NRG outclass INTZ to qualify for StarLadder Major

NRG are the first team to qualify for the StarLadder Major through the Minors after beating INTZ in quick fashion in the upper bracket final of the Americas Minor.

The North American team entered the series determined to validade their status as favourites and jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the Terrorist side of Train - their map pick - to force Gustavo "yel" Knittel to call an early timeout. INTZ showed immediate improvements after that but still lost the next round following a spectacular 1v3 clutch by Tarik "tarik" Celik.

It was only then that the Brazilians managed to put their foot down and hold back the dominant Terrorists, bringing the deficit to a solitary round after a spell in control. However, a massive blunder on their part then allowed Ethan "Ethan" Arnold to run riot in with a quad-kill, with that round turning the tide back in the favour of NRG, who closed out the half with a 10-5 lead.

NRG qualify for the Major with a dominant 6-0 map record

INTZ kept themselves in the game by winning the second half pistol, but they were unable to fully capitalise on that, having been overwhelmed by NRG's Scouts in the third round. The two teams proceeded to trade blows in the following rounds before NRG put the game to rest in the 26th round with nothing more than pistols in hand.

Mirage settled into much the same pattern as the first map, with NRG getting off to a blazing fast start, this time on the CT side. After being down 0-8, INTZ started to get a foothold in the game with a series of B hit, but the North Americans quickly adjusted to what the game required and raced to a 12-3 lead.

More misery was heaped on the helpless Brazilians as they let the pistol round slip away to a 1v3 clutch by Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz, who toyed with his opponents and could not hide the smile on his face as he put his team up by ten rounds. The North Americans refused to take their foot off the gas and won the next three rounds to seal an emphatic win, sending INTZ to the all-deciding consolidation final, a mouth-watering Brazilian showdown against FURIA.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 38 - 23 +15 92.3 1.49
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 39 - 26 +13 86.4 1.36
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 38 - 23 +15 73.8 1.25
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 30 - 25 +5 82.6 1.25
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 25 - 25 0 67.0 1.05
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 28 - 34 -6 71.0 0.99
Brazil Lucas 'DeStiNy' BulloDeStiNy 28 - 34 -6 70.8 0.84
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 23 - 34 -11 65.4 0.70
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 23 - 35 -12 58.3 0.69
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 20 - 33 -13 54.2 0.68

NRG are the sixth team confirmed for the StarLadder Major's New Challengers stage, which will be held from August 23-26 at the Verti Music Hall, in Berlin. They join five of the six teams who finished 9th through 14th at the IEM Katowice Major (the exception being Cloud9, who lost the majority of the line-up that competed in Poland).

The team list for the initial stage of the Major currently looks as follows:

France Vitality
United States Complexity
Europe HellRaisers
Europe Europe Minor #1
Europe Europe Minor #2
CIS CIS Minor #1
CIS CIS Minor #2
Other Minor Play-In #2
France G2
Kazakhstan AVANGAR
United States NRG
Other Americas Minor #2
Asia Asia Minor #1
Asia Asia Minor #2
Other Minor Play-In #1
Other Minor Play-In #3
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
687
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
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Australia TeBo 
GGWP
2019-07-20 14:14
#4
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Sweden Unluko 
NA > BR
2019-07-20 14:14
Who?
2019-07-20 14:17
#29
tarik | 
Brazil GuGa62 
Nt
2019-07-20 15:07
#45
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North America ProudNAfan 
+1
2019-07-20 18:52
#47
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Brazil Maujubudo 
America's minor finals: NA: NRG. BR: Sharks, FURIA and INTZ NA >BR?
2019-07-20 19:04
expected
2019-07-20 14:14
#11
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Canada herocoolzzz 
stanislaw sticker POG
2019-07-20 14:15
#2
TaZ | 
Hungary muszakk 
Gg
2019-07-20 14:13
Kngv in Mibr plz #saveKngv
2019-07-20 14:15
#22
HEN1 | 
Brazil KNG0d 
+1.000.000
2019-07-20 14:36
+1²
2019-07-20 16:33
#39
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Brazil jeanntm 
+1
2019-07-20 16:50
#44
cocada | 
Brazil Xeruh 
+1
2019-07-20 18:12
Always yeL...
2019-07-20 14:15
Chelo 0.69 Yel 0.68 Always yel
2019-07-20 16:34
#8
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Germany Trax_ 
n1
2019-07-20 14:15
BR CS HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHA AHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAH AHHAHAHHA CRY IS FREE!
2019-07-20 14:15
german cs LUL, never won anything
2019-07-20 14:43
#10
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India Pranav3112 
Ez4 Stan
2019-07-20 14:15
#12
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
stan still sucks #changemymind
2019-07-20 14:17
epic
2019-07-20 14:17
#15
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
quick n ez GGs
2019-07-20 14:22
cheaters
2019-07-20 14:23
Wanna cry?
2019-07-20 14:32
He thinks Brazil is 1st world, he is too delusional to believe they aren't cheating.
2019-07-20 14:35
expected
2019-07-20 14:31
#19
KRIMZ | 
United States KevinUSA 
INTZ strat: rush B no stop! After failing a few rounds: just go A then xD
2019-07-20 14:33
Lol ez minor
2019-07-20 14:36
hellraisers 😂😂😂
2019-07-20 14:37
#26
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France CocoBiceps 
I also see this xD Who gonna be kick for deadfox
2019-07-20 14:46
fking snakes kicked daps they don't deserve it
2019-07-20 14:45
Where’s the furia win over sharks post?
2019-07-20 14:46
Bye bye brazil
2019-07-20 15:01
As Always INTZ sucks against every non BR team
2019-07-20 15:07
#31
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Bulgaria LorDDemoniC 
cerq god stickers again!
2019-07-20 15:10
I hope nrg wont come far because they kicked daps the person who led them to a top 5. Team. For stanislaw for goddam stanislaw.
2019-07-20 15:16
#33
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
thanks god I didn't wake up to watch this
2019-07-20 15:36
#34
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
nice
2019-07-20 15:51
Hellraisers who are they fielding?
2019-07-20 15:55
#36
jks | 
North America Neshie 
As much I’m happy for nrg. Hellraisers are in the lineup now ;o So we may see hobbit or deadfox returning in the mix.
2019-07-20 16:13
Expected
2019-07-20 16:54
#41
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Philippines LYrpz 
daps > stan
2019-07-20 16:55
Daps was the problem!
2019-07-20 17:23
So ez.
2019-07-20 17:31
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