LDLC overcome NRG; to IEM Chicago quarter-finals

eZlo
November 9th, 2018 00:58

LDLC are through to the IEM Chicago playoffs after defeating NRG 2-1 (17-19 on Nuke, 16-11 on Overpass and 16-8 on Train).

The Group A lower bracket final proved to be a back-and-forth affair right from the start of Nuke, NRG's map pick. Playing on the CT side, Jacob "FugLy" Medina pulled off a 1v2 clutch to kick off the series, and NRG barely remained in the lead in the following rounds, 3-1.

The Francophone squad then turned the score around, but the North Americans went on to take the lead, in part thanks to Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte stepping up to the plate with multi-kills in four consecutive rounds, 7-4. LDLC responded with another strong execution – this time around with nothing but CZs – and won two more until half-time to reduce the deficit to a single round.

In the second half, LDLC got off to a great start, stringing four rounds together without much effort, 11-8. When NRG found themselves at 13-14, Damian "daps" Steele called a tactical pause, inspiring his team to hit map-point with two straight A executions, but they still could not prevail in a 5v3 situation in the 30th round.

In overtime, Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov and co. managed to grab the lead in the series by closing out their map pick at 19-17, with the 18-year-old and Ethan "nahtE" Arnold both finishing the map with 30 kills.

LDLC came from behind to beat NRG

Next up was LDLC's map pick, Overpass, which began with NRG securing their Terrorist pistol with doubles from CeRq and FugLy. The attacking side kept winning rounds, including the fifth, in which the Bulgarian AWPer and Brehze turned a 2v4 situation around.

Then, although LDLC had nothing but pistols, they got their first round on the board thanks to a quad-kill from Alex "ALEX" McMeekin. NRG hit back immediately with a pair of rounds, 7-1, but that was when David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic's troops tightened up their defence to bring the gap to three rounds by half-time.

Despite their slow start on Overpass, to1nou and co. completely shut down NRG in the second half

Even though Brehze opened up the second half with a clean triple-kill, François "AmaNEk" Delaunay and Logan "LOGAN" Corti still managed to win the pistol round, paving the way for their team to eventually bag a 10-9 lead. NRG restored parity, but they simply could not handle LDLC, who went on another great run to take the series to a third map, 16-11.

The decider, Train, started with LDLC winning their Terrorist pistol, an anti-eco and the first gun round to take control of proceedings. NRG responded well, but neither team was able to gain any real momentum in the half, with the Europeans securing a narrow 8-7 half-time lead.

After bagging their fourth pistol of the series, LDLC set themselves up for a massive run, constantly punishing the North Americans' gameplan to seal the deal, 16-8, and book their spot in the tournament's playoffs.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'nahtE' ArnoldnahtE 68 - 62 +6 92.9 1.22
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 66 - 61 +5 79.8 1.10
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 58 - 57 +1 63.2 0.98
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 43 - 61 -18 61.1 0.83
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 41 - 60 -19 58.0 0.81
 LDLC K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 59 - 50 +9 77.6 1.10
France Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN 62 - 56 +6 73.7 1.10
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 69 - 64 +5 78.8 1.09
Belgium Antoine 'to1nou' Pirardto1nou 56 - 48 +8 68.0 1.08
France David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek 55 - 59 -4 76.4 1.02
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
409
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
608
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Logan 'LOGAN' Corti
Logan 'LOGAN' Corti
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
272
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
636
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
640
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
France David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevic
David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
405
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
FRANCE > NA
2018-11-09 00:58
#3
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North America LedwigCS 
ez4bestfrenchteamldlc
2018-11-09 00:58
#5
devoduvek | 
Canada kawoh 
LET'S GO LDLCCCCCCCC !!! <3 That is INSANE. Since the new roster had formed I followed them very closely. Not many people believed in them at the time. They're all young and promising!!! They did such a great job. Now they've got a really tough match against either Fnatic or Liquid tomorrow. They've already amazingly proved themselves. I'm convinced they can go even further.
2018-11-09 00:58
<3
2018-11-09 01:00
#16
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France LanaRhoades 
Ça s'voit t'es trop fier a chaque win de LDLC j'te vois
2018-11-09 01:00
tu m'as percé à jour
2018-11-09 01:02
#22
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France iNolake 
same , real fan <3
2018-11-09 01:03
tabernacle
2018-11-09 01:02
I've been following ALEX since he played for Melty eSport Club, glad to see him doing well!
2018-11-09 01:15
oooh that goes quite far in time haha! Hope you're not too bitter about the defeat from NRG though.
2018-11-09 01:24
Nah, I was happy whoever won either way, but I was pulling for LDLC just because they haven't had many opportunities to play at big LANs like this, but NRG have. Hopefully they do well enough to maybe net some invites to big LANs, even though they definitely have the ability to qualify. And the only real reason I came across him that long ago was because he bought one of my skins on the market (M4A1-S Cyrex FN) and used it in the ESWC PGW Open vs LDLC Blue... It was really cool, but it made me follow him more, and yeah :P
2018-11-09 01:26
the coincidence, god damn! I'm happy to hear that. NRG is rock solid and will also have more occasions to prove themselves (again).
2018-11-09 01:28
Yep! Hopefully both get to make it to the Major with these lineups, that'd be awesome. LDLC will definitely have the tougher opponents with the new Minor system.
2018-11-09 01:29
#45
SPERMY | 
Canada lame^ 
Cool to see Logan playing well imo, I had hopes for him for a little while but I thought theres always a chance that he could just be terrible and bottom frag hard and its great to see thats not the case. Hope its not just 1 good event from him
2018-11-09 01:19
what's interesting is that it's not only, they all had their moments this tournament, here devo was bottom fragging but he had the MVP of LDLC-North, LOGAN plays in such a cold-blooded manner for his age, it's impressive, but ALEX has been playing solid, AmaNEk is a beast and to1nou has really stepped up this game as well, while he wasn't that good against North & Renegades. So they've really found themselves with their solid teamwork and even though they're young and have zero to few experience on big LANs they're still upsetting greatly.
2018-11-09 01:22
#64
SPERMY | 
Canada lame^ 
Yea ALEX has really been great and I believe he recently switched to IGLing? not sure about that, and To1nou used to be pretty streaky with his AWPing its really great to see them all playing well, Amanek is definitely a star player but other than him everyones been pretty equal in perfomance
2018-11-09 02:31
#79
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France Minaax_ 
They did it there are on play offs let's go Foxes!!!
2018-11-09 06:55
#97
Shatar | 
Poland Shatar 
+1
2018-11-09 12:46
#2
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Europe traqqi 
nice to see ldlc back :D
2018-11-09 00:58
#6
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France ManuelFerrara 
Gg
2018-11-09 00:58
gj ldlc gl in playoffs
2018-11-09 00:58
#51
Lekr0 | 
Peru synergy_ 
+1
2018-11-09 01:25
#8
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France SpooceCooke 
What a performance, really fun cs to watch and a great match !
2018-11-09 00:59
im really proud of them <3
2018-11-09 16:05
#106
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France SpooceCooke 
Same ! Really exciting future ahead of these lads I hope
2018-11-09 17:14
#9
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United States jungle_CSGO 
SAY WHAT?!
2018-11-09 00:59
ez
2018-11-09 00:59
#11
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
lets gooo
2018-11-09 00:59
what
2018-11-09 01:00
I'm so fucking happy Fr cs is back boiiiis
2018-11-09 01:00
Would be great if they had more invitations
2018-11-09 01:14
They gonna be in the top 20 hltv at least, so they gonna be invited for a lot of toornament for sure
2018-11-09 01:16
#15
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France iNolake 
Well done LDLC <3 Impressive performance from Logan in particular , he s really stepping up rn
2018-11-09 01:00
#82
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
He is better on LAN than online, its crazy
2018-11-09 08:50
#96
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France iNolake 
Yes indeed i thought he was a little bit overrated before this event but i was wrong apparently
2018-11-09 12:21
not so ez for Kings Hawaiian Bread
2018-11-09 01:00
#18
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France uNLmofo 
LDLC to the TOP !!
2018-11-09 01:01
Gj ldlc they are growing
2018-11-09 01:02
#23
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France uNLmofo 
I'm actually so happy to see all of you guys from everywhere cheering for LDLC ! thanks
2018-11-09 01:04
how is LDLC suddenly so good wtffff
2018-11-09 01:05
they have two of the players from misfits which was a potential playoffs team, an igl who learned uner x6tenz, and capable fraggers all around I agree that them making playoffs is a surprise, but I knew they were a dangerous team coming into this
2018-11-09 01:11
Leader is amanek he never played with ex6
2018-11-09 13:37
Alright I just heard casters mention Alex and another commenter told me it was Logan and I don't know enough about the team to tell who's right
2018-11-09 14:07
#107
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France Yo_Les_Noobz 
Alex was IGL before Amanek/devoduvek joined, now it's amanek
2018-11-09 17:21
ok ty
2018-11-09 18:52
Honestly they're not suddenly that good. They've been progressing since a good while.
2018-11-09 01:25
gg ldlc, bamboozling ct sides nrg boys lost too many rounds on site all tourney, works that end game boys
2018-11-09 01:06
#26
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Norway PeteZz 
Awesome. Amanek is prob most underrated french player
2018-11-09 01:06
hes underrated all around tbh, not just france he was great on misfits too
2018-11-09 01:12
He's very highly considered right now, he was considered a promising talent when he was with Misfits but now he's definitely among the top french players
2018-11-09 01:16
the weirdest thing is that hes kind of old
2018-11-09 01:17
Oh I guess he was not that young as a talent, let's say young as a professional
2018-11-09 01:18
#49
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Brazil SecondKS 
++++1111111
2018-11-09 01:24
#83
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
+1
2018-11-09 08:52
#27
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Brazil digozamaral 
Best french team
2018-11-09 01:08
theyare back
2018-11-09 01:13
Nrg and ldlc. The best 2 teams that with full performance and peek of their careers. What a godlike match, I am happy but it is not because ldlc win because cs has earned 2 t1 team to its list
2018-11-09 01:13
Ok. This is embarassing.
2018-11-09 01:15
#40
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North America VassWood 
LDLC French Dream Team. more to come soon
2018-11-09 01:16
#42
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United States STERBENVII 
Oof. AmaNEk and co. bouta get signed by my boys Misfits.
2018-11-09 01:17
#47
cAmyy | 
Brazil kinzee 
i love underdogs
2018-11-09 01:23
#59
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France Erakis 
Underfoxes. ;)
2018-11-09 01:57
#55
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Brazil SecondKS 
Misfits was really good team and your players are amazing
2018-11-09 01:31
EZ4LDLC
2018-11-09 01:43
Disappointed NRG lost but it was still a good match!
2018-11-09 01:48
#58
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Europe Galize 
GG LDLC Deserve Good luck in playoffs
2018-11-09 01:52
#60
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France Erakis 
Take notice G2: hard work pays off!
2018-11-09 01:59
#61
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Europe trey_ 
lool n1 ldlc
2018-11-09 02:06
#62
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Spain akproxx 
So happy for then This run will motive the others high tier 2 eu teams for sure
2018-11-09 02:10
#63
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France cedd 
so happy to see this. i didn't think they had it in them and i'm glad i was proven wrong.
2018-11-09 02:27
Great to see this. French scene needs some players to rise up. Congratulations to LDLC.
2018-11-09 02:32
#66
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United States Potassium39 
Best French team ATM?
2018-11-09 02:35
#66
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United States Potassium39 
Best French team ATM?
2018-11-09 02:35
#84
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
No doubts
2018-11-09 08:53
Rip g2 invites xaxaxaxa
2018-11-09 02:51
#69
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France d1no_cs 
EZ4LDLC
2018-11-09 02:54
#70
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France Pourriture 
Expected
2018-11-09 02:56
#71
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France severino 
really proud of them, always insane bo3, go foxes !
2018-11-09 03:01
Good safe and easy road so far after FaZe beat them!
2018-11-09 03:15
#108
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France Yo_Les_Noobz 
And it was a really close match against FaZe
2018-11-09 17:23
LDLC IS BACK? PogChamp
2018-11-09 03:55
#74
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
well shit
2018-11-09 04:05
#75
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China EuGEnemeister 
well no G2 no vitality at this event, and LDLC even make it to the playoffs. FRENCH #1 team
2018-11-09 04:39
LDLC > G2 & Vitality Ex6tenz was the problem btw.
2018-11-09 05:21
#77
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World word_exe 
+1 took them a while to recover from having Ex6tenz on the team but they did it!
2018-11-09 05:46
did amanek and devo play in ldlc when ex6 did ?
2018-11-09 11:36
#99
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World word_exe 
Luckily for them no they didn't :-)
2018-11-09 13:30
- smithz + amanek - botdyy + devoduvek don't @ me
2018-11-09 06:24
#85
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
@blazefever
2018-11-09 08:54
#109
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France Yo_Les_Noobz 
Not even sure that would work as good for tham as in a team like LDLC. What makes them perform is that the team is the star, not the players, like in G2
2018-11-09 17:24
LDLC are playing very well lately
2018-11-09 07:20
#81
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Denmark Xipingu 
WP LDLC. Holy shit Fugly played like trash too lol
2018-11-09 07:32
Really like this ldlc team
2018-11-09 09:29
#87
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France p2l 
L D L C they gonna win the title like the good old 2014 time
2018-11-09 10:17
#88
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Other mikecool 
LDLC making a good run this tourney. They're already top team in France. Every other team is overrated.
2018-11-09 10:32
No we need to wait for G2 to play against ..so far G2 ans Vitality Can Beat all these teams as well depending the day..i m not fan of G2 btw
2018-11-09 15:36
#110
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France Yo_Les_Noobz 
Honestly, no, G2 has been unable to beat NRG this year if i remember correctly Only team G2 has beaten and they didn't is FaZe
2018-11-09 17:26
#89
France yvo 
TOP 1 FR
2018-11-09 10:49
TOP 1 FR
2018-11-09 10:57
#91
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
good old time :(
2018-11-09 11:32
#93
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Serbia banzae 
And now Imagine if at least someone in G2 had a brain and picked at least Amanek instead of Smithzz but it's french scene it doesn't go like that...
2018-11-09 11:50
ldlc > g2 , amanek don't need to go
2018-11-09 11:56
#95
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Serbia banzae 
to1nou aint going no where my friend
2018-11-09 11:56
OK, betting al my money on ldlc
2018-11-09 13:15
Too much hype , ldlc just beat North and NRJ , i hope they succeed but for now what they have done any tier 2 team is capable of it aswell
2018-11-09 15:32
They should make a team without all the washeup players in France..amanek ZywOo and maybe lucky jackz +1
2018-11-09 15:39
ggs
2018-11-09 17:37
#113
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United States Rambeard 
Fantastic to see LDLC doing well
2018-11-09 20:06
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