OpTic Gaming came from behind to beat Cloud9 2-1 and
advance to the Consolidation Final at cs_summit (20-22 on
Cache, 16-11 on Cobblestone and 16-14 on Mirage).
The series kicked off on Cache, where Cloud9 opened the
game up with a successful A push, with
Braxton “swag” Pierce getting three kills to
his name. The next two rounds also went Cloud9’s way, but once
both teams had money in the bank the game entered a scrappy
phase as rounds went back and forth.
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas hitting his shots,
OpTic eventually took control of the game, winning six of the
last eight rounds to secure a narrow 8-7 lead.
The second half was highly contested at first as neither
side could string more than a few rounds together. But at 12-12
Tarik “tarik” Celik went huge, picking up a
quad kill to give OpTic a timely boost.
It looked like OpTic had the game in the bag as they
secured three map points, but
Jake “Stewie2K” Yip single-handedly rescued
Cloud9 with three quick UMP kills. That crazy solo action
turned the tide back in Cloud9’s favor as they won the next two
rounds to force overtime.
The first overtime did not produce a victor, but in the
second one, Cloud9 prevailed, picking up two rounds in each
half to lock down the map, 22-20.
Map two, Cobblestone, began with OpTic taking the pistol
round thanks to a 1v2 clutch from
Jason “jasonR” Ruchelski. OpTic carried their
momentum into the gun rounds, jumping out to a 10-2 lead, but
then Cloud9 tightened up their defence and picked up two more
rounds before the end of the half.
Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert kept Cloud9’s hopes
alive with a 1v2 clutch in the pistol round, with the team
following it up with both anti-ecos. They came close to losing
the first gun round, but
Timothy “autimatic” Ta turned hero, getting
two UMP kills during a flank before winning the decisive 1v1
Down 0-5 in the half, OpTic called a timeout, a move that
paid off as they won two rounds in a row thanks to
tarik‘s AWPing inside B. Cloud9 then added two more rounds
to their tally, bringing the scoreline to an 11-13 deficit, but
they were caught off-guard by a quad kill from
Will “RUSH” Wierzba in an eco round, which
left them strapped for cash, giving OpTic the boost they needed
to take the map.
It all came down to Mirage, which began with Cloud9
taking the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos to get
out to a 3-0 lead. OpTic then strung three rounds together, but
they were unable to take the lead as Cloud9 regained control of
proceedings thanks to some solid rounds by
Mike “shroud” Grzesiek. But as rounds went by,
OpTic started to gain a foothold in the game, with the half
ending in a close 8-7 scoreline in Cloud9’s favour.
OpTic won the pistol round as Terrorist with a fast B
play and followed that up with both anti-ecos, taking a 10-8
lead. Cloud9 then tightened up their defence and won five
rounds in a row, but OpTic refused to throw in the towel,
taking the map in the very last round after a series of multi
Keith “NAF” Markovic in the dying stages of
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