After a grueling match against Fnatic, everyone was looking to see how MiBR would react against a good MAD Lions side. However it was as if yesterday never happened as MiBR swept MAD Lions aside in two maps.On Mirage, MiBR’s CT side was solid as MAD Lions just couldn’t find a way through. MiBR snowballed as they were able to build a strong economy that was hard to break, especially when they started to play a double AWP setup. By halftime it was 12-3 to MiBR, largely thanks to Lucas "LUCAS1” Teles who was key for MiBR hitting some crazy shots and opening up rounds time after time, but all over the map MiBR were solid and winning their aim duels, brimming with confidence. It was a formality in the second half for MiBR as they picked up four easy rounds and seal the 16-3 victory, opening up a 1-0 lead in the series.On Nuke this time it was Leonardo "leo_drk" Oliveira who led the way in the first half as MiBR on their T side took a solid 9-6 lead going into halftime on a map that traditionally favours the CTs. MiBR picked up the first three rounds in the second half after a ninja defuse in smoke in the pistol round, but MAD Lions refused to give in and brought it back within three rounds at 13-10. MiBR stayed on top, but MAD Lions were never far behind as rounds went back and forth thanks to some insane multi-kills from Rasmus "sjuush" Beck and Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen who tried their best to keep their team in the game. Ultimately though, MiBR held out to win 16-13 and clean sweep the series 2-0, securing their place in the next round of the Lower Bracket to play the winner of BIG vs OG.
Map 1 (Mirage)
Lucas "LUCAS1” Teles racked up 6 opening kills, giving MiBR crucial man advantages that led them to a dominant win. He led the server with the most opening kills, had an a 120.6 ADR and a 1.72 rating.
Vinicius "vsm” Moreira was dominant for MiBR, picking up 24 kills and a rating of 1.96.
Map 2 (Nuke)
Alencar "trk” Rossato was the best fragger on the map with 26 kills and a 1.49 rating. 15 of his frags came on the CT side, mostly from the top of Hut on A where he was a constant thorn in MAD Lions’ side.
Vinicius "vsm” Moreira was crucial on MiBR’s T side by picking up 17 frags to lead the scoreboard at half time, including 6 entry frags.
MiBR did well to pick themselves up after yesterday’s match against Fnatic where they lost in triple overtime on Overpass and lost their own map pick on Vertigo. However they utterly dominated against MAD Lions, sweeping them aside in only two maps and nobody can doubt their mental fortitude now. One of the strengths of MiBR is their teamwork and depth of ability. They don’t rely on an individual superstar and the burden of frags is shared across the whole team. Over the two maps, there was only 11 kills between the highest and lowest players in terms of total frags. A strength of their CT side is that every player on the team can frag out and the relief and confidence they will take from this game as well as the lessons learnt from the game against Fnatic will set them in good stead for the rest of the playoffs.
MAD Lions should go away satisfied with their performance this tournament. They were predicted to be the sixth best team and they finished in the top six. They performed as expected and even claimed a scalp in the group stage with a win against Fnatic.
MiBR will face the winner of BIG vs OG in the next rounds of the lower bracket, competing for a spot in the lower bracket finals, the winner of which goes to the Grand Final. With some great games to play as teams set their sights on the final, it’s the perfect time to get your bets in on Midnite.com!
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