FURIA dominate Spirit to win ESEA S31 Global Challenge
The series began on FURIA's pick of Nuke, with Spirit drawing first blood on the CT-side as they pushed up to a 3-0 lead off the back of an unsuccessful second-round forcebuy from FURIA. Once they returned to rifles, Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato and company quickly went on to win eight of the ensuing nine rounds, with a 3k from Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko granting Spirit their only round for a 8-4 scoreline in FURIA's favour. The two teams traded blows as the half drew to a close, but it was FURIA who remained ahead by 9-6 as they swapped sides.
Three kills by Artem "iDISBALANCE" Egorov in the second pistol allowed for Spirit to reduce the scoreline deficit and tie up the match at 9-9, but FURIA repeated their efforts from the first half as they gave up only one additional round on the road to a 16-10 finish.
Vertigo, Spirit's map pick, was next up, but it was FURIA who made it look their own. KSCERATO was deathless for the opening eight rounds of the map, initially mustering a 10-0 K-D while the team's coach and stand-in Nicholas "guerri" Nogueira secured an M4A4 ace to maintain momentum in FURIA's favour and take an uncontested twelve rounds in a row. Spirit edged out their first two rounds towards the end of the half, but another three kills by KSCERATO left his team heavily favored 13-2.
Spirit added three to their tally following the side swap, although two of those were only narrowly edged out in 1vs1 situations. Once a proper buy was in their hands, FURIA prolonged the match no longer as the final three rounds went their way for a 16-5 victory.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO||46 - 24||+22||96.4||1.47|
|Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih||41 - 25||+16||85.6||1.31|
|Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueiraguerri||33 - 27||+6||74.4||1.19|
|Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT||34 - 32||+2||81.6||1.16|
|Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI||27 - 31||-4||72.7||1.06|
|Spirit||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper||31 - 36||-5||78.9||0.97|
|Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung||32 - 36||-4||69.3||0.95|
|Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE||25 - 33||-8||57.8||0.88|
|Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1||27 - 38||-11||62.9||0.83|
|Dmitry 'S0tF1k' ForostyankoS0tF1k||24 - 38||-14||58.3||0.77|
The final standings for ESEA Season 31 Global Challenge are: