America’s top two will be facing off in the cs_summit 8 upper bracket finals to earn the first spot in the grand finals.
Team Liquid vs. paiN Gaming
Team Liquid were set to play against paiN Gaming, Group A’s top seed, after their decider match win against EXTREMUM.
The first map of the series was Nuke. Liquid dominated the first half and continued their momentum in the second half. The map ended swiftly with a score of ’16-7′ and a win for Liquid behind strong showings from everyone in the team.
The series continued on Liquid’s map pick Dust 2. Despite it being their choice this time, paiN still showed stronger resistance than they did on Nuke. This was mostly on the back of a spectacular performance from paiN’s Rafael “saffee” Costa, who topped the scoreboard with 31 kills and only 17 deaths.
Liquid were on map point at ’15-9′ when paiN started what seemed like a possible comeback, only to fall short 2 rounds away from forcing overtime. Ending the series with a ’15-13′ victory for Team Liquid, who will move on to face FURIA in the upper bracket finals.
FURIA vs. Extra Salt
FURIA were set to play against Group B’s top seed, Extra Salt, after their decider match win against O PLANO.
The series started on Nuke, where the game was close up until the second half. It seemed like Extra Salt would pull away after taking a ’12-9′ lead but FURIA fought back and won seven, of the final eight rounds. FURIA won the first map ’16-13′.
Extra Salt tied the series ‘1-1′ after stealing away FURIA’s map pick of Inferno, ’16-13’, returning the favour after FURIA beat them on their map choice of Nuke.
The neck and neck series would finish on the decider map, Train. The final map had a similar pattern to the first two maps. In both Nuke and Inferno, the match would tie up near the final rounds of the game, and this happened again on Train. In round 25 the score was ’12-12′, but after some solid defence on a force-buy round, FURIA pulled away to win the final 4 rounds of the map.
Extra Salt and paiN Gaming will have to fight their way through the lower bracket to have a chance at making it to the grand finals.
FURIA vs Team Liquid
You can watch the highly anticipated showdown between NA’s top teams on Beyond The Summit’s twitch channel,