XSET outclass 100 Thieves to book Upper Bracket Finals spot
Icebox did start off pretty poorly for the side of XSET, with Sean "bang" Bezerra’s clutch allowing 100 Thieves to steal the bonus round as well and take an early lead. The Viper, alongside Brenden "stellar" McGrath’s Killjoy, looked really comfortable on their defense, putting up crucial multikills as they moved up to a 6-1 scoreline. A timeout from Rory "dephh" Jackson turned the tables instantly, as XSET began to apply heavy pressure on the A site and they found success, winning four consecutive A site post-plants, and rounding the half out at 6-6.
dephh and co. yet again found themselves at a disadvantage after losing the pistol and eco, but this time were much more effective with rifles in hand. There were some questions about XSET’s decision to play KAY/O over Sage, but the initiator’s value started showing as he allowed for more aggressive defensive setups which the team thrived off of. Having lost 5 out of 6 rounds now, 100 Thieves eventually scrambled together a win thanks to bang’s triple kill in his Viper’s Pit. That was not replicable, however, as XSET powered through the next two rounds on the back of Matthew "Cryocells" Panganiban’s opening kills and closed out Icebox 13-10.
A much less competitive affair on Ascent was kicked off with a complete shutdown of the B site by XSET’s defense, and it was a similar story on the anti-eco. A well-timed A split put 100 Thieves on the board, but little did they know, that would be their only round for a long long time. stellar and co. were just watching the Cryocells show, as the OPer had a field day on the map, boasting a massive 354 ACS and 23 kills, and crucially picking up 5 unanswered opening kills. It might have been 100 Thieves’ pick but their opponents had all the reads and were clearly well-drilled on their retakes that saw them win seven rounds in a row and lead 10-2 at the half.