Spirit qualify for IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage over Winstrike

Spirit have booked their spot in the New Challengers Stage at the IEM Katowice Major after defeating Winstrike 2-1 (14-16 on Nuke, 16-6 on Overpass and 16-9 on Dust2).

The consolidation final of the CIS Minor began on Nuke, Winstrike's map pick, but it was Spirit who took control of proceedings while playing on the CT side. Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov's troops still won the first gun round, but Spirit countered them immediately in a full eco, where Dmitry "⁠S0tF1k⁠" Forostyanko found a triple-kill to help his team reset Winstrike's economy.

Down 1-5, Winstrike called for a tactical pause, which inspired them to win their second round of the game with nothing but pistols. Despite Spirit then breaking their opponents' economy once again, Winstrike calmly went on a five-round winning streak to turn the score around at 7-6.

Still, Spirit did not back down and won the final two rounds of the half to take a narrow 8-7 lead. Now playing as Terrorists, Spirit won their second pistol on the back of a triple-kill from Vadim "⁠DavCost⁠" Vasilyev in a 2v4 situation, which they followed up with three convincing rounds to go up 12-7, forcing Winstrike to call for another tactical time out.

That pause bore many fruits as Winstrike tightened up their defense from there, winning seven rounds without response, 14-12. Spirit still restored parity, in part thanks to two multi-kills from Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev, but that was all she wrote for them on Nuke, as Jan "⁠wayLander⁠" Rahkonen clutched a 1v2 situation to hit map-point and Aurimas "⁠Kvik⁠" Kvakšys and David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan found double-kills to close out the map.

somedieyoung played a key role for his team in the series

Spirit started Overpass well, securing a 2-0 lead after winning their Terrorist pistol with a flawless A execution. Winstrike responded with a strong CT display, first with a triple-kill from wayLander, and then with three more rounds to bag a 4-2 lead.

Spirit's gameplan was far too hot for Winstrike to handle, however, and S0tF1k's men kept breaking through the defense, losing a single before the break, 10-5. Then, after winning their fourth pistol of the series, Spirit quickly took the match to a third map with a 16-6 victory.

The decider kicked off with Winstrike winning their CT pistol on the back of double-kills from Boombl4 and wayLander in a 5v5 retake. In the fifth round, Spirit finally won their first on Dust2 as sdy found a triple-kill in a 2v4 situation, and, from that moment, they stormed to a 9-4 lead.

Even though Winstrike still reduced the deficit to three rounds before switching sides, the fact is that Spirit further added to their lead with yet another successful pistol and subsequent anti-eco, 11-6. Georgi "⁠WorldEdit⁠" Yaskin and co. then responded with a pair of rounds, but Spirit refused to take their feet off the gas, eventually sealing the deal after conceding just one more round.

Matchpage
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1
20th January 2019
14
Nuke
16
16
Overpass
6
16
Dust2
9
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhevsdy 71 - 47 +24 97.9 1.41
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' VasilyevDavCost 65 - 42 +23 84.5 1.33
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 66 - 43 +23 83.5 1.33
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' BandurkaDima 45 - 54 -9 71.1 1.01
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k 43 - 52 -9 61.9 0.96
 Winstrike K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyann0rb3r7 53 - 57 -4 79.7 1.02
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 48 - 56 -8 74.9 0.95
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit 58 - 56 +2 65.0 0.93
Russia Jan 'wayLander' RahkonenwayLander 42 - 63 -21 64.8 0.79
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' KvakšysKvik 37 - 58 -21 59.5 0.69

CIS Minor final standings:

1. Kazakhstan AVANGAR - $30,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
2. Russia Spirit - $15,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
3. Russia Winstrike - $5,000 + spot in Minor's Play-In tournament
4. Russia Gambit
5-6. Ukraine pro100
5-6. CIS Syman
7-8. Belarus Nemiga
7-8. CIS Runtime

While Winstrike will have another chance to earn a spot at the IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage through the play-in tournament, Spirit join a team list which currently features the following squads:

United States Cloud9
Sweden NiP
Russia Vega Squadron
Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Russia Spirit
North America Americas Minor #1
Asia Asia Minor #1
Other Minors play-in tournament #1
France G2
China TYLOO
Sweden fnatic
Finland ENCE
Europe EU Minor #2
North America Americas Minor #2
Asia Asia Minor #2
Other Minors play-in tournament #2

As for the New Legends Stage, its team list looks as follows:

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1328
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Russia Jan 'wayLander' Rahkonen
Jan 'wayLander' Rahkonen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1274
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
#1
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Other Phinks
Congratz my boys <3
2019-01-20 16:43
7 replies
#4
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Venezuela Playcalixto
Edit: Congrats Team Spirit WP and GL Next game to Winstrike
2019-01-20 16:52
2 replies
#34
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Austria shaak!
device will be top 1
2019-01-20 19:52
1 reply
Nt prokda
2019-01-21 08:03
#8
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Poland Unluko
Nice
2019-01-20 16:43
Ayeee more somedieyoung stickers
2019-01-20 16:45
1 reply
#14
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Other Phinks
:D
2019-01-20 16:45
#30
flusha | 
Italy HeSY
F
2019-01-20 18:29
#2
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Russia necklace
1
2019-01-20 16:43
2 replies
#7
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Other Phinks
2
2019-01-20 16:43
1 reply
#22
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Sweden Zaser5
3
2019-01-20 17:21
wpwp
2019-01-20 16:43
#5
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Portugal moupz
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-20 16:43
1 reply
+1
2019-01-20 16:43
Nt boombl4
2019-01-20 16:43
aw man
2019-01-20 16:44
#11
mir | 
Russia M13F
Winstrike minor playoff ez slot
2019-01-20 16:44
cool stickers
2019-01-20 16:45
nt
2019-01-20 16:45
Poor winstrike xaxaxaxa they doesn't win anything
2019-01-20 16:46
1 reply
They doesn't even attend Pasha London School LUL
2019-01-20 17:25
Nice Avangar alga!
2019-01-20 16:48
such good many wowo
2019-01-20 16:49
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Lithuania andy_
FOR FUCK SAKE
2019-01-20 16:56
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Indonesia Exodd
I stand with QuantumBellatorFire
2019-01-20 16:57
where is Vertus Pooo BabyRage
2019-01-20 16:57
good job
2019-01-20 17:35
WorldEdit was carrying the team, but his teammates just did the WorldDelete thing, lol
2019-01-20 17:45
ez spirit
2019-01-20 17:57
#27
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Argentina Renardo
F
2019-01-20 18:01
ez Major spirit
2019-01-20 18:14
#29
flusha | 
Italy HeSY
Gj spirit Absolutely deserved
2019-01-20 18:29
CIS MINOR LOL
2019-01-20 19:02
#32
girL | 
CIS Sforz
S T I C K E R S
2019-01-20 19:34
e x p e c t e d
2019-01-20 19:43
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