AVANGAR breeze past Besiktas; forZe annihilate Asterion in Rotterdam opening matches
The first match of day one saw AVANGAR take on Besiktas on Overpass in group A's opening match. The European mix team, featuring stand-in Steven "blackie" Groeneveld, secured the first pistol round thanks to a triple kill from Anastasia "kr4sylya" Khlobystina.
A force buy from AVANGAR shifted the momentum into the Kazakh five's hands, and the team persistently outplayed the defence, with Dzhami "Jame" Ali landing an AK-47 triple kill in the process. Besiktas were only able to produce two rounds over the entire half, concluding their defensive campaign with a worrisome 2-13 deficit.
A consecutive pistol round in the way of AVANGAR effectively served as the last nail in the coffin for the underdogs, as a pistol buy from Besiktas fell through, as did a force buy on the leaders' map point, concluding Overpass in 16-2 fashion for Alexey "qikert" Golubev and company.
|AVANGAR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|18 - 5||+13||111.2||1.93|
|15 - 5||+10||83.9||1.56|
|12 - 7||+5||72.3||1.39|
|15 - 11||+4||83.7||1.27|
|14 - 13||+1||71.0||1.24|
|Besiktas||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|10 - 14||-4||75.7||0.91|
|9 - 17||-8||61.8||0.61|
|10 - 15||-5||56.9||0.51|
|7 - 15||-8||61.6||0.51|
|5 - 14||-9||30.4||0.43|
Group B's opening match witnessed forZe collide with Asterion for a spot in the winners' bracket on Inferno. The Russian collective kicked off to a fruitful CT-side start, as a pistol round victory was ensured by Almaz "almazer" Asadullin who posted a triple kill. The defence kept the pressure up to a five-round lead, after which Asterion finally posted their first digit of the half.
The prior mentioned digit proved to be all she wrote for the underdogs, as forZe demonstrated extreme confidence on the defence, at times even cocky with aggressive plays towards Apartments and Banana. A 1v1 between Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov and Bernardus "Bernard" Stornebrink very nearly meant a second round for Asterion, but the Russian AWPer culled the last T, concluding the first half 14-1 in favour of forZe.
|forZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|21 - 6||+15||114.5||2.05|
|18 - 7||+11||108.8||1.72|
|17 - 8||+9||99.7||1.59|
|14 - 8||+6||96.6||1.45|
|12 - 6||+6||66.5||1.29|