Cloud9 defeat ENCE to win IEM Dallas 2022

Abai "HObbit" Hasenov and his side sweep ENCE 3-0 in the Grand Finals of the IEM Dallas 2022.

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North American Organization Cloud9 have lifted the IEM Dallas Silverware over ENCE in a 3 map succession and bagged their first championship in the span of four years since they last lifted the ELEAGUE Major trophy in Boston. 

Backed by their North American fans at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, it was the first time for Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov and company who played in front of a crowd, whom they called their “home crowd” after having recently been acquired by Cloud9 from Gambit Esports. 

Their playoff run started surprisingly well after they sent FaZe Clan and BIG packing in the Quarter and Semifinals respectively with a roaring support from the crowd in Dallas. In attendance was Mr Jack Etienne, CEO and Co-Founder of Cloud9 who lifted the trophy alongside his new-look CS:GO roster and with a stint of mixed feelings, the moment everyone had been waiting for after a series of unsuccessful rosters and tryouts who were unable to culminate their chances into success ever since Tarik “tarik” Celik and his men won the first ever major for North America in 2018. 

Today in Dallas, history has once again been written but by a majority-CIS side in the Cloud9 colors who battled out through their Lower Bracket run, surpassing the Ninjas and Pyjamas and toppling Team Liquid twice in the tournament only to win against the current major title holders FaZe Clan and BIG on the main stage to set up their Grand Finals clash with ENCE. 

Before we speak about the Grand Finals, ENCE had been phenomenal with Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski who filled in for Lotan “Spinx” Giladi and despite of the said roster change, they made it this far in the event with a series of sensational wins over G2 Esports, FaZe Clan and FURIA.

The IEM Dallas 2022 Grand Final clash between Cloud9 and ENCE was more of a one-sided affair with the home team wreaking havoc on Overpass and Ancient thanks to Dmitriy “sh1ro” Sokolov and Timofey “interz” Yakushin who put up a valiant effort to thwart every plan been brewed under the ENCE camp. A plethora of offensive but staggering plays from Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov on Ancient had forced ENCE to play in a haphazard manner which never let them go past 3 rounds on the board, giving Cloud9 their first championship of 2022 and after a long-awaited period which the Organization and its fans had been rooting for. 

Honestly, I probably don’t understand it yet. I have a lot of different emotions and we just really needed this win and I am happy that we did it. I mean, I am really at home and a lot of people did support us and it does mean a lot to us.

Nafany

Match details

  • IEM Dallas 2022 Grand Finals: Cloud9 Vs ENCE
  • Best of 5 LAN Event
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, United States Of America
  • Prize Pool: Winning team takes away a share of $100,000 from $250,000

Map Veto

  • ENCE removed Inferno
  • Cloud9 removed Nuke
  • ENCE picked Mirage
  • Cloud9 picked Overpass
  • ENCE picked Ancient
  • Cloud9 picked Vertigo
  • Dust2 was left over

Result

  • Map 1: Mirage (Winners: Cloud9, Final Score: 16 – 12)
  • Map 2: Overpass (Winners: Cloud9, Final Score: 16 – 11)
  • Map 3: Ancient (Winners: Cloud9, Final Score: 16 – 3)
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