HellRaisers [14:16] OpTic Gaming @cache
It was an important day for HellRaisers — they were only one footstep away from reaching the major tournament. All they had to do was win the match against OpTic Gaming. The battleground was Cache where out team started on the defensive side. HellRaisers took the first pistol round, but lost in the first buy one. However, after that and till the end of the first half HellRaisers were domination in the game. They quite rapidly took ten rounds and only before the side switching the North American team got two more rounds.
The side switching with the score of 10:5 in HellRaisers' favor. The second pistol round was failed by the HR players, while the soldiers of OpTic were ready to take the important pistol round. HellRaisers took their first round on the attacking side only on the fourth try. A small round exchange let OpTic Gaming level the score — 12:12. HellRaisers lost a few more rounds and found themselves in a situation of a match point. Having lost a right for a mistake, HellRaisers tried to bring the game to overtimes, but in the decider they made a mistake which led to losing the game. 16:14 in OpTic Gaming's favor.
HellRaisers [9:16] FlipSid3 Tactics @overpass
The last match within the qualifiers for ESL One Colonge 2016 was a meeting against FlipSid3 Tactics. The map of the battle was Overpass where our team started on the attacking side. Having won the first pistol round, HellRaisers lost the first buy one. Beginning from the seventh one some swings occured in the game — firstly HR took a round, then F3 took two ones in reply. Closer to the end of the first half FlipSid3 Tactics did seize the initiative and got some advantage.
After the side switching taking place at the score of 9:6 in F3's favor, HellRaisers won the second pistol round. They didn't manage to level the score, though — HR lost the third round of the second half. 10:8 in F3's favor, and from this point every round was worth its weight in gold. However, HR wouldn't do well — they lost several rounds in a row and found themselves in a do-or-die situation. They managed to take one more round on the defensive side, but at that F3 had already had 14 rounds under their belt. That was a turning point — HellRaisers made an unfortunate mistake in a decisive round and lost this match.
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