ENCE through to DreamHack Masters Dallas grand final over FaZe
The semi-final series kicked off with FaZe's map pick, Dust2. ENCE started the game on offense and won the pistol round after Jere "sergej" Salo and Sami "xseveN" Laasanen found opening kills. FaZe inflicted a lot of damage on ENCE in the second round but Aleksi "allu" Jalli clutched a 1vs2 to make it 2-0.
FaZe got on the scoreboard in the fifth round thanks to Filip "NEO" Kubski's triple kill. Despite dropping the ball in the following round, FaZe then went on an nine-round run that put them 10-5 ahead at halftime. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's 1vs1 clutch and last-second defuse in the 14th round was a crucial moment in FaZe's streak.
FaZe extended their lead to 12-5 to start the second half as Håvard "rain" Nygaard picked up five kills in the first two rounds. NiKo and company quickly made it 14-6 but ENCE didn't go down easily and reached double-digits when sergej picked up three kills in a 2vs3 in the 24th round (14-10).
xseveN secured ENCE's sixth consecutive round by picking up two kills in a 2vs2 and defended the B-site in the following round with two more kills as ENCE cut the deficit to only one round (14-13). With limited weaponry, FaZe took the B-site in the 28th round to earn two map points. They were unable to close out and ENCE forced overtime with two retakes on the A-site. The Finns completed their comeback and won the map with a 19-16 score.
FaZe kicked off Train on the CT-side and grabbed seven of the first nine rounds. sergej and company then took two rounds in a row to trail 7-4 but FaZe reached double-digits with a three-round streak (10-4). ENCE won the final round of the half to trail 10-5 at halftime.
ENCE had the same start as FaZe did on the CT-side, winning seven of the first nine rounds (12-12). NEO and rain opened up A in the 25th round as FaZe reclaimed the lead immediately. ENCE responded in the following round despite having four USPs and a single AWP, tying the game at 13-13. The Finns then took the lead for the first time in the game with a successful retake on the A-site.
ENCE closed out the game with two more round victories, winning the map 16-13 and the series 2-0. With this semi-final triumph, the Finns have become Liquid's opponents in the DreamHack Masters Dallas grand final.
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jere 'sergej' Salosergej||59 - 42||+17||94.1||1.34|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||52 - 35||+17||82.8||1.29|
|Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN||44 - 42||+2||75.8||1.04|
|Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial||40 - 46||-6||76.5||0.95|
|Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib||29 - 42||-13||54.6||0.84|