Cloud9 move past Dignitas to book Flashpoint Group C final spot
Young blood prevailed in Group C's upper bracket final as the North American team, who have an average age of 20.7 years, bested the veterans of Dignitas, the oldest team in attendance. Johnny "JT" Theodosiou's troops have amassed a minimum of 50 points towards the ranking that will determine the playoff match-ups, and stand to gain another 25 if they come out victorious in the group final, scheduled for Tuesday.
The series kicked off on Train, where Cloud9 got off to a slow T-side start. A pistol round saw no follow-up, allowing the veteran squad to assume an early lead. While the initial stretch was difficult, domination in the latter stages made for a solid 9-6 lead for the North Americans.
Dignitas recreated early dominance in the latter half of map one, but their offensive was stopped dead in its tracks by Cloud9's fired up CT side, leading to a 16-11 conclusion in spite of Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's solid individual showing with a map-high 1.41 rating.
Another convincing start, this time on the T side, saw Dignitas gain an early lead on their map pick, Vertigo. Rifles in the hands of Cloud9 marked a stretch of successes for the American roster, shortly followed by another solid run from the Swedes, who had the last laugh as they went into the break up by one round.
|Dignitas||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|44 - 36||+8||78.7||1.18|
|40 - 34||+6||73.3||1.02|
|35 - 37||-2||78.2||0.97|
|26 - 42||-16||61.8||0.82|
|23 - 41||-18||65.8||0.71|