NRG secure three out of four, Ghost pick up first wins
NRG first went up against ENCE when both teams were sitting on 2-2 records, with the first map being Train, the Finns' pick. The North American side looked to secure a dominant defense with a 7-2 start, but Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's team recovered towards the end with six out of the last seven, setting themselves up for the CT side, where they went on to put up a convincing showing to emerge victorious at 16-13.
Damian "daps" Steele & co. switched to Overpass unfazed, once again putting up a great start as they went 7-0 on the Terrorist side before ENCE found a reply. This time, NRG didn't let their opponents climb back, trading maps with the Finns with a comfortable 16-3 triumph.
A North American matchup followed as NRG faced Ghost. Joshua "steel" Nissan's side had been winless up until that point and nothing changed in that regard come two maps later, with Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold leading their team to swift victories on Mirage and Nuke.
Ghost remained in the spotlight and took on Renegades to end the second day in Los Angeles. Getting off to a good start on Dust2, Matthew "WARDELL" Yu & co. were eager to put their first W on the board as they were up 7-1 on the CT side. Their lead soon dwindled away when Renegades broke through the defense with six out of the last seven rounds and kept up momentum when sides switched, reaching 12-8. At that point, the tide turned again, with Ghost in the driving seat on the back of a couple of clutches, winning the first map 16-14.
Inferno followed with a streaky beginning to the first half, which ended up going in the favor of Renegades, who put up nine rounds as CT. The Aussie squad chipped away at Ghost early on in the second half to reach 13 rounds, but that is where the progression stopped. After several successful retakes, steel's team ran away with seven rounds in a row, finishing off their opponents at 16-13.