The grand last of the IEM Dallas 2022 event is written in stone. Cloud9 will tackle ENCE in a best-of-five Counter Strike International Offensive collection tomorrow after bagging their ticket right now with a victory over BIG within the second semifinal collection.
It’s no secret North American and particularly C9 branded CSGO had a noticeable dip within the final couple of months, nonetheless it’s not simple to fill the sneakers of the fabled roster that featured the likes Stewie2k, Taric, and Rush. Nonetheless the newly setup Cloud 9 roster is unquestionably exhibiting poise in simply their second occasion/event collectively.
C9 as standard regarded good total on the T-side of their very own map alternative Overpass, continuously out strategizing BIG on protection with well-timed trades and utility. They achieved a formidable 9 rounds on the T-side earlier than halftime, greater than sufficient to shut out the sport you’ll suppose. However BIG got here out swinging and secured an necessary pistol spherical to get a fast 9-9 tie, then crushed the C9 protection time and time once more, successful eight straight rounds to start out the second half and forcing C9 to spend all their timeouts fairly quickly. This BIG lead stretched to a 15-10 scoreline earlier than C9 lastly confirmed some spirit on their CT-side. Nonetheless, they ran out of steam within the thirtieth spherical, and a BIG B-site execute secured the 16-14 win on Overpass.
C9 wanted to start out enjoying extra cohesively on Mud II and luckily completed it with a a lot improved CT-side the place they claimed 9 early rounds, because of a whooping 21 kills from Hobbit. BIG picked up the second-half first spherical pistol and rapidly tied the rating as within the earlier sport, however sh1ro wouldn’t permit BIG to go on one other spherical streak second-half run, controlling a lot of the pushes together with his AWP. C9 closed out Mud II with six T-side rounds in a row, coming again within the collection with a 16-9 victory.
C9’s finest begin of the collection got here within the final map Historic, with a powerful six straight rounds to start out their CT-side. The primary half was pure dominance for C9, aided by an especially environment friendly double AWP setup, an unimaginable collection of B ramp management by nafany, and even an sudden ninja defuse, resulting in a 12-3 benefit at halftime. BIG’s problem of coming again turned much more daunting after shedding the second-half pistol spherical for the primary time within the collection, after this C9 by no means gave them an opportunity, ending the collection in dominant style by way of a 16-3 scoreline.
With wins over the reigning Main champions FaZe and BIG on their palms, the C9 roster is positioned to take dwelling a trophy if they’ll win towards ENCE in a finest of 5 collection. This roster may probably raise a significant trophy in simply their second occasion since becoming a member of the C9 group as a complete. The IEM Dallas grand finals between C9 and ENCE can be live-streamed beginning on Sunday, June fifth, at 11am CT.