Na’Vi, Virtus.pro rally to advance in WePlay! Clutch Island
Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro originated from behind to record tight success Friday and move within one win of a location in the We Play! Clutch Island champion match.
Na’Vi edged Nemiga Video gaming 2-1, dropping the first map prior to taking the 2nd map in double overtime and the third map in overtime. Virtus.pro lost its opening map to Team Spirit but rallied for a 2-1 win.
Virtus.pro and Na’Vi will compare Saturday to figure out one of the finalists while Nemiga and Spirit will square off Saturday in the losers bracket. The Nemiga-Spirit winner will face the Virtus.pro-Na’ Vi loser on Sunday in a fight for the 2nd spot in the last, which will be played later on the exact same day.
The $50,000 online Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion began recently with 13 teams.
All matches throughout the competition are best-of-three, with the champ declaring $15,000 and 2,000 Regional Major Rankings points.
The Friday action began with Nemiga jumping out to an 11-1 lead and hanging on to beat Na’Vi 16-11 on Inferno.
Nemiga relocated to the edge of advancing, grabbing a 15-11 edge on Dust II, however Na’Vi claimed the next 4 rounds to require overtime. Na’Vi ultimately emerged with a 22-20 success in double OT.
On the 3rd map, Nuke, it was Nemiga’s turn to rally. Na’Vi led 8-0 and eventually had 7 match points with a 15-8 edge, but Nemiga captured all seven, establishing overtime. However, Na’Vi lastly declared a 19-16 win.
2 Russians, Denis “electronic” Sharipov and Egor “flamie” Vasilev, each had 78 kills for Na’Vi, with flamie publishing a team-best plus-17 kill-death differential. Another Russian, Nemiga’s Anton “speed4k” Titov, posted match-leading overalls of 86 kills and a plus-27 KD differential.
Spirit erased an 11-8 deficit to beat Virtus.pro 16-13 on the very first map, Dust II. Virtus.pro pulled level with a 16-9 win on Mirage. Spirit led 8-7 at halftime on the last map, Inferno, prior to Virtus.pro pulled away for a 16-10 success.
Uzbekistan’s Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev signed up 72 kills and a plus-21 KD differential for Virtus.pro. Russia’s Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov logged 70 eliminates for Spirit, and he was the team’s only player with a positive KD differential, ending up at plus-23.
In addition to the playoff bracket, Syman Gaming swept HellRaisers 2-0 in the 10th-place match on Friday, taking Mirage 16-12 and Nuke 16-14.
2 additional matches will be played over the weekend to determine last positioning. Winstrike will battle Hard Legion for seventh location on Saturday, and ESPADA and Gambit will jockey for 5th location on Sunday.
WePlay! Clutch Island prize swimming pool ($ USD, Regional Major Ranking points):.
1. $15,000, 2,000.
2. $10,000, 1,875.
3. $6,000, 1,750.
4. $5,000, 1,625.
5. $4,500, 1,500.
6. $3,500, 1,375.
7. $3,000, 1,250.
8. $3,000, 1,125.
9. 0, 1,000– forZe.
10. 0, 875– Syman Video gaming.
11. 0, 0– HellRaisers.
12-13. 0, 0– Moscow Five Academy, CR4ZY.