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Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_

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CSGO: Renegades Overpower ENCE 2-0 to Advance in Berlin

Renegades Defeat ENCE 2-0 to Advance in Berlin
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The Aussies dismantled ENCE 2-0 this morning at the StarLadder Berlin Major.


Renegades certainly didn’t care for the majority of players’ Pick ‘Ems today as they took down the Finnish team ENCE 2-0 today.

Vetos

  • Renegades removed Overpass
  • ENCE removed Vertigo
  • Renegades picked Mirage
  • ENCE picked Nuke
  • ENCE removed Inferno
  • Renegades removed Train
  • Dust2 as the decider

Map 1: Mirage

Mirage was first up as Renegades pick, and they showed their prowess on the T-side, racking up an 11-4 halftime score. Though they dropped the CT-side pistol to a cheeky matchmaking strat from ENCE, once the Australians economy stabilized they put ENCE away. Renegades finished Mirage with a score of 16-5.

Renegades had a few short stumbles here, including a few anti-eco losses. That said, Renegades played a fast-paced, brutal game that left ENCE reeling. Justin “jks” Savage played particularly well on the map, ending with a 1.72 HLTV rating and +9 kill differential.

Map 2: Nuke

Considering that the series’ Map 2, Nuke, was ENCE’s pick, the first half was a romping that left ENCE with an impressive 3-round lead at 9-6 on their T-side. A quick ramp rush by Renegades in the second half pistol round secured the Aussies their own T-side pistol and the ensuing three rounds before ENCE picked up their first CT-side round, tying the game at 10-10. Once again, Justin “jks” Savage came in with a huge 1v2 clutch in round 22 putting Renegades up 12-10. Even with ENCE on full loss bonus, they were unable to pick up more than three rounds on the favored side of Nuke. The final score was 16-12 in Renegades’ favor.

What’s Next for Renegades

Renegades will play the winner of Vitality and Avangar after the conclusion of the quarterfinals.


Image VIA: StarLadder

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