Liquid, Vitality go 2-0 at Ghost's expense in LA
Action at the Summit Studio began with a North American brawl featuring Liquid and Ghost, with the IEM Sydney champions getting off to a blazing hot start on Overpass, the opening map, by racking up a spectacular 14 rounds on the CT side.
One would think that it was game over, but Ghost showed their fighting spirit and made a climb back into the game in the second half before Keith "NAF" Markovic - who was in stunning form throughout the match - wrapped things up in the 26th round with a quad kill.
Next up was Dust2, where the first half was a much closer affair than on the previous map as just three rounds separated the two teams at the break. A strong response after a pistol round loss saw Ghost take the lead at 10-9, but Liquid kept a very tight defence for the remainder of the half to take the game at 16-11.
Ghost went into their match with Vitality hoping to bounce back from the defeat to Liquid, only to fall short once again. After a strong start from the Frenchmen on Mirage, the North Americans took control of proceedings, bringing the scoreline 14-7. Much to everyone's surprise, Ghost took their foot off the pedal after that, gifting Vitality a way back into the game.
The French side went on a dominant run and even hit map point before Ghost won the final round of regulation to restore parity at 15-15. The first overtime could not determine a winner, but then Vitality came out victorious to pick up their first points in Los Angeles.
The next map, Overpass, turned out to be more straightforward, even though the first half ended with an 8-7 scoreline in Vitality's favour. It then took Ghost six rounds on the CT side to get on the board, but the French side remained in control, locking down the map at 16-9.
The schedule for the rest of the day over at the Summit Studio looks as follows: