Renegades and AVANGAR will surprisingly meet up in the StarLadder Berlin Major semifinals after their respective stunning performances against ENCE and Team Vitality.
Renegades vs AVANGAR head-to-head
AVANGAR won 16-13 in Berlin Major New Legends stage against Renegades. Renegades had won the previous encounter 16-8, last February at IEM Katowice.
Renegades' Berlin Major so far
Renegades entered the Berlin Major at the New Legends stage and finished 8th. Their early (close) defeats vs NRG Esports and AVANGAR forced them to play five games to qualify. Then they proceeded on beating Dreameaters (2-0) who finished last of the New Legends stage, G2 Esports (2-1) who still beat Na'Vi and MIBR and FaZe (2-1).
They managed to beat the moment sensation (2-0) twice recently and deserved their qualification to playoffs stage thanks to nice performances vs big franchises like G2 and FaZe.
AVANGAR's Berlin Major so far
AVANGAR comes from the New Challengers stage (7th). Their defeat against mousesports and NRG Esports forced them into a 5-game qualification. They eventually won against eliminated HellRaisers and Syman Gaming to qualify to New Legends.
AVANGAR then showed a better display at New Legends stage, finishing 5th. They had to qualify in four games too because of their early defeat against ENCE which they made up for with 3 victories against Renegades (16-13), Team Liquid (22-18) and G2 Esports (1-2). Two of the three teams they beat earlier are playing the Berlin Major playoff bracket.
AVANGAR has gone through all stage already flexing muscles against Liquid, Renegades with close victories. With their convincing victory over Team Vitality, it shows AVANGAR has strong nerves, which could be decisive against a less consistent Vitality.
Going into the game
Both teams have nothing to lose and everything to win in this Major. This is the kind of context that can produce fantastic game situations with indecisive outcomes.
Renegades have shown and proved odds and stats wrong once. So did AVANGAR. An underdog fight resulting in a coin flip for most esports bookmakers.
Both teams deserve a Major final too and I think we are up for a fierce battle. A true underdog fight. Any overs is worth considering for this meet-up with a slight preference for Renegades, given how they erased ENCE. But this Berlin Major seems to change some of the CS:GO scene dynamics.
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