Ghost take down NRG; Na`Vi demolish Sharks

MIRAA
December 6th, 2018 15:30

Ghost came back from a map down to beat NRG in Group B's lower bracket at the ESL Pro League S8 Finals, while Natus Vincere made light work of Sharks.

The North American derby began on Inferno, where NRG hopped out to a 6-1 lead on the CT side. A chaotic period ensued, with big individual plays from both sides. First it was Kenneth "koosta" Suen and Joshua "steel" Nissan overturning a 2v5 situation, followed by a 1v2 clutch from Matthew "WARDELL" Yu.

Then, it was Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov's time to shine as the Bulgarian pulled off a quad kill in an eco round, but his efforts were in vain as the round was traded back immediately, with koosta clutching a 1v4 situation in the next round. Ghost kept pressing on and restored parity at 7-7 before NRG grabbed the final round of the half to take a narrow lead into the break.

koosta opened up the action in the second half with four quick kills in banana, helping his team to equalize the score at 8-8. That was the start of a dominant run from NRG, who set up a very tight defense to bring the scoreline to 14-9.

NRG eventually picked up the pace and slowly began to shorten the gap between the two teams. Ghost then had two great opportunities to hit map point but lost the rounds to clutches from Damian "daps" Steele and Ethan "nahtE" Arnold, which left their economy in tatters. With the momentum now swinging in their favour, NRG secured the final three rounds of the half en route to a 16-13 finish.

Ghost prevailed in the North American derby

Ghost entered Cache looking to extend their perfect run on the map, and they came out the livelier of the two sides, picking up the pistol round on the back of a quad kill from koosta.

After buying up, NRG immediately put together a string of rounds to take the lead in the game, but Ghost quickly regained control of proceedings, closing out the half with a 10-5 lead.

A quad-kill by Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte in the second-half pistol put NRG back in the game, with the cs_summit 3 champions following that up with the subsequent anti-ecos. However, the landscape of the game changed completely once Ghost had money to work with. NRG's round wins came down to individual plays, such as an ace by nahtE in the 24th round, and they were instantly countered by the Canadian team, who swiftly put the game to bed.

It all came down to Mirage, a map Ghost had not played officially in over a month. The Canadian side came out strongly as they won the first three rounds of the game, but then they struggled to break through the stern NRG defence, a Jacob "FugLy" Medina defuse with three opponents still alive the perfect example of the state of disarray steel's men were in for the majority of the half, which ended with a lopsided 11-4 scoreline.

Ghost looked a completely different side in the second half, winning seven rounds right off the bat to restore parity at 11-11. A successful eco round by NRG then triggered a hectic period as rounds went back and forth, with Ghost prevailing in the end to seal passage to the next lower bracket round.

Matchpage
2
1
6th December 2018
United States
14
Inferno
16
16
Cache
10
16
Mirage
14
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 68 - 56 +12 80.3 1.21
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 64 - 53 +11 83.1 1.15
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 60 - 52 +8 77.9 1.09
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel 55 - 55 0 70.1 1.03
United States Jason 'neptune' Tranneptune 49 - 59 -10 64.7 0.92
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'nahtE' ArnoldnahtE 59 - 61 -2 78.1 1.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 63 - 57 +6 70.7 1.07
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 59 - 60 -1 76.7 1.05
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 46 - 59 -13 61.1 0.87
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 48 - 59 -11 58.9 0.82

Meanwhile, Natus Vincere and Sharks faced off for survival in the tournament, with the Ukrainian side - desperate to bounce back from a 0-2 mauling at the hands of mousesports - jumping out to a 5-1 lead on the Terrorist side of Nuke despite losing the pistol round.

It was only then that Sharks put their foot down to hold back Na`Vi, keeping the Ukrainian side at bay for a large portion of the half to take a respectable seven rounds before the break.

Na`Vi breezed past Sharks

Now playing on the CT side, Natus Vincere took control of proceedings from the get-go, confidently shutting down the Brazilian offense to lock down the map at 16-9.

On Dust2, Na`Vi came out of the gate looking scary, running all over the Sharks offense to take a whopping 14 rounds into the break. Renato "nak" Nakano's troops still attempted a response as they picked up their CT pistol, but their comeback was short-lived as Na`Vi had little difficulty closing out the map and the series.

Matchpage
0
2
6th December 2018
9
Nuke
16
3
Dust2
16
 Sharks K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silvajnt 25 - 32 -7 65.4 0.82
Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveiraleo_druNky 25 - 36 -11 64.2 0.75
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerdaexit 21 - 36 -15 67.2 0.68
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakanonak 22 - 33 -11 66.6 0.67
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' FigueiredoRCF 10 - 39 -29 33.2 0.34
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 44 - 17 +27 98.0 1.69
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 38 - 23 +15 88.3 1.47
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 34 - 19 +15 74.5 1.33
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 33 - 23 +10 82.3 1.27
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 27 - 21 +6 75.5 1.15
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
408
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
707
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakano
Renato 'nak' Nakano
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
301
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
921
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:
581
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
663
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
337
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
whats up with brazilian teams and getting destroyed on D2?
2018-12-06 15:32
Hahahaha
2018-12-06 16:04
NAVI NO MAJOR IN CS-GO! This is a fact! =D
2018-12-06 16:22
#2
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United States GoldEar13 
subroza cheating again
2018-12-06 15:32
EZ s1mple!
2018-12-06 15:32
#5
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Singapore pimple 
condom
2018-12-06 15:32
2 EZ 4 NaVi
2018-12-06 15:32
#7
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Poland Kain_aj 
Godbroza
2018-12-06 15:32
#8
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
lol
2018-12-06 15:33
Well done steel and crew
2018-12-06 15:34
#14
NiKo | 
India BCaddict 
Ggwp ghost
2018-12-06 15:35
navi winning is actually a surprise
2018-12-06 15:36
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk very nice m8 =D
2018-12-06 16:23
Hahahahah
2018-12-06 17:04
NRG can only win t3 tournaments confirmed
2018-12-06 15:37
#22
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Who’s worse taco or fugly?????? Close call.
2018-12-06 15:38
Daps
2018-12-06 15:41
#36
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Gets a pass being igl
2018-12-06 15:44
#34
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Denmark Xipingu 
Daps. He sucks fucking shit
2018-12-06 15:44
#35
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Gets a pass being igl
2018-12-06 15:44
#68
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Denmark Xipingu 
Meeeeeeeeh, it’s 50/50 for me. Games been out for so long now, and there are IGL’s that can frag now
2018-12-06 16:33
#37
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Brazil _Awper 
Nitro
2018-12-06 15:44
#39
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Igl gets a pass.
2018-12-06 15:49
demolish? again? rip creativity
2018-12-06 15:41
They have some premade news, just changes the names
2018-12-06 17:04
That is the point, on a busy event where numerous match happening on the same day, premade title/news will easily spotted. In news-production point of view, it not a great thing to have. But who cares? No one hurt Thanks for the info tho
2018-12-06 18:54
They have a lot to do moderating posts, watching games, making content (not as tarik lol), interviewing people and so other things they do to keep this forum working good. And yet, they could make more premade news to not be too easy to spot them.
2018-12-06 21:45
You know what's funnier ? They didn't say Sharks demolished North. Lmao, hltv is danish.
2018-12-06 21:55
#27
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China KensonS 
lol lemon team NRG should go home. I still remember what their coach said before.lmao
2018-12-06 15:41
what did he say
2018-12-06 19:14
#29
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Navi destroy sharks(tier8 team) 16-9 16-3 Liquid secure payoff spot beating big(tier2) 16-6 16-6 Lmfao hate liquid much hltv staff??? Liquid beats a good team badly and get nothing. Navi beat a tier8 team and get big nice big headline NAVI DESTROYS SHARKS. What a joke.
2018-12-06 15:42
Welcome to HLTV
2018-12-06 15:43
Headlines come according to fanbase population i guess.
2018-12-06 16:04
#85
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid is one of the most liked teams.
2018-12-06 17:23
#74
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Brazil Whillpull 
+1. Sharks beats North 16-4 16-7 and? Sharks upset North. Hltv being hltv
2018-12-06 16:52
ghost winning on lan? admin check their pcs
2018-12-06 15:43
#38
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Poland dennismajster 
Daps being IDL - in death leader. Pls delate this game.
2018-12-06 15:49
#47
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China randomnolife 
*delete
2018-12-06 15:59
#61
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Poland dennismajster 
Roger that
2018-12-06 16:25
#94
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Denmark Takob 
Bingo bango bongo bish bash bosh Easy peasy lemon squeeze
2018-12-06 18:17
Wow unexpected win for navi. Still going to get destroyed by ghost though.
2018-12-06 15:52
Ghost will take NaVi
2018-12-06 15:52
#42
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World smash143 
Ghost are really close to the top 20 mark, but I reckon their lack of strong/consistent riflers will always be their downfall. Shame no top player wants to play with steel.
2018-12-06 15:53
unban steel ffs , its been too long .. ex-IBP got hurt by this ban already enough. they got their lesson for it , let them play now in all tournaments again
2018-12-06 15:55
#46
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China randomnolife 
leo_sober
2018-12-06 15:58
#49
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China randomnolife 
how about using decimate/ breeze past next time?
2018-12-06 16:01
#55
FLX | 
Dominican Republic Dominicani 
Ghost so good.
2018-12-06 16:21
#57
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North America silly[] 
ghost > nrg as per usual nothing to see here
2018-12-06 16:22
what a close series. wp ghost
2018-12-06 16:25
gj and gl ghost!
2018-12-06 16:41
#71
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
mouz navi 32:10 - overrun navi sharks 32:12 - demolish
2018-12-06 16:41
oke
2018-12-06 17:10
ez ghost
2018-12-06 17:37
Steel in Ghost is cooking! Gg
2018-12-06 18:08
#99
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
wtf NRG?
2018-12-06 19:06
#116
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Other mikecool 
Ghost vs nrg was pretty entertaining. I really liked how steel was playing on inferno with the bomb site defends even though they lost that one. Fun games.
2018-12-06 21:59
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