OG eliminate Cloud9 from Flashpoint 2
The 'Colossus' lost their second straight match and are out of the running for a playoff spot.
OG are through to Group C's consolidation final in Flashpoint 2 following a 2-0 victory over Cloud9. Without a single map victory to their name, the 'Colossus' join c0ntact as the first two teams to be eliminated from the $1 million league as they both have a worse record than Group B's Envy, who will fight for survival via the last-chance stage with the third-placed teams.
Cloud9 were keen to make a point - that the huge investment made on this roster can be translated into titles. But the team leave Flashpoint after just two matches, failing their first big test after the organisation's general manager, Henry "HenryG" Greer, had described this tournament as a must-win for his side.
Cloud9 wasted four map points on Nuke - three in regulation and one in overtime -, with HenryG questioning the call to make a force-buy at 15-13 instead of saving for the final round. "I agree it wasn't a great decision by any stretch, It was certainly what cost us the game," he said after the map. But if Nuke was one of those games decided by details, Mirage was a completely different story as OG ran riot with a resolute defensive performance.
The early elimination will certainly sting for a while, leaving Cloud9 with a lot to fix before their next appearance in less than ten days in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown, in which they will face a stacked field that includes FURIA, Liquid and FaZe.
Cloud9 came out the brighter of the two sides and raced into an early lead on the T side of Nuke, their own map pick. OG tightened up and gradually took the upper hand, but C9 were unwilling to let the game get out of hand and reclaimed the lead on the back of a 1v3 clutch by Özgür "woxic" Eker. Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's troops rallied to an 8-5 lead before OG pulled two back, with Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen ending the half with 19 frags to his name.
The back-and-forth nature of the contest continued into the second half as neither side seemed able to get a grip on proceedings. OG then enjoyed a brief spell of dominance before Cloud9 responded with a five-round streak to hit map point at 15-12. After losing the following round, C9 found themselves strapped for cash, and much to everyone's surprise, ALEX called a force buy. They were made to pay the price for such a gamble as OG snatched the final two rounds of regulation to take the game to overtime.
The British tactician seemed intent on redeeming himself in the first overtime with two key individual plays, but Cloud9 once again let map point slip. The second overtime was a one-way street as OG won four rounds without response to lock up the map.
Aleksib carried his rich vein of form into Mirage as he powered OG to an 8-7 lead after a keenly-contested first half that also saw Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså pull off a stunning ace. Cloud9 had constantly fought back to prevent their opponents from pulling further clear, but they were blown away after switching to the T side. OG won six rounds in a row after a strong start to the second half and then held off a late comeback attempt by Cloud9 for a comfortable victory that sets them up for a rematch against Gen.G.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||53 - 45||+8||84.4||1.08|
|Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag||38 - 53||-15||77.8||0.89|
|William 'mezii' Merrimanmezii||30 - 44||-14||58.7||0.86|
|Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy||35 - 44||-9||67.3||0.85|
|Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX||36 - 53||-17||54.4||0.73|