Close, but no cigar. Our CS:GO team came within touching distance of securing a spot in the grand final of DreamHack Open Cluj but fell at the final hurdle. We took the lead in the series with a convincing 16-10 win on de_dust2, but then EnVyUs equalised with a 25-21 victory on de_inferno, where at one point we had three match points. The loss had a demoralizing effect on our players, who were not able to show their true colours on de_cache.
Starting off on the Terrorist side of de_dust2, we took an early lead after pushing long in the pistol round, with fox stealing the show with a mid-air headshot. We were, however, unable to capitalise on that round win, which gave EnVyUs the opportunity to pull back and level the score. With a 1-3 deficit, Maikelele came up huge and won a 1vs2 clutch in the A site to keep us in the game, and we were able to carry that momentum for a while, bringing the score to 4-3 and then to 8-5 before kennyS inspired EnVyUs to win the final two rounds.
In the second half, jkaem pushed mid and managed to get two headshots before being taken down, which put us on a very comfortable advantage. We remained in the driving seat and eventually got 14 rounds on the board, and even though EnVyUs still managed to get three rounds, we did not lose control of the game. Great defensive cover in the middle/B area and an ace from dennis allowed us to claim a 16-10 win that put us one map away from the final.
de_inferno began with us taking the pistol round and the following two anti-ecos to start off the game with a 3-0 lead. When both teams had money in the bank to buy up it was EnVyUs who controlled the proceedings, however, as we took some time to adjust to their offensive moves. As the half reached its latter stages, we were able to solve our defense, which allowed us to close the gap to just three rounds.
We came from the restart looking really strong and won the pistol round, but a misplay in the first anti-eco round put EnVyUs back in the game. With the scoreline 11-7 in favor of the Frenchmen, rain took matters into his own hands and won a massive 1vs4 clutch. This was just the boost that we needed to turn things around, forcing EnVyUs to call a timeout when they found themselves trailing 12-13. The French side was able to get three rounds in a row to reach map point, but we showed our fighting spirit and levelled the score at 15-15.
In the first overtime, we were able to recover from a 1-2 deficit to set the score at 18-18. Then, we came out of the gate looking really sharp and cruised to a 3-0 lead after playing on the CT side. One round was all we needed to win the game, but EnVyUs tightened up their defense and, with the help of NBK’s auto-sniper, levelled the game once again before picking up four rounds in a row in the third overtime.
On de_cache, we looked a bit off the pace during the first half, unable to capitalise on the rounds that were going our way. As such, EnVyUs were able to take a 10-4 lead, but an incredible 1vs5 clutch from rain gave our team some hope. In the second half, we once again came out the brighter, only to be punished on a force buy from our opponents, who would stay in control until the very end.
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