NRG keep North at bay; MIBR demolish Sharks
NRG and North squared off on Train in one of the Group B opening games. The North American team started the game on the CT-side and secured the pistol round with Ethan "Ethan" Arnold's triple kill. Ethan got another triple, this time in the first weapon round to make it 3-0.
Despite losing the fifth and seventh rounds, NRG remained in control and extended their lead to 9-2, with their ninth round coming after a 1vs2 by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov. North turned around a 3vs5 disadvantage in the 12th round and followed it up with another close round where Nicklas "gade" Gade prevented the defuse in a 1vs3 (9-4).
Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså stepped up with a triple kill in the final round of the half to give North their sixth (9-6). Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte found himself in a 1vs2 in the second pistol and rose up to the occasion, killing valde and Philip "aizy" Aistrup to make it 10-6.
After losing the first two rounds of the second half, North took six of the following seven to tie the game at 12-12. NRG then won two 4vs4 post-plants, first on B and then on the outer bombsite (14-12).
NRG acquired three match points after an anti-eco and almost closed out the game in the 28th round but aizy defused the bomb inside a smoke in a 1vs2 to keep North alive. Nonetheless, NRG closed out the game in the following round, winning 16-13.
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|29 - 19||+10||102.2||1.44|
|21 - 20||+1||72.5||1.07|
|21 - 18||+3||71.1||1.06|
|22 - 21||+1||73.8||1.03|
|13 - 21||-8||60.2||0.85|
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|24 - 23||+1||93.4||1.22|
|23 - 22||+1||91.1||1.22|
|21 - 18||+3||72.8||1.05|
|18 - 19||-1||73.1||1.01|
|13 - 24||-11||44.4||0.63|
The other Group B game was between two Brazilian teams—MIBR and Sharks. Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo and Raphael "exit" Lacerda picked up double kills in a 4vs4 post plant to win the pistol round for their T-sided team. MIBR responded by taking three consecutive rounds and could have made it four but Jhonatan "jnt" Silva and exit clutched a 2vs4 as their team trailed 3-2.
MIBR wreaked havoc with scoped weapons as Tarik "tarik" Celik dominated with the AUG while Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo & Marcelo "coldzera" David chimed in with the AWP while Jake "Stewie2K" Yip had multi-kill rounds with both the AWP and the AUG. MIBR ended the half 13-2 ahead with a ten round streak.
coldzera's quad kill in the second pistol was more than enough to pick up the round victory. tarik & Fernando "fer" Alvarenga closed out the game with a 2vs3 victory as MIBR moved on in the upper bracket with a 16-2 victory.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|25 - 5||+20||140.3||2.29|
|17 - 5||+12||98.6||1.80|
|18 - 5||+13||84.4||1.68|
|13 - 7||+6||99.0||1.38|
|10 - 5||+5||58.4||1.21|