ELEAGUE Season 2: Group C recap
As Group D of ELEAGUE Season 2 is underway, we present a brief recap of Group C to remind you what happened during ELEAGUE last week.
Group C kicked off with a Na'Vi - SK derby on Train. Starting as Counter-Terrorists, Na'Vi won the first pistol round but SK responded immediately with the classic tec9+armor buy and won the round after a quick execute on bombsite A. After losing the third round, Na'Vi evened things out at 2-2. The half kept going like it started as neither team was able to win enough rounds back to back to build a decent lead. On 11th round though, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev grabbed a triple kill, including one with his knife, securing his team a 6-5 lead. After that point, Na'Vi were the slightly better side of the half as they were leading 9-6 at the halftime.
The second half started with SK taking the second pistol round. After the pistol round, the Brazilians put in a great series of round victories to make it 14-9. In 24th round, Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev led the charge to bombsite B and grabbed a quad-kill to prevent SK from reaching map point. Unfortunately for the CIS representatives, SK responded with a victory in the following round, resetting the T economy. The score was 15-9 and Na'Vi didn't have enough money to acquire decent rifles, so SK overpowered them in the 26th round to win the opening match 16-9.
The recent interest towards Nuke continued as it was the map played between Astralis and ALTERNATE aTTaX. Despite starting as the least favourite T side, Astralis got off to a trong start and found themselves leading 7-1. In the 9th round, Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus clutched a 1v2 to make it 7-2. ALTERNATE aTTaX woke up after that round and closed the gap to just three rounds before the halftime.
A comeback on Nuke as Terrorists is always an impossible task. ALTERNATE aTTaX had to make a comeback against a much stronger opponent and unsurprisingly, Astralis dominated the second half by using the advantages of being CT on Nuke to win the map 16-6.
SK took on Astralis in the winners' match of the group. The map went balanced until the 5th round in which Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth grabbed three kills to make the score 3-2 in favour of the Danes. Astralis won two more rounds before Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's triple kill which won the round for SK. The Brazilians won three of the four following rounds to even the things at 6-6 but Astralis managed to finish halftime with a 9-6 score line.
Starting the second half as Terrorists, it was Lincoln "fnx" Lau's turn to grab three kills for SK but Højsleth's quad-kill won the pistol round for Astralis. The rest of the half was under Astralis' control as they managed to turn the 9-6 score of halftime to a 16-13 victory.
The elimination match saw complete Na'Vi dominance as the CIS based team lost just eleven rounds in two maps. The only time ALTERNATE aTTaX could show some resistance was during Overpass' first half when they were the CT side but even then, they've lost the half by one round.
SK and Na'Vi clashed once more but this time it was the decider match. Gabriel "Fallen" Toledo's triple-kill in the first pistol round of Dust2 secured the round for SK. The Brazilians successfully picked up the victory in the following anti-eco round but in the third round Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev killed three SK members to win Na'Vi's first round. Playing as Counter-Terrorists, SK reset the Na'Vi economy by winning the fourth round. Another three round victories meant an impressive 6-1 lead for the Brazilians, but Na'Vi managed to grab five of the remaining eight rounds of the half, making the score 9-6 in favour of SK at halftime.
SK seemed to be unstoppable in the second half as they won round after round until it was 14-7. Being two round losses away from the defeat in ther map pick, Na'Vi won the 22nd round thanks to Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev's well coordinated defence on bombsite B; however this victory had proven to be useless as they lost the map by losing two rounds in a row after their victory on the 22nd round.
Na'Vi started their opponent's map pick, Train, as the CT side and Vasilyev's quad-kill in the first pistol round secured the round. Until the 10th round when the score was 7-2, Na'Vi's defence looked impenetrable, but Marcelo "coldzera" David's three kills with the deagle made the score 7-3 and after that force-buy victory, SK just lost one round in the remainder of the half to close the gap to only a single round before the halftime.
Na'Vi successfully planted the bomb on A in the second pistol round but Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's three kills on the retake won the round for SK. Unable to breach the Brazilian defence, Na'Vi failed in every single round of the second half and conceded the second place of the group to SK.
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