ENCE fend off Winstrike; move on to New Legends Stage
The best-of-three series kicked off on Dust2, which made its first appearance in the New Challengers Stage. Winstrike won the pistol round on the T-side after David "n0rb3r7" Danielyan got two opening kills and Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys closed out the round with a triple. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov saved Winstrike in the second round as he got a triple kill in a 2vs4.
The Finnish side hit back in the fourth round thanks to Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and Jere "sergej" Salo's triple kills. Aleksib got a quad kill in the sixth round to tie it at 3-3 and Aleksi "allu" Jalli put his team ahead with a quad kill during a gun round. Aleksib and allu kept creating problems for Winstrike as the duo combined for 39 kills in the first half which ENCE finished 11-4 ahead.
The Finns extended their lead to 13-4 after picking up the first two rounds in the second half but Winstrike responded with a four-round streak (13-8). ENCE won the 22nd and 27th rounds despite starting them with pistols, finishing off the map 16-11.
Winstrike won the first two rounds on the CT-side of Mirage but lost the first weapon round despite getting the first kill. The Russian team lost a 3vs5 in the fifth round before going on an incredible ten-round streak to finish the half with a 13-2 lead.
ENCE started Train on the CT-side and secured the first four rounds as Winstrike only got two kills. allu and Aleksib made it six in a row with a 2vs5 victory and sergej kept the streak alive by clutching a 1vs3 in the ninth round (9-0).
Winstrike got on the scoreboard in the following round as n0rb3r7 picked up a triple kill. ENCE reacted swiftly, resetting Winstrike's economy and taking five rounds in a row to lead 14-1 at halftime. allu & company had a rough time on the T-side but managed to win the map 16-13, taking the 2-1 series victory.
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|63 - 52||+11||78.9||1.13|
|54 - 46||+8||78.2||1.13|
|58 - 52||+6||70.5||1.05|
|48 - 57||-9||77.6||0.98|
|43 - 53||-10||66.6||0.89|
|Winstrike||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|64 - 48||+16||95.1||1.31|
|53 - 54||-1||78.0||1.07|
|55 - 51||+4||72.8||1.04|
|52 - 53||-1||64.1||0.96|
|34 - 60||-26||60.6||0.76|