EnVyUs survive G2 scare
EnVyUs came from behind to beat G2 2-1 and advance to the grand final of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca (10-16 on de_dust2, 25-21 on de_inferno and 16-7 on de_cache).
The opening map of the series, de_dust2, began with G2 taking the lead after pushing long in the pistol round and holding down the site really well. However, just like in previous games, they fell short in an anti-eco round, giving EnVyUs the opportunity to bring the scoreline to 3-1 in their favor.
A push on short in the following round put G2 back in the game and put them on a winning run that saw them overturn the deficit to 4-3. EnVyUs then displayed some great defensive work in A, keeping G2's players at bay, but the Frenchmen were unable to build on that win, which resulted in an economic reset. G2 picked up two rounds in a row, bringing the scoreline to 6-4, but then EnVyUs came in charging with the Desert Eagles to reduce the deficit to just one round. G2 then took two rounds in a row to make it 8-5 but they were unable to go all the way as Kenny "kennyS" Schrub put his AWP to work.
An aggressive push from Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad in the pistol round as CT earned him two frags in the middle area and handed G2 the round in a silver platter. The former Kinguin team would remain in the driving seat, with the scoreline blooming to 14-7, when a triple kill from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt gave EnVyUs some much-needed breathing room.
EnVyUs strung a few rounds together, reducing the gap to 10-14, but G2's timely defense in B, coupled with an ace from Dennis "dennis" Edman, gave the Scandinavia-based side a convincing 16-10 victory.
jkaem was on fire on dust2
The map that followed was de_inferno, where G2 once again started off the game in great fashion, picking up a 3-0 lead. EnVyUs then picked themselves up and began a fantastic run that saw them take seven rounds in a row, but G2 refused to throw in the towel and the brought the scoreline to 9-6 thanks to some crucial actions from dennis and Håvard "rain" Nygaard.
The second half began with G2 taking yet another pistol round, but they were caught off-guard in the first anti-eco by NBK-'s Five-Seven. EnVyUs then stretched their lead to 11-7, only to see G2 pull back once again following an incredible 1vs4 clutch in the A site. G2 went on to win five of the next six rounds, forcing EnVyUs to call a tactical pause. The strategy paid off perfectly as EnVyUs took a 15-13 lead, but G2 won the final two rounds to take the game to overtime.
The first overtime ended with 2-1 halves going each way. G2 then started the second overtime on the CT side and took a 3-0 lead thanks to some impressive AWP work by Ricardo "fox" Pacheco. With three match points in their hands, G2 were unable to close out the game, with EnVyUs levelling the score at 21-21 before picking up four consecutive rounds in the third overtime.
NBK picked up the auto-sniper in overtime and wreaked havoc
The final map of the series was de_cache, where EnVyUs got off to a great start, picking up the first two rounds. The French team were then caught off-guard by a force buy, but G2 got a taste of their own medicine as EnVyUs won the following round on eco.
The game continued to follow the same trend, as every time G2 managed to win a round they lost the following one, with disastrous results for their economy. Powered by a great display from Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, EnVyUs secured a 10-4 lead, but an impressive 1vs5 clutch by rain gave G2 some momentum going into the second half.
G2 won the pistol round on the CT side quite easily but they were unable to build on that win, being taken down once again in a second-round force-buy by EnVyUs, who would go on to win all the gun rounds to seal a 2-1 victory that puts them in the grand final of the major.
K - D
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
76 - 55
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
83 - 67
Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa
67 - 61
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
58 - 63
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
62 - 72