The No. 2 team in the world, SK Gaming, is once again headed to the semifinals of a major tournament, but this time, it wont be enough. “We are here to win this tournament,” said Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo told SMIX in an interview following SK’s 2-0 win over Natus Vincere.
This was SK’s first official tournament with Joao "felps" Vasconcellos, after his transfer from Immortals. He has made an immediate impact on the Brazilian squad already, posting a 52/52 K/D ratio in the win.
Things started off on Mirage as Natus Vincere opened up the match taking the pistol round with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev getting the triple kill. In usual CS:GO fashion, SK lost both of the eco rounds, but managed to win the first gun round of the half.
After the gun round win by SK, Na’VI looked like they would run away with the contest sprinting out to an 8-1 score. SK settled down, played some coordinated bomb site defense ending the round with a score of 10-5 in favor of Na’Vi.
After the switch, SK played with the precision expected of the No. 2 team in the world, rattling off five rounds in a row to even the score at 10 a piece. Little did people know that would be the theme of the first map.
Trading rounds like fighters in a title fight trade punches, nobody could pull ahead in any significant way. In fact the map would go to overtime where 47 rounds would be played. Fortunately for SK, they came out ahead 25-22.
Train would be the second map of this best of three with Na’Vi winning the pistol round. However, after a devastated triple kill by Marcelo "coldzera" David, Na’Vi seemed to visibly deflate losing eight of the next nine rounds. Na’Vi would be forced into a tactical timeout.
After the timeout, Na`Vi played tough, but squandered a 3v2 after a plant as FalleN picked up two kills, essentially sealing Na’Vi’s fate.
SK won the remaining rounds taking 13-2 lead, and would never look back.
SK will take on North in the first semifinal at 10am.