NRG best Envy; through to upper bracket final at Americas Minor
The first upper bracket semi-final at the Americas Minor featured NRG and Envy. The best-of-three series kicked off on Overpass where NRG started on the T-side and won the pistol round after Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov and Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte both got double kills.
Envy picked up their first in the fifth round but trailed 5-1 after losing the following round despite getting the opening kill. When NRG were leading 10-1, Envy won a 3vs3 post plant to kick-start their efforts to mount a comeback. Josh "jdm64" Marzano secured the final round of the half with an AWP ace as Envy trailed 10-5.
jdm64 was also crucial in the second pistol round as he got a quad kill. Envy took four more rounds to tie the game at 10-10 but NRG reclaimed the lead thanks to a Deagle triple kill by Ethan "Ethan" Arnold in the 21st round (11-10). CeRq & company went on to close out the map with a 16-11 scoreline.
The second map was Mirage which began with the CT-sided NRG's pistol round victory. The game was tied at 2-2 when Brehze clutched a 1vs1 against jdm64 to put his team ahead. After Envy won the seventh round to trail 4-3, NRG secured eight rounds in a row to lead 12-3 at halftime. The last round of the half saw Brehze clutch a 1vs2.
Noah "Nifty" Francis stepped up in the second pistol, getting a triple kill in a 2vs3 situation and defusing the bomb (12-4). NRG found two entries in the 20th round with CZ-75s, extending their lead to 13-7. Jacob "FugLy" Medina & company won a 3vs5 in the following round to make it 14-7 and closed out the game 16-9 to win the series 2-0. With this result, NRG have advanced to the upper bracket final at the Americas Minor.
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||50 - 24||+26||91.3||1.59|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||37 - 28||+9||78.9||1.28|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||41 - 32||+9||86.3||1.27|
|Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy||31 - 25||+6||65.4||1.14|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||33 - 27||+6||70.1||1.13|