They were in the easy bracket a couple of times this year. They were smashing teams easily instead of learning what does and doesn't work about their game plan. So when they got to the semis and finals, they were starting their adjustments much later in the tournament. While the teams they faced were already dialed in.
Also, losing to the Russians in two extremely close games and Damage (who won the series last year) is nothing to be ashamed of. Weren't those the only 3 matches they lost all season?
"There's no way you can die going to that corner unless you ****in walk there, you ****in run your *** off, you hit the ****in dirt, you shoot the tape, cause your faster than those fat ****s and you will shoot them going there, or oversliding" - Casey "Gator" Glaze