North ascend to New Legends stage with narrow win over CR4ZY; Grayhound eliminate INTZ

North have joined mousesports as one of the first two teams to advance to the Legends stage following a 2-1 win over CR4ZY, while Grayhound saw to the elimination of INTZ with a 2-1 series victory of their own.

The second Legends stage advancement match saw North up against CR4ZY, with the series kicking off on Mirage. An early 2-0 lead for Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and company on the offense was quickly responded to by North, who gave CR4ZY no inroads towards either bombsite to take seven of the ensuing eight rounds and pull ahead 7-3. A quartet of rounds towards the end of the half kept things competitive for CR4ZY, with North edging out one of their own for a 8-7 scoreline as the sides swapped over.

Now on the CT-side, CR4ZY put up an impenetrable defense, powered primarily by a stellar individual performance by Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač. Contributions from Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas and Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo also helped CR4ZY secure a lockout in the second half, winning nine rounds straight to take their own map pick 16-8. huNter- ended the map at the top of the board, mustering a 1.75 rating courtesy of his 28-13 K-D and 107.2 ADR.

Kjaerbye was a critical piece in North's victory on Inferno

A quad kill in the pistol round by Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye helped the Danes bounce back as Inferno got underway, with North springboarding off of the victory to grant themselves a 4-0 lead. Three Deagle kills by ottoNd led to CR4ZY's first round win, but the team managed just one more round before they were responded to by Kjaerbye's side, with the 21-year-old aiding his team on the road to two more rounds for a 6-2 scoreline.

CR4ZY were unwilling to relent however, answering back by securing five of the next six rounds to fight back into the half, with North once again winning the final round on their T-side to narrowly edge out the lead 8-7.

The second half of Inferno seemed set to play out in identical fashion to the one on Mirage, with CR4ZY going on a six-round spree on the offense to grab a 13-8 scoreline. North fought back for two rounds of their own, but CR4ZY responded in kind to move up to match point. Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså and Kjaerbye refused to concede the map however, fighting back alongside their teammates to force overtime by winning five rounds in a row.

Despite a 3-0 start to overtime, North were unable to convert their lead into an immediate win as CR4ZY replied in kind for a second overtime. The two teams continued to fight, remaining at odds as individual heroics from huNter-, ottoNd, nexa, valde, and Kjaerbye resulted in a long back-and-forth that saw the match go into a fourth overtime. There, North finally stabilized, with Kjaerbye securing a triple kill in the second-to-last round to help his team edge out a hard-fought 28-26 victory.

aizy stepped up on Train to help pull the map over the line for North

Philip "aizy" Aistrup allowed for North to continue in their winning ways as he found four frags on the CT pistol of Train, with the Dane fragging out to help his side to a 7-1 lead. An ace from nexa gave CR4ZY their second round in the half, with the Serbian team converting the opening into a comeback effort in the half as they only lost one last round to keep the score close at 8-7.

An incredible grenade allowed for nexa to secure a triple kill in the second pistol round and immediately tie up the match, but a forcebuy from North in the following round saw the Danes regain control as aizy continued to stack up frags for himself. Three frags from huNter- gave CR4ZY their only round out of the next seven, with North sitting upon a 14-9 lead before the Serbian side stabilized. A valiant comeback effort by CR4ZY saw nexa and company rally back to claim match point first, but North snuck in one last round to force yet another overtime.

In identical fashion to Inferno, North opened up overtime with a flawless three round spree, but unlike the previous map, this time the Danes were able to convert their edge into a 19-15 victory to take home the series 2-1 and claim a spot in the New Legends stage.

Matchpage
2
1
24th August 2019
8
Mirage
16
28
Inferno
26
19
Train
15
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 89 - 68 +21 86.8 1.22
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 80 - 72 +8 72.7 1.12
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 74 - 82 -8 78.4 1.05
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 73 - 72 +1 64.7 0.99
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 61 - 83 -22 60.3 0.89
 CR4ZY K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 88 - 73 +15 87.9 1.23
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 93 - 74 +19 83.2 1.18
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' SihvoottoNd 83 - 74 +9 71.9 1.06
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo 65 - 80 -15 67.3 0.94
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1 47 - 76 -29 50.3 0.73

INTZ entered their elimination series against Grayhound looking to improve upon their performances from the first day of play, where they had managed just a single round combined in the first halves of their matchups against North and Vitality.

The Brazilians made good on an effort to improve as they won the first three rounds on the T-side of Train, but their lead was quickly left by the wayside as Grayhound refused to concede once they had rifles in their hands. Christopher "dexter" Nong and Liam "malta" Schembri combined to push their team up to an 11-4 lead, with INTZ managing just one final round following the side swap before the Australian side closed out their opponent's map pick 16-5.

INTZ once again took an early lead on the defensive side of Nuke, with Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe powering his side to a 5-1 start. Again, the team found themselves unable to maintain their lead for long, with Grayhound rallying back for six rounds of their own before INTZ were able to add two more to their tally. A final round in the half put Grayhound in a solid spot to close out the map as they swapped over to the favoured side of the map with a narrow 8-7 lead.

Grayhound remain in contention for a spot in the New Legends stage

The two teams continued to keep the scoreline close as the second half got underway, trading rounds back-and-forth before INTZ finally put an end to the battle with a five-round streak to attain match point at 15-12. Grayhound made an effort to force overtime as they fought to put two more rounds on the board, but kNgV- and company won a final round for a 16-14 victory to force a deciding map.

A CT start for Grayhound saw the Australians take three rounds as an opening salvo, with INTZ replying in kind to immediately even the score. From there, the half was firmly in the control of Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga's side, with INTZ only mustering a single round towards the end of the half for an 11-4 scoreline in the favour of the Australians.

A pistol round victory gave INTZ a chance to begin a comeback effort, with the team managing to trade back Grayhound's first gun round victory with one of their own to hold control of the economy despite a 7-12 deficit. Despite having control of the money, INTZ were unable to convert a 4vs2 in the ensuing round as the sound of dexter and Simon "Sico" Williams's Deagles rang out, allowing for Grayhound to regain their foothold and cruise to a 16-7 finish to eliminate INTZ from the New Challengers stage.

Matchpage
2
1
24th August 2019
16
Train
5
14
Nuke
16
16
Dust2
7
 Grayhound K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter 61 - 39 +22 88.2 1.34
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 56 - 46 +10 73.2 1.13
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' TierneyDickStacy 50 - 52 -2 79.3 1.11
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt 54 - 45 +9 73.2 1.04
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico 41 - 45 -4 67.1 1.03
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 63 - 52 +11 93.6 1.28
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 51 - 51 0 75.3 1.01
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 41 - 49 -8 67.6 0.92
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 40 - 53 -13 61.5 0.79
Brazil Lucas 'DeStiNy' BulloDeStiNy 31 - 57 -26 44.4 0.68
The New Challengers stage
3W - 0L
0W - 3L
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
930
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
637
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
828
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
490
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' Williams
Simon 'Sico' Williams
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
754
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembri
Liam 'malta' Schembri
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Sweden Unluko 
BANGER
2019-08-25 00:25
#37
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Europe IFlorek 
Now my pick'em is completely ruined if vitality don't go through Syman is winning the major :DDD
2019-08-25 00:50
#38
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Europe Archasi 
+1
2019-08-25 00:51
#2
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New Zealand LewsTherin 
ez
2019-08-25 00:25
#3
ropz | 
Argentina rawe1337 
rip kngv
2019-08-25 00:25
#4
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Finland ENCEL 
EZ 4 AIZY
2019-08-25 00:25
#5
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Poland Kluuseek 
ez4north
2019-08-25 00:25
#6
Reckless | 
China Exusi4 
10th
2019-08-25 00:25
EZ4NIP
2019-08-25 00:25
wp
2019-08-25 00:25
That North vs. CR4ZY series was so epic.
2019-08-25 00:26
Exactly What a way to end the day
2019-08-25 00:27
#59
TenZ | 
Brazil SkindCS 
wait, change your nickname pls. IEM Sydney 2017, EPL S6, EPICENTER 2017, cs_summit 1, MLG Columbus 2016 (Major), ESL One Cologne 2016 (Major) and 2017.
2019-08-25 17:40
im talking about the org, ever since they joined m16r, they didnt win anything
2019-08-25 20:42
Agreed, was a lot of fun to watch. Hope that CR4ZY can make the next stage because I'd like to see them take on the teams there.
2019-08-25 00:36
I wanted to see CR4ZY go 3-0 becoz of my pickem
2019-08-25 02:15
lol never gonna be a top 10 team xD
2019-08-25 00:25
#12
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Turkey montpaylit 
ez
2019-08-25 00:26
Mithr famous now.
2019-08-25 00:26
Is that THE Rosenchef on my news post? )))
2019-08-25 00:41
#14
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Canada Squidward2K 
WHAT A SERIES, GG'S TO NORTH AND GL TO CR4ZY #GoCrazy
2019-08-25 00:26
ez 3-0 pick North OP
2019-08-25 00:26
Sad for cr4zy They totally deserved it
2019-08-25 00:26
+1 has to be the saddest day for cr4zy fans ever (so far).
2019-08-25 00:55
#17
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Denmark moosp 
Deserved. Easy victory.
2019-08-25 00:26
Crazy combacks from north 😍
2019-08-25 00:26
#56
Magisk | 
Denmark MRFREAK 
Both teams did cr4zy comebacks. North had a great momentum, but as soon they lost one round, poop hit the fan and they didn't manage to shut Cr4zy down.
2019-08-25 11:45
3vs2 after plant on b (match point) //inferno earlier 15-10 15-14 on ct train.. lel sometimes i don't udnerstand those pro players.. ; /
2019-08-25 00:28
#20
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Brazil Charizaldo 
mibr pls anounce kng
2019-08-25 00:27
#53
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World bigb1rd 
He played amazing considering how badly they lost most games and how shit his teammates were
2019-08-25 09:14
#21
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Paraguay imjustmau 
kjaerbye is good
2019-08-25 00:27
#23
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
cr4zy vs north was crazy especially on inferno
2019-08-25 00:27
really epic series
2019-08-25 00:27
#25
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Japan eternaL_ 
RIP CR4ZY 3-0 pick
2019-08-25 00:29
Danish cs is the BEST IN THE WORLD,,,,,6 DANES from NORTH, and 2 DANES FROM MOUSE,,,,,,to LEAGENS STAGE
2019-08-25 00:30
LEAGENS STAGE
2019-08-25 00:33
That's Danish, inside joke. Nt tho'
2019-08-25 04:06
#35
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Serbia avaterR 
Danish cs is the BEST IN THE WORLD,,,,,6 DANES from NORTH, and 2 DANES FROM MOUSE,,,,,,to LEAGENS STAGE
2019-08-25 00:41
And astralis 6 danes
2019-08-25 13:07
-1
2019-08-25 00:55
#28
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CIS xkram 
EU ERA INCCCCC
2019-08-25 00:31
#29
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United Kingdom trtr098 
EZ 3-0 pickem I knew north would either dominate 3-0 or choke hard. RIP CR4ZY/Vitality 3-0 pickers better stop watching WarOwl and Thorin videos
2019-08-25 00:31
I had nrg to 3-0 :(
2019-08-25 01:48
damn i mean i had 3-0 mouz but switched grayhound with north cause YTB and north suck
2019-08-25 00:31
Your flair sucks. And your flag. But not North.
2019-08-25 04:10
RESPECT NATO
2019-08-25 06:36
^v^
2019-08-25 09:45
#34
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Brazil RAYRELiCK 
INTZ LUL
2019-08-25 00:37
#41
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Wp North!
2019-08-25 01:25
#43
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Philippines wataetos 
G0 CR4ZY, G0 STUP1D!
2019-08-25 02:00
cr4zy really show their potential here good job lads ^_^
2019-08-25 03:18
Bye, Bozominions, don't return!
2019-08-25 03:35
Yeah the boys! Really not sure about the Nuke picks though...
2019-08-25 05:13
Very good match tho :) Who is IGL of valiance?
2019-08-25 07:32
#52
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African Union mikecool 
Intz and tyloo looked like they didn't practice at all this major...
2019-08-25 08:51
#55
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Germany L1lK1M 
That North vs CR4ZY match yesterday was one of the sickest I've had so far. What a constant turn of events... you could literally grasp the nervousness and the emotions...
2019-08-25 10:31
Guess who got his first pickem? Yay
2019-08-25 13:35
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