mousesports send Wolves packing
mousesports have outplayed Group B's top team Copenhagen Wolves in two maps (16-11 on de_mirage_csgo & 16-3 on de_nuke_ve) and have moved on to the semi-finals of DreamHack Winter 2012 where they will meet NiP.
The playoff draw for DreamHack Winter's $45,000 tournament paired up the first placed team from Group B, Copenhagen Wolves, with the second placed team from Group A, mousesports from United Kingdom.
The maps for this clash were selected in this order: de_mirage_csgo (mousesports' pick), de_nuke_ve (Copenhagen Wolves' pick) and if needed decider de_dust2_se.
After a big battle in the first pistol round of the match, Copenhagen Wolves won a 2-on-2 situation and went up 2-0 thanks to that. At that moment, PC problems for Malte "Herden" Boelt Hansen put a stop to the match for a while.
When the match continued, mousesports put themselves on the scoreboard, but Wolves replied with a flawless round for 3-1. Despite of the manner in which they won, mousesports winning next round put the Danes on an eco and led to a 3-3 score.
Round 7 was marked by mousesports' best player from the group stage, Sam "RattlesnK" Gawn, who was left in a 1-on-2 situation with 7hp, but he managed to convert it with two excellent AWP shots.
Aside from once again making Wolves go on eco, that gave wings to his teammates, as Preben "prb" Gammelsæter starred in the next buy round with 4 kills from an AK47 in a 3-on-5 situation, which put his team up 6-3.
Money problems continued for Wolves and the AWP duel between Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen and mousesports' Gawn intensified, with the Dane once again falling first. His team managed to win the round despite of that and they added another one after that, as their scoreboard leader Danni "smF" Dyg won a 1vs1 against Lasse "stingeR" Midtstue to make the score 7-5.
The first half quickly ended after that, with a couple of almost flawless rounds by mouz before a similar response by Wolves in the 15th round that put the score at 9-6 in favor of the UK squad.
After the sides changed, Wolves took the second pistol round too, partly thanks to Dyg's three Tec9 kills. The Wolves were expected to convert the next two anti-eco rounds and equalize the score, but instead they lost the third round of the half to mouseports' P2000s and continued trailing, 8-10.
Such mistakes rarely go unpunished and mouz quickly climbed to a 12-8 lead. They dropped the next round, but reset their opponents' money after that thanks to a 2-on-3 victory by their pair of stars from the group stage, James "Mx" Smale and Gawn. That eventually led to 14-9 which spelled end of the map already.
Wolves managed to pull back a couple of rounds, but mousesports closed it off with a 16-11 score on their map pick, de_mirage_csgo, to go up 1-0 in this best-of-three series of the DH Winter 2012 quarter-final.
The match moved to Copenhagen Wolves' pick, de_nuke_ve, but the Danes were unable to win the knife round which made them start on the harder side, as Terrorists.
The British-Norwegian combination took advantage of that to go up 2-0 and 7-1, the latest of those rounds coming courtesy of Smale's 3 kills in a 2-on-3 situation.
Wolves responded with two rounds, the second coming after a 1vs1 by Dyg, but then they gave away another anti-eco round. They fell into a trap on the outside, and mousesports' AWPer Gawn somehow picked up a big green from his opponents and won a 1vs2 situation to increase their lead to 8-3
After that Wolves never really managed to get their heads back in the game, losing round after round, including the second pistol round which cemented their fate as the score stood at 13-3 after that. With mousesports quickly reaching match point, the last round perfectly reflected the course of the match as Smale and Gammelsæter clinched a 2-on-5 situation to win the match 16-3.
K - D
James 'Mx' SmaleMx
45 - 23
Preben 'prb' Gammelsæterprb
34 - 22
Lasse 'stingeR' MidtstuestingeR
38 - 28
Sam 'RattlesnK' GawnRattlesnK
29 - 22
Pete 'pt' Wrightpt
33 - 31
After this victory, mousesports have reached the semi-finals and they will battle with NiP for a bigger share of the $45,000 prize money tomorrow at 13:00 .