During the second day of IEM Chicago 2018, NRG took down MIBR in three maps (10-16 Inferno, 22-18 Cache, 16-11 Train) to stay alive in the tournament, while fnatic overcame eUnited 2-0 (16-13 Overpass, 16-11 Inferno) to secure a playoff spot.
eUnited grabbed five of the first six rounds on Overpass, their map pick, off the back of the pistol round win and the economic advantage that ensued. The only round in that span that went fnatic's way was thanks to Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin's quad-kill, but after that, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson was the star of the Swedish side, grabbing 10 kills as fnatic added five rounds to their tally.
The half ended 8-7 for eUnited, the North American side lost the pistol, but looked strong with rifles in their hands and quickly bounced back into the lead, 13-10. However, some misplays by eUnited were punished by Richard "Xizt" Landström's team, who started gaining momentum. As the score was 14-13 in their favor, fnatic found themselves in a 3v5, but Jesper "JW" Wecksell salvaged the round with four AWP kills and all but secured his team's win on Overpass.
On Inferno, eUnited claimed the first three rounds on the CT side, in large thanks to Skyler "Relyks" Weaver's USP-S triple, as well as holding off a second-round AK47-Galil buy from fnatic. However, with full buys, fnatic was too much to handle and the Swedes started adding round after round, with Brollan's 3K in a B site afterplant being the key round in the streak. (7-4)
Michael "dapr" Gulino was clutch in a retake of A, defusing the bomb while Xizt was still alive, but that didn't hinder the Swedes' T side at all, who, spearheaded by KRIMZ and his 16 kills, finished the half with a big, 11-4 advantage. After the switch, eUnited gave themselves a shot in the match by claiming the first five rounds as Terrorists, but after that, fnatic closed out a couple of close rounds to get on the verge of the winning the map. (14-9)
|eUnited||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose||41 - 34||+7||80.9||1.13|
|Skyler 'Relyks' WeaverRelyks||41 - 39||+2||73.2||1.09|
|Michael 'dapr' Gulinodapr||39 - 36||+3||77.0||1.08|
|Will 'dazzLe' LoafmandazzLe||35 - 38||-3||70.4||0.95|
|Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS||25 - 37||-12||64.2||0.87|
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||47 - 39||+8||96.5||1.24|
|Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan||44 - 33||+11||82.4||1.24|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||35 - 30||+5||74.5||1.08|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||34 - 38||-4||68.1||0.99|
|Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist||23 - 42||-19||49.3||0.69|
Following NRG's pistol round win and 3-0 conversion, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip managed a 1v2 retake in the first rifle round which started a chain of rounds going MIBR's way. Damian "daps" Steele's team couldn't muster a plant in the following six rounds, with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga being the main man on the opposing side. Then, Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov picked up the AWP and started causing issues to the defensive side, finding impact in three consecutive rounds.
That helped NRG to an 8-7 halftime lead, but Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's squad would end up taking the advantage back after turning around a 3v5 in the pistol, giving them momentum early on the T side. When the rifles came into play, NRG locked down the A site, but couldn't follow it up as Marcelo "coldzera" David unlocked the B site defense and FalleN clutched a 1v2 in back-to-back rounds. At that point, NRG were in the dirt economically and MIBR closed out the map, 16-10.
CeRq kicked off Cache, MIBR's map pick, with an ace in the pistol round, which combined with an early reset of their opponents economy, gave NRG a massive lead early in the map, 7-1. A double AWP setup on Tarik "tarik" Celik and FalleN gave MIBR their second, but Ethan "nahtE" Arnold's double opener in the following round allowed NRG to strike right back and reset MIBR.
FalleN's team struggled to establish themselves for the rest of the half, ending it 11-4 down, and despite their T-side pistol round win, didn't establish themselves early in the second half either, NRG going up 15-7 shortly. However, from that point onwards, MIBR were able to continuously break into sited and force NRG to save, as well as hold off the few retakes their opponents went for. Even though it seemed impossible, MIBR tied the game at 15-15 with eight consecutive rounds won, forcing overtime. After two sets of added rounds, daps and co. finally managed to close it out and force the decider, Train.
NRG started the final map furiously, with five straight CT side rounds won. MIBR broke that streak with a force buy and established themselves on the Terrorist side, replying with five rounds of their own and ended the half with a minimal lead, capitalizing on their economic advantage, 8-7.
The second pistol round was crucial in this game, and Jacob "FugLy" Medina, with three kills, swung things NRG's way in the second half. daps' men were flawless on the T side, only giving away more than one kill in one of the seven rounds they won to start off the half. (14-8) tarik finally got his side on the board with a 3K on B, but he was the first one to fall in the next round on the A site defense, NRG pounced and closed out the game shortly, 16-9.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||62 - 56||+6||75.2||1.11|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||64 - 62||+2||73.3||1.03|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||58 - 59||-1||64.6||0.97|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||49 - 65||-16||70.3||0.92|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||48 - 61||-13||58.1||0.90|