Cloud9 vs SAW: Cloud9 secure slot in eliminations stage cover image

Cloud9 vs SAW: Cloud9 secure slot in eliminations stage

Cloud9 Join Heroic as the first two teams to qualify for the Elimination Stage from the groups

It was an opportunity for either Cloud9 or SAW to secure their spot in the next stage at the Copenhagen Major. Both teams had already secured their best-of-one victories and were facing each other for a spot in the elimination stage. 

Cloud9 vs SAW live score

Team 1
Team 2
Map 1
Map 2
Map 3
Nuke (19-17)
Anubis (13-9)

What happened during the match?

Electronic and perfecto had a splendid performance on Nuke catapulting Cloud9 to victory. The duo were able to hold down their portions of the map essentially choking SAW to certain zones.

With 29 and 27 kills apiece, the duo had more frags than anyone else on the server. At the same time, it was a constant battle for both teams. SAW won the first three rounds before Cloud9 managed to pull back with 7 of the remaining nine rounds in the half. On the second half, there were bouts of struggle. This time, Cloud9 on the first three rounds before SAW put their guns up and brought together seven straight rounds of their own. The map eventually went into overtime, where it was a very close battle. The teams fought through four overtimes to finally see Cloud9 emerge as the victors.

The second map of Anubis was a very T-sided affair. Boombi4 came clutch in many situations partly due to this positioning and understanding of the enemy's movements. With 22 kills and a KAST of 81.8% Boombi4's positioning was crucial in supplementing his performance.

SAW had players struggle to keep up with the Cloud9 firepower. There were moments of brilliance but quite often, it was simply not enough.

With this victory, Cloud9 advance to the elimination stage. SAW will still have time and only need one more victory to secure their spot. But with the PGL CS2 Copenhgaen Major group stage unravelling it might be a tough task for SAW to win another best-of-three against stronger opponents.

Cloud9 vs SAW Match preview

SAW finished in the top two at BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. Despite facing off against some well-known teams, SAW’s performance brings a lot to the table partly due to their unique playstyle and their ability to depend on each other. 

The team also finished 6-8th in the RMR A, ultimately losing to Fnatic. Regardless, that is how they qualified for the PGL Copenhagen Major. 

Meanwhile, Cloud9’s Counter-Strike roster has seen some significant churning. While there have been a few notable exits, the team has also added some serious firepower. Despite the star-studded roster, the team has not been able to replicate the same levels of success as fans would expect. They finished in 5-8th place at BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. Their RMR journey was slightly more successful as they topped European RMR B. 

This series between the two teams will hopefully see Cloud9 come into their elements. On average, the Cloud9 roster has more firepower and experience. With a star-studded roster, the potential for the Cloud9 team to put up a stellar performance over the next few weeks remains high. 

Team Rosters

Here are the team rosters for both Cloud9 and SAW Counter-Strike teams

Cloud9 Counter-Strike roster

  • Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov
  • Abay "HObbit" Khassenov
  • Denis "electroNic" Sharipov
  • Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy
  • Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhaylov

SAW Counter-Strike roster

  • Christopher "MUTiRiS" Fernandes
  • Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira
  • Michel "ewjerkz" Magalhães
  • João "story" Vieira 
  • Rafael "arrozdoce" Wing

The PGL Copenhagen Major features the best of Counter-Strike teams in action. As the first Counter-Strike 2 Major, there’s a lot at stake in Copenhagen. The tournament also features a sizeable $1.25 million prize pool bringing something to the table for everyone.