The second day for the Road to Vegas qualifiers started off with a bang, with the Russian/Ukranian Arcade.eSports taking on the frag-hungry European G2 eSports. The relatively unknown Eastern Europeans won the first Open qualifier and got off to a brilliant start on Inferno, with Nikolay “Mir” Bityukov grabbing four kills in the opening pistol round. They continued on with a 7-0 streak, with their sniper Dmitriy “jR” Chervak clutching a great 1v1 on the 12th round, bringing their half time score to 10-5. G2 struck back hard on the defending side however, with an aggressive hold in banana, with Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad and Ricardo “fox” Pacheco dealing with the oncoming force of terrorists. Clutch rounds by fox on the 24th and 25th round sealed the deal for the all star European team as they narrowly clinched the first map 16-13.
While some teams may not have the mental fortitude to continue at such a pace after a heartbreaking loss in the first map, Arcade.eSports managed to fight back on Cache, as they dominated their Terrorist side with an 11-4 scoreline, an incredible amount of rounds for any team to have on the Terrorist side, let alone an underdog team up against one of the world’s best. While G2 attempted to fight back on their own Terrorist half, the round difference was simply too much and Arcade finished the map off 16-12.
The third and final map was Mirage, and it was clear that G2 was done playing games, as Håvard “rain” Nygaard stepped up alongside the previously mentioned jkaem and continually won the opening duel against Arcade, destroying the Russian/Ukranian mix and finishing the Terrorist half 12-3. It was business as usual for the top tier Europeans as they closed the series 16-6 and move on to the semi finals.
The second best of 3 was storied German squad mousesports pitted against Polish side Lounge Gaming. Continuing the trend of last minute roster changes from the first day, news broke just before the best of 3 began that mousesports’ in-game leader Fatih “gob b” Dayik was let go by the organisation, a decision carried out by the remaining four members of the team. They brought in Timo “Spiidi” Richter, a former member of the team, to round out their roster. Unfortunately, while some roster changes can spring new life into a team and spur old members with renewed motivation, this move may have been simply too fast, as Lounge Gaming took the opportunity with open arms, crushing the German squad 16-1 on Mirage. The second map was closer, but thanks to the efforts of Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek and his AWP, along with some great clutches by Mikołaj “mouzinho” Karolewski, the Polish squad dispatched mousesports handily 16-13 and move on to the semi finals.
The games continued into the night as North America began the second part of the Round of 8 bracket with Team Liquid taking on Dogmen. Liquid continuing the trend of roster shuffles as they try out Aleksi “allu” Jalli, the former Ninjas in Pyjamas sniper in the place of Jacob “Fugly” Medina, who you may remember played for Cloud 9 in the first day of matches. The first map was Dust 2 and although Liquid won the pistol and took the first three rounds, including a 1v2 clutch by allu, Dogmen proceeded to win the next 8, with Liquid showing an uncharacteristic amount of mistakes in communication and rotations. However the American squad managed to rally back and finished the half at 7-8. Dogmen’s CT side was not as disorganized, however, with the sponsorless team wrapping up the map with good game sense and clean play, only allowing Liquid one single round and winning the first map 16-8.
The second map was set on Cache, and though allu managed to grab a slick four kills on the opening pistol round, the rest of his team couldn’t follow through, allowing Dogmen to grab the first round. Things continued rolling downhill from there for Liquid as Arya “arya” Hekmat and his crew took a quick 7-0 round lead. Excellent play from Jason “jasonR” Ruchelski allowed Dogmen to keep on the pressure on their Terrorist side as they finished it with a dominating 11-4 half. The situation went from bad to worse for Liquid as they couldn’t grab any momentum on the attacking side either, as Dogmen stopped all their advances into the bomb sites, defeating one of America’s best teams on one of their best maps, closing out Cache 16-5 and taking a spot in the semi finals.
Conquest against compLexity Gaming was the last match of the night and of the quarter finals and CompLexity came into the series with one of their long standing members Soham “valens” Chowdhury announcing he was retiring from competitive Counter-Strike just a few weeks ago. This left them with no choice but to use their coach, Matt “Warden” Dickens as a temporary stand-in. This proved detrimental for the long standing organization, as Conquest kicks off Cache with an 11-4 Terrorist half. CompLexity begin mounting a comeback on their Terrorist side however, winning the pistol and steadily gaining rounds, with some great sniping from Kory “Semphis” Friesen. Unfortunately it was not quite enough as Conquest regain their composure and close the first map 16-12.
Inferno was the second map in the series, where Conquest continue to show prowess in their Terrorist side, obliterating compLexity in the pistol and the subsequent rounds, with some excellent frags from Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, setting them up for success with a 13-2 half. While CompLexity attempt to mount a comeback by winning the first few rounds, the gap was simply too great and after stabilizing their economy, Conquest finish off CompLexity on Inferno 16-9 and grab the series 2-0, moving on to the semi finals.
Day Three Twitch Schedule
- 17 Dec. 12:00pm EST – G2 vs. Dignitas (Semi-Final)
- 17 Dec. 3:00pm EST – Vexed vs. Lounge G. (Semi-Final)
- 17 Dec. 7:00pm EST – Splyce vs. EnemyGG (Semi- Final)
- 17 Dec. 10:00pm EST – Dogmen vs. Conquest (Semi Final)