North take down NRG to book semi-final spot

North are the last team through to the semi-final stage at the ECS Season 6 Finals after beating NRG in a three-map series.

For a large portion of Nuke, it looked like North's pick would backfire horribly as the Danes found themselves down 1-9 on the CT side after a chaotic start as rounds went back and forth and successful force buys were traded.

North then finally got some breathing room as they held NRG back two rounds in a row, giving their economy some much-needed stability. Damian "daps" Steele then went huge, helping Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov to turn around a 2v4 situation before pulling off a 1v2 clutch in the following round. Things were starting to look bleak for North, but then Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye got a quad kill to his name to reduce the deficit to seven rounds before the end of the half.

NRG further extended their lead by taking the pistol round, but, just like in the first half, they were unable to capitalise on that. Little by little, North imposed themselves on the game, with Casper "cadiaN" Møller's 1v3 clutch in the 20th round, followed by a successful 1v1 from the former Rogue in-game leader, preventing NRG from getting a foothold in the half.

But the biggest blow to NRG's hopes was yet to come. In the 26th round, they shockingly lost a 5v1 situation to Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, who killed all opponents without losing a single point of health. That round left the North Americans in a state of disarray, with North taking advantage of that to complete an impressive - and unlikely - comeback from 4-12 down.

North move on to the playoffs

The first half of Inferno, NRG's map pick, was keenly contested from the get-go, with neither side able to stamp their authority on proceedings. NRG managed to win the half with a trio of kills by CeRq in the final round, and they kept pressing on after switching to the CT side as they won the first two rounds, bringing the scoreline to 10-7.

North responded with a third-round buy and then put together a small run of rounds, eventually retaking the lead. NRG immediately tightened up their defense to overcome the deficit, but North picked up the pace and won four rounds in a row to reach match point.

With his team against the ropes, CeRq turned the hero as he denied cadiaN a 1v3 clutch with a USP kill through a smoke to force a 30th round, in which the North Americans would also come out victorious to restore parity at 15-15.

The first overtime could not determine a winner as both teams won two rounds on the defensive side. In the second overtime, NRG were far too hot for their opponents to handle as they took two rounds in both halves, with a stunning ace by Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte locking down the map for the North Americans.

It all came down to Cache, where North had defeated NRG back at IEM Chicago, earlier in the month. And just like in Chicago, the North Americans hopped out to a massive early lead after winning a series of close rounds. The Danes only managed to get on the board eight rounds into the game, but the half ended in a surprisingly close 9-6 scoreline as North continuously kept the Terrorists at bay with a tight defense.

The Danish side came out of the break with all guns blazing, picking up four rounds without response to take the lead for the first time on the map. A successful eco by NRG still gave the North American team's fans some hope, but North were unfazed by that and kept up the pace, putting the match to bed in the 27th round in convincing fashion.

Matchpage
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United States
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Nuke
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Inferno
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Cache
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 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 83 - 67 +16 94.9 1.31
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 70 - 64 +6 73.4 1.09
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 66 - 68 -2 77.9 1.08
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 61 - 56 +5 63.6 1.06
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 53 - 55 -2 60.7 0.99
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 80 - 61 +19 76.8 1.28
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 62 - 62 0 67.9 1.08
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 62 - 70 -8 62.0 0.96
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 53 - 72 -19 73.4 0.93
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 52 - 68 -16 65.1 0.88
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
ok
2018-11-24 04:30
#6
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected =D
2018-11-24 04:31
North 2-0 MiBR
2018-11-24 04:31
mibr, America's last hope!
2018-11-24 04:44
#37
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Valde valdemar to FaZe!
2018-11-24 07:50
#40
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Austria itsdavvid 
FaZe would ruin him
2018-11-24 08:16
*he would ruin faze
2018-11-24 08:54
wtf bro thats delusional
2018-11-24 08:54
0/8
2018-11-24 10:57
LUL
2018-11-24 11:22
+1
2018-11-24 13:59
#10
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Other Fookin_Legend 
Valdemar so good
2018-11-24 04:31
computer
2018-11-24 04:35
1st
2018-11-24 04:30
nt
2018-11-24 04:31
n1
2018-11-24 04:54
I hope that in bed I won't be late by 2s... :v
2018-11-24 12:23
Nice
2018-11-24 04:30
#4
LUCAS1 | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Noooooooice!
2018-11-24 04:31
#7
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Turkey Piete 
cerq deserve better team
2018-11-24 04:31
Nonsense Ethan and brehze are both better then him
2018-11-24 04:33
#17
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Turkey Piete 
ethan -19 hahaha nt
2018-11-24 04:36
#50
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
2018-11-24 10:17
flag checks out
2018-11-24 08:02
#47
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
the bias is obvious
2018-11-24 09:09
#51
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
2018-11-24 10:17
#54
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
0.02
2018-11-24 10:20
#55
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
and that 0.02 rating separates him and ethan Brehze and Cerq are both equal players same rating same about of MVPs for NRG this year but flag checks keep licking cerqs bumhole
2018-11-24 10:23
#49
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
+1 the three people replying basing their opinion of one game
2018-11-24 10:16
BEAT LIQUID TO LOSE TO NORTH FACEPALM
2018-11-24 04:31
north beat liquid too tho, so liquid argument isn't too good atm
2018-11-24 04:36
hmm true. just hoping for a great finals this tournament. Hope we get Astralis vs Mibr just like in the group stages, exciting and close
2018-11-24 04:40
North will beat MIBR
2018-11-24 09:01
North can beat mibr, but for some reason teams still choke vs mibr.
2018-11-24 09:48
expected
2018-11-24 04:32
5 EU > 1 EU cerq cant carry 4 NA trash worst scene after BR
2018-11-24 04:32
no NA is always n1 trash scene then its BR I hate to admit it but they won lots of tournaments and 2 majors Had presence in 1.6 too
2018-11-24 04:37
+1 even Asia is better
2018-11-24 05:24
poor CeRq he deserves a better team...
2018-11-24 04:33
#52
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
not even best player on his team hltv.org/stats/teams/players/6673/NRG?st..
2018-11-24 10:18
Feelsbad for cerq
2018-11-24 04:34
he got equally contested by valde tho it was a close match
2018-11-24 06:34
+1
2018-11-24 16:34
SAY WHAT NOW?!
2018-11-24 04:36
ez 4 adidas
2018-11-24 04:37
#23
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Denmark CRAM3R 
🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁 The North remembers
2018-11-24 04:40
#24
Twistzz | 
United States LEMQN 
NA choking, what a surprise. Cerq deserves a better team.
2018-11-24 04:41
#53
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
cerq should have a better team for what? being the third best player on his hltv.org/stats/teams/players/6673/NRG?st..
2018-11-24 10:19
#26
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
Simply NA . LULquid, lulRG both lost to NORTH 😂 xaxaxaxa
2018-11-24 04:48
#28
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Another Danish team take over.
2018-11-24 04:51
I want to see North and Astralis in the final
2018-11-24 05:32
revenge
2018-11-24 06:34
#30
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
expected
2018-11-24 05:12
Awesome, go North!
2018-11-24 05:31
#36
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
valde 1vs5 so awesome all headshot
2018-11-24 06:51
#39
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United States Raptorial 
LIQUID DIED FOR THIS LUL
2018-11-24 08:06
#41
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Lithuania aels 
Ez m16r now
2018-11-24 08:17
free cerq
2018-11-24 08:46
#46
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Slovakia TatKo 
Unexpected but valdemort striked good here
2018-11-24 09:06
#57
Czech Republic Wer_ 
-fugly
2018-11-24 11:00
ez
2018-11-24 14:15
NICE #HearTheROAR
2018-11-24 16:31
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