NRG and ENCE secure opening round victories in Shanghai

NRG and ENCE bested opponents North (2-1) and Spirit (2-0), respectively, opening their StarSeries i-League Season 7 runs with 1-0 records.

The main stream saw North face off against NRG, with the series kicking off on Inferno. NRG commenced on the offense, able to cop the pistol plus one. North followed up with a string of three victories, only for the North American representatives to once more steal the momentum, walking away with an 8-3 surplus. A successful forcebuy in round 14 marked NRG's last victory on the offense, concluding the initial half 9-6.

North returned the favour on the offense, as a fruitful pistol snowballed into consecutive round victories. A brawl succeeded the lopsided rounds, leading to a 14-14 stalemate between the two sides. Aforementioned equaliser was resolved by Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, who facilitated his team's bomb plant by landing a 3k on the B bombsite. This outstanding individual play ultimately secured North's 16-14 victory, as NRG's economy was in tatters in the final round.

CeRq's AWPing on Dust2 pushed the series to a third map

The heat proceeded to rise as the teams transferred onto the second map - Dust2. Nicklas "gade" Gade opened affairs with a pistol round 4k, setting his team up for an early lead on the defense. The momentum slipped away, as NRG were able to snatch the ball and run away with a solid early 6-2 lead. In spite of what seemed like a worsening situation, North recomposed, slowly grinding out rounds to produce a respectable 7-8 CT half.

NRG sustained pressure on their adversaries, converting all four intial rounds in their own favour. The Danes responded with rounds of their own, which resulted in an economic reset on part of the CTs. This birthed hope for North's players, a hope that was swiftly shattered by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov, who destroyed an A hit via Catwalk, securing his team map point. NRG didn't wait long to hop over to map three, concluding Dust2 with a 16-13 score.

valde ensured North's victory on Inferno with a 1.73 rating

The final map of the series, Train, witnessed uncontested CT side domination from NRG. The North American defence was impenetrable, shutting down advance after advance from the Ts. The Danes struggled immensely, as individual performances tanked and executions fell through consistently, culminating in a worrisome 0-15 scoreline.

In line with his outstanding performances over the course of the entire series, CeRq proved to be the undoing of North once more. A Glock 4K from the Bulgarian AWPer saw to the conclusion of Train, 16-0 in favour of NRG.

Matchpage
1
2
30th March 2019
United States
16
Inferno
14
13
Dust2
16
0
Train
16
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 60 - 46 +14 78.9 1.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 49 - 53 -4 69.2 0.95
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 38 - 52 -14 63.1 0.86
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 34 - 51 -17 57.3 0.83
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 31 - 51 -20 52.0 0.73
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 67 - 38 +29 84.7 1.44
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 51 - 39 +12 87.1 1.24
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 45 - 46 -1 73.8 1.13
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 47 - 42 +5 72.5 1.03
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 42 - 47 -5 57.3 0.86

Over on the secondary stream, ENCE took on Spirit, starting out the series on Nuke. The initial half of the map saw the Finns develop early momentum on the offense, maintaining it through to the middle portion of the map largely thanks to several outstanding individual plays from Sami "xseveN" Laasanen. Spirit managed to soften their deficit by clawing a few rounds prior to the initial half's conclusion at 6-9.

Having switched over to the CT side, ENCE once more were able to secure a string of consecutive rounds post-pistol, which went in the way of their adversaries. A total of five rounds were accrued by Spirit's offense, meanwhile eight for Aleksi "allu" Jalli and company meant a 16-11 victory on Nuke.

xseveN's individual performance on Nuke secured ENCE's win

Dust2 was up next, seeing to a promising start from the Finns in the form of a pistol round plus one. Spirit managed to prevent things from getting out of hand early on, as upon securing rifles the team dominated the mid and latter portions of the half, separated by a four-round string, courtesy of ENCE. These ongoings produced a 9-6 half, favoured towards Spirit.

The Russian squad's lead proved to be short-lived, as the Finnish defence consistently fended off their adversaries' advances. Early success for ENCE was interrupted by three consecutive round victories from Spirit, but this setback proved insufficient in extending the series to a third map, as ENCE concluded Dust2 with a 16-13 victory.

Matchpage
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0
30th March 2019
16
Nuke
11
16
Dust2
13
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 48 - 39 +9 85.0 1.26
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 38 - 33 +5 78.8 1.17
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 39 - 43 -4 79.6 1.06
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 34 - 33 +1 64.4 1.00
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 35 - 32 +3 63.4 0.97
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung 42 - 36 +6 89.6 1.20
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 39 - 38 +1 74.7 1.02
Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE 36 - 41 -5 62.8 0.98
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k 35 - 39 -4 73.8 0.91
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 28 - 41 -13 56.3 0.74
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Cool
2019-03-30 08:20
first edit: crap
2019-03-30 08:20
bl
2019-03-30 08:21
#4
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Czech Republic andrsoN 
Ez
2019-03-30 08:20
Lets go NRG
2019-03-30 08:21
Danish team 16-0ed xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-03-30 08:22
#7
sh1ro | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
Ez
2019-03-30 08:21
Hi Nice
2019-03-30 08:21
#9
ike | 
North America Travos_ 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-30 08:21
16-0
2019-03-30 08:21
16-0
2019-03-30 08:21
#14
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Russia undeadc00l 
N ♿ R T H
2019-03-30 08:21
16-0 lol N♿RTH
2019-03-30 08:21
#17
nitr0 | 
Kazakhstan Justaguy 
Valde feelsbadman
2019-03-30 08:22
Save Valde pls
2019-03-30 08:22
#savevalde
2019-03-30 08:22
#24
Romania jDT 
biggest mistake...kick msl bring cadian
2019-03-30 08:33
#21
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United States Fin4life 
EZ for ENCE...
2019-03-30 08:22
#22
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Finland NUCL3AR 
What else can you expect from ence? It's just too easy for them
2019-03-30 08:25
16-0
2019-03-30 08:30
I love this format
2019-03-30 08:33
Cerq back?? 👀😳
2019-03-30 08:40
#SaveVALDE
2019-03-30 08:41
EZ
2019-03-30 08:42
#31
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Sweden McGuinness 
shitty format bo3, bo1 would be better, this just takes too much time overall
2019-03-30 08:46
ensured 3x? ResidentSleeper
2019-03-30 08:59
16-0 lul
2019-03-30 09:00
Sad for spirit and happy for nrg
2019-03-30 09:16
easy for SURK
2019-03-30 09:21
#freevalde
2019-03-30 09:22
#66
sh1ro | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
I agree rofl
2019-03-30 09:34
16 0 xD
2019-03-30 09:40
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-30 09:50
#70
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Germany t_mmey 
dude north is literally the shittiest team to ever touch the game of counter strike
2019-03-30 09:54
#73
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
Valde cannot save this team anymore.
2019-03-30 10:41
#74
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Indonesia Exodd 
Another low point for North
2019-03-30 10:48
North with MSL Pog North without MSL LUL
2019-03-30 10:59
#81
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World LeviathaNz 
People will then start to realize it was not all on MSL... This team has something wrong.
2019-03-30 12:23
actually North with MSL at one point was so hard opponent for every team, they had great structure and teamplay. It was more scary than now
2019-03-30 18:24
16-0 OMEGALUL
2019-03-30 11:16
16-0 lul
2019-03-30 11:56
#78
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World LeviathaNz 
xseveN aim with rifles is insane, seriously.
2019-03-30 12:18
#79
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World LeviathaNz 
valde has to get out of this hell, go to OpTic or join karrigan on mouz... such a wasted talent. Must be mentally exhausting to be on this team, you get things rolling, he gets most of the job done and no one else shows up.
2019-03-30 12:21
both downgrades
2019-03-30 12:52
#86
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World LeviathaNz 
Not really, they are stuck in a loophole. They barely win a map and then they get stomped. It's the same pattern over and over again
2019-03-30 13:05
#80
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Vietnam weaboovietnam 
1v9 hard for North
2019-03-30 12:22
#82
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Finland gilis 
ez4ence
2019-03-30 12:37
#89
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
#FreeValde.
2019-03-30 17:12
#91
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Greece deST) 
Please make this new North possible : valde - aizy - Kjaerbye - k0nfig - any random IGL . gade is so incosistent just like mertz back then . To young to handle the preasure plus cadiaN imo he had his chance but you see the results..
2019-03-30 19:31
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