G2 outlast Immortals, top Group D
G2 defeated Immortals following a 2-1 series (Mirage 16-12, Inferno 13-16, Overpass 16-10) to come out on top of Group D.
The last series of day two at DreamHack Masters Malmö began on Mirage, a map G2 had been known to always ban. Starting as Counter-Terrorists, Immortals went up 4-1 to kick things off before a force from the Frenchmen turned the tide and equalized the scoreline.
The Brazilian side grabbed the next two but couldn't keep the pressure up, letting G2 run their simple style. With it, Richard "shox" Papillon's squad clinched four rounds in a row for an 8-6 lead before Kenny "kennyS" Schrub clutched a 1v2 on the B bombsite in the last round.
Another pistol going the way of Immortals made it even at 9-9, but G2 once again got a hold of the first gunrounds thanks to clutches from Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and kennyS on each site. Taking advantage of the economic issues of their opponents, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt & co. extended their lead to 14-9.
A split on B then set off a streak of three rounds going in favor of the Brazilian side, but the last two rounds saw the French squad pull off two retakes, as G2 got away with the win at 16-12 in their first Mirage match as a team.
Map two, Inferno, started with a chaotic pistol round that ended with apEX clinching four kills and a 1v2 with low health. Immortals then got away with a forcebuy win, which started a flurry of unsuccessful forcebuys for G2, leading to a 5-1 scoreline in favor of Brazil's No.2 team.
The tide turned when Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro clutched a 1v3 and apEX followed it up with a 1v2 later on, with the chaotic match moving in favor of the French roster. They got up to eight rounds before Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles closed out the half with a quad-kill.
Immortals started the second half with a 5-0 lead despite losing all weapons up against pistols, but the score was soon even at 12 once G2 put up a great defense on both sites. Ricardo "boltz" Prass and Henrique "HEN1" Teles then turned a 2v4 around and Immortals switched up the pace, rushing B after a timeout to catch their opponents off-guard. The next two rounds were split despite a poor economic situation on the G2 side, who couldn't push the match to overtime, as Immortals pushed A for 16-12.
The decider was Overpass, which began with the first three rounds going back and forth, as shox clutched a 1v2 in the last second, while each team grabbed a forcebuy. Playing on the Terrorist side, G2 came out on top of that exchange, getting up to 5-1 without losing many players in the process, racking up the economy.
That helped the Frenchmen buy up despite losing the next two rounds and go on a dominant streak until it was 11-3, at which point Lucas "steel" Lopes stepped up with an ace.
There was life left in steel's team yet, as they avoided match point for three rounds, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback. G2 went on to pick up a 16-10 win on the decider, which sent them to the playoffs from the high seed in Group D.
K - D
Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel
71 - 53
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
54 - 56
Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1
51 - 59
Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1
47 - 55
Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV-
52 - 67