Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational is live and the second Semi-Final is over. Windigo Gaming, your ESL SEC new Champions took it up against AVANGAR GG.BET. Both teams fought well into the battlefield, but the Kazakhs were too hard to kill and, fighting till the end, were able to overcome the Bulgarian resistance.
AS CLOSE AS IT GETS
Avangar entered map 1 with confidence and they had more than a strong start, securing 8 consecutive rounds! Windigo struggled to control the pace that Avangar imposed, considering that they used their first tactical timeout to stop their opponent’s rhythm, but that didn’t seem to work.
They secured their first small victories after 9 rounds, forcing Avangar’s first tactical timeout, in a map that was believed to be a close one. Changing their tactical approach and adapting to their opponent’s strategic approach, gave Windigo a small confidence boost and allowed them to close the gap and strengthen their economy.
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The Bulgarians were able to come back strong, make the picks, tie up the scoreboard at Round 18 and even take the lead! Avangar were forced to a tactical timeout, trying to figure out how to cripple Windigo’s mentality. But the Bulgarian squad were in the zone, focused, holding all the cards and constantly draining Avangar’s bank account.
Despite having their backs against the wall and were economically shattered, Avangar were able to return to the game and equalize the scoreline, with a comeback to a comeback!
However, Poizon had a different opinion, and with a beautiful round, offered the map point to Windigo. Avangar stated present and sent the map to overtime.
After 4 rounds of overtime, the scoreboard was tied up, 17-17, with both teams looking focused and able to win. Two good rounds were more than enough for Windigo to close map one with a w. Despite Avangar’s effort, they completed the great comeback.
CONTROL AND EQUALIZER
Windigo, with the momentum from the last map, had a great start at the first rounds of map #2. Avangar remained focused and dedicated to their playstyle, early equalizing the scoreline.
Until the switch of sides, Windigo had the control of the map. A few good rounds for Avangar gave them the opportunity to close the gap and get near Windigo in terms of scoreline.
Avangar, at round 20, established their lead over Windigo 11 to 9, securing two rounds in a row and forcing their opponents to use their tactical timeout, to re-evaluate their strategy.
Both teams were close in terms of score and pace and everything seemed like could have another overtime at this series.
However, Avangar, who remained focused and dedicated to their plan, "clutched" a different opinion. Windigo tried, but their crippled economy made their second comeback impossible. The Kazakh squad secured the most needed rounds, tied up the series and offered us a third map!
FOR THE SPOT AT THE FINALS
It all came down to the last map. Windigo had a great start, securing both the pistol and the next round for a 2-0 opening. Avangar answered back for a quick 2-5, took the lead and hold on to it, despite Windigo's attempt to equalize.
The Bulgarians were forced to use their third tactical timeout, in order to reconsider their approach and slow down the Kazakhs pace. Both teams kept fighting till last man standing in many occasions, with Avangar protecting their lead.
Fatigue and pressure started to have an impact on the players for both teams. Windigo kept chasing Avangar, with the Kazakh squad still holding on, even after the Bulgarians equalized the score.
Four consecutive rounds for Avangar where more than enough for them to offer them a match point. With not much to be done, Windigo tried but the Kazakh squad secured the last two rounds and advanced to the Finals, winning the series 2-1.
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