Masters Copenhagen Day 8 best plays: OpTic Gaming and Paper Rex to meet in Upper Final
Eighth day of Masters Copenhagen featured two Upper Bracket Semifinal series. At the end of the day, two teams advanced to the Upper Final, while the teams who suffered a defeat will continue their journey in the Lower Bracket. Here are the scores and best plays of the day from the following matchups of Day 8:
The first series of the Upper Bracket Semifinals of Masters Copenhagen pitted Paper Rex against Fnatic. After two close maps, Paper Rex won the series 2-0, sending their opponent to the Lower Bracket and securing themselves a top-three standing at Masters Copenhagen.
Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart continued his solid performance in the tournament against Fnatic. The player, who specializes in lurking, managed to sneak in between his opponents after getting an important kill on A Short.
Jake “Boaster” Howlett, Fnatic’s in-game leader, had a perfect clutch in a crucial round. First, he brought it to a 1v1 in B Lobby, then won the clutch with a smart rotation around A Bombsite.
Paper Rex’s aggressive play caught Fnatic off-guard a few times. In one of those rounds, Wang Jing “Jinggg” Jie flew behind B with Raze’s satchels and ended his opponents’ plan before it even started, taking 4 kills with him.
mindfreak was the protagonist of one of the best moments of the series. Being left in a 1v4 situation after his teammates died, the Astra player won an incredible clutch starting from A Heaven.
We’re used to players making a highlight with powerful weapons, but it’s rare to see one with a Stinger. Jinggg shredded everyone from A Bombsite to Short with his supposedly “weak” weapon.
We witnessed once again how powerful the combination of Jason “f0rsakeN” Susanto, Yoru, and Bind is in this match. Fnatic’s plan on A was shattered when he teleported behind them.
In one of the moments when Fnatic had to stop a bad streak, the team’s star player Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev took the stage. Utilizing Raze’s full skillset, the Duelist player won the round with 4 kills.
The disappointing beginning didn’t stop OpTic Gaming from making a comeback. After losing the first map in an undesired way, the North American squad put a strong presence and stole the series with a 2-1, becoming the opponent of Paper Rex in the Upper Bracket Final.
DRX’s Initiator, Kim “Zest” Gi-seok, got off to a great start with 4 kills in the pistol round. This performance was just a harbinger of things to come. Zest finished the match with a KD of 3.17.
All the parts of DRX worked like a cog in this series. Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan destroyed OpTic Gaming’s defense with 3 quick consecutive kills in front of A ropes.
In a rather disappointing match, OpTic Gaming’s only good move came from Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker. The star player, Chamber in hand, took 4 kills inside A Bombsite, denying DRX’s offense.
Falling overwhelmingly behind on the scoreboard pushed DRX to try different tactics. Kim “stax” Gu-taek aggressively pushed from A Main and managed to kill 3 OpTic players.
DRX started the second half well and worked on being able to make a miraculous comeback. But Victor “Victor” Wong, put the score in an almost irreversible position with his 3K mid and A defense.
Victor scored the only ACE of the series with excellent defense inside of A with Raze. First, he won the duels he initiated and then showed an outstanding flick.
DRX’s B Bombsite execution was followed by a quality flash play by stax. Taking position on B Elbow, the player took down his opponents on the Spawn side with a flash peek.
The last point of the first half belonged to Austin “crashies” Roberts with his unshakable aim at B Garden exit. The 24-year-old managed to stop attacks from both B Window and B Long with 4 kills.
It was Goo “Rb” Sang-Min who saved his team in the retake position where DRX was in a difficult situation. The player who escaped Brimstone’s ultimate with satchels, managed to collect the frags with his Ultimate and Paint Shells.
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