Monte extends their presence at IEM Katowice, as just an hour ago, the Ukrainian team triumphed over their formidable adversary, Cloud9. This guarantees at least one more match for Monte tomorrow and potentially propels them back into the headlines with their success.
The Ukrainian team recovered from a slow start on both maps and secured hard-fought victories on each of them. Naturally, following such a disheartening performance, Cloud9 rightfully faced criticism, and fans rightfully reminded the team that they still lack a sniper.
Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov had a few good moments with the AWP, but the team clearly lacked the impact that a player like Vladimir “Woro2k” Veletniuk can bring. The Ukrainian player concluded the series with 25 kills using the AWP and showcased a stunning ace on the Mirage map that turned the tide in Monte favor.
How did the game go
Monte had a slow start on Overpass, and by the time they woke up, the score was already 4-0 against them. However, the game’s dynamics shifted afterward: the Ukrainian team rallied on defense and won eight rounds in a row, with Alexander “br0” Bro leading the team with an impressive individual score of 13-5.
Cloud9 managed to break Monte’s winning streak after switching to the CT side, but their moment of triumph was short-lived as Monte won three consecutive rounds as soon as they had enough money in their bank. With no room for error, the Russian team kept their opponents at bay, striving to secure the victory in their favor. However, their efforts were in vain as Monte won the decisive round, preventing any overtime scenarios.
The final map, Mirage, started similarly to the previous one. With a score of 6-0, Monte gained some momentum by increasing their pace of play, but Cloud9 managed to maintain composure and had a four-round advantage before swapping sides.
Cloud9 extended their lead by winning a clean pistol round, but their momentum was short-lived as the Ukrainians swiftly reacted. Under the influence of Woro2k and Sergey “DemQQ” Demchenko, the Ukrainian team organized a solid defense, and their Ukrainian AWPer delivered a sensational ace in the 18th round.
Denis “electroNic” Sharipov still kept Cloud9’s comeback hopes alive, taking a 1vs2 situation towards the end of the half to equalize the score at 11-11. However, Monte didn’t allow this “miracle” to happen and put an end not only to this series but also to Cloud9’s presence in Poland.