ENCE beat Renegades; Heroic stun Vitality at IEM Chicago

ENCE and Heroic are through to Group B's upper bracket final at IEM Chicago after defeating Renegades and Vitality, both in two-map series.

The second pair of matches in Chicago kicked off with a two-map series between ENCE and Renegades, two teams seeking redemption after cutting a frustrating figure at their previous event, ESL One Cologne. The Australian team's round wins in the first half of Inferno, their own map pick, were few and far between as their offense was simply inconsequential, resulting in a 10-5 lead for ENCE at the break.

Renegades kept their comeback hopes alive after winning the pistol round and the subsequent anti-eco, but their recovery was short-lived: ENCE assumed the driving seat again once they had guns in hand and won six rounds in a row to lock down the first map of the series.

ENCE beat Renegades in convincing fashion

The Australian team looked livelier on the next map, Train, as they secured a 9-6 lead on the CT side after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together for the majority of the half. Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage was in stunning form throughout the map, but it was not enough to force a decider map as ENCE secured the win in the final round of regulation to advance to the group's upper bracket final.

Matchpage
0
2
18th July 2019
7
Inferno
16
14
Train
16
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 51 - 34 +17 105.5 1.46
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 30 - 39 -9 71.9 0.89
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 29 - 40 -11 64.9 0.86
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 25 - 37 -12 54.5 0.79
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 24 - 36 -12 51.0 0.72
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 42 - 29 +13 80.7 1.21
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 35 - 29 +6 83.5 1.20
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 39 - 34 +5 76.6 1.20
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 37 - 31 +6 81.3 1.17
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 33 - 36 -3 63.7 0.97

Meanwhile, Vitality and Heroic faced off in a rematch of the recent ESL One Cologne group stage series between the two teams, which the French side had won in two very close maps. The match kicked off on Overpass, one of Vitality's strongest maps, with Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin's troops dominating proceedings throughout the majority of the first half, taking a commanding 10-5 lead following some great individual rounds, including an ace from Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and some multi-kills by star player Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, Vitality picked up where they had left off and hit 14 rounds without even breaking a sweat. It looked like the French giants had the game in the bag, but then the unthinkable happened. Inspired by a vintage performance from Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg - who got the most kills he had ever had on LAN in regulation since August 2013 -, Heroic completed a miraculous comeback by winning 11 rounds in a row, exacting revenge on the French side for the ESL One Cologne defeat on this map.

stavn led the way on Nuke after a dominant friberg display on Overpass

Next up was Nuke, where Heroic rallied back immediately after losing the pistol round and carved out a four-round lead on the CT side. Vitality put together a string of rounds of their own to bring the deficit to a solitary round, but Heroic dominated the final stages of the half and hit double digits with some outstanding plays by Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund.

The 17-year-old carried that form into the second half and inspired his team to reach match point at 15-7 after a somewhat slow start to their Terrorist side. Vitality looked well off the pace, and even ZywOo was a far cry from his usual self, forcing NBK- to do most of the fragging. The French team still got two more rounds on the board, but it was simply too little, too late, as the Danes put the series to rest in the 25th round to seal a convincing victory.

Matchpage
0
2
18th July 2019
14
Overpass
16
9
Nuke
16
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 47 - 47 0 98.1 1.18
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 34 - 37 -3 63.1 0.91
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 29 - 45 -16 64.4 0.83
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 31 - 41 -10 61.3 0.78
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 25 - 44 -19 49.5 0.62
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 52 - 34 +18 92.7 1.43
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 47 - 31 +16 85.5 1.31
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 39 - 32 +7 74.7 1.21
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 35 - 31 +4 75.9 1.17
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX 41 - 38 +3 76.5 1.16
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1784
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.29
Maps played:
667
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
931
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1594
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Hope throwing vs. Furia was worth it you noobs! Karma hit you real good 👍👍👍 Come to brazil
2019-07-18 23:20
#5
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Europe Kilian_9047
Everything checks out
2019-07-18 23:21
#17
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-07-18 23:22
+1
2019-07-18 23:22
#23
rain | 
United Kingdom EKersh
+1
2019-07-18 23:24
#24
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Albania 9898
Not much of an upset tbh
2019-07-18 23:24
#46
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India Chichiyum
Gratisfaction isnt good.. renegades needs a awper though
2019-07-18 23:45
FREE JKS FFS
2019-07-19 00:04
+1
2019-07-19 14:27
#7
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Brazil FanOfMibr
COME TO BRAZIL 🔪🔪🔪
2019-07-18 23:21
#10
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Poland Unluko
Nice mathces!
2019-07-18 23:21
2019-07-19 14:20
2 iq
2019-07-18 23:21
#26
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Albania 9898
Everything checks out
2019-07-18 23:25
Even pee pee??? 😲😲😲😭😭😭😭😭
2019-07-19 14:21
Vita won recently cs_summit, ecs finals, and 2nd from esl one cologne. Brazil recently won nothing.
2019-07-18 23:25
Do I taste salt here ?
2019-07-18 23:27
Depends on where you licked
2019-07-18 23:32
His ass crack
2019-07-18 23:35
Nicca wut
2019-07-19 00:05
Haram AF
2019-07-19 10:47
No u
2019-07-19 13:14
It wasnt throw,nbk wrote in twitter that the team will not play this shit ass match
2019-07-18 23:37
Thats the definition of throwing a match dumbdumb
2019-07-19 13:29
Men you are stupid
2019-07-19 17:04
Yeah... Good luck with it all rusky no brainer. You are a joke, too is your country.
2019-07-19 17:38
Since when do favelas have internet?
2019-07-18 23:45
+1111
2019-07-19 03:23
EZ4ENCE
2019-07-18 23:20
#3
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Finland Mirfic
Easy
2019-07-18 23:20
F For Vitality
2019-07-18 23:21
#6
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Europe PowwneD
Ouch
2019-07-18 23:21
ENCE
2019-07-18 23:21
vitality xd
2019-07-18 23:21
certified bruh moment
2019-07-18 23:21
#13
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United States Bochanka
g2 win
2019-07-18 23:21
#14
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Finland EdiEz
GG
2019-07-18 23:21
Imagine if ENCE lost against Renegades, ENCE vs Vitality in the losers bracket AGAIN. Thank god it didnt happen
2019-07-18 23:22
It would be hilarious lmao
2019-07-18 23:31
#40
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Czech Republic Noxar
Yeah noone would want that. Now ENCE can get their revenge on Heroic for sending them to the lower bracket at Cologne.
2019-07-18 23:40
#65
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Germany killmichi
They might do. But tbh we should not sleep on heroic. They played decent the last few tournaments. I could see them catching Ence offguard.
2019-07-19 07:36
A 2 - 1 result in either direction wouldn't be a surprise tbh.
2019-07-19 14:23
expected
2019-07-18 23:22
french cs back
2019-07-18 23:22
FLUKELITY EXPOSED
2019-07-18 23:23
#28
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Czech Republic Noxar
EZ4ENCE
2019-07-18 23:27
Ez 4 friberg
2019-07-18 23:27
flukelity
2019-07-18 23:27
No aug no ence btw
2019-07-18 23:31
GOAT Friberg <3
2019-07-18 23:33
Flukality showing they are a fluke indeed
2019-07-18 23:34
#39
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Hungary StraYzie
and this Heroic couldn't qualify for the Minor
2019-07-18 23:38
IEM > Minors
2019-07-18 23:42
#45
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Hungary StraYzie
Major > IEM > Minor
2019-07-18 23:45
Hard to get to the major if you can't win the minor. The odds for Heroic to get to the major from the current teams is literally 0. Thus in their case IEM > Major > Minor
2019-07-18 23:49
#48
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Hungary StraYzie
Their odds is certainly not 0 if they can beat Vitality 2-0, but they always choke on the Minor
2019-07-18 23:49
ez4sex7
2019-07-18 23:41
izi
2019-07-19 05:38
rng=crap
2019-07-18 23:43
#49
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Australia xSanctum
Whhyyyyyy rng. Why u so bad 😔
2019-07-18 23:50
#60
walle | 
Australia sini_
They've gone to shit again. It's heartbreak Renegades again ffs. Legends spot is up for grabs.
2019-07-19 04:28
I did expect them to put up a good fight indeed, they seemed like cryptonite for ENCE. But instead of an entertaining match we got a one sided affair, not exactly what anyone want to see.
2019-07-19 14:26
#77
walle | 
Australia sini_
I do wonder if grat never had visa issues and they didnt have to use standins, that they would be on a high level or would it of subsided.
2019-07-19 16:27
Hard to say, there were a few overperforming teams at the last major, Renegades and ENCE among them, so it's possible they're just beginning to plateu a bit now. It's also entierly likely Renegades were on the way to the top 5 along with ENCE and Vitality and the Grat situation just messed them up.
2019-07-19 16:29
EZ4TESTOSAMI
2019-07-18 23:51
Vitality was just having fun guys, they didn’t want to be here :)
2019-07-18 23:51
Vitality match fixers fluke run over
2019-07-19 00:06
#56
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African Union mikecool
😭 damn
2019-07-19 00:35
#57
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Japan chanse
Vitality lost because they were forced to play crappy matches. VItality don't have time to practice for IEM chicago.
2019-07-19 00:43
French always support his team and idol with any reason lmaoo ez for heroic sadddd
2019-07-19 03:58
Dude admit it vitality is just bad lololloo
2019-07-19 06:21
Renegades need better awper for god sake, ,,
2019-07-19 04:41
#64
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Pakistan perth
People have been saying that for three years lol they just can't seem to find a good awper.
2019-07-19 06:26
Lovely how French fanbois still dont see that Vitality is tier5 team if zywoo does not pull out 1.4 rating and +40 K-D. But I hope you enjoyed your 1 month of glory with "vitality no 1" "zywoo best player" lmao.
2019-07-19 08:11
Friberg > Zywoo
2019-07-19 11:53
Friberg and stavn didnt watch the match but nice numbers
2019-07-19 17:40
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