ENCE defeat Valiance in Katowice
The second upper bracket semi-final at the Europe Minor was between ENCE and Valiance who kicked off the series on Dust2. The T-sided Finns secured the first three rounds but Nestor "LETN1" Tanić stopped the streak with an AUG quad kill.
Nemanja "huNter" Kovač helped Valiance tie up the game at 3-3 with a quad kill of his own and followed it up with another quad, this time in a 2vs5 situation, to give his team the lead (4-3). ENCE responded to Valiance's eight round streak with two round victories but the Serbian team managed to pick up the last two rounds of the half to close it 10-5 ahead.
Jere "sergej" Salo's triple kill in the second pistol wasn't enough to stop Valiance who extended their lead to 11-5. Later on, the Finns trailed 15-6 and denied three match points but Valiance managed to close out the map 16-9.
Mirage started with ENCE on the CT-side and Jani "Aerial" Jussila picked up a triple to win the pistol. Valiance responded in the first gun round and took two more to get ahead (3-2). The lead changed hands three more times and ENCE finished the first half 8-7 in front.
huNter began Valiance's CT-side campaign by picking up a double kill in the pistol round which tied the game at 8-8. The Serbian side also won the following two rounds to lead 10-8 but lost the 19th round to pistols (10-9). Aerial's ace made it 11-10 in favor of ENCE who went on to win the map 16-11, tying the series at 1-1.
Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas started the decider, Train, with a triple kill to give his CT-sided team the early lead. After Valiance won the first three rounds, sergej grabbed a quad kill with a Tec-9 to put ENCE on the scoreboard (3-1).
The Finnish team also secured six of the following seven rounds to lead 7-4. huNter put a stop to ENCE's dominance with a triple kill in the 12th round but Aerial responded by getting three opening kills in the following round, extending ENCE’s lead to 8-5. The Finnish side ended the first half 9-6 ahead.
sergej got three kills in the second pistol round but Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and EspiranTo clutched a 2vs4 to win it. However, Valiance could only win two more rounds in the second half and ENCE finished it off with a 16-9 scoreline. With the 2-1 series victory, the Finns have advanced to the upper bracket final.
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jere 'sergej' Salosergej||62 - 50||+12||87.2||1.22|
|Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial||60 - 49||+11||90.1||1.22|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||53 - 44||+9||73.3||1.18|
|Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN||44 - 55||-11||62.2||0.93|
|Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib||43 - 55||-12||56.3||0.89|