Cloud9 outlast BIG, advance to ELEAGUE Invitational grand final

Cloud9 have advanced to the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational's grand final after topping the group with a narrow 2-0 victory over BIG (Cache 16-14, Overpass 16-14).

The series began on Cache, picked by BIG, who got off to a great start on the CT on the back of a pistol round win, as well as Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş picking up a quad-kill and Fatih "gob b" Dayik a 1v2 in two of the first three gunrounds, to get off to an 8-1 lead. By the end of the first half, Cloud9 only managed to grab two more rounds, both thanks to key multikills from Timothy "autimatic" Ta, while BIG continued their dominance for a 12-3 half.

When the sides switched, so did the momentum as Cloud9 grabbed the pistol round off doubles by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey and began to close the gap to just five rounds. BIG responded with one, but they could not string more together and started to struggle on the offense, as flusha turned around a massive 2v4 in his team's favor en route to an 11-13 scoreline.

flusha led Cloud9 to the massive comeback on Cache

Although gob b's team clinched the next round, Cloud9 answered once more with flusha and kioShiMa being the heroes of the next two rounds. Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro then clutched a 1v2 in a dangerous anti-halfbuy on A, helping his team reach match point, and the Frenchman denied Owen "smooya" Butterfield a 1v3 attempt to secure the huge comeback on the opening map at 16-14.

Overpass followed with Cloud9 taking point on the CT side this time around, as the European side of the team took over the first few rounds, particularly kioShiMa, who stepped up with a double in the pistol and an ace in the second round, in which BIG forcebought.

In the fourth round, XANTARES and Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz started stealing the show, leading their team to a five-round streak before also adding their sixth round shortly after. However, the half still went the way of Cloud9, as autimatic ended the streak with a triple from the flank and kioShiMa grabbed another triple en route to a 9-6 lead.

The start of the second half saw BIG retake the lead with five in a row and they looked poised to equalize the series when they reset their opponents after the two sides traded a couple of rounds. That led to 13-10 scoreline in their favor, but things would soon turn sour when Cloud9 finally found a way to break through the defense with three in a row. Not even gob b's quad-kill in a 3v5 situation was enough to save BIG's chances, as they got reset and Cloud9 went on to win the map 16-14 and the series 2-0.

Matchpage
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26th January 2019
Germany
16
Cache
14
16
Overpass
14
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 53 - 35 +18 89.6 1.32
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 46 - 33 +13 81.0 1.18
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 44 - 38 +6 76.2 1.15
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 29 - 40 -11 58.8 0.81
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 27 - 43 -16 55.1 0.77
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 51 - 43 +8 91.4 1.23
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 43 - 40 +3 81.9 1.10
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 32 - 37 -5 61.9 0.93
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya 31 - 41 -10 59.8 0.84
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 31 - 39 -8 51.5 0.82
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
508
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
456
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1263
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#2
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Sweden Unluko 
LETS GO CLOUD9
2019-01-27 01:19
#166
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Flusha looking for another major champion title, that's it :D
2019-01-27 11:54
#3
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United States Peejster 
CLOUD9 ARE BACK BABY
2019-01-27 01:19
#155
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Poland Krzych0a 
+1
2019-01-27 11:19
#173
TenZ | 
Norway OrBN 
+1
2019-01-27 14:21
#180
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Spain snucks77 
NA cs is dead look, both EU players are carrying
2019-01-27 19:20
+1
2019-01-27 22:58
#184
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Brazil zLux1 
+1
2019-01-28 22:46
#4
s0m | 
Canada Yaokon 
Ez
2019-01-27 01:19
EZ 4 C9
2019-01-27 01:19
#8
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
XANTARES looking fiesty
2019-01-27 01:19
Ez
2019-01-27 01:19
#12
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United Kingdom lancelott 
YEET CLOUD 9
2019-01-27 01:19
Ez
2019-01-27 01:19
#14
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Germany Trax_ 
NA carried by EU again XD
2019-01-27 01:19
#19
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Canada nikeewT 
Yeah its 2 eu guys and autimatic basically
2019-01-27 01:20
#31
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Germany Trax_ 
+1 accurate. Auti is except Naf and Twistzz the only NA player i highly respect.
2019-01-27 01:21
What about the old c9 guys? :(
2019-01-27 01:35
#140
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Germany Trax_ 
LMAO theyre a meme u use to clickbait kiddos on YT XD
2019-01-27 10:16
idiotic comment
2019-01-27 11:18
#157
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Germany Trax_ 
truth hurts
2019-01-27 11:20
these guys are highly respectable for their community work and achievements, so your shit is far from true
2019-01-27 11:24
#170
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Germany Trax_ 
yeah mby n0thing is respectable, I admit. But Shroud? For trashtalking on stream? Thats garbage. EDIT: Sean is also nice.
2019-01-27 11:58
i respect shroud for his skill, he's good at every game he touches
2019-01-27 16:27
No respect for elige?
2019-01-27 01:38
#139
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Germany Trax_ 
nah not that much. Solid player, but he's sooo shy. No balls
2019-01-27 10:16
And rush on some occasions, although this guy zellsis showed up pretty big
2019-01-27 01:21
#39
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Canada nikeewT 
Agreed rush isnt a superstar but he plays his roles well I think
2019-01-27 01:22
He destroyed faze yesterday
2019-01-27 01:23
#43
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Canada nikeewT 
Yeah that was insane hes the reason they beat faze I miss the rush on optic tho that's where at least I think he had his best games
2019-01-27 01:23
Ye cuz he was playing in epl and against tier 3 na teams
2019-01-27 01:24
#150
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
germany carried by kebab lol
2019-01-27 11:04
#151
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Germany Trax_ 
expected from BUG.
2019-01-27 11:05
#15
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Canada nikeewT 
I'm excited for this next major gonna b so interesting.
2019-01-27 01:20
Gg
2019-01-27 01:20
#17
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United States CallMeNahum 
No bug no big Nt bots So ez game
2019-01-27 01:20
#158
woxic | 
Turkey Krytis 
16/14 16/14 ez pick one
2019-01-27 11:24
ez
2019-01-27 11:51
#18
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United States SeanKilledTSM 
This C9 roster is very fun to watch also, International teams > National teams
2019-01-27 01:20
#32
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Canada nikeewT 
+1 I'm just happy to see kio on a good roster again same goes for autimatic
2019-01-27 01:21
I love Kio I’m so happy for him
2019-01-27 01:28
#64
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Canada nikeewT 
+1
2019-01-27 01:29
#86
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Canada Michaelides 
The problem btw, more like the solution
2019-01-27 01:44
He is problem. For his opponents. He's playing great tournament. If they gonna win finals and SuperKio gonna keep the performance he's gonna get MVP (or Flusha, he's playing great too).
2019-01-27 11:10
Kioshima has always been a solid player.
2019-01-27 08:03
Nah
2019-01-27 01:21
#36
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Turkey MATAKONDO 
Yeah with 2 of cheatter european suspects
2019-01-27 01:22
#85
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Canada Michaelides 
Cry is free
2019-01-27 01:44
#105
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France spotted_x 
so mad
2019-01-27 02:40
Must be hard now that you don't have a good team in your country anymore and losing your star to the Germans
2019-01-27 08:05
#152
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Turkey MATAKONDO 
YeP. Forsure your scene is dead and moving by eu players but sorry you are na team rihgt :D
2019-01-27 11:05
Good job son. Turkey is proud of you
2019-01-27 11:56
What is a Team Liquid? Lol
2019-01-27 19:20
You can't cheat on VAC-secure servers
2019-01-27 10:46
C9 looking very good.
2019-01-27 01:20
Please save XANTARES.
2019-01-27 01:20
Xantares looked so good
2019-01-27 01:21
Seems to only be able to play CT.
2019-01-27 10:19
#161
woxic | 
Turkey Krytis 
He played good t on overpass. He is just inconsistent. He will be good.
2019-01-27 11:26
Tbh Xantares played good only 1st halfs on both maps. 21 kills on ct Cache ,4 kills on t. 17 on t side on Ovp, 9 on ct. Still lot to learn.
2019-01-27 11:35
Señor VAC is back!
2019-01-27 01:21
#143
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
I dunno. Somehow i just feel flusha could actually be cheating. Like, I don't say he is but he is the fishiest among all "suspects". For example all those clips about him and in yesterdays cache game against big spam kill headshot through wall on b and insane flick kill on a toxic. He just seems to clutch those important rpunds with weird plays.
2019-01-27 10:17
#162
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Yeah he's definitely been cheating in major tournaments with hundreds of thousands watching, admits stood behind him, against the world's best pros, over and over again on many different setups, with different anti-cheats for the last 5 years. This seems very likely.
2019-01-27 11:43
#171
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
I told you i didn't accuse him for cheating. It's just that even other pros admit in many streams and videos in youtube that theu don't want to accuse any1 of cheating but flusha has the most fishy clips they have ever seen.
2019-01-27 13:53
-1
2019-01-27 11:50
#29
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Denmark danishwarrior 
ez for flusha!
2019-01-27 01:21
#C9WIN
2019-01-27 01:21
#34
khaos | 
Netherlands mikat 
nt bug bots ez
2019-01-27 01:21
So close. Btw flusha is back bois. Hes sick
2019-01-27 01:22
#38
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Europe b7ack0ut 
SO EZ
2019-01-27 01:22
#40
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Ukraine zCainee 
Cloud9 to katowice major playoffs?
2019-01-27 01:22
#49
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Canada nikeewT 
Hope they just at least get a guarantee for the next major
2019-01-27 01:25
#175
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Ukraine zCainee 
+1
2019-01-27 14:37
RIP
2019-01-27 01:24
#47
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New Zealand onelover11 
so close gg :)
2019-01-27 01:25
Obvious cheating from Cloud9, their timings were too much.
2019-01-27 01:26
Lmfao
2019-01-27 01:36
#55
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United States snafusr 
"We don't expect too much from [Cloud9]. I am just happy to play against kio... I want to smash him! I won't even lie, I'm going to headshot him every round. That's my plan. That's my strat (laughs)." -10
2019-01-27 01:27
Erdogan xd xd
2019-01-27 01:28
#62
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Indonesia inaccurate 
EZ FOR BIG ?
2019-01-27 01:29
#65
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Wp both Very high cs level
2019-01-27 01:29
#66
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Germany DasDennisTier 
(Just realized BIG will play FaZe tmmrw, sry guys messed up -.-) All these people talking shit right now should just be quiet and stop insulting each other To sum it up: Cloud9 had a better game, BIG choked many of their plays when they could have easily won some crucial rounds, many factors could have played into this (WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG DON'T COME @ ME NOW SAYING "BIG is shit" or "insert player name here IS TRASH". ggwp to Cloud9, gl in the finals. PS: inb4 Cloud9 fanboys seeing im german and a fan of big saying I'm just a crybaby. That's exactly what I'm talking about...
2019-01-27 01:35
#136
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United States CallMeNahum 
No bug no big
2019-01-27 10:01
#70
cype | 
Europe dip6o 
Unexpected At all
2019-01-27 01:32
Fluke c9 50kills through smokes and on flashes even this gold nova zellsis had fuc godlike timings
2019-01-27 01:34
#75
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Turkey osmanabi 
big would win if smooya played like he did yesterday. also big has serious issues and they did the same mistakes over and over again. not blaming big since xantares joined a short time ago but they seriously need to prepare for the major especially against the likes of liquid and astralis. surprisingly, c9 impressed me since flusha is the igl and he's not known for his igl skills and the presence of zellsis.
2019-01-27 01:37
smooya so bad
2019-01-27 02:13
#80
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Other Phinks 
Im not really following C9, but how important is Rush for C9 atm?
2019-01-27 01:39
#83
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Canada Michaelides 
He had a rough series here, but he has been pretty consistent all things considered
2019-01-27 01:42
#98
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North America SLGam1ng 
well he did carry first map against faze he did pretty well in that series
2019-01-27 02:03
He was good at entry and baiting for teamates on site and also top fragger last game!!!
2019-01-27 06:20
#82
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Indonesia Exodd 
Twice 16-14, great game of CS
2019-01-27 01:42
#87
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United States kadin 
Is C9 good or is it just the opposition?
2019-01-27 01:45
Señor vac baby
2019-01-27 01:46
#90
World Kobs 
with Senor vac as igl.. easy
2019-01-27 01:47
GL C9
2019-01-27 02:05
Kebabtares to c9 ez major
2019-01-27 02:19
Aye u can’t fw C9 no more aight
2019-01-27 02:47
Imagine if someone said 2 years ago that flusha was going to be the igl for a team consisting of auti, rush, and kioshima. How high would you have to be
2019-01-27 02:47
#109
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
i would actually expect something like that , its 2 years after all
2019-01-27 03:18
So you'd expect in 2 years for dupreeh to be igling a team with tarik, stewie, and styko?
2019-01-27 04:23
#125
chrisJ | 
India tsm_2k 
i am laughing right now but what if its true :o
2019-01-27 06:20
bookmarked, cya in 2 years
2019-01-27 06:20
#167
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Russia v0x1k 
if it works it works
2019-01-27 11:55
big is the worst organization hate this org
2019-01-27 03:24
#113
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Russia RealLondite 
Im really happy to fact that flusha and kio finnaly got their team. This game is proof for that.
2019-01-27 03:36
Expected gob b should not play like legija and ex6 sucky
2019-01-27 03:37
#115
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China serdim 
XANTARES 1v9
2019-01-27 03:40
#117
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
16 14 16 14 not too bad for big keep it up godtares
2019-01-27 03:53
k1o is back
2019-01-27 04:12
Ez kioGOD
2019-01-27 07:16
#132
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Russia razorVJ 
xantares deserves a better team
2019-01-27 08:55
#142
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Sweden Lefty138 
Quite the carrying capacity, good for NA...
2019-01-27 10:17
#145
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Ukraine w1nth 
How much can you choke? OMG
2019-01-27 10:22
#146
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African Union mikecool 
Bug cant win anything
2019-01-27 10:34
#149
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
Throw big or go home zZz
2019-01-27 10:58
#156
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Poland Krzych0a 
Cloud9 EZ <3
2019-01-27 11:20
#163
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
XANTARES was massively disappointing on the T side. 21 kills as CT then he gets an AK, and I get all excited, and he does absolutely fuck all. Not a great showcase of his entry skills, which can be awesome. Hope they beat faZe but Niko is playing like a beast so it'll be hard.
2019-01-27 11:47
#169
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
Zellsis didn;t bottomfrag
2019-01-27 11:56
god flusha
2019-01-27 13:58
#174
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Brazil Smartzilian 
Big = meme
2019-01-27 14:26
Flusha cheating again to win something
2019-01-27 15:34
SMOOOOOOOYAAAA
2019-01-27 22:58
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