Grayhound, ViCi advance to Asia Minor playoffs

Grayhound defeated CyberZen in three maps, 2-1 (16-12 Overpass, 14-16 Inferno, 16-12 Mirage), while ViCi edged out GOSU in a close 2-0 series (16-13 Mirage, 19-17 Train) to close out the Asia Minor group stage.

Grayhound kicked off the decider series of group A against CyberZen with a 5-0 Terrorist-side lead on Overpass, in great thanks to a 3v5 turnaround on the A site in round four. To get on the board, CyberZen had to bring out the double AWP on A, and that ended up working perfectly as they would soon equalize the score, 6-6.

A B site execute worked perfectly for Christopher "dexter" Nong's team to give them their seventh, but the Chinese side pulled themselves back into the lead at the end of the half, 8-7, after Zhen "HZ" Huang managed a perfectly timed Monster push. The Australians then lost the CT pistol, but bounced back thanks to Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga winning a 1v3 against low-HP players on A.

That set Grayhound up perfectly to establish themselves on the defensive side, they went on a streak of six rounds won without the bomb even being planted (14-9). CyberZen replied in their style, winning three chaotic rounds to keep their opponents at bay, but Grayhound soon closed it out, with Ollie "DickStacy" Tierney capping off a great game with a hat trick of frags in the final round, 16-12.

Grayhound had to fight hard for a spot in the Asia Minor playoffs

On Inferno, CyberZen had a furious start as Terrorists, bullying their opponents to quickly bag a 6-0 lead. Euan "sterling" Moore on the AWP put a stop to that, as the 20-year-old secured an opening, a mid-round, and a closing frag in round 7. That invigorated the Australians who struck back with six consecutive round of their own, finishing the half with a minimal 8-7 lead.

After the switch, dexter and erkaSt combined for all five kills on the pistol rounds, which saw Grayhound take an 11-7 lead. CyberZen still stabilized, reaching 14 rounds soon, but didn't close it out simply, losing to a pistol-only A push. However, they managed to recover in the end, with Bin "Savage" Liu getting both kills in a 2v2 to grab map point and Lei "bottle" Mao closing it out, 16-14, with a risky banana push in a 5v5.

The action moved to Mirage, where the winner would be decided. CyberZen bagged the CT pistol, but Grayhound established a foothold quickly, after dexter found four frags—two on the A site entry and two in the 1v2 clutch—in round six. The victor wasn't clear after the first half, though, as ViCi fought back to end it with a minimal, 8-7 deficit. bottle's quad kill in round 19 stopped Grayhound from running away with the game in the second half, but after the Chinese team tied it up at 11-11, they fumbled against a pistol-armor buy. That allowed Grayhound to recover on the CT side, and with sterling impressing on the AWP, close out the map 16-12.

Matchpage
2
1
23rd January 2019
16
Overpass
12
14
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
12
 Grayhound K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 58 - 57 +1 84.6 1.15
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' TierneyDickStacy 59 - 56 +3 71.5 1.07
New Zealand Euan 'sterling' Mooresterling 57 - 51 +6 67.8 1.06
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt 53 - 60 -7 68.4 0.94
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter 56 - 60 -4 72.6 0.92
 CyberZen K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
China Lei 'bottle' Maobottle 69 - 56 +13 84.8 1.22
China Zhen 'HZ' HuangHZ 66 - 63 +3 86.0 1.14
China Lifan 'Viva' RanViva 56 - 53 +3 71.4 1.10
China BingYuan 'tb' Litb 48 - 53 -5 66.7 0.95
China Bin 'Savage' LiuSavage 45 - 58 -13 59.7 0.87

After ViCi convincingly took down Beyond in the group B elimination match, the Chinese side advanced to the decider match where they faced GOSU for a spot in the playoffs. The series started on Mirage, where ViCi broke ahead, 5-0, off the back of a CT side pistol win. Saving GOSU's first half was Hae-Sung "HSK" Kim, who clutched out the eight round with four frags in total, while his side was in a rough spot economically (6-2).

After a slow start, the Korean side managed to reach six rounds before switching to the CT side, where Hong-Gyo "Jinx" Jung's P2000 triple kill gave GOSU a way back into the match. They ended up going on a streak of five rounds won, taking an 11-9 lead, but were stopped there by the Chinese side. WeiJie "zhokiNg" Zhong and Zhuo "advent" Liang found a couple of openings in rounds to come, getting their side in front again, 14-11. From that point onward, the rounds were tight, back-and-forth, but ViCi closed it out their opponents' map pick 16-13.

Freeman had a great game on Train

On Train, GOSU grabbed a 5-0 lead early as CT, with Gu-Taek "stax" Kim standing out for the Korean side with nine frags to his name. The domination of the CT side continued on from that point, with HSK's AWP lockdown on B advancing GOSU's lead even fruther, 8-2. However, just before the end of the half, ViCi woke up and stole away three rounds, with zhokiNg clutching the last one of the half to make it 10-5.

It seemed like the comeback attempt was all for naught, since GOSU grabbed four rounds on the beginning of the second half (14-5), getting on the brink of victory. But it wouldn't happen, as ViCi put up a wall on the defensive side as soon as they afforded a full buy. With eight consecutive rounds and an instant reset of GOSU's economy after they won one, ViCi managed an incredible comeback, 15-15. In the added rounds, WingHei "Freeman" Cheung and ZhiHong "aumaN" Liu continued their tear, finishing the match with 30+ kills each and helping their side to a 19-17 victory on Train, 2-0 for the series and, grabbing a spot in the playoffs.

Matchpage
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2
23rd January 2019
13
Mirage
16
17
Train
19
 GOSU K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Korea Gu-Taek 'stax' Kimstax 48 - 42 +6 76.8 1.12
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' KimHSK 49 - 44 +5 70.3 1.10
Korea Hong-Gyo 'Jinx' JungJinx 41 - 45 -4 84.7 1.08
Korea Jong-Min 'Lakia' KimLakia 40 - 45 -5 66.3 0.99
Korea Gi-Seok 'SeokE' KimSeokE 37 - 46 -9 66.4 0.87
 ViCi K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' KhongKaze 49 - 36 +13 82.7 1.27
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' CheungFreeman 51 - 40 +11 82.8 1.17
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' LiuaumaN 45 - 44 +1 73.5 1.07
China Zhuo 'advent' Liangadvent 42 - 41 +1 60.2 0.92
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' ZhongzhokiNg 35 - 54 -19 71.7 0.86
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
659
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
China Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
New Zealand Euan 'sterling' Moore
Euan 'sterling' Moore
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.09
Korea Hong-Gyo 'Jinx' Jung
Hong-Gyo 'Jinx' Jung
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
171
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
China Bin 'Savage' Liu
Bin 'Savage' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
627
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
540
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
China Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
China Lei 'bottle' Mao
Lei 'bottle' Mao
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
593
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
944
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
Korea Gu-Taek 'stax' Kim
Gu-Taek 'stax' Kim
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
234
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
#1
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
expected
2019-01-23 16:42
#7
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Netherlands Horizzon__ 
ez for Australian god Big Dick Stacy aka biggus dickus
2019-01-23 16:44
MY BOY DICKSTACY WITH THE CARRRY
2019-01-23 17:46
#9
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
AU CS
2019-01-23 16:43
Zhoking = jhoking
2019-01-23 16:45
#25
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Sweden Unluko 
Ez
2019-01-23 18:08
expected
2019-01-23 16:42
Stats for Grayhound vs Cyberzen ?
2019-01-23 16:42
Inc, there were some issues with the stats but our team is looking to fix it as soon as possible.
2019-01-23 16:44
fix GOSU's last names, why they are all the same
2019-01-23 19:23
#31
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Indonesia segopecel 
haha +1
2019-01-23 22:31
No one cares.
2019-01-23 16:43
I do.
2019-01-23 16:45
NT German Empire.
2019-01-23 16:45
But I have these star things. Wtf.
2019-01-23 16:47
#5
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Estonia teremartin 
ez force india
2019-01-23 16:43
#6
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
This is very interesting!
2019-01-23 16:44
#8
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United States Ghoulxd 
gg cant wait to buy the stickers xd
2019-01-23 16:44
'stax' Kim 'HSK' Kim 'Lakia' Kim 'SeokE' Kim Are they brothers or what lol
2019-01-23 16:53
#17
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Other Onizuka_go 
not that surprise, 1/5 of south korean using kim
2019-01-23 17:09
CyberZen disband, confirmed by amazing(CyberZen's manager and ex-staff of HLTV)
2019-01-23 17:04
#18
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Other Onizuka_go 
amazing
2019-01-23 17:14
#19
HPR | 
Australia imLi0N 
yeah the hounds
2019-01-23 17:21
#20
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Pleased for Greyhound. Savage fucking sucks after looking like he might be the best player in China a few years ago.
2019-01-23 17:22
Savage didn't do well but bottle was a beast
2019-01-23 19:39
#32
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Indonesia Chonji 
I wanted bottle in tyloo so much instead of cy1 (summer) he's crazy good
2019-01-24 01:05
erkaSt god
2019-01-23 17:24
nice
2019-01-23 17:44
ez
2019-01-23 18:08
cbz just an online-hacker team lmao
2019-01-23 18:29
#27
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Korea ecsta_s1 
so close for GOSU, nice try team kim
2019-01-23 18:30
#28
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
really hope grayhound don't make it to the major, having stickers saying "Dickstacy" will be an embarrassment to this game and every 12 yr old will wet their diapers in excitement
2019-01-23 18:41
wayne
2019-01-24 04:56
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