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StarSeries i-League CS:GO Season 4 — Day two complete

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The second of eight days in Ukraine has come to an end with the second lot of best of three matches at the StarSeries i-League Season 4 being complete.
Again the matches took place two at a time and the first of the first couple was to be Fnatic against Tyloo. A betting man would likely have firmly placed their money on the Swedish side, but the betting man would have lost today. The first map of Cobble saw the CT side Fnatic trailing by one round 7-8, but that is often to be expected on the map that the Terrorist side have a strong run of it. However the second half did not offer the increase in success expected as Tyloo also took eight rounds there, taking the map 10-16. Inferno was next and, as discussed yesterday, it is a map Fnatic enjoy and players like JW appear to feel at home on. This showed in the scoreline, in as much that they took it all the way to overtime in a game in which each team took rounds in streaks. Despite the Swedes showing a better performance than the first map though, it was Tyloo who took it again and the series in a shock 2-0. This result saw Fnatic drop down to the 0-2 bracket whilst Tyloo level it out at 1-1.


Next up in the 0-1 games was Hellraisers against Heroic. Another match that took only 2 maps to decide it and another with a much tighter second map than the first. Train started off emphatically for Heroic, taking an 11-4 lead into their second half and like most Terrorist sides of Train slowed down a little. However the train eventually kept on rolling as they took the map 16-9. It was Cobblestone that required overtime to separate the teams as both took 8-7 victories on their CT halves. Even in overtime it was close but it was the Danes who edged it out 19-17 and the series 2-0.


The next 0-1 match saw two teams who play in the North America region go head to head as Renegades fought Team Liquid. This time it took three maps to separate them as Keith "NAF" Markovic faced his former team. A close affair on Train saw Liquid go a map up, very much thanks again to one of their young stars Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken finishing 30-15. Next up it was the mostly Australian side's turn to fire back on Cache 16-7 after a strong Terrorist start taking 11 rounds. It all came down to Mirage then to split them and it was Liquid's turn to take a devastating first half, this time shutting down their CT side 12-3. It was very much Markovic's turn to haunt his old team as he finished with an ADR of 121 as his team took the map 16-6 and the series 2-1.


The last of the 0-1 matches was next as struggling Virtus.pro took on MVP PK. Calling this one close would be an understatement, this was as close to a draw as you can get in a best of three. The first map looked to be straight forward with the Polish side taking Train 16-5 after a rock solid CT side picking up 12 rounds. However on Inferno it was a story of two 6-9 halves with the Terrorists coming out on top each time. Eventually it was the Koreans that came out on top of overtime, taking it 1-4 and the map 16-19. Finally it was Nuke, and just like the Nuke of old two 11-4 CT halves were traded and this time MVP once more got 4 overtime rounds, however Virtus.pro got 7 and took the map 22-19 and the series 2-1.


It was time to move on to the 1-0 matches then as Natus Vincere took on their rivals Gambit Esports in one of the most interesting CIS derbies. The first map Overpass was one that saw Gambit exploit the B site time and time again on their Terrorist side. When it came down to it though the entire map was close fought and the scoreline of 16-13 victory for Gambit reflected that. Mirage came time for Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev to wake up however as he stole the show with 31 kills, tipping the 13-16 in his team's favour this time around. Finally a map that gave Natus Vincere some breathing room was Train, a map with the side's highest win percent at 66.4%. This extra comfort was reflected in the score as the side took it 9-16 and the series 1-2.


Next was SK Gaming against Mousesports and straight out of the gates we were given another match that went the distance, though not overtime this time. It was Mousesports who picked up another result on Mirage, this time against one of the strongest teams in the world, albeit only just as they took it 16-14. Keeping it close they moved onto Cobble on which Mousesports haven't exactly looked strong when it matters whilst SK Gaming have enjoyed a large amount of success. It was another one of those times for the Brazilians as they levelled up the series 1-1 with a 11-16 scoreline thanks to the deadly duo of Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Marcelo "coldzera" David. Inferno was the be the third map and it is one that SK Gaming have struggled on, their struggles continued as Mousesports took full advantage 16-10 and the series 2-1.


Second to last we had a rematch of the Boston Major Grand Final, Faze Clan looking for revenge over Cloud9. It was a swift revenge they got as they first took a devastating 16-1 on Cache with all members looking terrifying. Inferno was more respectable for the Major Champions as they managed 8 rounds but Faze were in no mood to slow down as they once more took the map and the series 2-0. It won't bring back their chance at the Major trophy but it will help the team move past the loss, mentally burying the side they fell to.


Finally G2 Esports took down Astralis 2-1 to end the day. The French side started off the series with a 16-10 cache before the Danes bounced back on Overpass 12-16. It was the start of the third map, Inferno, that was the most clear cut of the series. The Frenchmen's Terrorist side was strong and showed no respect to the CTs taking a 12-3 lead. A strong Richard "shox" Papillon was a menace the entire map and propelled his team to a 16-7 victory with 27 kills and a 1.93 rating.

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