StarSeries: Spirit are moving forward
The European online-qualifier of the second season of SL i-League StarSeries keeps gaining momentum. The next teams to enter the fight were Team Spirit and Mortal Kombat.
The first map was de_dust2 — a pick of MK. The Russian team took the pistol-round and anti-eco, but after two victorious gun-rounds, the Bulgarians leveled the score. Then Mortal Kombat forged ahead and started to gradually increase the advantage, thus securing the victory in first half. Before the switch-over, Spirit cut down the backlog up to five points [5:10].
bubble — MVP on the first map
CT-sided, MK prevailed in the pistol-round, however, they failed to cope with the enemy's «force» [6:11]. Nevertheless, Team Spirit didn't take out the initiative and were defeated in three rounds at a run [6:14]. The efforts of the Russian squad proved to be insufficient to come back, so Mortal Kombat paragraphed the meeting on Dust2 [9:16].
The choice of the Bulgarians was map de_mirage. Up from the first pistol-round, Spirit secured the control over the tide of a stand-off, successfully interrupting the numerous «force-buy’s» of the rival. Keeping the same pace, the Russian squad overtook the opponent, not letting him build the economy. MK has shown a weak performance on the T-side, gaining the upper hand only in four rounds [11:4].
After the change-over, Team Spirit lost out in the pistol-round and two eco's, but they still managed to rehabilitate in the device one [12:7]. The Bulgarian five has failed to fix their mistakes in the defense, so, as the result, the team from Russia effortlessly put on their board four points, necessary for the victory on Mirage [16:8].
COLDYY1 and his team will meet Team EnVyUs
The crucial clash took place on the «decider-map» de_cache. The Russian squad has kicked off with a highlight reel again, gaining a comfortable advantage [5:0]. MK prevailed in a pair of gun-rounds, but their rivals managed to strengthen the defense, holding the initiative. Mortal Kombat used a tactical pause that didn't help them to improve their game, so Spirit came out victors in the first half [11:4].
T-sided, Team Spirit effortlessly finished the started, not losing a single round more. [16:4] in favor of the Russian team and Mortal Kombat stop their performance at the tournament.
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