It was finally time for the first open qualifier team, Valiance & Co, to meet one of the four invited teams, North. It has been a long journey for Valiance to make it to the quarter-finals, but now they were ready to face North on the main stage.
North - Lineup:
- Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen
- Philip "aizy" Aistrup
- Valdemar "valde" Bjørn
- Daniel "mertz" Mertz
- Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye
Valiance - Lineup:
- Ánel "NENO" Cekovic
- Luka "emi" Vukovic
- Nemanja "huNter" Kovac
- Nestor "LETN1" Tanic
- Aleksa "Impulse" Stankic
Map 1 – Inferno – Valiance pick
Valiance, started off as CT, taking the first round after the bomb was planted. North played the third round slowly and it worked in their favour and they got their first round. However, the success was short lived as they lost the next four rounds in a row. North finally had some success when North Aziy planted the bomb and pulled off a clutch, giving North their second round. In the eighth round, North MLS showed god-level AWP skills killing four but he didn’t take the round. North took their first tactical timeout before round 9 and it seemed to work since North started winning rounds.
At halftime, the score was North 7 – 8 Valiance. North switched to CT behind by one.
North MLS clutched the second pistol round after being left alone with three Valiance players. As the game kept going, North slowly caught up to Valiance and after round 22 the game was tied at 11 – 11. Then North started to make mistakes, serious mistakes, leading them to lose two crucial rounds. North went into round 29 with the score being Valiance 15 – 14 North but with no money at all. Pistols versus rifles predictably went rifles' way and Valiance won the first map in impressive fashion.
Map 2 – Cobblestone – North’s pick
North, hungry for revenge, started off as T and took the pistol round. As the game went on Norths grip on cobblestone became stronger and stronger as they took the first 8 rounds in a row. Valiance had to call a tactical timeout before round 9 round as none of their tactics worked. That helped, though, and Valiance finally took their first round and claimed the next three as well. Then it was North's turn to call a tactical timeout, and it worked out for them too. They picked up the last round before halftime.
At halftime, the score was North 10 – 5 Valiance. North switched to CT after halftime.
North once again took the pistol round and Valiance seemed defeated. They couldn’t make the shots and every time they pushed, they were shut down by North’s newest star-player Kjaerbye.
The maps ends North 16 – 5 Valiance.
Map 3 – Nuke – Decider
Valiance, started off as CT, and even though the bomb was planted, they got the defuse. North quickly fell behind 0-5 but then North aizy brought them back to life after clutching round 6. North called their last tactical pause in the hopes it would bring them back once more. It was the golden tactical timeout. They were forced to invest all their money and Kjaerbye clutched the very last kill with a CZ75-auto, winning them another round. North was still in it, they were hanging on barely to the joy of the home crowd. North continued to struggle on the CT-sided map but managed to hold a one round lead.
At halftime, the score was North 8 – 7 Valiance. North switched to CT after halftime.
The pistol round went to Valiance with the bomb planted. Round 18 went to North on an eco round with aziy once again coming to the rescue with the deagle. The game was tied 9 – 9 but North quickly grabbed three rounds and put themselves in the lead. Valiance kept fighting, though, they never gave up but sometimes it just isn't enough. In the end, North was slightly too strong but Valiance gave an incredible showing shaking the local favourites to the very core.
The game ends North 16 – 12 Valiance.
Good game and well played to both teams. It was an astounding comeback by North, though, and we cannot see what more amazing clutches they bring us tomorrow at Copenhagen Games 2018.