LDLC.com are through to the grand final of DreamHack Stockholm following a 2-0 victory against 3DMAX (16-8 on de_cache and 16-12 on de_dust2)
On de_cache, LDLC confirmed their status as favourites and picked up an early 2-0 lead after easily controlling the A site in the pistol round. 3DMAX responded in the third round and reduced the deficit after buying guns, but then they were caught off-guard as the Frenchmen restored a two-round lead.
In the fourth round, Timo “REFLEX” Rintala came close to winning a 1-on-3 situation, which would have allowed 3DMAX to gain some momentum, but he lost it due to not having enough time to defuse the bomb.
LDLC were now in the driving seat and they went on to take the score to 8-2, at which point a P90 double from Taneli “disturbed” Veikkola opened things up for 3DMAX and inspired the Finnish team to close the gap to 7-8, with Mikko “xartE” Välimaa getting some very important kills in the last two rounds.
Now playing on the highly-favoured CT side, LDLC almost spurned a 4-on-3 situation in the pistol round as they allowed 3DMAX to plant the bomb in B, but Nathan “NBK” Schmitt and Vincent “Happy” Cervoni saved the day and kept their team in the lead.In gun play, LDLC were simply unstoppable, conceding just one round as they walked away with a 16-8 victory.
Next up was de_dust2, where 3DMAX, who started off on the Terrorist side, came out very aggressively and wrought havoc in B site, with Joona “natu” Leppänen picking up three kills. The Finns were then caught off-guard by Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey‘s tripe scout kill in the eco round, which was followed up by Cervoni‘s double in B.
LDLC won the next two rounds to make it 3-1 for them, but the French side were outplayed by their opponents in A in the following two rounds. 3DMAX eventually turned the score around and picked up a 5-4 lead, at which point LDLC started playing a very aggressive CT style, which allowed them to take a 9-6 lead into the second half.
In the second half, 3DMAX came out the brighter and won the pistol round following some confrontations in short, but once again they lost the follow-up round to LDLC’s ecoing players.
The Frenchmen gained control of the match and won the next five rounds, and it was only at this point that 3DMAX started to react. The Finnish team managed to win five consecutive rounds to bring the game to 15-12, but it was too little, too late, as LDLC secured a 16-12 victory that sees them progress to the grand final, where they will take on the winner of the match between fnatic and Titan.