G2 to ECS S1 semis over Liquid

G2 have edged out Liquid 2-1 (12-16 on Cobblestone, 16-6 on Dust, and 16-11 on Nuke) to make it to the semifinals of the ECS Season 1 finals.

The Group A decider match of the ECS Season 1 finals was a rematch of the opening match for both Liquid and G2, with the latter team having to defeat NiP earlier today in a best-of-three elimination match.

Liquid's map pick of Cobblestone kicked off the series but it was a T-side starting G2 who got the ball rolling on the first pistolround, with Cédric "RpK" Guipouy picking up two TEC-9 entry kills and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom netting two frags as well. G2 capitalised off of this early start to overwhelm Liquid in the early gun and anti-eco rounds and moved ahead to a 6-0 lead.

A triple kill from AWP terror Josh "jdm64" Marzano in the seventh round finally put Liquid on the board and this hold inspired his teammates to also hold their ground as Liquid picked up four more rounds to make the score 6-5 for G2.


shox led the G2 camp across the three maps

Despite Spencer "Hiko" Martin getting a quad kill in the seventh round, it was here that G2 picked up a round win again and the French-Belgian team were able to close out the half 9-6, although the final round saw a strong triple kill hold from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev give a final round to Liquid on their CT side.

s1mple was also a force to be reckoned with on the second pistolround as his quick double kill helped Liquid secure the pistol and equalised the score after the anti-ecos. With solid teamwork all around on the first gunround, Liquid then moved into the 10-9 lead and appeared poised to begin the final push to close out the map.

This final push seemed assured after the 21st round, when jdm64 won a one-versus-two on the A bombsite due to due close range quickscopes (and overall had a triple kill that round). However, after going up to a 15-9 score, Liquid appeared in a dangerous state as G2 began to win rounds back.


Hiko was a potent force on Cobblestone and Nuke

With a Liquid tactical pause called late in the half, it was only on the 28th round that Liquid were able to close out the map thanks to the anti-asphyxiation heroics of jdm64, who picked up a quad kill on the B bombsite to gift Liquid Cobblestone 16-12.

G2's map pick of Dust2 was next in the works but it was actually a CT side Liquid hold from s1mple and Nick "nitr0" Cannella on the first pistolround that destroyed G2, with both players picking up two kills apiece.

The third round however saw the activation of the G2 force buy and with ScreaM picking up three neat kils and partner in crime Richard "shox" Papillon tagging along, G2 secured an early round in the first half. G2 shortly powered ahead to a 6-2 lead, including RpK winning a one-versus-two on the seventh round.

Despite some overall solid holds from Liquid, it was a much stronger G2 side that closed out the half 10-5. The second pistolround easily went G2's way, and with duo ScreaM and shox hitting their stride, G2 easily closed out the second map 16-6.


G2 overall held their own on Nuke, despite the map's newfangled state

Nuke, the latest re-addition to the map pool and a map with a still developing meta game, was the decider map with Liquid starting the map off with a successful T-side execute. A G2 pistol force buy in the next round however reset Liquid's economy and put the French-Belgian team on the advantage.

Despite Liquid picking up a scattering of T rounds here and there, the first half was a story of G2's superior defense and included shox getting a ninja defuse in the smoke on the fourteenth round. G2 finished the half up 11-4.

The second pistolround saw Liquid breathe some wind into their sails with a successful defense that did not allow G2 to plant the bomb. Liquid continued to defend succesfully, including winning a three-on-five on the 20th round which particularly pleased teammate s1mple. G2 clinched the round afterwards to make it 12-10 but solid defending in the next round saw Liquid defuse a bomb at B site and inch closer to equalising.

G2 force bought and rushed A site and despite Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski picking up three kills, shox and ScreaM teamed up to somehow overwhelm the site and take the round; G2 then won the anti-eco and moved up to 14-11. Despite Liquid's final attempts at holding, G2 ultimately closed the map 16-11 and took the series 2-1.

Matchpage
1
2
25th June 2016
France
16
Cobblestone
12
6
Dust2
16
11
Nuke
16

 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM 66 - 46 +20 88.6 1.35
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 66 - 50 +16 91.5 1.28
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 63 - 49 +14 81.9 1.26
France Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz 54 - 52 +2 73.1 1.11
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 38 - 49 -11 64.2 0.99
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 52 - 54 -2 72.8 1.00
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 52 - 58 -6 72.4 1.00
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 53 - 56 -3 72.5 0.99
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 51 - 58 -7 69.6 0.93
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 37 - 61 -24 63.8 0.70

The Group B decider match is still coming up at 21:15 as two North American teams will duel to make the semifinals of ECS Season 1: Cloud9 and TSM.

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France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1222
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
n1 i did it
2016-06-25 20:58
BOT s1mple xd
2016-06-25 20:57
Agree :D
2016-06-25 20:58
d
2016-06-25 22:20
eZ for G2 !!!
2016-06-25 20:57
s1mple top 1 they said XD
2016-06-25 20:58
lul 2nd
2016-06-25 20:57
#39
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
didnt know s1mple is support player
2016-06-25 20:58
#3
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United States Tryx[M] 
fgh
2016-06-25 20:57
ez
2016-06-25 20:57
d
2016-06-25 20:57
GG
2016-06-25 20:57
#8
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Sweden YsF 
bb
2016-06-25 20:57
pexected
2016-06-25 20:57
#10
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Austria P0w3RfuL 
ez g2. JDM carrying these liqnoobs
2016-06-25 20:58
#11
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
Damn laggy site. G2 NUMBER 1
2016-06-25 20:57
#12
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Brazil Dark182 
Was cheering for Liquid ):
2016-06-25 20:58
#13
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Finland kAlluYT 
So close yet so far, my internet lagged out
2016-06-25 20:57
#14
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Norway norskeN 
hehe nice
2016-06-25 20:57
s
2016-06-25 20:57
f
2016-06-25 20:57
d
2016-06-25 20:57
gg
2016-06-25 20:57
#19
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Portugal SlashOP 
RIGGED
2016-06-25 20:57
#20
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Norway neveredgy69 
w000
2016-06-25 20:57
#21
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Russia Reph 
NA CS 4Head
2016-06-25 20:57
#22
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Argentina Reymon 
#1
2016-06-25 20:57
ez 4 s1mple
2016-06-25 20:57
ez
2016-06-25 20:57
n1
2016-06-25 20:57
well played from g2
2016-06-25 20:57
n3
2016-06-25 20:57
#28
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
-24
2016-06-25 20:57
rip liquid
2016-06-25 20:57
s1mple EleGiggle
2016-06-25 20:57
S1mple horrible series
2016-06-25 20:57
s1mple -24 :(
2016-06-25 20:57
#33
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
s1mple -24 top kek
2016-06-25 20:57
you guys, automatically giving him a hard time? I give him props for being able to give up awping.. im sure he would do great if he had the awp. Who cares what happened to taco man you guys are pussies, if nbk got in beef with hiko i wouldnt give a shit..
2016-06-25 21:21
where did u read he cares what happened to taco? lol u seem butthurt
2016-06-25 21:37
#65
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
s1mple didn't pick awp?? YES on cubble.. And then he thought the game was won and didn't stop to pick awp anymore.. d2 he pick up awp without shield 2 times and died whitout his team in shit.. But on nuke I have to agree that just jdm picked awp and also didn't shit.. died alone on mid every round TL lost at the end
2016-06-25 21:43
simple - 24 LUL
2016-06-25 20:57
#36
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Netherlands mlkush 
i wonder, when will shox be fucking banned? he's so goddamn obvious, it's actually crazy lmaooo
2016-06-25 20:57
hello Dan M's cum dumpster
2016-06-25 20:59
nt s1mple
2016-06-25 20:57
#40
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Sweden godname 
SHOXIE IS BACK AND SCREAM 2K13 is back
2016-06-25 20:58
#42
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
RIP!
2016-06-25 20:58
s1mple choked when it matters
2016-06-25 20:58
#45
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
gj s1mple lmao
2016-06-25 20:58
#46
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Shox is a god
2016-06-25 20:58
#47
 | 
France Fran6k1D 
2Gamers + a TanK = GG
2016-06-25 20:58
s1mple -24 Liquid RIP in groups at major confirmed
2016-06-25 20:59
s1mple with really bad decision making (overconfidence) lost his team lots of rounds maybe even the last map
2016-06-25 20:59
Hi s1mple cucks, S1mple #1 CS player, Kappa 4Head LUL EleGiggle :tf:
2016-06-25 20:59
"s1mple was the best option" - Hiko 2016
2016-06-25 20:59
Firstly i thought Liquid can neutralize Shox but damn they just provocated him so badly! Scream and RpK as Usual his genial partners. Bodyy and Smithzz will alot impact aswell!
2016-06-25 21:00
#69
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
provocated k nice englando
2016-06-25 22:11
Chillax. I have done a mistake by typing really quick
2016-06-25 23:42
Does it really matter who gets the first comment!? Fucking sad twats
2016-06-25 21:01
#55
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Estonia elariBAY 
Liquid won both pistols on nuke, you cant lose it, but they did.
2016-06-25 21:04
BOT p1mple
2016-06-25 21:09
G2 is to taking it all this time!!!
2016-06-25 21:11
s1mple better than shox they said HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHAAHA
2016-06-25 21:17
It's a shame they had only 8 teams playing an offline stage. s1mple -24 vs a team that has 2 tier1 player, 1 tier2 player, 1 tier3 player and 1 tier4 player - it's even a bigger shame. s1mple to Na`Vi! (Kappa)
2016-06-25 21:21
shox <3
2016-06-25 21:23
s1mple so low, jesus...
2016-06-25 21:27
simple fuckin blows.. needs more NA ;)
2016-06-25 21:41
#66
Portugal jO7A 
''G2 wasted spot'' EleGiggle They are making progress and tbh with shox, scream and rpk playing like this fnatic can not underrate them.
2016-06-25 21:51
I'd go as far as saying that G2 are the favorites on this match, considering the way fnatic and G2 are playing atm.
2016-06-25 22:22
nopenopenopenopenope You don't get it do you? Fnatic only loses when the other team actually gets 16 rounds. I've watched enough Fnatic matches to understand this.
2016-06-26 08:47
Well, I called it ;)
2016-06-26 18:18
s1mple gona be back huge!
2016-06-25 22:44
s1mple top3 player in the world , kappa
2016-06-26 00:22
s1mple did bad but I guess they're still gonna say he carried Liquid, completely ignoring the contributions of the other 4 players
2016-06-26 08:00
always bet on cheater shox against T2 and below
2016-06-26 08:05
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