fnatic, Renegades take down Brazilians in Belek
The second pair of matches began with fnatic facing off against Imperial, starting on Train. Maikil "Golden" Selim kicked off fnatic's T side performance with a Glock quad kill. The Swedes kept the ball rolling despite a loss on the opponents' full buy, assuming a 5-1 early lead.
A triple kill from Dener "KHTEX" Barchfield served as the catalyst for the Brazilians' first steady string of round conversions, allowing his squad to equalise the score at five apiece. While the effort was formidable, no further success was experienced by the defence, as fnatic walked away with a 10-5 T half.
The early rounds repeated themselves upon the switching of sides, as fnatic closed out another pistol round plus one, later upset on Imperial’s full buy round. The Brazilians doubled up on their success from the initial half, securing a total of two in the opening rounds, but faltered in the ensuing four, as Jesper "JW" Wecksell and company closed out with a convincing 16-7 scoreline.
Inferno followed, where fnatic got off to another successful T-side start. A fruitful pistol round, followed by a failed force buy from Imperial allowed for an early dash to a 5-0 lead. Gustavo "tge" Motta initiated his team’s successful engagement in the game with a M4A4 triple kill, and inspired his squadmates towards a flourishing scoreline that saw the team close out eight consecutive rounds. fnatic added but one to their tally prior to a 6-9 conclusion in favour of the underdogs.
Set on maintaining a perfect pistol round record, the Swedes once more picked up the first round of the half, with only a single follow up on this occasion. Outstanding individual form from Victor "iDk" Torraca impacted the outcome of several back-to-back rounds, ensuring Imperial’s gradual creep towards closing the map. Lacking two rounds to a third map, Imperial faltered against the Swedish defence in all remaining exchanges, leading to a bitter loss at a nail-biting 14-16 score.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||48 - 32||+16||88.6||1.48|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||44 - 29||+15||90.7||1.36|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||38 - 26||+12||79.0||1.21|
|Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan||35 - 27||+8||75.4||1.19|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||26 - 33||-7||52.6||0.88|
|Imperial||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Victor 'iDk' TorracaiDk||38 - 39||-1||79.0||0.99|
|Dener 'KHTEX' BarchfieldKHTEX||30 - 35||-5||60.8||0.87|
|Eduardo 'dumau' Volkmerdumau||27 - 39||-12||63.5||0.81|
|Gustavo 'tge' Mottatge||26 - 39||-13||60.4||0.76|
|Felipe 'delboNi' DelbonidelboNi||25 - 39||-14||50.5||0.64|
Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles and Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe started the second series off with two kills each, ensuring an early CT presence against Renegades. The Australian squad was quick to eliminate the accrued lead, with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad spearheading the equaliser.
Maintaining the developing back-and-forth nature of the early stages of the half, the Brazilian duo once more accounted for a round conversion and a subsequent string of successes. While MIBR may have had the middle portion of the half, the same could not be said for the last six rounds, all of which went Renegades' way for a 9-6 scoreline.
Persisting momentum meant a successful CT-side pistol round for Renegades, but the Aussies were upset by a force buy, halting their string of victories. Aaron "AZR" Ward and company fought back in the short-term, but MIBR's offense set full sail, advancing to a 14-12 lead. Against the odds, Renegades maintained composure and secured map point, but a triple kill from LUCAS1 meant overtime, in which they were ultimately unable to outshine the Brazilians, falling 16-19.
Dust2 got off to a turbulent start, as the pistol went the way of Renegades, only for the Brazilian offense to upset in round two with a force buy. Back-to-back anti-eco triple kills from kNgV- ensured a 3-1 lead for MIBR, but Renegades went on to reassume the wheel after a pistol buy upset, establishing dominance in six consecutive rounds. MIBR had the last laugh of the first half, softening their deficit thanks to another triple kill from LUCAS1 at 6-9.
A repeat of the previous half's initial rounds took place, whereby Renegades were unable to develop past a successful pistol round, conceding momentum to MIBR's force buy. With persistence in their pursuit, the Brazilian squad managed to squash the deficit accrued over the course of the map, surpassing the Ts at a 12-11 score. Showcasing their mental fortitude once more, Renegades managed to recuperate from the losses, outclassing MIBR without contestation at 16-12.
Renegades avenged previous momentum upsets in the early rounds of Mirage, where they gave the Brazilian offensive a taste of its own medicine in the form of a force buy victory in round 2. This development allowed an early lead for the Australian side, with stunning individual form from AZR seen over the consecutive string of victories. MIBR continued to struggle, sporadically producing rounds mid-half, but towards the concluding rounds were they able to find success, preventing a blowout at 6-9.
The Australians, now on the offense, pulled off a repeat of their CT-side start by landing a force buy upset against MIBR once more. The opportunity to further their position was not squandered, with a total of four rounds consecutive accrued before MIBR took any action.
Adopting a more aggressive approach to the defence, MIBR found a solution to their issues, an adjustment that meant the round discrepancy whittled down to just one. A victory for Renegades offset the equaliser, but the Brazilians apparently had their opponents figured out as the squad went on to not only square things but assume a lead with map point after an A hit fell through for the Ts.
Regulation proved insufficient in settling the score on Mirage, as a successful A hit from Justin "jks" Savage and company pushed the map into overtime. In the first batch of additional rounds, the two teams exchanged 2-1 CT performances, with an incredible triple kill from Fernando "fer" Alvarenga witnessed in round 33. Renegades subsequently put a lid on the series after an early man advantage facilitated for a successful A hit, closing out Mirage 22-20.
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Justin 'jks' Savagejks||77 - 61||+16||77.2||1.16|
|Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz||61 - 68||-7||72.6||1.00|
|Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR||70 - 73||-3||67.1||0.99|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||63 - 72||-9||68.0||0.96|
|Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction||56 - 73||-17||61.1||0.84|