NRG, INTZ through to Americas Minor playoffs

NRG and INTZ are the first two teams through to the Americas Minor playoffs after outshining Sharks and Luminosity in best-of-three winners' series.

Group A's winner series saw NRG tackle Sharks, kicking the series off on Inferno. The match-up favourites got off to a swimming start off the back of a successful T-side pistol. Triple kills from Tarik "tarik" Celik and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz contributed to the team's 5-0 lead, but retaliation from Sharks came thick in the latter portion of the half. An AWP quad kill from Jhonatan "jnt" Silva served as the catalyst for the team's comeback, as the CTs gave up but two additional rounds, concluding the first half with an 8-7 lead.

stanislaw concluded Nuke with a 1.54 rating

A second pistol round victory, made possible by a USP-s triple kill from tarik, set the stone rolling for NRG once again. Despite a momentum upset in Sharks' first rifle round, the North American squad kept the pressure up, consistently able to shut down the offense throughout the early and middle segments of the half. Towards the later rounds, Sharks were able to close the round discrepancy, taking the first map to round 30, but faltered against NRG's weakened buy, conceding Inferno 14-16.

Nuke was next on the agenda for Group A's contestants, witnessing a strong CT-sided start from NRG. The North American squad secured the initial pistol round, and, in spite of their opponents' victory in their first rifle round, went on to consistently shut down the aggressors. A quad kill from Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira ensured Sharks' third round of the half, and after conceding an additional two, the Brazilian squad managed to soften the blow to a 6-9 deficit come half time.

tarik secured a total of 25 frags on Inferno

NRG once more got the jump on the half through securing the second pistol round, but this time the North American roster was unable to sustain pressure on their opponents quite as well. Raphael "exit" Lacerda ensured Sharks' first round of the defence by dispatching three NRG members with the M4A4. The opportunity was not squandered by the Brazilians, as they went on to edge closer to their opponents with a 10-11 scoreline.

NRG denied the CTs an equaliser, instead exchanging blows, followed by three consecutive rounds that led to map and series point for stanislaw's crew. An incredible force buy victory in round 27 saw a 1v2 Scout clutch from jnt, and while it prolonged the duration of the map, it did not prevent the inevitable, as NRG secured a spot in the playoffs with a 16-12 series closure.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 48 - 37 +11 93.7 1.41
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 45 - 33 +12 91.3 1.34
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 49 - 33 +16 89.4 1.26
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 44 - 38 +6 81.6 1.17
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 26 - 33 -7 38.2 0.80
 Sharks K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silvajnt 46 - 42 +4 86.9 1.18
Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveiraleo_druNky 38 - 43 -5 69.1 0.94
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerdaexit 38 - 38 0 64.9 0.92
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' FigueiredoRCF 28 - 44 -16 58.0 0.79
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakanonak 24 - 45 -21 59.6 0.69

The second Brazilian match-up of the day saw INTZ take on Luminosity in Group B's winner series. Mirage was first on the agenda, seeing to a disappointing start for Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and his men, who lost control of early proceedings immediately after winning their CT-side pistol round. Luminosity exploited the opening found, and after allowing a single round for their opponents, extended their round lead to 7-2. In the remaining rounds of the initial half, INTZ managed to soften their deficit by securing a total of four rounds, transferring to the offense on a 6-9 note.

chelo posted an impressive 1.47 rating on Mirage

Luminosity once more found success early on, this time on the defence. Lucas "steel" Lopes and his men landed four of the initial five rounds, but lacked the focus to consistently extend this dominant performance further into the half. Against the odds, INTZ consistently ran away with rounds, and despite their opponents sporting a six-round lead, they were able to not only equalise, but secure map point, thanks to an AWP ace from kNgV-. In spectacular fashion the Terrorists subsequently closed out the first map, landing a 16-14 comeback.

Train was a lop-sided affair from the get-go, as Gabriel "NEKIZ" Schenato commenced the map with a USP-s triple kill, ensuring an explosive start for Luminosity. The defence converted a further three rounds, halted by back-to-back triple kills from Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes and kNgV- in rounds four and five, respectively. Unfortunately for INTZ, these outstanding performances were the only pride of the initial half, as all remaining rounds fell in favour of Luminosity, who secured a dominant 13-2 finish.

NEKIZ spearheaded Luminosity's performance on Train

A glimpse of hope was seen for INTZ in the form of the second pistol round, but it was crushed by a fired-up Ricardo "boltz" Prass on a pistol buy, who dismantled the defence with three frags, ruining any chance of a comeback. Three consecutive round victories for Luminosity meant a brisk 16-3 conclusion to the second map of the series.

Concluding Group B's winners' series was Overpass, where João "felps" Vasconcellos opened up with a statement of a play, dropping a pistol quad kill to kick off affairs. A further round was secured by the offense, with INTZ responding on their first full-buy, subsequently snatching the lead at 3-2. Wary of potential snowballing, Luminosity stopped their opponents from developing momentum, reassuming the lead with a significant margin at 7-3. Contrary to their performance on Train, the squad was unable to post as convincing a half, and only produced an additional round to INTZ's four.

yeL was the top-fragger on Overpass, sporting 24 kills

Early success was seen for Luminosity on the defence, as an immediate leap to an 11-7 lead was witnessed. A spectacular 1v3 clutch from chelo secured INTZ their first round victory on the offense, but an absolute blunder followed immediately after, as the team lost to a single AWP and four USPs in round 19. The Terrorists shrugged the mistake off, proceeding to close the round discrepancy to 11-12. After playing catch-up with the defence, INTZ finally managed to square the scoreline at 14-14, forcing Luminosity into a risky force-buy. Consecutive force-buys for the defence spelled disaster, as Luminosity fell to another 14-16 comeback from INTZ, who move on to Friday's playoffs.

 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 56 - 46 +10 82.5 1.21
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 52 - 48 +4 67.5 1.07
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 48 - 51 -3 60.6 0.90
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 40 - 54 -14 62.1 0.85
Brazil Lucas 'DeStiNy' BulloDeStiNy 39 - 67 -28 63.9 0.76
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 63 - 51 +12 86.2 1.23
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 60 - 57 +3 87.7 1.18
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 48 - 39 +9 60.4 1.06
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 46 - 41 +5 69.1 1.04
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 49 - 47 +2 64.1 0.94
Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
480
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
932
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Indonesia RaginGR 
nice
2019-07-17 17:05
kurwa
2019-07-17 17:09
#2
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Canada HansROZE 
BR CS OMEGALUL, WHAT A JOKE
2019-07-17 17:05
#11
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Brazil hugoooo 
Call me when a full Canadian team goes out of t5 NA acene
2019-07-17 17:10
#13
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Brazil erfur 
+1 rekt hard
2019-07-17 17:11
#15
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Brazil Projectrv 
+ 1 raped
2019-07-17 17:14
#16
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Israel fvlion123 
Canada population - 37 mil Bra71L population - 200 mil And your best team is MiBlastR that plays with 2 washed up players Botaco a coach and lulcas
2019-07-17 17:19
OMEGALUL Israel Number #1
2019-07-17 17:30
Best team is Furia******
2019-07-17 17:32
#22
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Israel fvlion123 
Flukia?
2019-07-17 17:33
No Furia Are u dumb?
2019-07-17 17:35
#25
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Israel fvlion123 
Lost to intz lul
2019-07-17 17:35
Lost to cyprus lul
2019-07-17 17:37
#29
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Israel fvlion123 
Israel doesnt have a scene cuz we got mandatory service when u turn 18 for 2.5 years
2019-07-17 17:38
and? U cant plat cs w/ 20yo??? LuL mini-usa
2019-07-17 17:40
#32
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Israel fvlion123 
Ppl here arent no lifers enough to play csgo all their lives Brazilians are tho and theyre still tier 10000000000
2019-07-17 17:40
if your country dont have a team in top30 you cant say mibr or furia are tier 10000000000
2019-07-17 17:44
#36
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Israel fvlion123 
Yes i can because they are tier 100000000
2019-07-17 17:43
hltv.org/ranking/teams/2019/july/15 Find a team from Israel
2019-07-17 17:46
#38
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Israel fvlion123 
Why does that matter?
2019-07-17 17:47
For u find a team from Israel
2019-07-17 17:49
#40
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Israel fvlion123 
The discussion is about bra71l not israel
2019-07-17 17:49
#35
2019-07-17 17:50
Hi man Why are u so quiet???
2019-07-17 17:55
#43
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Israel fvlion123 
Cuz u are wasting my time
2019-07-17 17:56
#48
arT | 
Brazil Maujubudo 
The same happens in Brazil, unless you have some medical condition. Take 1 to 4 years tbh
2019-07-17 18:08
That indicative is misleading. While Brazil has about 209 million people, it's a poor country. Only a small percent or people have enough wealth to play counter strike or similar games on daily bases. Look at the "Top 25 Countries Where Gaming is Most Popular". Canada is 8th and Brazil is 13th. Both are like 14 times behind USA. Canada because of number of people and Brazil because of poverty.
2019-07-17 17:34
#28
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Israel fvlion123 
Then stop being so fucking poor
2019-07-17 17:37
They dont have big maman USA to carry them like your "country" ma mennnn
2019-07-17 19:06
actual retard detected (13iq)
2019-07-17 19:11
I have found a guy that isnt retarded in HLTV. Damn
2019-07-17 17:41
#44
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Philippines DragonsDesire 
I like your name my guy :( I miss him too
2019-07-17 17:58
#51
EliGE | 
Brazil kaiknux 
csgo miss nifty that's true
2019-07-17 18:16
Thank you, sir!
2019-07-17 19:23
Canada has some big divides in its community (French Canadians...), and suffers from the same issues as the US (time difference and distance). So I mean, it's a pretty big issue from both sides. Further, is that a population percentage based list? What's the total players, you know? So we are clear, not arguing. Just other things to consider.
2019-07-17 18:00
Okay. I looked for the total number of players and to my surprise I found something. A post on reddit that has the list of csgo players per country. The source is the steamspy website. It is evident that quantity is not directly proportional to achievements, but also can not be disregarded. [UPDATED] CS:GO Players by Country Total CS:GO players by country / percantage of playerbase UNITED STATES: 5,108,007 / 14.39% RUSSIA : 3,833,668 / 10.80% CHINA : 3,020,788 / 8.51% GERMANY : 2,030,424 / 5.72% BRAZIL : 1,945,231 / 5.48% POLAND : 1,490,870 / 4.20% TURKEY : 1,355,982 / 3.82% UNITED KINGDOM : 1,217,544 / 3.43% FRANCE : 1,139,451 / 3.21% CANADA : 1,111,053 / 3.13% SWEDEN : 830,628 / 2.34% AUSTRALIA : 770,283 / 2.17% SPAIN : 518.,255 / 1.46% UKRAINE : 507,606 / 1.43% DENMARK : 450,810 / 1.27%
2019-07-17 18:46
Well, for instance, the US seems high, but you have to take into account that 15% are divided by about 4 hours worth of distance. You could say NA is really represented by about 17% (including Canada), but it's probably about 50% of that is sort of split, it's weird, the Central part of NA isn't as active as the Eastern/Western part. Then you can look at how Europe is represented, where the player totals are smaller per-country, but they're all in about a 1 hour window of each other for playing, so Europe comprises a fairly large section of the base (24%, give or take, I didn't include the UK in that number, but I might've added France twice, I'm doing this really fast). Anyway, the numbers are pretty interesting when you look at them as a whole. Certainly creates a lot of avenues for interesting conversation and comparison.
2019-07-17 19:14
I see what you mean. A density map should be really interesting.
2019-07-17 19:21
#34
FalleN | 
Brazil fabr11 
Your argument doesn't make any sense, if your logic was right, we would have a top1 china team. Lucas1 plays an insane cs and TACO is an entry fragger so his statistics don't gonna be the best ones
2019-07-17 17:42
#64
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Brazil hugoooo 
Oh that's why China and India dominates the CSGO scene? Great to know
2019-07-17 21:01
If EG came back with Stanislaw, Twistzz, NAF, Tenz and Wardell, I guarantee that'd be a solid lineup. But there's no reason to have that divide, since they speak English just as much as the US.
2019-07-17 18:02
#47
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Canada got Naf and Twistzz who needs a full team when u got 2 gods Naf/Twistzz/Stan/TenZ/Wardell would shit on mibr/lg/INTZ or furia
2019-07-17 18:07
DON'T STEAL MY THUNDER, BOY.
2019-07-17 19:16
#65
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Huh???
2019-07-17 21:03
Posted the same lineup literally 5 minutes before you. Check the post above yours (#46).
2019-07-18 00:18
#70
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Haha damn nice. Didn’t even notice. That would be a sick lineup tho.
2019-07-18 01:22
It's a shockingly functional lineup, because it has solid roles and good quality players to fill them.
2019-07-18 02:43
#66
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Brazil hugoooo 
So what? That's not even a core. The core is from the USA, as always. Canada relies on having one player per USA-core team, they don't have enough talent to build full Canadian lineups.
2019-07-17 21:04
#67
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Well American teams also depends on Canadian players. And with Elige the 2 Canadians are liquids fraggers.
2019-07-17 21:06
That's a complete bunch of bullshit. There's some decent Canadian talent that could build a solid national team.
2019-07-18 02:42
#75
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Brazil hugoooo 
Only if you take the best Canadian players from any team... like: Twistzz (Liquid) NAF (Liquid) TenZ (cloud9) Wardell (Ghost) stanislaw (NRG) Great lineup, but literally impossible to happen. Tell me a REALISTIC FULL CANADIAN team that can be considered above t5 in NA? Btw: hltv.org/ranking/teams/2019/july/15/coun.. Tell me it's not a joke.
2019-07-19 14:19
The only reason it's not realistic is because 2 of those players are on the #1 team. If someone wanted to make that team they'd succeed.
2019-07-19 14:40
#77
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Brazil hugoooo 
That's my point, there is literally one possible world class Canadian lineup! They NEED to join American players in order to succeed.
2019-07-19 14:43
#49
Theia | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
LUL
2019-07-17 18:13
First
2019-07-17 17:05
omg crazy LUL
2019-07-17 17:06
#4
Bug | 
Brazil TTB 
EZ FOR INTZ
2019-07-17 17:06
NICE
2019-07-17 17:06
#6
ScreaM | 
Belgium jelledm 
ez for kng cheater
2019-07-17 17:06
#8
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Cool
2019-07-17 17:06
#10
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Spain mokerz 
LULminosty
2019-07-17 17:10
Destiny -28 omegalul
2019-07-17 17:11
#14
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United Kingdom arey0ufucky0u 
gj intz more exciting teams from br
2019-07-17 17:13
#17
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
I'm tempted to say intz won due to their hype/ability to seize the momentum
2019-07-17 17:21
I'm tempted to say that LG lost because they played the last few rounds in game 1 and 3 like absolute mongoloids.. what are they, monkeys? Oh wait...
2019-07-17 18:50
#68
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
I'm tempted to say you bet on them. How much?
2019-07-18 00:06
#18
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Brazil Karlogaria 
That's bizarre. If you look at stats you conclude that LG won, but nope. INTZ playing some fine CS, even beating the favorite FURIA, 2nd strongest team on the minor, losing only to NRG.
2019-07-17 17:30
#20
tarik | 
Canada F3rnDawg 
NRG to win Major
2019-07-17 17:32
#26
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Bosnia and Herzegovina b0rat98 
man, how did INTZ win that? LG was unlucky
2019-07-17 17:36
INTZ as always, good against Brazilians, and trash against tier 10 NA like Party Astronauts... i hate this team.
2019-07-17 17:39
#50
EliGE | 
Brazil kaiknux 
truth has been spoken
2019-07-17 18:15
#53
s1mple | 
Brazil afxsaw1 
Tears from a Furia fan, really expected, Furia won't qualify, accept it, the major was a fluke and ESEA S30 was thrown by vitality
2019-07-17 18:45
100 percent intz and NRG to theajor
2019-07-17 18:39
14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA 14-12 LOSE TO FULL ECO LOSE MAP BR CS HAHAHA
2019-07-17 18:48
ez 4 GODng mothafuckas aint ready #kngGOD top 1 #felpthebrazilianfer #thecryisfree #noahin2019LUL
2019-07-17 19:08
#74
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United States NotASmurph 
Jesus Christ BR CS is a garbage can. INTZ qualify over Furia? What happened to BR CS coming back?
2019-07-18 16:00
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