Cloud9 stomp FURIA to remain in playoff contention in EPL
Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's squad handed FURIA a tough beating (2-0; Overpass 16-6, Nuke 16-1) to secure their second win in Group C in ESL Pro League and remain in playoffs contention ahead of their last match of the round-robin against MIBR.
"It was really good for our confidence coming in 2-0," William "mezii" Merriman said after securing the straightforward victory. "I felt like we did good things in our other games, as well, we've shown some good performances overall and we just couldn't close them out, so it feels good right now to actually be able to close a game out 2-0 convincingly."
With Gambit and FURIA set to face for first place in the group on Wednesday, the last playoffs spot is still up in the air. Either Natus Vincere or Cloud9 could snatch it depending on how the last round of matches goes, as they are set to face TeamOne and MIBR, respectively.
The group's standings ahead of the final showdowns look as follows:
Cloud9 turned up in terrifying form on their favorite map pick, Overpass. ALEX & co. dominated on the Terrorist side as they built up an 8-0 lead with FURIA struggling to adapt as they kept giving up early openings to their opponents.
Individual heroics from Andrei "arT" Piovezan, Paytyn "junior" Johnson, and Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato then handed FURIA a lifeline as they entered the second half only five rounds behind, after all, but a 1v2 defuse from ALEX in the second pistol helped Cloud9 seal the deal in comfortable fashion.
The European-American mixture picked up where they left off on Nuke, stringing together another massive streak to start, this time on the defense. Cloud9 could not seem to put a foot wrong as they fended off everything FURIA threw at them and even won all the clutches when it came down to close scenarios.
It wasn't until the 13th round that the Brazilian side got on the board after Yuri "yuurih" Santos denied ALEX another big clutch, but it was all too little, too late. Cloud9 closed down the half with a 14-1 lead after two more 1v1 situations went their way and then it was just a matter of time before they came out victorious, and they did just two rounds later.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|42 - 23||+19||103.6||1.69|
|41 - 18||+23||93.2||1.63|
|31 - 18||+13||87.6||1.40|
|28 - 26||+2||79.2||1.21|
|19 - 19||0||61.1||1.09|