FURIA breeze past Envy to reach first-ever Major
The final Americas Minor match kicked off with a lopsided game on Overpass, Envys' pick. Anyone watching the game without having checked the veto would have thought that the North Americans did not really favour the map, though, as they broke through FURIA's defence for the first time only ten rounds into the game, and it was because of a great play by Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who picked up two frags in a 2v2 situation following a perfectly-placed smoke.
Envy then found a lifeline after winning their CT pistol, but their hopes were soon dashed as FURIA hit back immediately on a force buy and followed it up with another round, wrapping things up at 16-2.
Next up was Cache, where Envy hopped out to a 2-0 lead on the Terrorist side. A third-round buy from FURIA bore fruits and set the Brazilians up for a three-round streak, but the rest of the half was all about the North Americans' great offence. Any round that FURIA won was quickly countered with a round by Envy, who took a 9-6 lead in part thanks to great clutches by Noah "Nifty" Francis and jdm64.
Finn "karrigan" Andersen's troops further added to their lead after taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-eco, but then things fell apart for the North American side. FURIA took control of proceedings once they had money to work with and went on a massive run, winning ten rounds in a row en route to a 16-11 finish.
|Envy||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64||36 - 36||0||77.6||1.06|
|Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty||22 - 33||-11||63.8||0.77|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||23 - 40||-17||64.6||0.71|
|Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC||19 - 37||-18||55.7||0.58|
|Taylor 'Drone' JohnsonDrone||20 - 38||-18||46.5||0.49|
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih||43 - 26||+17||99.1||1.54|
|Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ||42 - 20||+22||96.7||1.53|
|Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI||36 - 28||+8||88.4||1.25|
|Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT||35 - 28||+7||78.7||1.20|
|Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO||28 - 18||+10||69.4||1.18|
Americas Minor final standings:
1. NRG - $30,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
2. FURIA - $15,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
3. Envy - $5,000 + spot in Minor's Play-In tournament
With all four Minors already played out, there are now just two spots up for grabs in the New Challengers Stage, which currently looks as follows: