Masters Berlin: Semifinals Recap
9/19/2021, 9:52:49 AM
The Quarterfinals of Berlin have come and gone and we’ve been blessed with some real amazing series so far. We’ve seen gods fall and teams go the distance. The Semifinals of the tournament have proven to be different, but we still ended up with a lot of exciting plays and mind-blowing clutches. The stage for the Grand Final of Masters Berlin has been set and all of us are waiting in anticipation.
But before that, we’re here to talk about the civil wars that happened on both sides of the bracket. On one side, we had G2 Esports and Gambit Esports going at it. On the other side, Team Envy and 100 Thieves battled for a spot at the Grand Final. The EU fight ended up being a decisive victory for Gambit, especially on the second map where they showed absolutely no mercy against their European opponents. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, NV took the victory. Both series ended up being rather one sided with one team clearly outclassing the other.
With these two teams looking on point, we can only hope that the Grand Final will be a banger of epic proportions.
Catch up on all the days prior if you are interested to see how we got here from the group stages and the quarterfinals.
Yes you saw that score correctly. This the first 13:0 we’ve ever had on international LAN and it was Gambit that secured it. Before that, however, we’ve got to talk about Breeze. It was a very interesting back-and-forth between the two teams. Unfortunately for G2, Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin was absolutely on point in the server with his lurks. He consistently found impact on almost every round and found openings in G2’s defenses. His flanks throughout the tournament have been a thing of beauty to behold. With so many Jett players running around throughout the entire tournament and making flashy plays, it’s almost unbelievable to think that the best player in the world might just be this sneaky Cypher/Viper main.
The statement still held true in the second game which was an absolute slaughter. Gambit swept over their opponents and barely broke a sweat while doing it. Again, nAts was on fire with his lurks. Bogdan “Sheydos” Naumov and Nikita “d3ffo” Sudakov joined their teammate in the fragging apartment. It was an absolute rout and G2 could only watch as their hopes for a spot at the Final dissipated before their eyes.
Things didn’t end up being too different in the other bracket as well where NV defeated 100T very convincingly. If the series before was all about nAts the “rat”, then this series was all about Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, or as his fans like to call him “El Diablo”. The man was an absolute demon on his signature Jett pick today, earning more than 30 frags and averaging an ACS of 450. There was just no stopping him once he got rolling. Hopefully we can continue to see this star level performance from him in the Grand Final.
Haven ended up becoming a smash for NV, the team just found their formula for success and, like Gambit before them, showed no mercy. Although it looked like 100T would begin mounting a comeback off the back of Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella’s stellar play in the second half just like in the last series, NV simply didn’t let them. They were able to close the map very cleanly and with very little fuss. The team baited out rotations out of their opponents again and again. IGL Pujan “FNS” Mehta’s calls were extremely on point. The same thing happened on Ascent, the second map and 100T’s map pick. This time there was a lot more fight coming out from 100T.
Unfortunately, they just couldn’t seem to out maneuver their opponents. NV seemed to always be just one step ahead in the game and the players were hitting their shots. Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen and Austin “crashies” Roberts were standouts in particular.
With both 100T and G2 bowing out, we have our final two teams left in the tournament. Would we have it any other way? It’s Team Envy vs Gambit Esports. NA vs EMEA once again for the title of being the best in the world at least until CHAMPIONS. It’s pretty interesting to note that both teams were known as the scrim gods of their respective regions and now those scrims have finally transitioned into results on the stage. Both squads have shown tremendous growth throughout the year, but now is the time to prove their ability on the server in a best of five (Bo5). Will NA score another trophy or will the EMEA finally strike back with a win of their own? Make sure you tune into the last series of Masters Berlin to find out because you will definitely not want to miss out on this.
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