TSM have won the grand final of the FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2 finals over Cloud9, winning 2-0 (16-14 on de_cache and 16-2 on de_mirage).
The FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2 finals at DreamHack Valencia brought together two teams who had yet to test their mettle against each other in a grand final: TSM and Cloud9.
With the latter team red-hot off of their semi-final thriller against fnatic and the former team having taken down Na`Vi to reach the grand final, both teams came into the grand final with a lot to prove or uphold (respectively) in terms of their international standing in the scene.
With the first map being de_cache, TSM commenced their assault with a pistol-round win and successful conversion of the next two C9 ecos. Cloud9 equalised early, turning mid into a point of contention in the Canadian-American team's favour, which allowed them to grab three rounds and tie up the game.
|TSM take first place in style (photo hltv.org)|
TSM relied on heavy Danish defensive play, allowing Cloud9 to run into excellent crossfires and grenade set-ups, allowing the team to pull ahead to seven rounds. Cloud9 seemingly flipped a switch in response, with Sean "[email protected]" Gares leading his men to more aggressive play and a few more round wins.
The half ended 8-7 in TSM's favour; with the second pistol round commencing immediately, TSM chose a B-site rush and won the second pistol round of the game. Despite some close rounds, TSM continued to power through C9's attempts to equalise, includingNicolai "device" Reedtz winning a one-versus-one on A-site.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth helped win another A-site hold by delaying Cloud9 enough to let the bomb go off, bringing the score to 12-7. Despite Cloud9's economic situation being in shambles, the team finally picked up a round once they were able to piece together a set of nades.
|shroud put up a valiant struggle on cache (photo hltv.org)|
TSM struck back in the next round, and despite Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham getting three kills, the Danes picked up another round and reset C9's money, going up to 14-8. Cloud9 continued their attempts to seize map control and were successful, resetting TSM's money and going up until 14-11 before TSM could buy again.
Canadian Mike "shroud" Grzesiek, needed for the team's peak playing, suddenly stomped into the game on his own and helped defend against a B-site rush with Cloud9 a man down. TeammateRyan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir had an unfortunate gaff in the following round, which helped TSM gain a man advantage and win the round.
Cloud9 kicked into an extra gear and once again took a map to 30 rounds, however the final round saw TSM execute a classic A-site take and bring down the Cloud9 defense, to win de_cache 16-14.
|dupreeh helped with the mirage mauling (photo hltv.org)|
de_mirage kicked off with TSM winning a perfect pistol round on their CT side, with Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen chiming in eagerly. Cloud9 made TSM sweat on their ecos, and achieved bomb plants to earn some early game money for the team.
Something fairly depressing then transpired for fans of North American Counter-Strike (and impressive for fans of competitive defensive play), with TSM suddenly going off on a rampage on their CT-side. In-game leader Finn "karrigan" Andersen in particular made important plays for TSM.
In the end, TSM finished the half up at 13-2, with Cloud9 picking up the final two rounds of the half. The second pistol-round of the game came down to the wire on the B-site of mirage, however TSM clinched the win and went up 14-2.
Any attempts at winning the game came too little too late however, and TSM finished the game with a triumphant 16-2 win on de_mirage, taking home $40,000 and humbling Cloud9 on European shores.
FACEIT League 2015 Stage 2 Final Standings:
1. TSM - $40,000
2. Cloud9 - $20,000
3-4. fnatic - $10,000
3-4. Na`Vi - $10,000
5-6. NiP - $6,000
5-6. Kinguin - $6,000
7-8. Virtus.pro - $4,000
7-8. Liquid - $4,000