HellRaisers [2:0] Space Soldiers @bo3
(16:12 @Nuke, 16:13 @Cobblestone)
The match day was opened by a meeting with the Turkish Space Soldiers team. The teams started the fight on HellRaisers' pick Nuke. HR began on the T side that is considered to be a weaker one on this map, though HellRaisers managed to raise doubts about that. They took the pistol round, then got both the first and second device rounds, too. The Turkish team managed to earn the first point on this map only on the sixth try. However, it didn't affect the game at all — HellRaisers continued to dominate in the fight half, and by the end of the first half they had taken eleven rounds. On the second side,the initiative was seized by Space Soldiers, who won the second pistol round and in general showed a decent result on the attacking side. Although they managed to close the gap, HellRaisers finished collecting points and ended the map with a victory.
Things followed the same scenario on Cobblestone. HellRaisers began on the CT side, lost the pistol round, but got the force-buy. Thanks to that, they managed to force their speed and literally destroyed the enemy in the first half. After the won pistol round, Space Soldiers managed to take only two rounds, which isn't enough for Cobblestone for sure. After the side switching, the Turkish team got the second breath and took a series of seven rounds at a stroke. After that HellRaisers managed to break the rival's defense and finish off the Turkish team. 2:0!
HellRaisers [2:0] GODSENT @bo3
(16:14 @Train, 16:14 @Cobblestone)
HellRaisers started the second match on the rival's pick Train. Having taken the defensive side, HellRaisers immediately faced a quite confident attack of the Swedes — they had to literally wrest the victory from the opponent in the first pistol round and the following force-buy. In the third round, GODSENT's attack turned out to be successful. At a 3:2 score in the Swedes' favor, a bloody round exchange took place on the map, that continued until the side switching. HellRaisers switched to the attacking side having a seven round pool. HR started the second half with the won pistol round and began to gain momentum. Nevertheless, the rival didn't give up, and soon the round exchange went on. The first map ended with a spectacular knife frag by STYKO who killed the rival right on the bomb.
The second map was Cobblestone. HellRaisers started on the attacking side and lost the pistol round. Having seized the initiative, the Swedes developed the advantage into a series of seven rounds. From the eighth round HellRaisers were striking back — they were taking the points away from the rival round by round, but that was their last success in the first half. 6:9 and HellRaisers switched to the defensive side. HR started the second half much better — they took a series of six rounds, after which they lost a point, but then went on getting victories, again. Eventually, HellRaisers got to a match-point, which they took on the fourth try. 16:14 — our players reach the grand final!