ENCE to IEM Katowice grand final over Natus Vincere
The semi-final match between Natus Vincere and ENCE kicked off on Train where the Ukrainian team started on the CT-side. Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev picked up an ace to win the pistol round and Natus Vincere made it 2-0 in the following round. ENCE got on the scoreboard in the fourth round after they bought rifles two times in a row (3-1).
The Finns could have tied to game at 3-3 but Natus Vincere won the sixth round with pistols and a saved AWP. Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev got two kills each with their AWPs in the seventh round, making it 5-2. A 1vs2 victory by Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko extended Natus Vincere's lead to 7-2 but Jere "sergej" Salo responded with a quad kill, three of which came with a CZ-75. ENCE got within one round of Natus Vincere before halftime (8-7).
Natus Vincere secured the first two rounds in the second half but the AUGs reigned supreme in the first gun round as ENCE trailed 10-8. Aleksi "allu" Jalli & company weren't able to tie the game at 10-10 as Natus Vincere went on a three round streak (13-9).
s1mple's incredible triple kill in the 24th round with the AWP made it 14-10. allu responded with a 1vs2 clutch two rounds later and Sami "xseveN" Laasanen got a quad kill as ENCE earned one map point. The Finnish squad closed out the game with a 16-14 scoreline thanks to allu's triple kill in the 30th round.
Natus Vincere picked up the first two rounds on the T-side but Jani "Aerial" Jussila got a quad kill to help ENCE win the first gun round. flamie responded with a triple kill in the fourth round, starting a five round Natus Vincere streak.
The CIS side never took their foot off the pedal and led 13-2 at halftime. flamie secured the second pistol victory with a triple kill and Natus Vincere earned twelve map points after Zeus and Edward won a 2vs4 in the 18th round. s1mple & company went on to win the map 16-3.
Mirage started with the T-sided ENCE's pistol round victory and they made it 2-0 thanks to Aerial's triple kill in the following round. Natus Vincere got on the scoreboard with pistols, winning the third round to trail 2-1. Zeus clutched a 1vs2 in the sixth round as Natus Vincere led 4-2.
ENCE hit back in the seventh round but Natus Vincere made it 5-3 after s1mple opened up the eighth round by getting two kills with one bullet and closed it out with a 1vs1 clutch and a quad kill. s1mple then pushed his team over the line for a 9-6 first half finish.
Natus Vincere gained a huge advantage by winning the first three rounds in the second half but ENCE came back to tie the game at 12-12 as allu started to pick up the pace. xseveN won a 1vs1 against s1mple to deny the 1vs3 clutch, giving ENCE the lead (14-13). ENCE secured the penultimate round with a 3vs3 post-plant victory on the A-site to earn one series point. allu's team picked up the 30th round to win the map 16-14 and the series 2-1, advancing to the playoffs at IEM Katowice.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||73 - 39||+34||85.0||1.47|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||59 - 48||+11||84.3||1.19|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||50 - 53||-3||77.1||1.08|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||44 - 50||-6||66.3||0.94|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||45 - 50||-5||58.4||0.93|