"Our goal is to come to the nationals as prepared as we can, playing in our top form and showcasing our best performance. If we play our best CS, the results will come sooner or later," Entropiq captain Michal "leckr" Kadlíček said in an interview before the start of the Czech Championship.
Despite losing in the opening match, Entropiq indeed showed its potential. Lecker, capseN, daxen, AJTT, and HONES were able to keep up with Sinners, battling for each and every game point.
"Hats off to both teams," the commentators said when the dust settled. "It was one of the best CS:GO clashes we've seen in a long time."
Sinners proved to be the dominating force on the Czech scene and emerged with a 2-0 win. Entropiq still has a chance to bounce back, but the GSL format outlines an uncompromising path to the semifinal: the black-and-greens need to win the next two matches.
While Entropiq lost the best-of-three series after two maps, the Group B clash against Sinners was an all-around close encounter. It came down to the highly contested end of each round, with Sinners coming out on top on both occasions.
Dust 2 provided the first battlefield, and Sinners capitalized on SHOCK's fantastic performance to take it down 16-13. Entropiq looked in good shape on Inferno, but the team hit the wall after building a 13-10 lead. The opponents won six consecutive rounds to notch yet another 16-13 win.
"While we lost the match, we proved that we're capable to play against Sinners. We benefited from our gameplan. Only our communication wasn't at 100% at all times. But we believe that if we keep the standard this high, we'll have a shot at reaching the Grand Finals and maybe beat Sinners then," coach Matej "Forji" Kmiť said.
Entropiq will play the second game of the Nationals on Friday, at 1 p.m. CET. We will be playing the loser of the Enterprise vs Sampi match.