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December 20th, 2019

ENCE, Spirit move on to Champions Cup Finals semifinals

The group stage of Champions Cup Finals in CSGO has come to an end. Following the outcome of Day Two, ENCE and Team Spirit closed out the team list for the Playoffs, to which FURIA and G2 Esports had previously qualified for.

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ENCE got off to a slow start at the Eden Esports event, being defeated by Movistar Riders on Overpass (7-16), but after that, the Finnish team took down TYLOO in the elimination match, 2-0 (16-13 Inferno, 16-10 Mirage). As a result, they would again proceed to play against Movistar, who earlier lost to FURIA. The lineup led by Aleksi "allu" Jalli settled a score with the opponent, prevailing over them 2-0: 16-13 Overpass, 16-8 Mirage.

The highest statistics among the ENCE Esports players against TYLOO and Movistar Riders were scored by Miikka "suNny" Kemppi. When Day Two had been finished, his average rating stopped at a 1.36 mark. Now, it’s the second-best result across all participants of the St Julian's event.

Team Spirit went through the same path as ENCE. In their first game at the tournament, they dropped Train against Hard Legion with a 14-16 score. However, later on, the Russian squad managed to overcome BIG (16-11 Dust2, 10-16 Nuke, 19-15 Mirage), and then, they outclassed Hard Legion in a rematch without losing a map, 2-0: 16-7 Dust2, 16-5 Inferno.

The best performance in the decider of Group B was delivered by Nikolay "mir" Bityukov, who averaged a 1.68 rating in the CIS derby. He made 48 kills in total (48-23 K-D) and dealt 105.4 points of damage per round.

Five best performers in the group stage (according to HLTV’s KDR):

  • #1 | Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač — 1.50
  • #2 | Miikka "suNny" Kemppi — 1.36
  • #3 | Audric "JaCkz" Jug — 1.25
  • #4 | Nikolay "mir" Bityukov — 1.25
  • #5 | Owen "smooya" Butterfield — 1.25

Matches of the semifinal stage of the Malta tournament are scheduled for December 21. There, G2 Esports will meet ENCE, while FURIA will take on Team Spirit. Winners are set to advance to the grand-final, and losers - to fall into the lower bracket to compete in the third-place decider. Every series in the Playoffs will be played in the Best of 3 format.

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