AVANGAR beat forZe to win BLAST Pro Series Moscow
The series kicked off on Overpass, AVANGAR's choice of map, where forZe enjoyed a solid start on the CT side in part thanks to their ability to open up rounds. The rounds that AVANGAR won were few and far between, resulting in a 3-7 deficit, but a late resurgence earned them the final five rounds of the half to go into the break on top.
AVANGAR carried that momentum into the second half as they picked up the pistol round following a quad-kill by Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev. forZe struggled to create any space in the map during the early stages of the half but gradually grew into the game, leveling the score at 13-13 after dictating proceedings for a large spell.
But a comeback was not on the cards. Dzhami "Jame" Ali's troops used a timeout to discuss their strategy and tighten up their defense, winning three straight rounds to lock down the map and take the lead in the series.
forZe came out the brighter of the two sides on Inferno and kept AVANGAR's players at bay during the early stages of the game. The Major runners-up responded with a string of rounds of their own - during which Jame pulled of an incredible 1v3 clutch -, before the Russian side came back fighting to end the half on double-digits.
AVANGAR responded after switching to the CT side and won three rounds in a row, but they were pressed against the ropes once forZe had money in the bank. The Russian team kept the pace high and fended off a late comeback from the Kazakhstani side to secure the map at 16-12 and force a decider map.
The first half of Dust2 was predominantly one-way traffic, with AVANGAR taking control of proceedings from the first minute and never looking back. They ran all over the forZe defense and raced to an 11-2 lead before the home side fought back with two key Desert Eagle kills by Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov in a very weak buy and a 1v2 clutch from Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov.
SANJI kicked AVANGAR further into the lead with a trio of USP headshots in an A retake, piling even more pressure on forZe's players. The Russian team still attempted a response with guns in hands, but it would be short-lived as the Kazakhstani side kept their composure and won three rounds in a row en route to a 16-6 success.
|forZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Andrey 'Jerry' MekhryakovJerry||56 - 57||-1||89.1||1.18|
|Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikovxsepower||52 - 39||+13||62.0||1.12|
|Almaz 'almazer' Asadullinalmazer||60 - 54||+6||84.0||1.10|
|Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack||54 - 53||+1||72.0||1.03|
|Jenya 'FL1T' LebedevFL1T||42 - 58||-16||62.3||0.84|
|AVANGAR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame||70 - 44||+26||92.6||1.43|
|Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI||58 - 53||+5||76.4||1.10|
|Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster||42 - 53||-11||64.4||0.95|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||49 - 53||-4||67.3||0.92|
|Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert||41 - 61||-20||61.9||0.78|
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