RUSH
Will Wierzba 
United States
Cloud9
Leads team in rating during elimination loss
July 5, 2018
RUSH went 41/40 in Cloud9's 2-0 loss to Natus Vincere on Wednesday that eliminated them from ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
RUSH was looking incredibly strong at the start of this week when Cloud9 beat Ninjas in Pyjamas on Tuesday. He tallied a 24/8 KD in that game, but he only managed 17 more kills in two games here against Na'Vi. Cloud9 got close enough in both games, with RUSH leading the team in HLTV rating, but Na'Vi -- s1mple in particular -- were too strong. It simply seems as though Cloud9 needs to find that clutch factor again. Whenever push came to shove in this series, they crumbled under the weight of Na'Vi.
Squeezes past G2 in double OT
April 18, 2018
RUSH posted a 37/25 KD on Wednesday in a 22-20 win over G2 Esports in Group A at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
RUSH had a rather slow start on the T-side of Mirage as his team was faced with a 7-0 deficit right out of the gates. RUSH then broke the streak in Round 8 with a triple kill using the CZ-75 to secure the post-plant. From there, RUSH helped scrap together what was left of the first half to take a 10-5 deficit going into the second. RUSH began the second half on a lighter note as he secured the second pistol with a triple-kill hold. This triggered a four-round streak to tie the game 10-10 before G2 responded, which then created an affair of rounds before RUSH and co. forced overtime. Through the mud, RUSH made it out of the double-overtime rounds to hand G2 their opening loss, leading the team with an 83.6 ADR and 1.33 rating.
Assists team in historic win
January 28, 2018
RUSH tallied a 53/59 KD during Cloud9's 2-1 win over FaZe Clan during the ELEAGUE Major: Boston grand finals.
ANALYSIS
While RUSH may have ended up with the lowest KD of his team in this series, that's not to say that he was bringing the team down by any means. He managed to pick up a few clutches of his own, including a 3k with the Deagle late in the series to help his team battle back towards the tie. Once they forced those extra rounds, the series just had the feeling of a monumental Cloud9 win. While it took two overtimes to get there, Cloud9 finally prevailed over the vaunted FaZe Clan to take the 2-1 series and claim the Major title.
Not enough defense to hold
December 17, 2017
RUSH gathered a 15/22 KD on Friday in a 16-11 loss to Astralis at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
RUSH ripped through the early rounds on Train for the offense as he was able to get the entry-kills to get on the board early. RUSH contributed to the A-bombsite control to help take the 3-0 lead before the team switched things up and tackled the B-bombsite, showing strong presence from RUSH. Although Astralis came back to break the 6-0 streak to start one of their own, RUSH did everything he could to get past the snipers of Astralis before settling for an 8-7 deficit at the half. The second half started smoothly with the defensive holds on the A-bombsite as well as the hard eco round win to stay in the game. Unfortunately, Astralis contested to pick up six straight to close out with the win.
Rushes Renegades for the win
October 21, 2017
RUSH posted a firm 17/6 KD on Day 1 of DreamHack Open Denver with a 16-1 thrashing over Renegades.
ANALYSIS
RUSH made it look easy in the first half for the defense to pick up several rounds early on. Those rounds began to grow as RUSH picked up a triple kill hold on the B-bombsite to secure the 7-0 lead. From there, he continued to give no room for error as Renegades tried to win more than their one round win in the first half for a 14-1 deficit. In the second half, RUSH opened up the bomb sites for two quick rounds to close out the half for the 16-1 win, posting a 105.5 ADR.
Couldn't close Game 3 for grand final spot
October 15, 2017
RUSH posted a 54/57 KD on Thursday in a 2-1 loss to Astralis in the ELEAGUE Premier semifinals.
ANALYSIS
RUSH got the best-of-three series started on Mirage for the offense with a close pistol round win that earned the team a bomb plant despite losing the round to a defuse. RUSH then began to go to work winning the near hard eco in the second round to even the score 1-1. Before Astralis knew what hit them, RUSH accounted for the five-round streak to take the lead 5-1 early on. However, Astralis could muster up a handful of rounds as RUSH continued to apply pressure in the first half for a 10-5 score going into the second. RUSH responded early picking up the two rounds in the second half before the offense of Astralis came rallying back with four straight. Once RUSH got back to full strength, three big defensive rounds earned the team mappoint, however, Astralis would then pick up three more before RUSH completed Game 1 16-12. RUSH had a highly contested first half on Overpass for the defense as Astralis kept the pressure through the first half as RUSH stayed within contention and composed to take an edging first-half deficit 8-7. RUSH came out of the second half with three on the board early for the offense with a 3-0 start to take the 10-8 lead early. However, Astralis pulled together a round or two but it was RUSH who would put work into the offense to hold the 13-10 lead. From there, Astralis began to shut down the offense of RUSH with strong retakes and economic holds to edge Overpass in the 16-14 win. Coming off a crushing loss, RUSH had his momentum crushed going into Game 3 as he could only win four rounds before Astralis would advance into the grand final with a 16-4 win on Inferno.
Rushing over Splyce in 2-0 sweep
September 30, 2017
RUSH posted a firm 35/14 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 sweep over Splyce in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
RUSH had a blitzing start on the offensive side of Inferno picking apart the Splyce defense in dominating form. Unable to gain grounds over the offense in the first half and RUSH made sure of that with a 12-3 lead at the half. Splyce managed to win one round for the offense in the second half but RUSH had a stiff defensive half to help close out Game 1 16-4, posting an 18/7 KD and an 82.5 ADR. In Game 2, RUSH had another alarming first-half showing, this time on the defense. Cloud9 had almost perfect first half on Overpass shutting down the Splyce offense for a 14-1 score at the half. Unfortunately for Splyce, RUSH entry fragged his way to the two wins needed to clinch the series sweep in a 16-1 Game 2 win, leading the team with a 17/7 KD and 107.2 ADR.
Unable to show in second halves
September 3, 2017
RUSH posted a 37/39 KD on Day 3 of DreamHack Masters Malmo with a Cloud9 loss to SK Gaming.
ANALYSIS
RUSH had mixed results in the start to the first half of Train on the offense. Breaking several ties early on, RUSH contributed to a Round 10 win with a double kill to take the two-round advantage 6-4. RUSH stayed consistent on the retakes as well as picking up what is left on the rotation to the B-bombsite to take the first half 9-6. RUSH picked up many entry kills in the second half, but it was only enough to win four rounds as Cloud9 fell 16-13 to SK. RUSH started Game 2 on Cobblestone with a triple kill hold on the B-bombsite to take the pistol. Although taking a 3-0 lead early, the defense could not hold off SK with the split on the A-bombsite and fast rotations to B to secure the first half 10-5. The second half was nothing different with another smooth start on the anti-eco rounds but SK's economy blasted the offense of RUSH from gaining access to either bombsite in the 16-9 loss.
Dominant on the retakes
August 31, 2017
RUSH posted an 18/6 KD in a 16-2 win over B.O.O.T. on Day 1 of DreamHack Masters Malmo.
ANALYSIS
RUSH had a blitzing first half on Mirage over his opponents in a crushing 16-2 win, posting a team-leading 114.2 ADR. RUSH gathered a few kills on the A-bombsite hold to take the early 4-0 lead, including his clean up on the A-bombsite with a frag and defuse to secure the Round 4 win. After giving up two straight rounds, RUSH came back with a double kill to secure the eco round in dramatic fashion. Round 8, RUSH saved the round with a double kill and defuse on the A-bombsite retake. In the next two rounds, RUSH got the early advantage with a double-kill hold on the A-bombsite to secure the rounds. After the 13-2 lead at the half, RUSH remained consistent in the second half, winning three rounds in a row to close Mirage 16-2 with a team-leading 114.2 ADR.
Joins Cloud9
August 15, 2017
RUSH has been signed by Cloud9, reports Daniel Rosen of theScore esports.
ANALYSIS
While the entirety of North American Counter-Strike has been a state of flux of late, OpTic Gaming has been especially fallen on hard times. After winning ELEAGUE Season 2 and making it to the grand finals of the ECS Season 2 Finals, the team has failed to garner any notable results since then. They failed to qualify for the PGL Major and only made the quarterfinals of both the ECS Season 3 Finals and ESL Cologne. Cloud9 has also been a bit lackluster, which means the additions of RUSH and tarik, OpTic's best players, will be a huge boost for the North American squad. The new-look roster will debut at the ESL One New York close qualifiers this weekend.
Slow starts with clean finish
July 8, 2017
RUSH earned himself a 17/18 KD on Wednesday with an OpTic win over Space Soldiers at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
RUSH faced a slight deficit early on Mirage down 3-0 on the offense, however, with his team-leading 93.6 ADR RUSH slowly brought the team back into contention. After the Round 4 win, RUSH contributed to the slight comeback, including his Round 9 quad kill on the offense to break the tie 5-4. Rush continued to apply the pressure and open the bomb sites to allow early plants for the economy, which resulted in a good 9-6 lead at the half. The second half was another 3-0 deficit at the start, however, RUSH stood his ground and held off the offense for seven straight rounds to close out Mirage 16-9.
Unable to keep up consistency
July 6, 2017
RUSH limped his way to a 10/15 KD in OpTic Gaming's loss to Team Liquid on Wednesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
RUSH started off on the right foot in this game, finding a 1-vs-2 clutch in the opening pistol round to seemingly put OpTic on the right path. Then things started to go off the rails for him, however. He did find another clutch in Round 9, but he still ended the half with just a 47.6 ADR. In the second half, he was powerless to do anything as Liquid started to run away with the game. He tried to get something going with an entry frag in Round 20, but even that wasn't enough to secure a round in the eventual 16-5 loss.
Consistent in 2-0 win over NRG
June 7, 2017
RUSH posted a solid 37/21 KD in the final week of Esports Championship Series Season 3 on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over NRG.
ANALYSIS
RUSH started out slow on Cobblestone to a 4-0 deficit early. However, his defense managed to finally get off the ground late in the half as RUSH prevailed and helped the team get back into the game down 8-7 at the half. The second half RUSH had a great start, winning round after round on the offense to quickly take advantage of a weak NRG defense on the B-bombsite and run off with the lead, securing his economy for the 16-10 win, earning a 19/14 KD and 74.2 ADR along the way. Game 2 RUSH had a huge performance in the first half on the defense to hold off everything NRG could throw at him. RUSH stood tall in Game 2 over the struggling NRG, earning a solid 18/7 KD and 78.9 ADR in the 2-0 series win 16-4 on Mirage.
Tries his best to hold off late North push
June 1, 2017
RUSH finished up OpTic's loss against North on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals with a 18/20 KD.
ANALYSIS
RUSH started off pretty slow in this game, not tallying any kills in the first couple rounds. As the game progressed though, he was somewhat consistent with his frags. He did most of his damage in the second half once they were trying to hold off a frantic push from North. He and NAF were right there to keep OpTic in the thick of things, but it ended up not being enough. While he managed to get a kill and bomb plant in Round 26 to tie it up, North was the stronger team at the end and locked up the 16-14 win.
Measured performance in big win
June 1, 2017
RUSH tallied just a 13/11 KD in OpTic Gaming's win against Na'Vi on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
While OpTic was dominating this game from start to finish, RUSH was basically limping along for most of the game. He came up with double kills in Rounds 3 and 7, but only in the latter did it actually lead to a win for his team. That gave his team a 4-3 lead and put them on the path to victory in the game and allowed the Green Wall to beef back up following the tough loss in their last game. The strong performance from OpTic was a bit too little too late though, since their earlier loss essentially eliminated them from playoff contention.
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