BIG defeat Virtus.pro; North overrun Sprout in DH Leipzig openers
A 3-1 lead from Virtus.pro on Inferno as CT was a good start for the side from Kazakhstan, but Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş' double started BIG's strong run as Terrorists. The Germans exploited their opponents' passive defenses and bullied their way to a strong half-time score, finishing 10-5 up after Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch's closing knife kill on Dzhami "Jame" Ali.
Virtus.pro's star player Jame combined with Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev to win a 2v3 in the second-half pistol to bring the score back to 10-8, before BIG' first buy round on the CT side. Alexey "qikert" Golubev and co. opted for executes towards the A site in the next two rounds, but with the help of Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, BIG managed to thwart their approaches. The German in-game leader continued his form for the rest of the match, finishing with a 1.74 rating in a one-sided, 16-8 victory for BIG.
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert||18 - 16||+2||75.3||1.06|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||13 - 14||-1||71.9||0.97|
|Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster||12 - 14||-2||64.2||0.94|
|Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame||11 - 13||-2||54.8||0.83|
|Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI||6 - 16||-10||37.5||0.53|
|BIG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN||26 - 13||+13||119.1||1.74|
|Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES||17 - 12||+5||88.5||1.32|
|Florian 'syrsoN' RischesyrsoN||10 - 9||+1||50.5||1.07|
|Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN||9 - 10||-1||50.8||1.00|
|Nils 'k1to' Gruhnek1to||10 - 16||-6||42.5||0.75|
The other German representative in Leipzig, Sprout, did not have a similar start on their home soil. In North's first official match since Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's return, the Danes grabbed a 4-0 lead before Sprout's newcomers Paweł "dycha" Dycha and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný stepped up to bring the score back to 4-3. However, the Terrorist side from North was simply too hard to deal with for Timo "Spiidi" Richter's team as they were picked apart by the Danes and finished the defensive half of Dust2 11-4 down.
Sprout lost the second pistol round as well and couldn't convert a 2v2 in the first buy round as Terrorists (14-4), leaving North with a simple task of closing out the game, which was made even easier with Nicklas "gade" Gade great fragging. The final score was a resounding 16-4.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||20 - 9||+11||102.3||1.65|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||14 - 8||+6||72.7||1.31|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||13 - 10||+3||83.5||1.27|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||13 - 13||0||75.2||1.26|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||12 - 12||0||53.4||1.00|