Cloud9 Wins IEM Dallas 2022 after per week full of pleasure, IEM Dallas is finished and dusted and we have now topped our champions.
Intel Excessive Masters Dallas has reached its conclusion with a Finals matchup between ENCE and Cloud9. The primary LAN occasion on North American soil since mid-2021 began out with eyebrows raised, as a number of groups and a number of gamers couldn’t attend the occasion as a result of pandemic or visa issues.
Considered one of these gamers was ENCE’s Lotan ‘Spinx’ Giladi, which was changed by the previous VP member Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski. Individuals questioned about what might’ve Snax delivered to the desk, as he was lacking from tier 1 CS for a very long time, however his efficiency in Dallas was spectacular, to say the least. In addition to Snax, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković and the IGL Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer have been the standout gamers earlier than the sequence.
On the Cloud9 aspect, who turned the group favorites because the NA followers reminisced in regards to the glory days of the org, this was an vital event, particularly after they eradicated FaZe Clan. With the a number of groups lacking, this was the chance for the younger squad to lastly show themselves and win on stage. On a extra private stage, there was a whole lot of criticism in the direction of the IGL Vladislav ‘nafany’ Gorshkov earlier than the event, and he managed to silence most of them. Within the meantime, the younger star Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov confirmed the followers he’s an actual prospect to maintain an in depth eye on.
ENCE 0 – 3 Cloud9
Map 1 (Mirage): ENCE 12 – 16 C9
ENCE had an early lead after selecting up the pistol spherical due to a very good begin from Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković. C9 examined mid and A early on, however double AWP setup from Olek ‘hades’ Miskiewicz and Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski was sturdy sufficient to ensure ENCE a halftime lead. Nonetheless with no win streak and good kills from C9 of their losses breaks the economic system of ENCE after they picked up a spherical due to Vladislav ‘nafany’ Gorshkov and Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov’s entries. ENCE took a timeout and acquired again their weapons to win a pair extra rounds to finish the half at 10-5.
C9 had a greater begin on their CT aspect, selecting up the pistol and the gun rounds to tie the rating at 10-10. Whereas ENCE was lastly capable of get their first spherical with a quick B, their lack of kills in earlier rounds meant the C9 economic system was nonetheless sturdy. The second half was extra backwards and forwards with groups buying and selling rounds and neither was capable of go on a streak however C9 had the momentum with Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov performing effectively. With Abay ‘HObbit’ Khasenov additionally coming into his personal, C9 shut down ENCE on the A website a number of occasions for the match level, and ultimately closed it out with the rating of 16-12.
- maden – 22/3/19
- Snax – 18/5/21
- dycha – 17/7/21
- hades – 16/2/19
- Snappi – 8/0/18
- sh1ro – 23/3/15
- Ax1Le – 21/4/16
- HObbit – 21/1/17
- interz – 19/0/13
- nafany – 14/4/20
Map 2 (Overpass): ENCE 11 – 16 C9
Cloud9 began their map decide Overpass with one other pistol win. With the NA crowd behind them and with HObbit as soon as once more stepping up, they established an early lead. However a double kill from Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer put ENCE again on the board. However it wasn’t sufficient as C9’s slower executes have been onerous to take care of for ENCE as they secured a half-time victory on their T aspect for an enormous benefit. The AWP got here out for hades however he wasn’t as efficient as he wanted and nafany’s entries have been nonetheless on level like the remainder of the occasion. ENCE went again to double AWPs to squeeze two extra rounds on the finish of the half and made the rating 10-5.
C9 additionally gained the second pistol spherical, however after two large Deagle headshots from maden, ENCE managed to choose up the following spherical with a half purchase. C9 was then compelled to a full eco following a triple kill entry on A from Paweł ‘dycha’ Dycha, shrinking their lead extra. Groups traded some rounds and ENCE had the possibility to interrupt the C9 economic system, however a foul execution on the B website derailed their plans. ENCE struggled with executes as they as soon as once more missed their smoke at an empty A website, giving sh1ro and Ax1Le a possibility to defend the play for the map level. And C9 took benefit and made the rating 2-0 with a HObbit triple kill.
- Snax – 21/2/17
- maden – 15/4/22
- Snappi – 13/4/21
- hades – 13/2/16
- dycha – 12/3/20
- HObbit – 20/6/20
- sh1ro – 20/2/9
- Ax1Le – 19/2/5
- nafany – 19/2/17
- interz – 18/5/13
Map 3 (Historical): ENCE 3 – 16 C9
Cloud9 stored up their sturdy pistol spherical performances on their CT aspect, with the IGL nafany as soon as once more shining with a triple kill. However again to again A vegetation and a strained economic system compelled C9 to a scuffed purchase, sh1ro acquired a triple kill to keep away from the catastrophe. Whereas C9 had an opportunity to push their lead, a rush on the B website with Tech-9s and Mac-10s gave stored ENCE within the recreation. Quick performs apart, ENCE’s T aspect didn’t result in a lot success, particularly after they encounter nafany who acquired a quad kill with an AWP. C9 was additional aggressive in the direction of the top of the primary half and so they choked out ENCE to get a 12-3 half lead.
Timofey ‘interz’ Yakushin began out the T half with a double kill as C9 as soon as once more dominated the pistol spherical and put ENCE is a must-buy place for the remainder of the sport. And a triple kill from interz meant the match level at 15-3. ENCE couldn’t contest the final spherical and Cloud9 gained the IEM Dallas 2022, with a North American crowd chanting the gamers’ names.
- Snax – 10/2/18
- maden – 7/4/18
- hades – 7/3/17
- dycha – 7/0/17
- Snappi – 5/2/17
- nafany – 24/3/7
- sh1ro – 22/9/9
- interz – 16/5/8
- Ax1Le – 14/3/5
- HObbit – 11/5/7
Coming into the IEM, Cloud9 was a group that was thought-about a darkish horse. A darkish horse that hasn’t been capable of carry out on LANas effectively as they did on-line. However ever since they’ve crushed FaZe within the Quarterfinals, most followers and analysts began to take a look at this roster with a special eye.
There wasn’t a single member of C9 that didn’t have their second to step up all through the event. Their IGL nafany was doubted closely coming into the occasion, however he managed to impress not solely along with his calling but additionally with how his group performed.
The veteran HObbit, the AWPer sh1ro and interz all had an enormous function within the group’s success. Nevertheless, probably the most spectacular participant for the champions needs to be the 20-year-old Ax1Le who completed with a tournament-high 1.32 score. He not solely was the point of interest of the offense for C9 on most maps, and on protection he time and time once more was left alone to solo websites and clutch rounds. And it wasn’t a shock that he was the official MVP of the event.
That is his second MVP title after successful one yr in the past at #IEM Summer season 2021!
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