Key Prematch odds:
OG Deliver KO in Only Two Maps
Going into this tournament this matchup was what many people predicted would be the grand final game, but it’s in the second round of the lower brackets where these two heavyweights in OG and BIG would be going face to face.
The series started on OG’s pick of Inferno and they started brightly, picking up 9 rounds on their T side as they repeatedly brushed the BIG defence aside. Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså was the key man as he came up with 18 frags in the half and clutched out a crucial 1v2 for OG near the end of the half. At halftime it was 9-6 to OG and it looked like anyones game.
Going into the second half it was BIG’s turn to attack on the T side and they hit straight back with a pistol round win and the two subsequent rounds to bring it back to 9-9 with Florian "syrsoN" Rische leading the way. However as soon as OG were able to full buy the drawbridge was pulled up and the defence was impenetrable as OG picked up 6 rounds in a row to take them to match point, and only two rounds later a 16-10 victory was theirs as they took a 1-0 lead in the series going into Dust2.
BIG made a blistering start going 7-1 up on Dust2 and Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş once again were the playmakers in the first half. However, BIG let OG back into the game and the score stood at only 8-7 to BIG at half-time.
At the start of the second half, Xantares went huge with some incredible multikills to extend BIG’s lead. Despite getting the bomb down repeatedly, OG just couldn’t hold off BIG’s retakes as the lead was extended even further to 13-9. Just as it looked like BIG were cruising to victory, the tide turned and cracks started to show in their defence. OG brought it back with a streak of 6 round wins in a row to take a 15-13 lead with two rounds to secure the series. It started to look like all hope was lost for BIG, but they pulled two rounds out of the hat and the game went to overtime.
In overtime it was back and forth, but BIG seemed to lose all composure on their T side, making desperate plays as OG held them off easily to finally win the map and the series with a 19-17 victory which sent them through to the next round of the Lower Bracket and sent BIG home.
Map 1 (Inferno)
- Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså was dominant in the first half with 18 kills on T side, including 6 multikills and a 129.7 ADR. He finished the game with 26 kills and a 1.77 rating.
- Florian "syrsoN” Rische was BIG’s best player, picking up 12 AWP kills and leading his team with 24 frags.
Map 2 (Dust2)
- syrsoN had a massive impact on the game with his AWP plays as he racked up 32 kills in total and led the server with a 1.31 rating.
- However in the battle of AWPers, it was Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski who came out on top with 22 AWP kills and 7 opening kills.
- OG were impressive as they swept what was possibly their toughest opponent in this tournament in only two maps. They can largely thank the performances of Mateusz "mantuu” Wilczewski and Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, but the whole team was in good form. They don’t have too many weaknesses and their lowest fragging player Nathan "NBK” Schmitt only had a -3 K/D difference over the whole series which shows he was performing his role well - showing BIG how to play a supporting role without being detrimental to the team.
- I believe an unusual weakness of BIG is that they are overly reliant on the performances of Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş, especially because the rest of the team doesn’t perform. On Inferno the duo topped the team scoreboard with 24 kills each. On Dust2 it was more of the same with a massive gulf in frags between them and the rest of the team. The problem with being reliant on a select few players to perform is just like the problem of having only one species of crop. If a disease strikes that targets that one species, there’s no protection from variety and the species goes extinct. If teams can deal with BIG’s dynamic duo they essentially win the game - especially when the rest of BIG have as poor performances as they did on Inferno. Those players will need to step up with their fragging contributions and take some of the burden off their star duo if they are to improve as a team.
OG will face MiBR in the next round of the lower bracket, with only one more game after that standing between them and the final. It’s sure to be a fantastic series against an up and coming MiBR team who have improved a lot this tournament, so get your bets in at Midnite.com