CEVO Main Upper Bracket continues, Lower Bracket begins
After the first round of the Upper Bracket playoff last week, the proceeding matches were anyones to win. All of the teams going into round two are either heavy hitters or rising stars.
SoaR Gaming vs Beacon (2-0)
With Beacon being forced to field coach Michael "agM" Abood instead of new addition Marian "tyfoon" Lesnic, this match was surely in SoaR's favor from the beginning. SoaR kicked it off with an impenetrable CT-side defense. Beacon only managed to pick-up the pistol round and the first two gun rounds before SoaR took the remaining 11 rounds of the half, bringing the score to 12-3.
Beacon bounced back rather well by winning yet another pistol round, but this time were able to follow up with another four before SoaR got back in the game. A heavy first-half loss was the decider here though, as Beacon were unable to work with virtually no wiggle room for round losses. The map ended 16-11 for SoaR.
Transitioning into Cache, SoaR would start on the CT-side again, where they would show that there Overpass defense was no fluke. After taking the first seven straight rounds, Beacon mustered a sparse five rounds of their own before half-time.
With momentum on their side SoaR continued their streak with the first 5 rounds on their Terrorist side. Things were shaping up for Beacon as they stablized their economy to start their runback, but the round deficit trend going into the second half was again too much for them to overcome. The match concluded 2-0 for SoaR and with a 16-9 finish on Cache.
|SoaR||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Jack 'xCeeD' Holiman||52 - 31||+21||91.9||86.5%||1.49|
|Ryan 'Snakes' Amann||46 - 38||+8||94.0||73.1%||1.29|
|Logan 'Voltage' Long||39 - 31||+8||78.1||78.8%||1.15|
|Michael 'Grim' Wince||37 - 39||-2||77.5||76.9%||1.12|
|Matthew 'mCe' Elmore||31 - 40||-9||72.8||71.2%||0.95|
|Beacon||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Thomas 'tconnors' Connors||39 - 44||-5||89.4||69.2%||1.11|
|Ryan 'GRAMPZ' Baber||40 - 38||+2||83.4||67.3%||1.08|
|Michael 'agM' Abood||36 - 42||-6||74.1||71.2%||0.96|
|Kyle 'C0NVICT' Battell||35 - 40||-5||67.4||57.7%||0.89|
|Ryan 'ryann' Welsh||29 - 41||-12||60.4||65.4%||0.85|
Rise Nation vs FRENCH CANADIANS (2-1)
The match was a bout primarily of Canadian players, taking place on Inferno, Overpass, and Train as a decider. Both teams proved that it was not chance that got them this far into the CEVO-Main playoffs as two of three maps were close affairs. The first two maps Rise could only accumulate 4 rounds on their starting side, which led to them dropping Overpass to FRENCH CANADIANS. Ultimately Rise overcame their large first-half deficits and took the series 2-1, sending their opponents to the lower bracket.
|Rise Nation||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Will 'dazzLe' Loafman||64 - 53||+11||92.5||72.8%||1.22|
|Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey||62 - 67||-5||90.0||59.3%||1.09|
|Kaleb 'moose' Jayne||61 - 51||+10||71.4||69.1%||1.08|
|Brandon 'Ace' Winn||49 - 50||-1||66.2||72.8%||1.01|
|Andy 'vSa' Xu||44 - 50||-6||55.3||74.1%||0.89|
|FRENCH CANADIANS||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik||71 - 56||+15||101.9||71.6%||1.37|
|Anthony 'gMd' Guimond||58 - 60||-2||72.8||72.8%||1.09|
|Keven 'PLAYER1' Champagne||56 - 57||-1||71.5||67.9%||1.00|
|Loic 'effys' Sauvageau||43 - 53||-10||60.9||71.6%||0.87|
|Mert 'REOVA' Bayrak||43 - 54||-11||55.2||66.7%||0.81|
LFAO vs Gorilla Core (2-1)
The series between the Brazilians of Gorilla Core and the Americans LFAO was another one that went the distance. Starting off on LFAO's choice of Overpass, they were only able to pick-up five rounds on their Terrorist side which led to them ultimately dropping the map. Able to gain their composure, they responded with a decisive 16-3 victory on Mirage to tie up the series. With the deciding map as Nuke it was anyone's game, but with a strong T-side and a reasonable defense when the teams switched sides, LFAO took the map 16-13.
|LFAO||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Gianni 'karanni' Dfana||64 - 47||+17||87.1||75.7%||1.34|
|Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue||60 - 48||+12||92.7||79.7%||1.30|
|Felipe 'pavel' Costa||62 - 52||+10||87.4||73.0%||1.23|
|Rustun 'Rustun' Lusk||48 - 48||+0||72.1||75.7%||1.08|
|Ethan 'paperboy' Lillie||42 - 54||-12||59.9||67.6%||0.84|
|Gorilla Core||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo||64 - 56||+8||91.2||75.7%||1.25|
|Filipe 'fp1' Caires||53 - 58||-5||76.1||73.0%||1.03|
|Charles 'pbf1' Teles||49 - 53||-4||68.9||67.6%||0.99|
|Luigi 'dukka' Castiglione||42 - 58||-16||72.9||59.5%||0.91|
|Augusto 'gut0' Bertora||40 - 53||-13||57.4||60.8%||0.78|
Gale Force vs Tempo Storm SE (2-1)
The Swedish squad of Tempo Storm SE pushed the MDL leaders Gale Force to their limits in a surprising three map series. The first upset began on Mirage which started off with a close 7-8 half in favor of the Swedes, but Gale Force began to fall apart on their CT-side leading to Tempo taking the map 16-10. The Argentinians kicked off Overpass on the right foot, and with the weakness of Tempo's CT-side starting to shine through, Gale Force picked up their first map of the series 16-11. A monstrous 10-5 lead on Gale Force's opening Nuke Terrorist half, coupled with Tempo Storm's non-existent offense led to Gale Force taking the map 16-5, as well as the series.
|Gale Force||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado||88 - 46||+42||117.9||75.7%||1.70|
|Tomás 'tomi' Guardia||53 - 46||+7||74.9||79.7%||1.20|
|Matias 'tutehen' Canale||44 - 49||-5||73.9||73.0%||1.04|
|Jonathan 'JonY BoY' Muñoz||50 - 46||+4||66.7||71.6%||1.03|
|Guillermo 'guishorro' Areco||37 - 58||-21||63.1||59.5%||0.83|
|Tempo Storm||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Jakob 'Barken' Bark||55 - 52||+3||87.4||70.3%||1.08|
|Tobias 'shadow' Flodström||58 - 49||+9||78.8||66.2%||1.08|
|Fredrik 'elo' Annerström||54 - 54||+0||84.7||66.2%||1.08|
|Linus 'Limpone' Wecksell||58 - 54||+4||75.2||64.9%||1.07|
|Hampus 'Shaabi' Johansson||20 - 63||-43||36.4||52.7%||0.42|
Samurai vs GlockWork (2-0)
The first lower bracket match between the two ended in a quick 2-0 for Samurai as GlockWork struggled to field a solid enough CT-side to endure the second half of both maps. Samurai closed out the series with a 16-10 win on Cache, followed by a 16-9 victory on Mirage.
Naventic vs SetToDestroyX (2-1)
An odd series to spectate as both teams lost on the maps they picked, only to have a neck-and-neck decider on Cobblestone. Despite choosing Train, Naventic could only accrue 2 rounds on their T-side in the first half and were unable to overcome the round deficit. The tables were turned, however, as the two headed to Overpass where SetToDestroyX's lack of an offense cost them the map.
It's curious because both Train and Overpass are heavy execute style maps for the Terrorist side and neither team who picked them could break through their enemies defense. Ultimately, the series ended on Cobblestone where both teams had exception CT-side's and Naventic narrowly took the map 16-14.
Team Hyper vs blackwoodproductions (W-FF)
blackwoodproductions forfeit (again) and the series went to Team Hyper.
Good People vs porkSports (2-0)
Despite fielding Jasper "sfX" Ko and Nick "zeptic" Kaoud as stand-ins, this was a quick series for Roy "StrongLegs" Ahad and his squad as they cut through porkSports CT-side defense on Cache 12-3 in the first half. With little room for mistakes, the first fumble from porkSports made was capitalized on by Good People and allowed them to end the map with a score of 16-5. Mirage was more of the same, as a dominant CT defense from Good People led to another 12-3 lead that porkSports just couldn't overcome.
The next matches of the CEVO Main Season 13 playoffs are currently scheduled for November 16. The stakes are now getting higher with highpowered and high profile MDL teams FRENCH CANADIANS, Beacon, and Naventic in the lower bracket and fighting for survival.