G2 beat SK; to StarSeries playoffs
G2 are the second team through to the playoffs at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 finals after defeating SK Gaming 16-8 on Overpass.
The match began at a frantic pace as the teams struggled to stamp their authority on the game, with rounds going back and forth following strong individual plays.
With the scoreline reading 3-2 in favor of G2, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub got two peek kills with the AWP to give his team the first two-round lead of the game, with Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro following that up with a clean sweep ace, forcing SK to call a tactical pause.
G2 continued picking up rounds and eventually jumped out to a 7-2 lead. SK then brought that streak to an end after overturning a 3vs5 situation, but they were unable to build on that win as the Frenchmen hit back in the following round thanks to a double spraydown from bodyy. G2's defence was simply impenetrable, and they ultimately finished the first half with 12 rounds on the board.
G2 advance to the playoffs in Kiev
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo turned hero in the pistol round as CT, denying Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt the ace with a great headshot to give his team some breathing room. SK put together a small run of rounds and reduced the deficit to 7-12, but then G2 won three in a row to hit match point.
SK still found a lifeline with a shoddy buy thanks to a last-minute kill from Fernando "fer" Alvarenga onto G2's man carrying the bomb, but the Frenchmen would win the following round to book passage to the playoffs.
PoTM: Richard "shox" Papillon was 18:0 in the rounds that G2 won, which speaks volumes about his contribution. He was G2's top fragger and also had a crucial triple kill in the fourth round, which marked the beginning of a great run from his team.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||23 - 8||+15||94.6||1.59|
|Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy||21 - 16||+5||96.4||1.44|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||21 - 12||+9||82.8||1.40|
|Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-||21 - 16||+5||96.8||1.32|
|Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX||16 - 17||-1||74.2||1.00|
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||22 - 19||+3||90.4||1.29|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||11 - 17||-6||67.4||0.80|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||16 - 22||-6||72.1||0.70|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||11 - 24||-13||56.6||0.62|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||9 - 20||-11||45.0||0.58|
With only one match remaining today, the Swiss group stage's standings now look as follows:
|Natus Vincere|| FaZe