Pride, experience, skill, competitiveness and ambition, the clash between MYM and Iron Will announced itself to be a nut cracker, even before it began.
And so it was, with MYM getting off easy only on the first map, tuscan, as the second and third ones, dust2 respectively nuke both saw overtime. Eventually, MYM edged Iron Will out, to advance in the qualifier final.
First map into the match, tuscan, Meet Your Makers kicked off to a flying start at Terrorists, quickly seeing themselves high up in the lead. Iron Will sporadically took one round here and there, bringing the half-time score at 9-6 to their rivals' advantage.
Switching sides, MYM continued at the helm of the match, allowing Iron Will to take one round only, closing the score at 5-1 to their advantage, 16-7 overall.
On dust2 the situation changed completely, as the two teams headed into a very equilibrated clash. MYM gathered the first few rounds as Counter-Terrorists, yet once the match was at 5-1 to their advantage things levelled up, only for the half-time score to see Iron Will in the lead, with 8-7.
Switching sides, Alexey "LeX" Kolesnikov and his colleagues went strong into the clash, quickly gathering six rounds against one. MYM then pulled an amazing comeback, closing the half to their advantage, 8-7. Of course, this meant overtime, and although the same MYM confidently took the first round as CT, it was Iron Will who dominated afterwards, closing the map at 19-16.
Third map into the dispute, nuke, things could have went either way. It was Iron Will who opened the hostilities, as Counter-Terrorists, taking the score up until 8-2, before MYM retaliated. This meant the half-time was closed at 9-6 to Iron Will's advantage. Switching sides, Iron Will once again took pistol round, as well as the following two, before MYM came back strong. Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov and his colleagues then lead the game up until 7-4, when the two sides just started going head to head into overtime.
Blood, sweat and tears, the end of the map saw MYM drawing the line at 22-20, completely shattering the ambitions and efforts of veterans, Iron Will.
Meet Your Makers will now advance to the final of the IEM5 Russian qualifier, where they will face MECTb, meanwhile forZe will clash against Iron Will for the third place decider. Stay tuned with us for the latest updates.