ESL Pro League Season 5 - SK Gaming to semi-final over mousesports
SK Gaming overcome mousesports in a best-of-three series by securing two consecutive maps.
de_Mirage - 16:7 (9:6, 7:1)
Mirage kicked off with a strong start from mousesports' T side, as Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and Christian "loWel" García manage to secure three and two frags respectively, closing out the first pistol for their team. Momentum was not developed, however, as the Brazilians opted for a force-buy, flawlessly dispatching the offense without a single loss. Off the back of this success, SK Gaming were able to snowball in further rounds, extending their lead to a strong 5:1 record. The following two rounds saw an equal exchange between the teams to settle things at 6:2 for SK. Mousesports mounted a resurgence, very nearly equalising the score line at 5:6, however Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo stepped up in round twelve, dispatching three members of the offense to bring the lead to 7:5. In the remainder of the half SK Gaming secured two rounds to mouz's one, concluding at 9:6.
SK Gaming grab the second pistol round after planting the bomb in a 4v4 situation. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Marcelo "coldzera" David slammed the European mix with a triple and double kill each, bringing the score to 10:6 for SK. The domination continued from the Brazilians, all the way to round nineteen, where mousesports were finally able to secure a round on the defence. Unfortunately for the team, a single round was all they amounted to, as SK Gaming closed out at a dominant 16:7 score.
de_Cache - 16:8 (7:8, 9:0)
A beautiful 3k from the one and only Marcelo "coldzera" David whilst solo defending the B bombsite greatly increased the chances of SK Gaming securing the third pistol round, a chance the Brazilians capitalised on with the help of a 2k from Fernando "fer" Alvarenga. The favourites followed up with two more rounds, extending their lead to 3:0. Once the buy round came in, mousesports were able to retaliate, equalising the score line at 3:3. The roster didn't stop there, and off the back of the developed momentum were further able to develop their lead, running away with an additional four rounds at 7:3. Fed up of giving rounds, SK Gaming started bringing themselves back into the game, grind round after round, all the way to an equaliser at 7:7. Mousesports managed to utter the last word, closing out with a small lead at 8:7.
SK Gaming grabbed their third consecutive pistol round after Fernando "fer" Alvarenga managed to clean up three members of mousesports post-plant. Rounds kept falling in favour of SK Gaming at 13:8, with a beautiful AWP 3k seen from Marcelo "coldzera" David in round 21. Unable to fend off the terrorists, mousesports fell 8:16 to the favourites on their map pick without securing a single round over the course of the latter half.
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