Statistically balanced Empire sends Soniqs to bottom bracket, advances to face TSM FTX — SiegeGG
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The first four maps of the top bracket semi-finals all went 8-6, including the first two maps of the Soniqs-Team Empire match.
The first pair of cards was won by TSM FTX in a match against Team Liquid. The North American side sent the Brazilians to the bottom bracket. The next two are from the Soniqs-Empire match.
Through the first map of the Soniqs-Empire series, it looked like there would be a similar neck and neck result in this match. Soniqs bounced back from a 6-3 lead over the Empire on the first map, Coastline, to take the map 8-6. The map was punctuated by multiple losses of human advantages on the Empire side, Soniqs adapted and punished them extremely well.
Empire won a hotly contested second map, the Clubhouse Affair by a score of 8-6. Soniqs nearly came back from a big deficit on this map as well, after their attacking half-empire won at a 4-2 pace. Soniqs equalized, but it was the Russian team that triumphed in overtime 8-6, not the North Americans.
The third card was expected to be thrilling, a fitting conclusion to such a hotly contested series. It wasn’t meant to be.
Villa was not as close, not far. Empire raced to a dominant 6-0 defensive half en route to a 7-0 win, dropping Soniqs to the bottom bracket after the 2-1 win.
“As for me, I was really nervous during the Coastline,” Danila “dan” Dontsov said after the game. “And I think that was the main problem, why we lost so many sets when we were like four against two.”
Pablo “Gryxr” Rebeil was the statistically dominant player for Soniqs the entire tournament, and his 17 eliminations on Coastline propelled Soniqs to a huge win. However, his overall match stats show that Empire did a great job of containing him. Gryxr only had 14 kills on the other two maps, a pedestrian count compared to his normal brilliance throughout the tournament.
For Empire, the most statistically significant factor was Artur “ShepparD” Ipatov. He managed a 1.27 SiegeGG rating during the match and led the Empire in win count. However, Russia’s balanced stats tell of the whole team’s effort. No Empire player had less than 20 eliminations during the best-of-three match. Dmitry “Scyther” Semenov was the team’s lowest-rated player… with a low rating of 0.91, which by any measure is a good showing.
As a team, Empire knocked down Soniqs on Villa. “I think the key to my success has been my crazy teammates,” dan said of Villa’s antics. “I died first, I think all six rounds. Round one, JoyStiCK did an insane, very important double kill. Round two, Scyther. Round three, I think ShepparD. Next, Always.”
With the win, Empire earned their second 2-1 win of the tournament against Soniqs. The first came in the group stage. Empire advances to face another North American team in the upper bracket finals next – TSM FTX. The Soniqs move to the bottom bracket, where they will face the winner of the DarkZero vs FaZe Clan match scheduled for later today.