BIG move past forZe; advance to Flashpoint 2 playoffs
The German side is the first team to secure a playoff spot in the tournament but will be playing one more group stage match to determine their seed for the quarter-finals.
BIG lived up to the favorites tag in the match against forZe, sweeping the Russian side on Dust2, 16-7, and pulling off a big T-side comeback on Inferno, 16-14, to earn a 2-0 victory in the Flashpoint 2 Group B winners' match.
Finishing the game quickly will give BIG some extra time to prepare for their match against mousesports later today in IEM Beijing-Haidian, as the two German organizations are set to clash in their opening matches at 18:30 .
Nils "k1to" Gruhne picked up four frags in the pistol as BIG kicked off their map pick, Dust2, strongly. The Germans were up 9-1 shortly, running riot on the offense and causing forZe nightmares as they tried to lock down the approaches to the bombsites.
As the first half was coming to a close, Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov picked up seven kills in a four-round run to offer his team a chance to come back (11-4), but the second half was equally one-sided, with a mixed buy conversion from BIG setting them for a 16-7 win.
Inferno was a different story altogether, as both teams were able to win force buys, ecos, and turn around disadvantages, making for a back-and-forth first half. forZe ended it with the smallest of leads, 8-7, after a pistol-armor Apartments explosion caught the German side off guard in the final round of the half.
BIG picked up the second pistol with an A push, but forZe won the following force buy, giving them the upper hand as CTs. Almaz "almazer" Asadullin and Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov topped the boards as they reached 14-9, but a successful Ruins wrap got Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch and co. back into it. k1to's double in a 3v5 in the 27th round was key for BIG's comeback, which they completed with a seven-round winning streak to steal away Inferno 16-14.
|forZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|40 - 39||+1||77.6||1.07|
|31 - 32||-1||70.9||1.01|
|32 - 37||-5||66.4||0.92|
|29 - 45||-16||69.7||0.78|
|31 - 39||-8||63.2||0.74|