North and OpTic through to Europe Minor

North beat ex-Space Soldiers in two maps to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Europe Minor, while OpTic did the same after beating Heroic in a three-map series.

The first half of Inferno looked bright for ex-Space Soldiers as they were able to win the forcebuy in the second round despite losing pistols, and followed it up to take a 1-3 lead. The half went completely sideways for the Turks from there on out, however, as North crushed their attacks time and time again, giving up just the last round of the half, making it 11-4 before the switch.

The second half started with ex-Space Soldiers starting to come back by winning the first three rounds, but North were quick to get back on top once they got their money in order. Spearheaded by Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, the Danes went on to close it out after winning five rounds in a row, making it 16-7.

Norh were able to seal the deal in two maps

North then started out on the right foot on Overpass, winning the T-side pistol round and following it up in the anti-eco, but a solid defense by the Turks following a double by Ahmet "paz" Karahoca in the third round made it 2-1. Three more rounds in, the match was at a stalemate, 3-3, but ex-Space Soldiers were able to take the lead against a pistol buy. Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş tried to make the map go his team’s way with 19 kills and 114 ADR, but it was North who with 10 rounds went ahead into half-time.

Buğra "Calyx" Arkın helped ex-Space Soldiers win the second pistol round with three frags. The come back once again was happening, as the Turkish team made it 10-10 after several rounds in a row, one of which was a 2vs4 that paz and Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli were able to win on B. Finally, however, it was North who were able to figure out their rivals and get on a roll after building up a bank late in the match to stay ahead and go on to close the map and match out, 16-13.

 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 50 - 34 +16 94.8 1.37
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 43 - 33 +10 82.4 1.26
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 36 - 33 +3 84.3 1.20
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 34 - 36 -2 79.6 1.13
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 27 - 30 -3 55.8 0.93
 ex-Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 46 - 39 +7 94.7 1.23
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 34 - 41 -7 74.9 1.02
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 31 - 38 -7 74.1 0.94
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 28 - 36 -8 48.5 0.78
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R 27 - 36 -9 59.1 0.77

Heroic kicked Train off by winning the pistol round on the attacking side of Train, their map pick, and then resetting OpTic on the fourth round to keep the economic advantage on their side. After winning four more rounds, Heroic gave up two more, but were then able to get three of their own before once again resetting OpTic late in the half to increase their lead to 11-4 before the break.

The reprise started with OpTic winning the second pistol round, and they were quickly in the driver’s seat as they asserted the same pressure on their rivals as had been asserted on them in the first half. After five rounds won, Heroic got on the board on the CT side with doubles by Daniel "mertz" Mertz and Patrick "es3tag" Hansen, but they were instantly reset as OpTic went on to win two more rounds to tie it up, 12-12. Ultimately, however, Heroic were able to find just enough fuel in the tank to take it, 16-14, in a map that mertz ended with 36 frags and 123.6 ADR.

OpTic won in overtime on the decider map

OpTic rushed B on Nuke through outer in the first round, but ended up in A winning a 2vs2 after being denied by es3tag in the lower site. OpTic then won two rounds before resetting Heroic, making it a 5-1 lead early on. Two rounds later, Heroic were able to take a second, but OpTic quickly reset them, further increasing their lead, and going on to dominate the half 12-3. OpTic then won the second pistol round and quickly closed the map out, 16-3, to take it to the decider.

The chosen map for the decider was Inferno, where OpTic were able to take round number one on the CT side. A triple by Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer followed by a double by Jakob "JUGi" Hansen in a 2vs2 made it 3-0 after the first gun round. The early game became a brawl, but it was OpTic who were able to stay ahead, 6-3, but were unable to win against a forcebuy, giving Heroic an in back into the half. The latter were unable to take advantage of it, however, as they were only able to win one more round in the half, making it 5-10.

A solid B defense gave Heroic some hope for the second half as they were able to win the pistol round, and followed it up with two more before OpTic were able to win a round, making it 11-8, although they were instantly reset. Heroic then took the reins of the half, and got into the lead after winning seven of the first eight rounds. OpTic then struck back, tying it back up 13-13 ahead of the last stretch of the match. They then went head-to-head taking it to overtime.

OpTic managed to win the first two overtime rounds on the attacking side before giving up the third, and got on match point in the first round of the second half, 18-16, before sealing their pass to the Europe Minor.

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 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 61 - 43 +18 71.6 1.25
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 68 - 54 +14 82.1 1.23
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 59 - 50 +9 73.6 1.21
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 56 - 48 +8 78.7 1.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 51 - 53 -2 75.8 1.09
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 70 - 54 +16 93.3 1.25
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 64 - 61 +3 81.5 1.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 43 - 62 -19 55.1 0.79
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' LarsenAcilioN 33 - 58 -25 51.5 0.71
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 37 - 61 -24 48.7 0.67

So far, the qualified teams are:

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
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
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
751
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
868
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
755
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Well played boys 🤠👍🔥🔥🔥
2018-12-12 23:43
edit: emojis #FREE6IX9INE🌈🌈🌈
2018-12-12 23:44
#7
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
+1
2018-12-12 23:45
+1
2018-12-12 23:48
expected
2018-12-12 23:44
#3
k1to | 
Germany Koreandoo 
Ez for north
2018-12-12 23:44
#42
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Denmark SwoleB 
+1
2018-12-13 08:23
#5
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Turkey nt_forsaken 
tr cs omegalul
2018-12-12 23:44
undeserved optic the most retarded teams in cs history
2018-12-12 23:45
#9
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Argentina Macaca_Sinica 
gj
2018-12-12 23:48
#10
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Bulgaria berkalin 
WTF no org is signing with ex-SS??????????????????
2018-12-12 23:52
#23
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
probably bias towards turks
2018-12-13 00:10
#25
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Denmark silfize 
does this happens because we are from turkey???
2018-12-13 00:35
#39
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Denmark mersault17 
Fakeflagger?
2018-12-13 06:50
#40
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Denmark silfize 
it's a meme.
2018-12-13 07:44
#41
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Denmark mersault17 
Aha thanks....
2018-12-13 07:49
Play the victim card
2018-12-13 06:48
#46
nitr0 | 
Sweden ScineLy1 
bruh no one wants t*rks. No org wants to take a barbars.
2018-12-13 10:07
#47
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Europe martwica 
Visa issued
2018-12-13 10:08
#51
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India MihirX27 
Maybe VP or another CIS org might sign them in the future.
2018-12-13 15:09
Sweet my four fav teams at the qualifer through already now lets go heroic and ence
2018-12-12 23:53
ldlc,heroic,ence only 1 of them are going to qualify
2018-12-12 23:54
Is that so? i didnt look at the brackets yet
2018-12-12 23:59
ence vs ldlc ldlc/ence vs heroic
2018-12-12 23:59
#43
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Finland santedek 
Ez4ence :D
2018-12-13 09:31
reported
2018-12-13 11:03
#50
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Finland santedek 
Told you
2018-12-13 14:07
#52
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India MihirX27 
I want LDLC to go, man. They were the only underdog team that were exceptional against Astralis on ECS S6 EU, especially that dust2 map with 2 Xyp9x clutches.
2018-12-13 15:11
#17
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Finland Smoonah 
very exciting................
2018-12-12 23:56
#18
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Does xan speak English ??? He needs a better team.
2018-12-12 23:58
Complexity may be
2018-12-13 00:13
#30
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Indonesia segopecel 
He does. Have you see the "i'm feeling thank you" clip? lol joke aside, he does needs a better teams, or at least an org
2018-12-13 03:21
#53
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India MihirX27 
Which was that org that wanted a CIS and co. Based superteam? Maybe they'll pick up Xantares, possibly even Calyx.
2018-12-13 15:13
just like the mobb deep lyrics: you minor we major
2018-12-13 00:06
#26
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Sweden TXSHIRX 
Ez for JUGod
2018-12-13 00:36
#27
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Kazakhstan Dickelodeon 
Norh*
2018-12-13 00:45
#28
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United States gtmaniacmda 
woot
2018-12-13 00:51
#29
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Denmark MinorThread 
EZ Danish CS. Maybe the BR's are shuffeling around, but the Danes are ready. Bring your best shiit around and we will take you down.
2018-12-13 01:16
Calm down chokemark
2018-12-13 06:40
#54
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India MihirX27 
Tell that to the best CSGO team as of now Lul. Also, what's happening with s1mple nowadays? NaVi's the next choke team after Liquid currently. It's so sad.
2018-12-13 15:14
Hes ok. Astralis is curently the best, but Optic and North are shit, u all know it. Navi will rise again my friend.
2018-12-13 15:30
#31
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African Union mikecool 
Ez Yu-Gi-Oh. No match for blue eyes white dragon tactics.
2018-12-13 03:29
LMAO +1
2018-12-13 05:53
#55
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India MihirX27 
Sadly, no team that can show dark magician tricks in any minor right now :-(
2018-12-13 15:15
yes yss
2018-12-13 03:44
Gg wp
2018-12-13 06:02
North still bots
2018-12-13 06:40
#56
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India MihirX27 
VP disbanded I think. Sad. I liked that team.
2018-12-13 15:16
They will just kick neo, pasha and morelz and they will bring back snax and byali
2018-12-13 16:43
gg
2018-12-13 09:38
Anyone know what time this game is? North vs Optic
2018-12-14 17:38
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