NRG overrun FURIA; FaZe edge past Renegades in Cologne
After two highly-contested games to open the day, ESL One Cologne brought its first one-sided affair as NRG made light work of FURIA on Nuke. Only one place currently separates the two teams in the world rankings, but it seemed like a game between sides from different levels as the North Americans were superior in every department.
The Brazilians struggled immensely on the Terrorist side as they were constantly put on the back foot, forced to work hard to overcome early deaths. Two rounds were all that they could muster in the half, and those wins came off the back of individual plays rather than great teamwork.
The second half began at a frantic pace, with rounds going back and forth as neither side seemed to able to get a grip on the game. After reaching match point at 15-3, NRG took their foot off the gas for a while, but they were simply too far ahead to let the win slip through their fingers, eventually sealing the deal in the 23rd round with nothing but pistols.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT||18 - 17||+1||77.7||1.05|
|Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO||17 - 17||0||79.2||0.92|
|Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI||14 - 19||-5||74.5||0.85|
|Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ||11 - 18||-7||57.6||0.84|
|Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih||7 - 21||-14||48.8||0.41|
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||22 - 11||+11||98.7||1.65|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||25 - 13||+12||97.0||1.55|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||25 - 15||+10||100.1||1.49|
|Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw||9 - 13||-4||63.7||0.92|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||11 - 15||-4||57.1||0.89|
The final match of the first round in Group A was a tightly-contested affair between FaZe (No.5) and Renegades (No.15) on Mirage. After losing the pistol round, the Australian side hit back immediately off the back of a trio of kills by Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, and rode that momentum to an 8-3 lead after keeping their opponents from stringing rounds together.
FaZe then picked up the pace and found the equalizer three rounds into the second half. After getting their economy stabilized, Renegades once again built a strong lead, but FaZe were in control for the rest of the half and picked up the win in the 30th round after fending off a late comeback attempt by Aaron "AZR" Ward's side.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||25 - 18||+7||91.2||1.40|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||22 - 15||+7||74.0||1.27|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||20 - 23||-3||76.1||1.00|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||17 - 18||-1||69.7||0.97|
|Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO||13 - 21||-8||46.5||0.63|