The Extreme Masters Chendu tournament was SK Gaming's first big
tournament with their two youngbloods: Frej "kHRYSTAL" Sjöström and
Johan "face" Klasson.
Hungry for a win, both new players shined throughout the tournament as
SK Gaming defeated one team after another on their path to glory.
Before SK Gaming could face their Swedish arch-rivals Fnatic in the
grand finals, they had to overcome the nascent chinese powerhouse Tyloo
in a best-of-three matchup. Here is the playbook of SK's tactics for
de_inferno, which they used to overcome Tyloo in a 16-14 nailbiter.
Middle Pinch (Pistol)
Pistol round, SK does a pinch of middle. Face buys a
smoke and two flashes, Allen buys armor, and the rest buy
grenade/flash/kit. Face smokes middle and flashes deep down middle
twice while Allen with armor and Walle walk down middle covered by the
Meanwhile RobbaN and kHRYSTAL push banana with their grenades.
After throwing his grenades, Face goes to cover the apartment exit.
Passive A (Anti-Eco)
plays a very passive Anti-Eco setup. kHRYSTAL throws a flash and
quickly peeks down middle for some early round intelligence (as he ends
up doing many times later in the half) and then falls back and spots
middle with his FAMAS from arches.
Walle spams the apartment stairs
from his spot just inside balcony while having an eye on the crack
where the Ts can come out. Robban plays left mid passively from inside
Face spots the arches at B while Allen primes an HE
grenade ready to dissolve any rushes.
Passive 3-2 (Gun Round)
walle and kHRYSTAL play A while face and Allen play B.
apartment balcony, going back and forth between spotting it and having
his anti-flash ready.
RobbaN plays left mid passive in the bombsite,
spamming the window boost and the apartment stairs.
kHRYSTAL spots mid
from the arches as usual. Face and Allen play adaptable at B, setting up into
various cross-fires and anti-flash setups. This is the one they use the most - face has a very unusual anti-flash here off the tall box in B while Allen has a more traditional CT spawn flash with the possibility of a quick rotate to A.
A Stack (Eco Round)
one SK player having a colt saved from the previous round, SK decides
to stack A, and this is how they do it. Face spots down B with his
knife out running back and forth, ready to get away.
The A players
shift around a bit at the start, before deciding on a setup. Walle is
boosted on top of a box inside the site watching apartments.
shifts around with his deagle, eventually hiding in site at a very
random angle. Robban hides right behind site box buried in the nook.
Allen plays in Moto pit hugging cover so that only his head is
B Flash Attack (eco round)
plays in the back of B with a flashbang primed while his teammates are
grouped up close to the B arch. RobbaN watches the flank.
Apartments Crossfire (Gun Round)
and RobbaN crossfire apartment stairs from window room and balcony.
kHRYSTAL AWPs middle from the arch.
Allen and face play adaptable at B
again, this time showing the possibility of a 2-man flash attack, but
finally reverting to their CT spawn/B tall box counter-flash setup (see above).
A Stack #2 (Eco Round)
decides to stack A again on their save, this time utilizing a stack in
right middle and a crossfire on apartments from uncommon spots,
completely ignoring middle.
Face prowls B with a deagle.
Semi-Aggressive A: Window Peek (Gun Round)
mixes things up by playing a bit aggressive. kHRYSTAL takes a very
conservative peek down middle with his AWP before falling back to
Walle flashes over the window for RobbaN who peeks window, takes
one out, and damages another.
Face and Allen play their usual B
Semi-Aggressive A: Jungle Mix-up (Gun Round)
plays a bit more conservatively this round. kHRYSTAL takes his usual
cautious peek down middle with this AWP while RobbaN mixes it up by
playing arch-side with grenades ready to counter any kind of fast push
Face and Allen set up their flash attack at B.
Semi-Aggressive B (Gun Round)
and Allen (who has the close spawn to B) play differently at B here, with the two pushing out and
setting up the roof flash.
Allen uses it and catches a Tyloo player
but gets taken out himself. When Allen gets picked RobbaN and Walle
use an interesting two-man setup, ignoring apartments.
Alt-Mid Attack (Eco Round)
lurks in B while SK pushes window and apartments on their save.
Semi-Aggressive A: Khrystal Picks Alt-Mid (Gun Round)
plays their usual 3-2, but kHRYSTAL goes for a pick down alt middle.