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HellRaisers.CS:GO Gets Silver at GO:CL Season 2

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 HellRaisers [2:3]  Dignitas @bo5
(13:16 @mirage, 16:14 @cache, 21:16 @overpass, 11:16 @inferno, 5:16 @cobblestone)

HellRaisers started the first map, kind of cloying mirage, not very successfully — they lost a pistol round, but right in the first buy round they managed to take the first point. The entire first half the teams would try to seize the initiative in the game, but as soon as one of the teams started their winning streak, the second one immediately stopped those attempts. Such a situation had its impact on the score, too — by the side switching the teams had the minimum difference in the Danes' favor. The side switching didn't really affect the speed of the game — the teams were playing rather equally and everything would be decided in the last round, in which Dignitas turned out to be stronger. They were the one to get a victory on mirage.

The second map didn't lose out to the first one by the temperature, and was even one up on it. The first half turned out to be a mirror copy of the first half on mirage. Dignitas started on the defense side and managed to take eight rounds, but after the side switching HellRaisers let the rival come forward. Nevertheless, by the end of the first half HellRaisers woke up and started to take a round by round, and even made a mini comeback, having ended with a 16:14 score and thus leveled the score in the maps.

The third map was the most intensive in the series — both teams quite confidently play on overpass, so it was actually impossible to predict the outcome of the battle. The map started not very well for HellRaisers — they underperformed in the number of rounds on the attack side, though sometimes it was a matter of one shot. Dignitas in their turn would stay focused and only strengthen their defense. The teams switched sides at the 11:4 score in the Danes' favor. On the defense side HellRaisers proved again who is the king of the overpass map and took 11 rounds, thus sent the map to the overtime period. In the additional rounds HellRaisers turned out to be a head taller than the rival and easily took six rounds, and together with them the second map in the series. 

Inferno, that was the fourth map, had been raising certain fears. On the one hand this map could not be called as week of HellRaisers. On the other hand recently HellRaisers showed a not very good game on the attack side, and there might have not been enough time to make the errors correction. As a result, all the fears panned out — despite the tough beginning HellRaisers managed to take 10 rounds on the defense side, but in the attack they earned only one point, which was definitely not enough to win. 16:11 in Dignitas' favor and the fate of the match was going to be decided on the last cobblestone map.

HellRaisers started the last map on the attack side. And the beginning did not run successfully again — Dignitas took a pistol round and started to rapidly take points. The situation became critical very fast — the Danes had 10 points in reserve, while HellRaisers did only one. The gained twelfth round brought back a hope for a comeback for HellRaisers, but the Danes did everything not to let it happen. The first half ended with a 13:2 score in Dignitas' favor. The side switching did not bring HellRaisers luck — they didn't manage to get back to the game and gave the Danish team an opportunity to take the needed three points. Team Dignitas win in the series with a 3:2 score and become the GO:CL Season 2 champions, while HellRaisers take the second place.

 Sergey «lmbt» Bezhanov, the team's coach's comment:

«We did a great match. It's a pity that we've lost, but I must admit that the match itself was really spectacular. However, we do have to think about why and what we sometimes do. We need to fix that chaoc in the game, which we have from time to time. That's what we will be working on in the new year».

Cheer for HellRaisers!