Cloud9 overcome FunPlus Phoenix at Flashpoint
Despite a 3-0 start on the CT side of Nuke, Cloud9 didn't have a great first half in the series against FunPlus Phoenix. Casper "cadiaN" Møller's double in the first rifle round set up his team for a strong T side on their map pick, with eight rounds in a row going their way (8-3). Ian "motm" Hardy and Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek combined in a 2v3 to get their first rifle round of the game, but the Danes powered on to a 11-4 lead before switching to CT.
A much-needed pistol win started Cloud9's comeback on the T side as they went on a five-round winning streak, mainly focusing on the ramp area (11-9). Just when they were looking to equalize the scoreline, Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's team organized their defenses and extended their lead once again. At 13-9, Sonic pulled off an impressive 1v5 clutch, but that wasn't enough to inspire the rest of the team and they ended up conceding a 16-10 defeat.
Cloud9's fast-paced T-side approach was causing issues to FunPlus Phoenix, and combined with their 4-0 start on Train, gave the North American side the upper-hand in the economy game throughout the first half. With a 19K-6D scoreline, Ricky "floppy" Kemery was leading the charge for his team as Cloud9 finished the half 10-5 up.
The North American side continued their perfect pistol round record in the series by securing the one on the CT side of Train and cleaned up the force-buy attempt to reach 14-6. Then, cadiaN's heroics with the Deagle gave FunPlus Phoenix a lifeline and the AWPer carried that form to push his team to 15-15 and force overtime.
Both teams were flawless on their defenses in the first set of added rounds (18-18), forcing OT2 where Cloud9 were able to find some form on the offense again and close out the map, 22-20.
FunPlus Phoenix's first pistol win of the series was followed up by an anti-eco blunder which allowed Cloud9 to take the early on the CT side of Inferno, 6-2. An A site lockdown extended their advantage and the winning streak reached five before the Danes found a quick opening into B (8-3).
Nevertheless, Cloud9 kept their composure in tight rounds and finished the half with an impressive, 12-3 lead. Overwhelming the B bombsite proved to be the recipe for success in the T pistol for Cloud9 who were on the edge of a series victory shortly (14-3), and converted on the lead to secure their first series win at Flashpoint.
|FunPlus Phoenix||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|64 - 56||+8||74.2||1.09|
|60 - 68||-8||85.0||1.04|
|49 - 64||-15||65.6||0.93|
|53 - 62||-9||71.1||0.92|
|52 - 64||-12||64.9||0.84|