AVANGAR and Winstrike through to CIS Minor upper bracket final

AVANGAR and Winstrike have officially made the cut for the upper bracket final of the CIS Minor, following victories against Spirit and Gambit, respectively.

AVANGAR got off to a successful start on the the first map, Overpass, where an A site hit from the Ts fell through, allowing the Kazakh-majority roster a solid start to the series. Off the get-go the CTs were able to assume the driver's seat, as after conceding just one round they were able to bring the heat on five separate occasions, extending AVANGAR's early lead to 6-1. In the remainder of the half, Spirit tried to diversify their approach to bomb site hits, however they were unable to catch the CTs off-guard, concluding the first half at a 5-10 deficit.

Alexey "qikert" Golubev absolutely annihilated the defence in the second pistol round, as a B hit from his team, coupled with a lower tunnel hold from the Kazakh, yielded two frags on rotators, followed by a 3k on site. This performance allowed AVANGAR to extend their lead to a solid 13-5, just three rounds away from closing out. Spirit nabbed a round, only to be immediately reset by the Kazakhs in the follow-up. Having caused their opponents financial issues, the Ts ensured a CT half-buy in round 21, allowing AVANGAR to close out Overpass at 16-6.

qikert had an outstanding performance on Overpass

Dust2 kicked off to a A Long hit from Spirit with three of AVANGAR's players stacked on B. A timely rotation from the CTs, coupled with excellent usage of their USPs allowed the Kazakh-majority roster to continue their pistol round streak, landing their third consecutive one. Early momentum propelled the defense to incredible heights, as after a single round was conceded, AVANGAR consistently shut down the advances of Spirit, all the way to an 11-1 lead. Towards the latter stages of the half Spirit managed just two additional rounds, concluding their T side performance with a disheartening 3-12 deficit.

Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko decided to single-handedly extend his team's life on Dust2, as a total of three kills were secured by the Ukrainian, fending off the aggressors on B - all headshots. This development gave Spirit the chance to assume control over the match dynamic, however after the team secured a couple rounds at 5-13, the moment was once again lost to AVANGAR. Round 21 proved to be the undoing of the Russian-majority roster, as a last-ditch effort to aggressively push B tunnels was shut down by Kazakh duo Timur "buster" Tulepov and Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov. The latter player went on to cull the remaining CTs, securing his team a 16-5 victory on Dust2, as well as a spot in upper bracket final of the CIS Minor.

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2
18th January 2019
6
Overpass
16
5
Dust2
16
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' BandurkaDima 20 - 34 -14 63.9 0.89
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' VasilyevDavCost 28 - 32 -4 70.5 0.85
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 24 - 35 -11 60.0 0.71
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung 18 - 35 -17 57.5 0.63
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k 18 - 34 -16 49.6 0.62
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 45 - 22 +23 113.0 1.74
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 37 - 17 +20 84.0 1.47
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch 36 - 24 +12 86.9 1.32
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 29 - 17 +12 67.9 1.17
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN 23 - 29 -6 70.1 1.03

With the use of utility, Gambit were able to kick off Cache with a five-man A take. While not a single T was fragged in the breach, Winstrike played a flawless re-take, securing the first pistol, losing but a single member in David "n0rb3r7" Danielyan in the process. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov demonstrated immaculate play over the course of the following rounds, sitting at 11 frags come round 7, an amount equal to that of the entire Gambit team at the time. The CIS mix struggled to get the CTs on the back foot, as a risk-averse approach from the defenders meant constant re-take situations, which worked out in Winstrike's favour. In-game leader Rustem "mou" Telepov did his best to throw curve balls, but the half ended with a lop-sided 11-4 in favour of the CTs.

Gambit were proactive in their attempt to make a comeback, as the second pistol went in their favour after a B hit fell through for the Ts. The CIS mix was able to land a few rounds at 7-11, until a spectacular Deagle performance from the duo of Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin and Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys yielded the players a 2k and 3k, respectively, securing their first round of the latter half. Gambit were not swayed by the upset, continuing to amass rounds in their favour, lessening the round gap to two at 11-13. Despite the strong comeback effort, the CIS mix was destined to score only a single additional round, as Winstrike asserted themselves in the remaining rounds, concluding Cache 16-12.

Kvik was a deciding factor in Winstrike's victory on Cache

Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov spearheaded Gambit's T-side resurgence on Overpass, dispatching three defending CTs, opening up the A site for his team to successfully breach. The offense was able to amass a 4-1 lead until, out of the blue, WorldEdit absolutely deleted three members of Gambit in a 2v3 anti-eco situation, converting the round against all odds. Off the back of this spectacular play, Winstrike proceeded to equalise the score at 4-4, finally stabilising their economy after some struggle. An upwards trajectory was seen from here onwards for Winstrike, as the Russian-majority roster consistently managed to fend off Gambit, only slipping up in a single round of the initial half, producing a 10-5 surplus prior to switching over to the offense.

A five-man A hit from the Ts caught Gambit off-guard, where the defenders were able only to dispatch n0rb3r7, falling in the second pistol at the hand of the aggressors. Winstrike managed to extend their lead by two rounds, after which they started to struggle when breaching bomb sites, as Gambit caught a break, closing in on their opponents at 10-12. Winstrike were only able to score a single additional round in the remainder, as Gambit established themselves economically, something that couldn't be said for the Ts, leading to a 16-13 victory.

mir spearheaded Gambit's comeback, rocking a 1.40 rating at the end of Overpass

The final map of the series, Dust2, commenced with a solid start from Winstrike's CT side, who manage to convert a post-plant 5v3 into a round victory. The Ts opted for a force-buy in the follow-up, only to be shut down by WorldEdit, who single-handedly culled three members from A Long, with back-up far away. The economic reset created breathing space, allowing a 4-0 lead for the CTs. In line with the close nature of the series, Gambit managed to claw back the rounds at 4-4. This was followed by continued neck-in-neck action, concluding the initial half at 8-7 in favour of Winstrike, as Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov clutched a 1v2 post-plant situation in the final round, landing his team a useful extra.

The latter pistol went the way of Gambit, weighing the round scale in their favour at 10-8, after the CIS mix was able to capitalise on two following rounds. An early lead created a dynamic where the Russian-majority side was playing catch-up with their opponents, struggling to do so despite all efforts invested, including eco round victories and outstanding individual play across the board. Against the odds, Winstrike were able to dash past Gambit, initially equalising at 12-12, followed by three consecutive round victories, leaping to series point at 15-12. In miraculous fashion the CIS mix was able to pull back into the series, despite a hairy round 30 where Winstrike very nearly capitalised on yet another half-buy, pushing Dust2 into overtime at 15-15.

Winstrike kicked off to a flawless start on the T side of overtime, blitzing the defense in all three rounds of the initial half, once more just a single round away from closing out.

Opening frags from mou down Mid and Ax1Le on B allowed Gambit a chance at a comeback, scoring the first round of OT1. Unfortunately for the Ts, however, a failed A hit in the follower concluded the series, as they were overrun in a post-plant, conceding to a victorious Winstrike, who outgrinded their more experienced opponents with a 19-16 score on Dust2.

Matchpage
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1
18th January 2019
16
Cache
12
13
Overpass
16
19
Dust2
16
 Winstrike K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 68 - 62 +6 81.7 1.10
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit 69 - 60 +9 73.1 1.05
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' KvakšysKvik 60 - 59 +1 70.5 0.97
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyann0rb3r7 55 - 75 -20 69.4 0.87
Russia Jan 'wayLander' RahkonenwayLander 51 - 69 -18 68.1 0.86
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 70 - 58 +12 80.6 1.22
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 67 - 59 +8 84.2 1.14
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' RykhtorovAx1Le 67 - 63 +4 78.8 1.12
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 68 - 62 +6 81.2 1.11
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik 53 - 62 -9 64.4 0.86
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
607
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
360
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
236
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
well deserved
2019-01-18 16:17
+1
2019-01-18 16:18
#13
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Avangar monster ord!
2019-01-18 16:25
#3
s1mple | 
Brazil bafa12 
Deserved
2019-01-18 16:18
Ez Major For Avangar and Spirit
2019-01-18 16:18
#5
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
Lmao 2 hours old thread and still only 5 comments, CIS minor is so bad
2019-01-18 16:19
#15
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India bozzmob 
I was wondering the same as well.
2019-01-18 16:25
#22
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United States fatburger 
It was actually brand new just hltv error
2019-01-18 16:34
#18
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Russia undeadc00l 
but 35k viewers in english and 30k in russian streams
2019-01-18 16:29
#37
Sunde | 
World sfu 
it is actually
2019-01-18 18:25
#6
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Gj winstrike team
2019-01-18 16:19
#7
s1mple | 
India BCaddict 
6 cmnts lul
2019-01-18 16:21
#32
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Belarus vrub0n 
because a lot of russians don't speak enlish, so they post their comments and read in russian site.
2019-01-18 17:32
Wut? Hltv has a Russian version?
2019-01-18 17:56
#38
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Belarus vrub0n 
No. Russian cybersport site.
2019-01-18 19:11
#8
s1mple | 
India BCaddict 
Btw feeling good for winstrike :)
2019-01-18 16:21
#9
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
God Boombl4
2019-01-18 16:22
Some of winstrikes smokes where so whiffed. Poor showing from gambit. A team with that much experience shouldn't have had a B-list team like winstrike challenge them this much. Well deserved Victory tho gg
2019-01-18 16:23
#11
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United States fatburger 
???? How is his thread 6 hours old when Winstrike and gambit game just ended?
2019-01-18 16:23
#17
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
I think this empty template was ready at 12:00. Then after both matches information was added.
2019-01-18 16:28
#21
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United States fatburger 
They fixed it
2019-01-18 16:34
#30
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
Yep,I saw that already. Well still I think they have some template for some daily news.
2019-01-18 17:16
#33
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United States fatburger 
Probably
2019-01-18 17:34
#12
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China chineseplayer 
Gambot confirmed
2019-01-18 16:23
#14
buster | 
Kazakhstan Madf0ru 
mou monster💪 plz leave this fkng gambot😕
2019-01-18 16:25
Bondik star player LUL
2019-01-18 16:28
hahahaha
2019-01-18 16:34
botnik
2019-01-18 17:08
Can someone explane me why are now gambit and spirit playing, are Avangar and Winstrike in a major now or one of them still can go out?
2019-01-18 16:29
#23
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Russia seeep 
Still can go out
2019-01-18 16:36
#25
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Myanmar xdcc 
AVANGAR vs Winstrike. Winner goes to the major as 1st CIS team. Spirit vs Gambit. Loser goes out in 4th place. Loser of AVANGAR/Winstrike vs winner of Spirit/Gambit. Winner goes to to the major as 2nd CIS team. Loser gets 3rd place and gets invited to Minor playoff event (3rd place teams from all minors for 2 more spots that were taken away from mouse and Winstrike since they finished 0-3).
2019-01-18 16:39
Ty
2019-01-18 17:03
Gambit lmao
2019-01-18 16:38
#26
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Hungary lemusz 
gj Winstrike + Avangar
2019-01-18 16:51
#27
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Other SpriteCS 
MY BOYS
2019-01-18 16:52
#31
LETN1 | 
Finland Sandels 
expected
2019-01-18 17:21
gratz
2019-01-18 18:02
#36
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Kazakhstan Getlive 
unfortunately, Gambit is a dead team
2019-01-18 18:10
#39
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Europe gayzera 
lol
2019-01-18 19:28
#40
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
Losestrike won lul
2019-01-18 20:30
#41
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Denmark Xipingu 
Gambit losing to lolstrike? GG
2019-01-18 20:41
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