did not change the course of the game as the half ended with a 13-2 scoreline.

Now playing as CTs, LDLC found a lifeline as they lost only one of the first six rounds of the half to reduce the deficit to 7-14. OpTic hit map-point on a Deagle buy, however, and took the lead in the series after closing out Overpass two rounds later, 16-8.

AmaNEk led the way for LDLC

Mirage was the polar opposite of the previous map as LDLC started things off with a massive run, losing a single round of the first ten. OpTic then tightened up their defence and managed to win three more rounds, but their opponents remained in control for an 11-4 half-time lead.

In the second half, OpTic quickly cut the gap to just four rounds after winning the second pistol, an anti-eco and the first gun round. Still, a successful shoddy buy marked the beginning of a five-round winning streak from LDLC, who sealed a 16-7 success to take the series to a third map.

The decider map, Train, began with LDLC picking up a 3-0 lead as Terrorists before OpTic turned the score around with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke leading the way, A highly-contested period ensued as neither side could stamp their authority on the game, with OpTic eventualy taking a 9-6 lead.

LDLC came out of the break the livelier of the two sides and kept a very tight defence to grab a 13-11 lead. OpTic's next round win was immediately countered by the Frenchmen, but they still managed to recover and equalise the score at 14-14. It looked like the momentum had shifted back in OpTic's favour, but LDLC strung two rounds together to wrap things up and secure the final spot at the North American event.

Matchpage
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Train
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 LDLC K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 59 - 40 +19 77.4 1.24
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 61 - 57 +4 84.9 1.15
France David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek 50 - 52 -2 71.4 1.04
France Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN 46 - 51 -5 65.6 0.95
Belgium Antoine 'to1nou' Pirardto1nou 36 - 48 -12 57.6 0.84
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 60 - 52 +8 94.1 1.21
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 51 - 46 +5 71.4 1.07
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 47 - 52 -5 67.7 0.98
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 47 - 49 -2 61.3 0.89
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 43 - 53 -10 61.3 0.83

IEM Chicago 2018 will run from November 6-11 at the Wintrust Arena, where 16 teams will duke it out for their share of a $250,000 prize pool. The full team list for the event looks as follows:

France David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevic
David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
404
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
717
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
882
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
#1
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Other Valeriana 
Unexpected, that upset came out of nowhere!
2018-10-20 18:40
EZ4LDLC
2018-10-20 18:39
Yeah sex is great but have you ever cheered for a team that no one believed in but they end up shining and showing everyone what they’re really capable of?
2018-10-20 18:42
they're on a streak for sure
2018-10-20 18:45
#35
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United States drobotgamer 
Yeah. I cheered for NRG before it was cool
2018-10-20 18:47
#40
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Russia Scorceze 
I cheered qb fire
2018-10-20 18:50
#51
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France StickyRice 
I cheered for Misfits my devoduvek fan friend.
2018-10-20 19:15
I fucking love what you just said
2018-10-20 19:42
well what I said is exactly what makes me stick to esports :)
2018-10-20 20:12
Yeah I definitely feel the same, and there are not so many games like CSGO in that regard
2018-10-20 23:37
#77
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France Ghoul98 
Cheering for Lulquid since they were a small NA tem and low in the ranking. Seeing them with this form and so high makes me happy. Still no trophy but they already did a lot
2018-10-20 20:52
#86
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
mouz (because chrisJ) winning mykonos, after the roster revamp
2018-10-20 23:15
No, but have you ever cheered for a small team that you thought was going to become really good, but then they proved to be profoundly mediocre, and then eventually lost their best player to Team Liquid and now their IGL isn't even on a team and they're back to being some random Aussie team?
2018-10-22 18:04
I was honestly happy about what Renegades had become. Sadly they had reached a point they really kept being mediocre. I still appreciate the almost full AU team move, they show up good results at least.
2018-10-23 00:15
Yeah, I just felt that they were in a really awkward spot before. I honestly think the team with Nifty and NAF was one star away from being a really good team, but that star wasn't going to come from Australia, so they would have had to abandon the easy qualifiers to do that.
2018-10-23 17:22
#20
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Lol indeed. G2 and Vitality were both in this qualifier, big yikes
2018-10-20 18:40
Nice list of teams MiBR - LG finals Hype !!!
2018-10-20 18:40
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-10-20 18:46
EZ4LDLC
2018-10-20 18:40
#67
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Spain akproxx 
Not true ldlc have been playing so good and they beat g2 2-0
2018-10-20 19:47
OK
2018-10-20 18:38
Nice
2018-10-20 18:38
EZ LDLC
2018-10-20 18:39
#7
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Europe J4hh 
LDLC looks like t2 team right now
2018-10-20 18:39
#8
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United States slendersleeper 
rip vitality
2018-10-20 18:39
#9
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Europe haiven 
ez
2018-10-20 18:39
deserved LDLC congrats!
2018-10-20 18:39
#11
fl0m | 
Egypt Zanpacto 
niko left faze fo this? LuL
2018-10-20 18:39
#12
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France J0riS_ 
ChokeTic Gaming
2018-10-20 18:39
expected from danish cs
2018-10-20 22:05
#94
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France Creez_sp 
Astralis?
2018-10-21 00:42
astralis is from another world my friend
2018-10-21 18:48
#116
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France Creez_sp 
I agree
2018-10-21 21:32
#14
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France cedd 
ezzzz clappers bye bye danish noobies
2018-10-20 18:39
Forsaken could have saved them .
2018-10-20 18:39
+ word.exe
2018-10-20 18:40
#73
kennyS | 
United Kingdom Pex15 
-config.cfg +word.exe
2018-10-20 20:13
Ldlc is back h
2018-10-20 18:39
#96
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Australia CaZeR01 
h
2018-10-21 01:50
Not optic india no party
2018-10-20 18:39
expected
2018-10-20 18:39
LDLC best French team now?
2018-10-20 18:39
#63
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France Telt 
French speaking I guess
2018-10-20 19:32
#74
kennyS | 
United Kingdom Pex15 
Technically French team
2018-10-20 20:14
#21
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World Gottasniff 
Pathetic. Kick snappi, bring in Karrigan and see what happens
2018-10-20 18:40
#42
ebot | 
Europe BeaVeR2K 
nothing, both bad as igls
2018-10-20 18:53
ez for onliners
2018-10-20 18:40
Ez4 hen1
2018-10-20 18:40
#28
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Finland Emvi 
LDLC looking good, too bad ESL is still shit and invited VP for the minor qualifiers instead lol
2018-10-20 18:41
#29
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France theJpay 
EZ4LDLC
2018-10-20 18:42
Ez for LDLC, the best french team with the best francophone player Alex "ALEX" McMeekin
2018-10-20 18:42
#31
Jame | 
Israel altandi 
expected tbh
2018-10-20 18:43
uk cs strikes again, congrats LDLC
2018-10-20 18:47
AmaNEk beasting for quite some time now... -bodyy -SmithZz +AmaNEk +devoduvek
2018-10-20 18:48
Why would Amanek go to a lower tier team ?
2018-10-20 20:52
lul
2018-10-20 22:25
#37
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Japan HikkaN69 
LULpTic
2018-10-20 18:48
#38
JD | 
Poland b7ack0ut 
nice
2018-10-20 18:48
Does Alex know french?
2018-10-20 18:50
#41
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France Uexo 
he is Franco-British
2018-10-20 18:51
#44
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France cedd 
yes he's fluent i think one of his parents is french
2018-10-20 18:59
#87
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
His daddy is from France, his mom gets the baguette in ass daily ez
2018-10-20 23:28
+1
2018-10-21 13:14
#52
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France StickyRice 
Yeah lived in France around between 10 and 20yo.
2018-10-20 19:16
LDLC > g2, VITALITY
2018-10-20 18:54
Optic are so bad
2018-10-20 19:00
wasted spot
2018-10-20 19:04
#47
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
Was wwaaayyyyyy to ez for ma boys
2018-10-20 19:04
#48
device | 
India lyncix 
No Forsaken, No Win.
2018-10-20 19:06
#49
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Finland Lassius 
All the OpTic fans talking trash yesterday LUL deserved for LDLC
2018-10-20 19:11
#50
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United States FlagMaster 
LDLC > Optic > Vitality > G2
2018-10-20 19:15
#53
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France comenToFaZe 
LDLC pls back to 2014
2018-10-20 19:17
#55
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Myanmar xdcc 
ex6tenz leaves LDLC. LDLC becomes great. ex6tenz joins G2. G2 becomes shit.
2018-10-20 19:20
+1
2018-10-20 19:22
ex6 leaves G2 2016. G2 becomes tier 1
2018-10-20 19:28
#113
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Portugal raaVz 
+1
2018-10-21 16:37
+1
2018-10-20 19:45
You forgot that he left because they refused to make some changes. Also he got them into EPL & ECS. Before that they were irrelevant. After he left they finally decided to make some changes (a bit late...) and it was -DEVIL -Maniac, etc...
2018-10-20 22:25
#112
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Portugal raaVz 
+1
2018-10-21 16:37
ok this is pretty right but LDLC's greatness is also due to Amanek being one of the best fr players
2018-10-21 16:41
unexpected
2018-10-20 19:18
No cheats no win for Optic
2018-10-20 19:22
#59
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France ZinedineZywoo 
K0nfig lmao still dogshit
2018-10-20 19:25
another disband inc
2018-10-20 19:30
happy for them, 1st lan
2018-10-20 19:32
#69
cyx | 
China kazuk1 
AmaNEk,what a GOD
2018-10-20 19:58
#70
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Lithuania a2kas 
There is no Imperial, there is no event
2018-10-20 20:10
EZ4LDLC
2018-10-20 20:20
ldlc the one and only french pride #1 french team as expected very deserved for ldlc, specially winning against cocky danish noobs like k0nfig or cajunb. ez 2.55 odds for me also, ty baguettes <3
2018-10-20 20:28
#79
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Brazil hugoooo 
LMAO OpTic Seriously?
2018-10-20 21:04
-k0nfig +forsaken
2018-10-20 21:50
n1
2018-10-20 23:05
#84
World Kobs 
A other belgian carried by french as usual ..
2018-10-20 22:28
ez
2018-10-20 23:28
RIP OpTic. OpTic India.
2018-10-20 23:55
#91
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Brazil arturfelipe 
LDLC is back!
2018-10-21 00:02
#92
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North America inkrias 
Nice to see Amanek on LAN again
2018-10-21 00:35
cant believe G2 and vitality didnt pick up amanek for their new lineups and just recycled old players.
2018-10-21 01:06
#97
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United States TriHardSeven 
LDLC > G2
2018-10-21 01:51
GG OPtic
2018-10-21 04:26
woah what the fuck
2018-10-21 04:44
USTILO still playing for renegades?
2018-10-21 07:50
Ive been telling this for ages... K0nfig is a dick von dickentrop and sucks one (for real and ingame). Why they dont kick him is mindbogling and SAD
2018-10-21 08:01
Jugi is back <<3
2018-10-21 08:24
#105
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Iran DevveGod1 
kick jugi
2018-10-21 09:17
#106
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Norway NoregNik 
XAXAXA OPTIC WHAT A JOKE
2018-10-21 11:53
#107
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United States B4st1le 
LDLC comeback boys!
2018-10-21 12:07
#109
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World Nydhogg 
-cajunb +F0rsaken
2018-10-21 13:25
GJ LDLC
2018-10-21 16:27
#111
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Portugal raaVz 
wtf... they are better without ex6tenz thatn with ex6tenz xDDDD Ex6tenz Overrated shit IGL
2018-10-21 16:36
#117
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Germany Danzou 
EZ for my love LDLC is love LDLC is life
2018-10-21 21:34
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