Heading into every series, whether it be ECS, ESL Pro League or some other LAN, we're always confident. With these best-of-2 matches though it's been so tough to carry over the momentum from one map to another. This week was another 1-1, with NiP fighting back on Cobblestone to cancel out our earlier win on Inferno. But what happened?
The factor that stands out most from the tie was the individual performances. JW shouldered SO much on the first map, out-damaging every other player at an average of about 10% per round and shutting Xizt down completely. His aim was on point and the clutches were even better, pulling 3Ks what felt like every other round and being the constant threat we needed him to behttps://twitter.com/fnaticdennis/status/8598783178.... When you look at how close the map was (finishing 16-13 in our favour), it's pretty reasonable to see Wonderchild as the difference.
So what went wrong on Cobble?
Like we'd said in our preview, it's such a momentum driven map and looking at our boys scores, we just couldn't get the wheels turning - Dennis the only player to carve out a positive score. Meanwhile, after getting flattened on Inferno, Xizt became unstoppable on Cobblestone - we just had no answer to him. Chalking up 33 kills and earning HLTV's Man of the Match award in the process, it was like the roles had been flipped from one map to the other, with JW in turn having a hard time on the second game.
We're back next week though for a triple header, with some juicy matchups scheduled!
ESL Pro League is first up on Tuesday. Now to qualify for playoffs we basically need to win every map left and that battle starts against Astralis. It'll take a lot to grab the win with the Danes on top of their game right now, but on our day we can beat anyone. Into Wednesday and we're back to ECS action - Virtus Pro our opponents for the night before we're back to Pro League on Thursday to face mousesports.
A tough week? Definitely, but the team is more than up for the fight!