MIBR overcome stellar showing from Grim to secure final cs_summit 6 North America spot
Triumph and MIBR kicked off the second day of the cs_summit 6 North America Regional Qualifier in the lower bracket, finding themselves knocked down following losses to Yeah and Chaos, respectively, on day one. Both teams had little difficulty in dispatching of their first opponents in the lower bracket, with Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman's side making short work of TeamOne in a two-map series and MIBR coming out the better side in a domestic match-up against Yeah to set up one final clash for the last spot in the main event.
A victory was crucial for Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men as they had already been eliminated in 7-8th place during the North American division of ESL One: Road to Rio, leaving them with few RMR points to their name and already facing a difficult climb to attain qualification to the next Major. A loss in the series would leave the team with just 1904 RMR points, putting them in eighth place in the North American standings and likely out of contention entirely, even with one more RMR event on the horizon.
It was the Grim show from the onset of the series, the 19-year-old talent being the shining beacon for Triumph in a hotly contested quintuple overtime Overpass affair. Despite his stellar showing on the map, posting a 64-37 K-D while averaging 108 damage per round, the AWPs of Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and FalleN combined with losses in five of the six clutch rounds proved too tall of a mountain to overcome for the American roster, seeing MIBR edge out a 31-28 victory.
Grim's incredible performance continued into MIBR's pick of Dust2, with multi-kills aplenty seeing him sit upon a 19-4 scoreline just eight rounds into the map. MIBR were left with few opportunities to get on the board as Triumph made use of their momentum, leaving the Brazilians with a mere four rounds by the break. A pistol win allowed FalleN's side to add two to their tally, but the Triumph talent's reign of terror continued as his team quickly got back to their winning ways, with Grim taking down three in the final round to put himself upon a 100-49 K-D two maps into the series.
Three maps at that level was too much to ask of for Grim, who cooled off slightly as the decider map played out. Paytyn "junior" Johnson stepped up in his stead, helping Triumph to a 5-1 start, but MIBR found their footing as they clawed back to edge out a one-round lead at halftime. A pistol victory from Triumph in the second half was quickly soured as a pair of Deagle kills from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga swung momentum back in the favour of MIBR, who went on to rapidly extend their lead to 14-8. It seemed like a comeback would be in the cards as Grim came to life once again, but a triple from kNgV- put MIBR on match point towards the end of the map, with the Brazilians edging out the win 16-13 to take the series.
|Triumph||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|123 - 70||+53||109.2||1.56|
|92 - 67||+25||86.6||1.29|
|72 - 72||0||72.5||1.01|
|47 - 71||-24||49.5||0.77|
|46 - 78||-32||51.5||0.74|
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|84 - 81||+3||83.8||1.12|
|77 - 69||+8||64.8||1.04|
|65 - 80||-15||73.2||0.96|
|72 - 81||-9||67.9||0.92|
|60 - 70||-10||59.3||0.87|
The complete team list for cs_summit 6 North America consists of: