Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Extra Salt, paiN qualify for cs_summit 8

Extra Salt and paiN have secured spots in cs_summit 8, the Regional Major Ranking event for North America, taking down O PLANO and Bad News Bears, respectively, in the upper bracket of the closed qualifier to book their ticket in the main event.

Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou‘s troops were the first to secure their berth, making short work of O PLANO in a two-map series. Although the Brazilian side kept themselves in close contention during the first halves of Inferno and Nuke, where they edged out 8-7 leads, the second half of both maps were all Extra Salt, who gave up a combined three rounds en route to swift map victories to close out the series in fast fashion.

oSee topped the board for Extra Salt in their win over O PLANO

Bad News Bears entered their match against paiN with a commanding lead, demolishing Rafael “⁠saffee⁠” Costa‘s side 11-4 on the Terrorist side of Mirage; however, once the sides swapped over, paiN were the ones running rampant over the Bad News Bears defenses, conceding just one additional round before taking a 16-12 map victory.

Nuke was even more one-sided as paiN had their foot on the throat of Bad News Bears from the onset, dominating the first half 14-1 and wasting no time in closing things out in the second half to book their ticket to the main event.

North America

Brazil

United States

Brazil

The team list for cs_summit 8 now looks as follows:

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Extra Salt, O PLANO secure wins in cs_summit 8 closed qualifier openers

Extra Salt and O PLANO have claimed victory in their opening matches for the cs_summit 8 closed qualifier, advancing to the upper bracket semi-final where they will face off against one another for a spot in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

Extra Salt, who received a direct invite to the closed qualifier based off being the highest ranked side in North America not already competing in the main event, were matched up against GODSENT in the first round of play, with the Brazilian roster also receiving an invite despite being ranked below Triumph at the time invites were distributed.

The disparity led to the two invited sides facing off in the first round due to the bracket being seeded by more recent rankings than when the invites were distributed, while Triumph and O PLANO, who both advanced through the open qualifiers, were also drawn against each other.

Sonic led the way for Extra Salt in their opening match

Extra Salt, fresh off a gamut of European tournaments, put their practice to good use against GODSENT, with Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek shining in a 16-8 win on Nuke to open the series. Inferno, GODSENT‘s map pick, was a more keenly contested affair, with the lead being traded back and forth before Extra Salt narrowly prevailed in triple overtime to take the series.

O PLANO required all three maps to take a win over Triumph, with the two sides trading 16-13 wins on Nuke and Dust2, respectively, forcing a Train decider. There, the trio of Henrique “⁠HEN1⁠” Teles, Leonardo “⁠leo_drk⁠” Oliveira, and Vinicius “⁠vsm⁠” Moreira combined to help their team to an 8-7 scoreline at halftime, before establishing dominant control in the second half with eight rounds in a row to take the series.

North America

Brazil

Brazil

United States

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

BIG reverse sweep Extra Salt to win FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final

BIG won FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final after a marathon series again Extra Salt, taking home the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool. The Germans showed their grit and determination in the event, recovering from an opening loss to Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou and co. to earn a spot in the grand final by running the gauntlet of the lower bracket.

It took wins over Evil Geniuses, Complexity, HAVU, and forZe to set up the rematch, which Johannes “⁠tabseN⁠” Wodarz‘s team started one map down. Extra Salt went on to hit hard on Dust2, earning an 15-4 lead before BIG showed signs of life. The map was eventually closed out by Extra Salt, but the rest of the series didn’t follow that script.

BIG completed the dream run through the lower bracket

Train was Extra Salt‘s pick and a map on which they earned a strong T-side score, 8-7, but BIG came back after the switch with an even stronger offence to claim the map. Following a 16-13 on Train, the game moved to Vertigo where the North Americans were 10-5 up after the defensive half, but BIG again pulled off the comeback, 16-14, to force Overpass.

The final map also went all the way, with Extra Salt looking like the team in control after winning a USP-eco to go up 14-12. However, Nils “⁠k1to⁠” Gruhne came alive in the dying embers of the match to ensure another bounce back, and the 3-2 victory in the title match.

“It’s a huge flashback to all the games that we played very good back in the days, making huge comebacks,”, tabseN said in a post-match interview, referring to BIG successful 2020 and their reverse sweep of G2 in the grand final of DreamHack Masters Spring Europe. “It feels amazing to win this tournament”.

“It didn’t matter how many silly rounds we lost in this tournament, we managed to stay cool”, the champion added, whose team earned $150,000 for their efforts. When asked about positional changes in the team, tabseN explained that BIG are in an experimental phase, but are happy with how the changes have been working so far. “Overall, I think we played a good tournament,” the in-game leader concluded.

Extra Salt will have to satisfy themselves with a second-place finish after a strong showing at FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe. With Justin “⁠FaNg⁠” Coakley and Josh “⁠oSee⁠” Ohm as their top performers, they managed to reach the grand final in their second tournament in Europe, and are still set to compete in Spring Sweet Spring 1 and DreamHack Masters Spring before returning to North America for cs_summit 8.

North America

Germany

FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final standings:

1. Germany BIG – $150,000
2. North America Extra Salt – $50,000
3. Russia forZe – $15,000
4. Finland HAVU – $15,000
5-6. Sweden Dignitas – $5,000
5-6. Europe Complexity – $5,000
7-8. North America Evil Geniuses – $5,000
7-8. CIS Virtus.pro – $5,000

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Extra Salt edge out forZe to reach FunSpark ULTI grand final

Extra Salt have gone from strength to strength in FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final, their second tournament on European soil, taking down BIG, Dignitas, and now forZe in BO3 series. Their most recent victory, inspired by Josh “⁠oSee⁠” Ohm‘s consistent contributions, sees them advance to the grand final of the event where they will have a one-map advantage.

The team led by Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou didn’t have an easy task dispatching the other surprise of the tournament, forZe, who previously took down Virtus.pro and Complexity. Andrey “⁠Jerry⁠” Mekhryakov‘s side did fall flat on Inferno, but took Train and pushed Extra Salt to their limit on Nuke. Ultimately, the North American side managed to keep their composure and take the series after overtime.

To set up a rematch, forZe will have to take another massive scalp on Sunday, as they face BIG in the consolidation final. The Germans have looked better since falling to the lower bracket, though, and will be hoping they can complete the dream run and win the $150,000 first place prize on the final day of the event.

Sonic’s team is in the grand final of the $250,000 event

Inferno was a one sided affair in favor of Extra Salt, who schooled forZe on their own map pick. The North American side started things off with a 6-1 run on the defense, before forZe managed to claim three in a row. Justin “⁠FaNg⁠” Coakley and Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek accelerated as the end of the half neared, locking things down to finish it 11-4 ahead. FaNg‘s T-side pistol ace saw Extra Salt close in towards victory, securing the map comfortably, 16-5.

On Train, forZe gained control on the defense thanks to a second-round force win, moving up to a 5-1 lead early. JT made sure things didn’t get out of control, though, finding entries in three of the next four rounds to equalize things at 5-5. The rest of the half was back and forth, ending 8-7 in favor of Jerry‘s team. forZe‘s offense was remarkable as they again won the force and went on to reach map point in no time, 15-8. Extra Salt started to put on a comeback, but ultimately fell to a mixed buy, moving things to Nuke.

Focusing on hitting the A site was forZe‘s approach to Nuke, but it didn’t yield much success to the Russian side. Extra Salt‘s defense of upper was air-tight, losing just a couple of rounds on route to an 11-4 half. What seemed like a massive lead shrunk swiftly after the swap, forZe‘s six-round streak bringing the gap down to just one (11-10). What didn’t work for forZe in the first half paid dividends for JT and co. as repetitive top-side hits found success.

However, forZe held on, seeing the game reach a 15-15 stalemate and go into overtime. In the added rounds, Extra Salt again hammered the A site on the offense to swap sides 2-1 ahead, closing it out on the defense 19-17.

Russia

North America

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Extra Salt breeze past Dignitas, move on to FunSpark ULTI upper final

Extra Salt have advanced to the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe upper bracket final following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Dignitas (Vertigo 16-9, Train 16-10). Patrik “⁠f0rest⁠” Lindberg and company have dropped to the lower bracket, where they will take on the winner of HAVU and Virtus.pro on Friday.

The North American-South African combination have continued their impressive run through the tournament after beating BIG in the first round, in only their second match since they made the trip to Europe to take part in a series of events they had qualified for.

With the two teams sharing the same ban, Mirage, Extra Salt had the chance to take Dignitas‘ best map, Nuke, off the pool in the first round of vetoes and reaped the benefits of that opportunity as the Swedes were forced on one of their less favored picks.

Extra Salt will take on forZe on Saturday

This time that was Vertigo, which is a map where Extra Salt had won seven consecutive maps in North America — a streak that they prolonged after a convincing showing on the opener against Dignitas. Josh “⁠oSee⁠” Ohm & co. had the defense on lockdown after losing the opening three rounds and went on to secure a series lead without too much trouble after another slow start in the second half.

Extra Salt opted for Train when it came to their map choice and seemed to pick up where they left off. This time, they were the ones to start off well and used the early buffer and a big 3v5 turnaround later on to clinch a 10-5 opening half on the Terrorist side. Dignitas looked to come back in contention with a good run of their own, but consecutive triples from oSee and JT on A stopped the Swedish-Norwegian squad in their tracks as they conceded the second map 10-16.

North America

Sweden

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Video: k1to vs. Extra Salt

Video: k1to vs. Extra Salt

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Extra Salt win VENN Invitational; complete BLAST Premier Spring Showdown team list

Extra Salt have booked a ticket to the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown following a 2-1 victory over paiN in the grand final of the VENN Invitational. The North American side narrowly edged out a two-map victory over Triumph in their semi-final match-up, while paiN had little issue dispatching of ChocoCheck to earn their spot in the grand final.

Extra Salt continue to be a source of trouble for Rafael “⁠saffee⁠” Costa‘s side, having now won five series in a row while dropping just two maps. One of those map wins came in the VENN Invitational grand final, where paiN kicked off the series in the lead with a 16-7 win on their pick of Inferno, and put themselves in a strong position to score their first win against Extra Salt as they led 11-4 on the CT side of Train.

Sonic was the pivotal factor in Extra Salt’s win on Nuke

Once the sides swapped over however, Extra Salt were on the comeback trail, conceding just two rounds en route to a 16-13 finish to force a Nuke decider. There, an incredible performance from Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek, which saw the South African player boasting a flawless 23-0 K-D thirteen rounds into the match, was the key factor in his team securing a narrow victory, with Edgar “⁠MarKE⁠” Maldonado securing a 1vs3 clutch in round 29 to close out the series.

The win sets Extra Salt up as the final team in attendance at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, where $160,000 and two spots at the Spring Finals will be on offer. The team list for the event consists of:

The former Cloud9 squad now look ahead to a long European campaign as they are also set to attend the FunSpark ULTI Europe Final, DreamHack Masters Spring, and IEM Summer in the coming months, offering them their first true taste of international competition in over a year.

Source link

Categories
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

VENN Invitational reaches playoffs as Extra Salt, paiN top group stage

Extra Salt, paiN, ChocoCheck, and Triumph have secured playoff berths in the VENN Invitational, the North American regional qualifier for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.

As with the other regional BLAST qualifiers, eight teams were drawn into two best-of-one GSL groups, with Extra Salt continuing to dismantle their domestic competition as they eased past Levitate and High Coast in Group A to secure a semi-final spot.

Extra Salt continue to put on a masterclass in North America

The former Rebirth lineup, now known as ChocoCheck, were the second team to advance from Group A as they saw to the elimination of both Levitate and High Coast, edging past the the latter team in a closely contested 16-13 affair on Dust2.

The second day of the tournament saw the Brazilians of paiN book the first spot out of Group B, securing two Inferno victories over Recon 5 and Triumph to set up a match against ChocoCheck in the semi-finals.

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side were able to claim redemption as they put up a dominant 16-2 scoreline in the Group B decider match against RBG to claim the final spot among the top four, but will be faced with a tall task on the final day of the tournament as they have been drawn up against Extra Salt, who have lost only one of their last nineteen match-ups since adding Edgar “⁠MarKE⁠” Maldonado.

The playoff stage will unfold in its entirety on Sunday, awarding the grand final champion with $25,000 and a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The schedule for the day looks as follows:

21:00