ESL Pro League semi-finals highlights
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Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás took to the stage for a quick post-match interview with Tres "stunna" Saranthus after MOUZ's 2-1 win over ENCE, where the Hungarian AWPer was full of praise for Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo, the 17-year-old youngster who was promoted from the academy roster over the summer off-season.
"He was born for CS; he is such a good player, he understands the game really well and I'm really happy that we have him in our team," torzsi said. "Props to him for the last round," he concluded, talking about the Finnish rifler's 1vs2 clutch to win the game.
Dorian "xertioN" Berman shared the same thoughts, saying: "[Jimpphat] is a very special kid. It's been a very long time since we've seen a 17-year-old — a new 17-year-old — playing so well on a big stage."
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It was the young Finn who, in tandem with Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás, helped power the team to another eyebrow-raising win over ENCE. The duo joined forces with 47 kills and over 95 ADR each. ENCE couldn't contain the pair.
The loss also means ENCE will be without a Big Event grand final appearance for the first time since IEM Dallas in June. They previously made it to the final hurdle of IEM Cologne and Gamers8, but fell short in Malta and head home in 3-4th place.
The IEM Dallas champions have won three rounds in quick succession to prevent MOUZ from making their way onto map and series point, but ENCE know they can make few mistakes — if any — if they wish to prevent MOUZ from closing things out.
ENCE's odds don't look great, but you can never count them out.
MOUZ may have been mostly dormant on the CT-side of Vertigo, but they've been incredibly potent on the Nuke decider so far.
Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás and young-gun Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo have been tearing ENCE limb from limb with a number of high-impact moments. ENCE are looking flat, and it's coming at the worst possible time.
Can MOUZ close it out?
They now sit 6-3 up on the CT-side, mostly due to Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás and his proficiency with the Big Green. The Hungarian AWPer has already added nine AWP kills to his tally, with his 10th coming from a Desert Eagle.
Map three, Nuke, is underway, and we've already been treated to a force-buy win by MOUZ.
Mirage and Vertigo have both been hard-fought battles at times, and judging from this start, Nuke could potentially be the same.
ENCE have forced the Nuke decider after prevailing on their Vertigo pick.
They came into their T-side facing a 6-9 deficit, but dropped just two rounds en route to a 16-11 victory.
Nuke is up next and, judging by the statistics, MOUZ are the favorites with four wins on the trot on Cedar Creek leading up to this do-or-die bout.
ENCE are back in front for the first time since their initial 3-1 start to Vertigo after chaining together five rounds.
The Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer-led squad have been in much better form since returning from the halftime intermission, and their banks are in tip-top shape as a result — Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia is on $4,450 to have the least-amount of cash on the ENCE side.
Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and company won the pistol and the subsequent conversion, but were only been able to find four more rounds once rifles were in hand.
There have been moments of brilliance from ENCE's individuals, namely four-kill holds of the A site from Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "Maden" Bošković, but they've not been able to fully blunt the solid T-side we saw from MOUZ.