Gen.G edge out ENCE in Anaheim
The Finnish side drop down to the group's lower bracket after a forgetful display against Gen.G, who celebrated their LAN debut in style by defeating the highest-ranked team in Anaheim. After a decent CT side display, ENCE looked disjointed in attack and lacked ideas to break down the home side, who will take on the winner of the match between MIBR and Complexity late on Friday for a spot in the playoffs.
ENCE got off to a strong start and surged to a 4-0 lead on their CT side, but they lost their grip on the game once Gen.G began to collect some rounds. With Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand leading the charge, the North Americans took over the economy control and brought the deficit to just two rounds, but then the Finnish team tightened up their defense and ended the half with a 10-5 advantage.
Aleksi "allu" Jalli's side carried that late momentum into the second half and further added to their lead after a bright start to their T side. However, the landscape of the game changed completely once Gen.G had money in the bank. ENCE struggled to break through the North Americans' compact defense and saw their opponents reach map point after a ten-round winning streak.
Jere "sergej" Salo still tried to rescue his team and push the game to overtime, but his efforts were in vain as Gen.G locked down the map in the final round of regulation to cause the first upset of the tournament and put the Finnish side on the brink of elimination in Anaheim.
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||22 - 20||+2||79.9||1.14|
|Jere 'sergej' Salosergej||20 - 17||+3||73.0||1.03|
|Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN||19 - 22||-3||82.5||1.03|
|Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial||18 - 23||-5||65.7||0.88|
|Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny||15 - 19||-4||44.9||0.83|