Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca: Na’Vi trump CLG, through to quarter-finals
Na'Vi manage to secure a spot in the quarter-finals after pushing over CLG.
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The first map of the best-of-three series was de_train. In the first round we saw CLG’s T side execute an aggressive B push, unfortunately for them, the Ukrainians had other plans in mind and managed to defend the site, however the bomb was planted, giving the Americans an economic advantage. Na’Vi demonstrated their skills on the map further, securing 5 consecutive rounds. CLG started pushing back, equalising the round score to 5-5. During the 12th round we saw CLG execute a B push, to their dismay Denis ''seized'' Kostin landed an absolutely amazing triple kill, destroying the American team and securing his team a much needed round. The first half concluded at a 9-6 score in favour of Na’Vi’s CT side.
The second half started with Na’Vi securing the pistol round, giving the team a much needed lead. Having secured the first round of the half, Na’Vi made a home run, securing the first map of the series with a 16-9 score.
The second map was de_cobblestone. Contrary to the previous map, CLG managed to secure the pistol round on their CT side, which served as a positive confidence boost for the Americans. This confidence was demolished during the second round of the map, where Na'Vi force bought Deagles and crushed the American dream. Third round CLG tried to force buy themselves, however this attempt was futile as the Ukrainians managed to uphold their advantage by successfully scoring frags on the B site. For the remainder of the half we saw forth and back motion, with an overall even game, the first half ended at 8-7 in favor of Na'Vi.
The second half of the map started off on a positive note for CLG as they stormed B site, destroying NaVi's defence and securing the second pistol round.The second was like watching a repeat of the early first half. Na'Vi force bought, and none other than Ladislav ''GuardiaN'' Kovacs scored a double kill using his infamous deagle, securing an important round for his team. CLG force bought during the third round and stomped Na'Vi on a buy round, equalising the playing field. After an extraordinary start we saw CLG persistantly rush B-site, exploiting Na'Vi's flawed defences. On the 21st round Na'Vi called for a tactical time out to talk things over. Unfortunately for the Ukranians the pause didn't yield any results, apart from a hilarious death from Danylo ''Zeus'' Teslenko by Josh ''jdm64'' Marzano's molotov, as CLG stormed through their defense time after time, taking the second map with a 16-10 score.
The final map of the series was de_inferno. Na'Vi were the ones to take the pistol round this time, with seized performing a beautiful triple kill onto the Americans. It seemed the Ukrainians were really in the zone for this map, as they managed to show their dominance on the CT side of inferno. In the meantime CLG was having difficulties pushing through to bombsites, however do take into account the fact that inferno is notoriously CT sided, therefore it is half expected for teams to have complications on the T side of it. Regardless of the aforementioned, Na'Vi managed to end their CT side on a 13-2 score.
Things weren't looking too hot for CLG coming into the second half. A lot of pressure was on the team's shoulders and they knew that the pistol round would mean everything, were they to proceed on to the quarter-finals. Perhaps the pressure was too much, leading the Americans to give up the first round of the second half.They decided to go for an aggresive CT push on ''banana'', trading two for one with the Ukrainians, which then went on to plant the bomb on B site and secure the round. The second round showed the fighting spirit of the American's, where they managed to fend off Na'Vi's force buy by playing it safe and successfully holding A site. Tarik ''tarik'' Celik showed an amazing performance during the third round, landing a quad-kill on the Ukrainians during their eco round, boosting his team one round closer to victory. CLG showed some incredible gameplay over the course of the second half, allowing Na'Vi only a single round over the course of it. The snapping point was at round 23, where seized yet again saved his team, performing a 2 vs. 1 clutch against CLG's tarik and jdm64, the score hit 15-8 in Na'Vi's favor. In the final round Na'Vi managed to successfully hit the A site, securing their place in the quater-finals with a 16-8 score.