CR4ZY are the first team to reach the CS:GO Europe Minor Championship playoffs after an impressive 2-0 win over NoChance, who were no match for the Serbs on Dust2 and Nuke.
CR4ZY defeated Sprout 16-13 in the opening round to advance to the Group A winner’s match, where they were expected to take on mousesports for a place in the final four. However, mouz were forced to walk the long road to the playoffs after NoChance shocked the competition with a 16-14 win over the pre-tournament favourites on Inferno.
The winner’s match took off on Dust2, with NoChance taking the reins on the T side and winning the first three rounds. However, CR4ZY tightened their defence and started reeling off wins to take a 10-5 lead into the break. The Serbs carried that momentum into the second half, winning the pistol round and completing a flawless 6-0 run to take the map 16-5.
CR4ZY started Nuke on the T side and picked up where they left off, bolting out to a 4-0 lead. At that point they met some resistance from NoChance, but not nearly enough to stop the Serbs from taking a 9-6 advantage into the interval. The underdogs fought back after the break, winning three straight rounds to tie the game at 9-9, but CR4ZY’s defence lifted again and they won seven of the last eight rounds to seal a 2-0 whitewash.
MVP of the match was Nestor “LETN1” Tanic, who improved drastically from his 1.06 rating in the match against Sprout and ended the series with an incredible 1.60 rating, 46 kills and only 24 deaths. A lot of credit also goes to Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo (1.38 rating) and Nemanja “huNter” Kovac (1.33 rating), who both performed admirably and played crucial roles in the success of their team.
CR4ZY now advance to the semi-finals, while NoChance will play the winner of the elimination match between mousesports and Sprout.