In what ended up being almost a replay of their group stage match earlier on in this tournament, Moscow Five simply demolished NEXT in the bronze game.
The match opened up on de_train where the Russians started off as counter-terrorists, going up eight to zero before losing their firsts round. From that point on Eduard "ED1K" Ivanov's troops never looked back, ending the half 14-1 in their favor. Next half was no different as NEXT was unable to score any rounds, losing de_train 1-16.
After a quick break it was time for de_dust2, where Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's team scored the opening pistol round and went up 3-0. Fourth round went to Moscow Five, but NEXT replied by scoring the eight following rounds. M5 finally rallied at that point with Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov leading the way as they won six straight rounds to end the half 7-8.
Russian Moscow Five during their WCG campaign
Roman "ROMJkE" Makarov chimed in with two kills on their terrorist pistol round and NEXT didn't really even come close until the score was 13-8, but Ivanov's one versus two clutch secured M5 yet another round. NEXT mounted a nice comeback and it all came down to a one versus one in the last round of regulation, where Stolyarov was unable to plant the bomb in time due to zooming to the counter-terrorist spawn for too long.
In overtime the Russians proved to be too strong for the Kazakhstanians who were hoping to score a second WCG medal for their nation after Kystaubayev and Anvar "Anv1k" Nassyrov won silver at the 2005 event in CS:S. After scoring three rounds as the attackers, they finished the match by winning their first round as counter-terrorists.
The bronze game win here gives Russia their first World Cyber Games medal in nine years, as 2002 was the event where M19 managed to win gold. CMAX.gg also managed to place fourth in the 2009 event.
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