The all-Swedish affair kicked off on de_inferno and ended mighty quickly. SK Gaming hilariously dominated H2k 16-2 to take a rapid one map lead.
Heading into the second map, de_train, taking the assumption of your opposition being down in the dumps after such a crushing defeat wouldn't be criminal. But H2k very much saw it as, and after a very well worked 3hp-fuelled 1v2 in the pistol round from Markus 'pronax' Wallsten H2k Gaming hit back with their own, albeit brief, period of dominance and opened up a 7-2 lead.
However, SK picked up six straight rounds to take the lead heading into the second half but again H2k picked up the pistol round and took a seven point lead. Some genius flanking from Richard 'Xizt' Landström put a complete stop to SK's attack in the 22nd round and things looked bleak for the Terrorists.
But a couple of rounds hastily strung together brought SK to within three points of tying the scores. At 14-11 Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström pulled off an insane four man before falling himself where Andreas 'moddii' Fridh cleaned up the remaining single kill to narrow the gap further. The momentum within the SK side increased right up to the point where the scores were level at 14-14 before H2k halted them in their stride and secured the two rounds they needed to pick up the map and level the game at 1-1.
The deciding map was de_nuke and again H2k picked up the pistol round but only took a small lead. The game went back and forth up to 6-5 in favor of the young H2k side until Xizt took it upon himself to go nuts with the AWP in the A bombsite to utterly demolish SK's defences. The following three rounds all fell in favor of H2k due to their superior team and individual skills and they went into the CT side with a 10-5 lead.
The final pistol round of the match went SK's way thanks to a 1v2 from Jimmy 'allen' Allen but his SK team could only amass three rounds before H2k hit back hard and fast. Storming out to a 14-8 lead H2k were just two rounds away from advancing to the semi finals and knocking out their Swedish rivals.
SK took two rounds back, bringing the score to 14-10, but a doomed A push gave H2k their 15th round. On the back foot of all back foots SK managed to pull out four successive rounds, bringing themselves to within one round of tying up the map and taking it into overtime, but their hopes of advancing were ruined by pronax as his sharp double kill effectively killed off the game for SK.
Picture credit: ESEA News
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