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nitr0    Team Liquid
nitr0 posted a combined KD of 51/52 in Liquid's DreamHack Austin loss on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

nitr0 managed to pick up crucial kills for Liquid in Game 1 on Cobblestone, including a big triple kill in Round 27 to give Liquid a force-buy win, but to no avail. Unable to keep up with a blistering second half from G2, nitr0 finished the Game 1 loss with a KD of 21/19. nitr0 finished Game 2 on Train near the bottom of the scoreboard for his team, but that was mostly due to the rest of Liquid popping off. nitr0's KD of 18/13 wasn't bad by any means, as he played his part in a dominating 16-5 win. Unfortunately for Liquid, nitr0 ran out of gas in Game 3 on Nuke, unable to be the catalyst that Liquid needed to get an edge. Unable to connect damage while getting constantly picked outside by kennyS, nitr0 posted a KD of 12/20 as G2 moved onto the next round at DreamHack Austin with a 2-1 series win.
EliGE    Team Liquid
EliGE managed to go even with a combined KD of 55/55 in Liquid's 1-2 series loss at DreamHack Austin on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

EliGE helped Liquid get on the board on its T-side first half of Cobblestone, earning its first round of Game 1 with a triple entry kill. That success didn't last long, however, as Liquid was unable to win enough in the first half before G2 sprinted ahead in the second half. EliGE picked up a KD of 22/23 in the loss, but would dramatically improve in Game 2 on Train. Excelling along with the rest of Liquid, EliGE dealt a game-high 115.0 ADR while picking up a KD of 19/11 as Liquid smashed G2 to the tune of a 16-5 scoreline. Unfortunately for Liquid and EliGE, most of the players simply ran out of steam in Game 3, where they got schooled on Nuke. Getting lit up by kennyS and his AWP, EliGE could only muster a KD of 14/21 as G2 took Game 3 and the series win.
Twistzz    Team Liquid
Twistzz did what he could for Liquid in its 1-2 loss to G2 at DreamHack Austin on Saturday, earning a KD of 64/49.

RotoWire Analysis

Twistzz had a somewhat subdued impact in Game 1 on Cobblestone, not getting much done on the T-side in the first half. While Twistzz did pick up an anti-eco triple kill in Round 17 and finished with a team-high ADR of 93.0, his 20/19 KD wasn't enough to propel Liquid to a win. Twistzz excelled in Game 2, however, as G2 looked dazed in the face of Liquid's smothering map control. Finishing with a KD of 18/12, Twistzz set his teammates up with key entry frags as Liquid took Game 2 by a score of 16-5. Twistzz continued to play well in Game 3, but he looked like the only Liquid member who came to play on Nuke. Big entry frags from Twistzz, including a triple kill entry in Round 10, wasn't enough to stop kennyS and G2 as Liquid fell apart late in the game. Twistzz did what he could with a KD of 26/18 and ADR of 96.0, but it wasn't enough as G2 took the series 2-1.
NBK    G2 Esports
NBK will want to forget his play in G2's win vs Team Liquid at DreamHack Austin, finishing a poor showing with a 22/60 combined KD.

RotoWire Analysis

Poor NBK consistently bottom-fragged for G2, beginning in Game 1 on Cobblestone. NBK's inability to win aim duels and poor positioning allowed Liquid to enter the second half only down one round, but G2 eventually pulled ahead. NBK's 12/24 KD in Game 1 was nothing compared to his struggles in Game 2 as he had a spectacularly poor performance on Train. NBK only managed to post a KD of just 2/20, only ending one round without a death, while dealing a jaw-droppingly low 28.1 ADR as Liquid smashed Game 2. NBK finished his woeful display on Nuke in Game 3, where he must've been thankful to have superstar kennyS on his side as he took over the game. NBK only managed an 8/16 KD as he brought up the rear in G2's 2-1 series win.
bodyy    G2 Esports
bodyy struggled in G2's 2-1 Saturday win vs Team Liquid at DreamHack Austin, posting a KD of 43/56.

RotoWire Analysis

bodyy died more than might have been necessary in Game 1 on Cobblestone, but still made a significant impact throughout the match. Securing the first pistol round with a triple kill, bodyy began trading his life for kills with consistency, picking up a 17/22 KD but more than making up for it with an ADR of 84.7. Simply put, bodyy got bodied in Game 2 on Train, slumping in spectacular fashion with the rest of his team. A KD of 6/19 and ADR of 44.7 did nothing to help an already flustered G2 side as Liquid took Game 2 16-5. In Game 3, bodyy helped kennyS pop off and take over the game while picking up kills of his own. A spectacular quadra kill in Round 14 helped G2 take an 11-4 lead into the second half, where bodyy put the finishing touches on his 20/15 KD as G2 moved on to the quarterfinals with a 16-9 win.
shox    G2 Esports
shox finished G2's 2-1 series win against Liquid on Saturday at DreamHack Austin with a KD of 55/47.

RotoWire Analysis

shox's Game 1 performance can charitably be described as a moderately dangerous wallflower in Game 1 on Cobblestone, though it didn't prevent G2 from eventually winning. shox's struggles on the CT-side with positioning made the game close heading into the second half, but the rest of the team covered for shox's 16/16 KD and team-low 51.9 ADR. shox shined in Game 2 on Train, but he was the only member of G2 to show up as Liquid annihilated the French side. A KD of 20/17 and ADR of 90.8 led all G2 members, but couldn't stop Liquid from taking a 16-5 win. In a series-deciding Game 3, shox did well enough to help kennyS carry G2 to the quarterfinals, posting a KD of 19/14. Entry fragging well enough, shox finished strong as G2 secured the 2-1 series win.
apEX    G2 Esports
apEX played his part in G2's 2-1 series win vs Team Liquid at DreamHack Austin on Saturday, posting a KD of 59/48.

RotoWire Analysis

apEX shined in Game 1 for G2, dominating Cobblestone with great rifle play. apEX helped steer G2 to an 8-7 halftime lead against a hungry Liquid T-side before taking the game over on G2's T-side in the second half, picking up a triple kill in Round 24 to go alongside his team-high KD of 28/15. apEX's hot hand cooled off considerably in Game 2, where all of G2 struggled on Train. apEX finished with a measly ADR of 44.7 to go with a KD of 11/18, ineffective as Liquid took the map to force Game 3. apEX played well in Game 3 on Nuke, but he was merely a passenger on the kennyS hype train as the star sniper led G2 to a win. apEX played his part in the win with a KD of 20/15, helping G2 advance over Liquid by a 2-1 series score.
kennyS    G2 Esports
kennyS played brilliantly for G2 in its 2-1 series win over Liquid on Saturday, earning a KD of 74/43.

RotoWire Analysis

kennyS had a phenomenal performance in G2's win over Team Liquid, beginning with a solid Game 1 on Cobblestone. Using his acclaimed skills on the AWP to wreak havoc on Liquid, helping G2 burst ahead after a close first half with a KD of 26/13, finishing Liquid by a 16-13 score. Despite an impressive triple entry frag in Round 9 of Train, kennyS struggled in Game 2 along with the rest of G2. While kennyS posted a neutral 16/16 KD, he simply couldn't find the frags G2 needed as Liquid smashed G2 16-5. More than making up for his Game 2 slump in Game 3, kennyS dominated Nuke with the AWP, reminding Liquid and the world why he is the premier sniper in the game. From an anti-eco quadra kill in Round 3 to a fantastic AWP triple kill a round later, kennyS was a monster for G2, posting a whopping 125.1 ADR alongside a KD of 32/14 as kennyS led G2 to a decisive 16-9 win to move on in the playoffs at DreamHack Austin.
bodyy    G2 Esports
bodyy registered a 50/53 KD during G2's win over Cloud9 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

bodyy had a bit of an odd series here against Cloud9. He started off well in Game 1, posting the second highest KD on his team in the win. He even netted a nice double kill in the final round of the map to lock up the 16-12 win. In Game 2, he was once again on top of his game, albeit in a loss. He top fragged, but the rest of G2 came up with zilch in the 16-12 loss. The final game is where, despite a G2 win, the wheels fell off the wagon for bodyy. He only managed to secure five kills in the game. He seemed to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and was just a tick late with all his shots. Thankfully for him, his teammates picked up his slack and they won the map 16-10 to move into the semifinals.
NBK    G2 Esports
NBK went 52/62 in G2's win over Cloud9 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

NBK started off well enough in this series, posting a double entry frag in Round 2. He continued to provide some consistent damage in the rest of the rounds to help his team get the 16-12 win here. Game 2 was a mess for him, though. He only managed to put up 11 kills in the entire game, which is undoubtedly what led to his team's loss in the round. Game 3 was a much better showing from him, as he tallied 20 kills to bounce back from his poor performance in the second frame. His best moment came in Round 7 when he notched a quad kill to hold the bombsite for G2. Plays like this set G2 apart and allowed them to pick up the big win here. They are now through to the semifinals where they will take on Gambit Esports.
apEX    G2 Esports
apEX put up a 67/50 KD in G2's series win over Cloud9 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

apEX was a nice second fiddle to kennyS in this series against Cloud9 on Saturday. He was incredibly consistent in Game 1, putting out consistent damage in almost every round to push his team to victory. His best moment came during Round 8 when he notched a 4k in an anti-eco round to set his team on the road to success. He also came on strong in the later rounds to solidify his team's win, posting doubles in Rounds 24 and 25 to close out the map strong. Game 2 was a downer for all of G2, as they started out strong but ended up faltering in a major way late in the game to drop the map. They recovered in Game 3 with a big 16-10 win, and apEX was a big part of that win. He posted a 103.6 ADR in the game, which was evidenced by rounds like his big 1-vs-3 in Round 10 to tie things up at 10. G2 is now through to the playoffs where they will face Gambit Esports.
shox    G2 Esports
shox went 49/51 in G2's 2-1 win over Cloud9 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

shox had an average series in this series against Cloud9 on Saturday. In Game 1, he bottom fragged for G2 in what ended up being a strong win for them. He did have a nice 3k entry kill in Round 21, but that was about it in this game. Moving into Game 2, shox shot up the standings and had some big rounds in the first half as his team were having a quite the half for a big lead. However, G2 as a team faltered in the second half to drop the map 16-12. He was again towards the bottom of his team in Game 3. He had stretched of rounds where he didn't pick up any kills, but what he did was enough to help his team secure the win. He put up triple kills in Rounds 12 and 17, while notching doubles in Rounds 21 and 25. With G2 playing so well as a unit, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
kennyS    G2 Esports
kennyS put up a 68/44 KD in G2's 2-1 win over Cloud9 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

kennyS is living right on this new-look G2 squad, this time dominating Cloud9 on the way to a big victory to propel them into the playoffs. Starting in Game 1, kennyS was a very consistent presence on his AWP to keep G2 moving right along for the win. His best round came towards the end when he picked up a double kill to put G2 on map point. Game 2 was a bit of a downer for kennyS, though. He tried to be consistent with his kills, but it ended up not being enough to overcome a surging Cloud9 in the game. He went right back to his high-performing ways in Game 3, though. His continued to shut down the map on his AWP in the game to take down Cloud9 by a score of 16-10 and move G2 into the semifinals.
autimatic    Cloud9
autimatic ended Cloud9's 1-2 loss against G2 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin with a 67/58 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

autimatic was the saving grace for Cloud9 in this series, but that can only get your so far in the game of Counter-Strike. He got to work early and often in this series, starting with a 3k in the pistol round of Game 1 to give his team a nice 1-0 start. Throughout the rest of this game, autimatic continued to be the one to get the kills for Cloud9, but the only problem was that he was just about the only one. The rest of his team had nothing and they were swiftly handled by G2. Game 2 was a better game from C9 overall. He was in the middle of the scoreboard for his team, but he actually got help from his teammates this time. They all worked well together with strong rotations and executions to keep pushing on against G2 in this 16-12 win. With Game 3 on the horizon, C9 needed to band together for another performance like Game 2. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. autimatic did his part yet again, but with no help from his teammates for another game, C9 were bounced from the tournament.
Skadoodle    Cloud9
Skadoodle only managed a 37/51 KD in Cloud9's 1-2 loss to G2 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

Skadoodle never managed to get into a groove at all in this game, which put Cloud9 in quite the bind during this series loss. He was in the middle of the pack during Game 1, only putting up a 56.9 ADR. He did have a double in Round 2 to get his team off to a nice start before the team fell apart and lost the game 16-12. While C9 managed to have a strong performance in the second game, Skadoodle never came out of his shell. He only had one kill after the first nine rounds of the half, and only seven after 19 rounds. His team managed to overcome this with strong performances from autimatic and Stewie2k. The same couldn't be said for Game 3, though. Skadoodle once again fell apart, but his teammates couldn't pick up his slack this time.
n0thing    Cloud9
n0thing finished Cloud9's 1-2 loss to G2 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin with a 48/60 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

n0thing got off to a bit of a slow start in this series, only tallying 12 kills in the entirety of the game. The fact that six of his kills came from two triple kills in Rounds 2 and 3 make his KD in this game all the more off-putting. Come Game 2, though, n0thing was on top of his game to push his team into a third game. He was consistent round after round with strong rotations and executes to fuel this massive comeback. His best moments came in Round 24 where he picked up a 3k and then in the final round when he picked up an AWP to shut down G2 while he was securing the defuse. The final game was a major regression as compared to the team's performance in Game 2. He actually ended up with a worse KD than he had in the first game, while again only posting 12 kills in the game. With no one on C9 really stepping up to the plate, G2 easily took the final map by a score of 16-10 to eliminate C9 from the tournament.
Stewie2k    Cloud9
Stewie2k tallied a 53/58 KD in Cloud9's loss to G2 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

While his team lost the first game of this series, Stewie2k did his best to try and keep them in it with some nice play overall. His big moments came in the first half when he secured a 3k in Round 9 to take a 5-4 lead and then notched a quad kill at the end of the half to close things out strong. C9 as a team fell apart a bit in the second half, which led to the 16-12 loss. Game 2 was a much better showing from all of C9, Stewie2k included. He picked up a 3k in the pistol round to start off on the right foot. Throughout the rest of the game, he was strong on the AWP to keep his team inching right back into the game. His double kill late in the game helped sell a fake that C9 was going for in the round. With him and the rest of his team playing so well, they won the game 16-12 to force Game 3. In that third game, he was towards the top of his team, but that ended up not really being enough to stop G2 from dominating things. He did have a nice moment early on by getting a 3k with his Deagle to shut down a force buy from G2. But that was about it for him in this 16-12 loss to get eliminated from the tournament.
shroud    Cloud9
shroud went 55/59 in Cloud9's 1-2 loss against G2 in the Group B decider match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

shroud started off this series on a bit of a sour note, with a pretty lackluster performance in Game 1. He failed to get into a much of a groove in the game, only tallying two multi-kills throughout the course of the whole game. In Game 2, things turned around for him majorly, as his performance in this game allowed his team to stay alive in the series. He started off with a 3k in Round 2 and then was somewhat subdued throughout the rest of the first half. The second half was a whole different story, though. He poured on the kills round after to round to will his team to victory. He tallied a quad kill in Round 17, triple kills in Rounds 20 and 21, as well as doubles in Rounds 25 and 27. After the 16-12 win, the teams moved into Game 3 on Cache. Despite all his nice play in Game 2, he came up short once again in the final game of this series. He did have a nice moment where he and autimatic won a force buy early on in the game, but then his play fell off and C9 were bounced from the tournament.
autimatic    Cloud9
autimatic went 10/19 when Cloud9 lost to Immortals in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

The normally very strong fragger for Cloud9 was extremely off his game when his team took on Immortals on Friday. After winning the first three rounds of the game, C9 fell flat on their face by losing 16 of the next 20 rounds. autimatic was right there on the floor with his teammates as they couldn't make heads or tails of the matchup. While he didn't have the lowest ADR (66.0) of the match, he still failed to bring the offense in this tough loss for C9. They've got one last shot at the playoffs with the loser's final match on Saturday, but they will need to avoid another showing like this from autimatic to crack into the semifinals.
shroud    Cloud9
shroud finished Cloud9's loss to Immortals in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin with a 12/18 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

Despite having some nice moments in the ESL Pro League earlier in the week, shroud had a dud of a game at the worst possible time for Cloud9. Going up against Immortals, they needed 100 percent from everyone on the team. While it looked as though that was going to be the case after the 3-0 start, things simply fizzled out for C9 in a hurry. shroud didn't do much to stop the fizzle, posting just 12 kills to go along with a 62.6 ADR. He was only 1/3 on entry frags and seemed to simply fall flat at every turn. C9 will need more from him and everyone else if they want to turn things around and still make it to the playoffs of this tournament.