Renegades through to New Champions stage; Vitality on last chance
The series kicked off on Dust2, where a brisk Long hit from the Aussies meant a successful T side start. Unrelenting, Renegades proceeded to methodically dispatch the defence through immaculate utility usage and superior aim, running away with strings of four and six rounds before Vitality had landed their second. Faced with a potentially disastrous half, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy took things into his own hands, securing a spectacular 3k in round 12, in addition to creating space for two round victories. Despite the late success, Renegades had the last laugh at a commanding 11-4 T performance.
Placing the initial half behind them, Vitality got stuck in on the T side, securing the pistol follow a successful post-plant conversion. A force-buy from Renegades in the follower saw Justin "jks" Savage masterfully utilise the SSG 08, downing two Frenchmen and open the round for his team's taking. Having swayed the momentum back in their favour, the Aussies proceeded to constrict their adversaries, extending their lead all the way to map point. Renegades assertion was unanswered, allowing the squad a smooth 16-5 victory on Dust2.
Contrary to their own map pick, Vitality found early success on the CT side of Cache, securing the pistol. Thanks to outstanding performances across the board, as well as that of RpK, who had colossal impact in the early stages of the half, the Frenchmen were able to extend their lead to a whopping 7-0 scoreline. Opting for a more fast-paced approach to their game, Renegades were finally able to find the key to success on Cache against Vitality. Through this switch-up not only were the Aussies able to close the round disparity, but they also went on to secure an 8-7 lead after all remaining rounds of the first half went in their favour.
After a disappointing losing streak, Vitality retaliated, securing a consecutive pistol round, this time on the T side of affairs. As Renegades were first able to purchase rifles two back-to-back rounds were accrued, shortly followed by further dominance from Vitality. Having upset their opponents once more, the Frenchmen proceeded to dominate on the T side of Cache, conceding but one additional round before closing off Renegades' map pick 16-11.
Concluding the series was Inferno, where Renegades kicked off on the CT side with an upper hand in the form of a successful pistol round. The Australians managed to extend their lead to a 4-1 surplus prior to retaliation from Vitality. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and company accrued six of the following seven rounds, unfortunately dropping the ball in the concluding three to produce an 8-7 half in favour of Renegades' CT side.
The gents from down under kept the ball rolling on the T side, besting the defence in a consecutive pistol round. A further two wins meant a second financial reset on Vitality's part, exacerbating the Frenchmen's predicament to a 7-12 deficit. Renegades' dominance was unchallenged until the team was just two points off series point - only at this point was the French squad able to land their first round of the second half, thanks to a 1v1 clutch from NBK-. Having got back on their feet financially, Vitality recomposed and started picking up the slack, tucking away five back-to-back rounds. Unfortunately for the French squad the comeback was not to be, as a 1v1 clutch by Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai was succeeded by a failed Mid aggresion from the CTs, closing out Inferno 16-12 in favour of Renegades.
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Justin 'jks' Savagejks||69 - 42||+27||90.6||1.36|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||51 - 42||+9||78.3||1.25|
|Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction||57 - 46||+11||80.3||1.24|
|Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz||41 - 42||-1||65.3||1.05|
|Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR||46 - 46||0||65.2||1.02|
|Vitality||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-||47 - 53||-6||77.5||1.01|
|Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX||48 - 53||-5||73.7||0.98|
|Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo||47 - 51||-4||69.2||0.94|
|Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK||42 - 51||-9||60.6||0.86|
|Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX||34 - 56||-22||49.1||0.68|