ENCE to IEM Chicago grand final over MIBR
MIBR kicked off the first semi-final of IEM Chicago on the right foot on their pick, Mirage, coming out on top of a 2v2 afterplant in the pistol round to gain an early advantage on the offense. Individual plays from Aleksi "allu" Jalli, Jere "sergej" Salo, and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo saw the two teams go toe-to-toe at the beginning, reaching a tied scoreline at 4-4, but a 1v1 clutch from Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles began to sway the half in the Brazilian team's favor.
MIBR ended up clinching a comfortable 10-5 half and continued to extend their lead with their second pistol round win, while a defuse from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo in a chaotic afterplant situation pushed them to 14-7. ENCE responded with two in a row and looked to close the gap further, but they got caught off-guard with a strong eco setup in mid, backed up by a saved AWP from FalleN, and MIBR closed out map one at 16-9.
Map one's surprising result didn't seem to rattle ENCE, who went into their pick, Train, in good spirits, with Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's triples in the pistol round and the first gunround securing them a 6-0 lead on the Terrorist side. MIBR then managed to get their first and gave themselves a little bit of breathing room later on, but allu's quad-kill and a 1v2 ensured an 11-4 scoreline for the Finns.
The Brazilian squad grabbed the second pistol round, but they were unable to survive the upcoming anti-forcebuy, with Jani "Aerial" Jussila's 1v2 shifting momentum back in the favor of ENCE, who went on to equalize the series comfortably at 16-5.
ENCE kept up the form on the deciding map, Dust2, denying MIBR consecutive wins as they kept getting openings all over the map as CT, with a double AWP setup between allu and sergej giving them a dominant 11-4 half. Although FalleN's team grabbed the second pistol round, the Finnish powerhouse rallied to a quick victory, reaching the grand final at 16-7, 2-1.
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jere 'sergej' Salosergej||58 - 40||+18||91.3||1.39|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||59 - 37||+22||73.6||1.29|
|Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib||48 - 38||+10||82.8||1.25|
|Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial||41 - 39||+2||61.8||1.02|
|Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN||31 - 41||-10||60.6||0.92|