G2 qualify after beating Vega Squadron in overtime

It took G2 35 rounds, but the French team finally qualified after defeating Vega Squadron, 19-16, on Overpass.

The first round of Overpass went to the defending team, G2, as Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt got doubles, which Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire topped off to eliminate Vega Squadron. G2 then won the anti-ecos, but Vega Squadron won the first gun round after a play in A and two quick frags which opened up the site.

G2 came back the following round, though, and increased their lead to 6-1 after winning two anti-ecos. After an aggressive play by G2 the following gun round, the French side was able to close the round out as Vega Squadron tried to rotate towards B. From there on out, the match went downhill for the Russian side as G2 dominated on the CT side, giving up but the last two rounds of the half for a 12-3 scoreline at the half.

A triple by Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov kept his team alive in the match, and started to make a match of it by winning the two anti-ecos to go 7-12. Two entries by Dmitriy "⁠jR⁠" Chervak, followed by a triple from chopper stopped G2 on their tracks in the first gun round of the second half. Up 12-10, G2 finally got an early round man advantage, but a huge four-kill round by chopper got his team within one, prompting G2 to take a timeout to try and reverse the situation.

G2 is the first team to qualify to the next stage of the Major

After the timeout, G2 finally took a round on the Terrorist side, taking control of A site, planting, and forcing Pavel "⁠hutji⁠" Lashkov to save in a 1vs2. Vega Squadron then reset G2, at 12-13, and won the eco to tie the match up. The French team wasn’t about to let the match slip away, though, and they won the following round in part thanks to a big triple by shox on the A site.

Once again, though, Vega Squadron tied it back up as hutji stopped a great three man push late in the round on B, killing two and stalling until jR could rotate to take the last. With G2 financial trouble, Vega Squadron were able to take the lead for the first time in the match, as well as get on match point, 15-14, with G2 still without a penny. A pistol buy was enough for the French side, however, as three quick frags by apEX and shox with CZ75’s gave them the round and pushed the match in overtime.

In overtime, G2 absolutely dominated Vega Squadron on the Terrorist side, taking all three rounds and putting the Russian team in a bind. Vega Squadron won first round on the attacking side, but G2 finally bagged the match in the 35th round in large part thanks to two big entry frags by Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro early on.

Matchpage
16
19
14th January 2018
France
16
Overpass
19

 Vega Squadron K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
29 - 25 +4 82.1 1.25
26 - 24 +2 73.2 1.07
19 - 25 -6 65.9 0.89
19 - 27 -8 68.2 0.88
16 - 27 -11 54.2 0.64
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
27 - 20 +7 94.4 1.32
31 - 24 +7 83.5 1.20
23 - 17 +6 63.3 1.16
25 - 25 0 80.9 1.15
22 - 23 -1 72.3 1.05

3-0 (qualified)
France G2
2-0
Europe mousesports United States Cloud9
2-1 1-2
Europe FaZe United States Misfits
Turkey Space Soldiers
France Envy
Ukraine Natus Vincere Russia Quantum Bellator Fire
Russia Vega Squadron Germany Sprout
1-1
United States Liquid Australia Renegades
0-2
Russia FlipSid3 Kazakhstan AVANGAR
0-3 (eliminated)
China Flash 
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1281
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
280
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
326
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
518
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
247
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1114
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
Vega Squadron show really good potential! Sad that they lost the comeback!
2018-01-14 21:57
26 replies
G2 didn't deserve a place in the major, they won only because of their lucky cz-75.
2018-01-14 21:59
22 replies
Beating faze and coming this close to beating g2... Vega is the real S U P E R T E A M
2018-01-14 21:58
7 replies
GAME OF CHOKES
2018-01-14 21:59
4 replies
B.O1 made the diference!!
2018-01-14 22:06
3 replies
If we are talking about bo1 then FaZe is better than SK
2018-01-14 22:25
2 replies
Depends on the map. Faze plays like 3 maps, sk plays 6
2018-01-15 09:19
1 reply
True
2018-01-15 09:45
stfu brazil
2018-01-14 22:06
If sk lost bo1 to faze , faze real superteam? Faze won bo1 vs sk and sk didn’t win bo1 va faze with new lineup AHAHAHAHAHA faze>sk bitch please
2018-01-14 22:25
ALL ABOUT LUCK, RIGHT? CS:GO IS A GAME ABOUT LUCK.
2018-01-14 21:59
3 replies
Aaajhhhaahhaa, noob. Heartstone game about luck, cs is about skill
2018-01-15 04:09
2 replies
I'm kidding, man. It's pure irony. I was criticizing #7 because what he said was really stupid, that's why it's all in caps.
2018-01-15 18:19
1 reply
U right, bro)
2018-01-15 18:26
#48
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United Kingdom Wessywes
lucky cz, forgetting about the massive first half?
2018-01-14 21:59
every1 in this game got possibility to use any kind of the weapons; but some teams wasting their time practicing eco weapon like cz75 and other doesnt give a sht about such a small details
2018-01-14 22:03
don't be mad g2 is gonna win the major
2018-01-14 22:18
3 replies
Baguette, don't lie yourself pls, G2 max groups
2018-01-14 22:52
2 replies
g2 can take legends because no imt, big and gambit no same as last magor, faze and north is shit, navi and vp unlucky this year
2018-01-15 04:12
we will see
2018-01-15 20:23
#97
NBK- | 
Brazil LeoMBR
G2 was matched against faily weak teams, but beating a great team such as Vega gave G2 some credits and validates their place in the major
2018-01-14 22:30
#104
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France Lyreck
Well, we'll see if they deserved it or not @the major qualifier
2018-01-14 22:41
#116
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France Docrom2
lmao they don't deserve major but they 3-0'd qualifier, HLTVLogic
2018-01-15 02:24
1 reply
they are stupid -_-
2018-01-15 20:23
They will still make it to the Major
2018-01-14 21:58
1 reply
+1 they deserve
2018-01-14 21:58
Both team had 12 rounds on their ct side, but on the 30th round the game could have been over if apex dies alone at a long, anyway jR is insane!
2018-01-14 21:59
Really nice try, was close!
2018-01-14 21:57
1 reply
Agree
2018-01-14 22:03
shoxiejesus top1 2018
2018-01-14 21:57
5 replies
#28
shox | 
Latvia archm
+1
2018-01-14 21:58
+1
2018-01-14 22:04
+1
2018-01-14 22:05
+1
2018-01-14 22:23
+1 (even if it’s too early to judge it, would love to see this)
2018-01-15 00:30
nt
2018-01-14 21:57
IM SO SAD VEGA DESERVED IT :/
2018-01-14 21:58
3 replies
but G2 apparently deserved it more
2018-01-14 22:00
1 reply
+1
2018-01-14 22:06
Vega's CT side is actually impressive, they've litterally introduced a new gamestyle into the meta. However this is quite limited, as we saw in overtime once their opponent has more experience it gets hard for Vega to do anything against any supposedly better team. As a result I'm pretty sure a FaZe - Vega rematch would be in favor of FaZe right now.
2018-01-14 23:07
#6
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United States 0dragoon0
f
2018-01-14 21:57
THAT TIME WHEN EVERYBODY WANT TO BE 1ST XD
2018-01-14 21:59
#9
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Portugal godspeeed
ez
2018-01-14 21:57
Vega deserved.
2018-01-14 21:58
1 reply
#69
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Hungary Joco413
Surely they will get through anyways.
2018-01-14 22:05
#13
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Netherlands KaneTB
Nice
2018-01-14 21:58
not a surprise if vega goes 2-3 now
2018-01-14 21:58
What a game!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratz G2!
2018-01-14 21:58
#16
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Argentina vegeta
almost
2018-01-14 21:58
#17
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United States DDPFree
GG G2
2018-01-14 21:58
#18
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Brazil HueyNewton
Comeback almost real
2018-01-14 21:58
#19
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Portugal dracø
Heartbreaking finish. Vega's regular time ct side was phenomenal. Their bait and switch positions were insane. In the end experience won G2's the game as vega started losing sight on how much aggression they could pull(same reason as to why g2 managed to get the 15-15). I hope Vega end up getting a major spot, they surely deserve it
2018-01-14 21:58
2 replies
Well written
2018-01-14 22:25
Totally agree, their CT side was a mix of small positionnal/utilitary outplays that sumed one by one led to what we saw. With the skill that comes along it clearly looks like a top tier team (oh wait, they beat FaZe..). The only point I'm afraid of however is that it doesn't look sustainable, teams are rapidly going to get prepared for it (That's what happened in OT when G2 took 3 terro rounds). But still this is definitely one hell of a way to play the CT side. With that they can reach the Legend status imo.
2018-01-14 23:14
RIP Vega 2-3 after this
2018-01-14 21:58
11 replies
#81
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Ukraine petruska
2-3 dicks in your mom anal tonight vega will get top 8
2018-01-14 22:10
10 replies
+1 :D
2018-01-14 22:15
#86
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Brazil HueyNewton
LuL relax bruh, they will made It
2018-01-14 22:16
savage
2018-01-14 22:24
LUL triggered hohol
2018-01-14 22:36
6 replies
#103
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Ukraine petruska
LUL triggered hohol
2018-01-14 22:40
5 replies
2 durachka
2018-01-15 00:20
4 replies
#120
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Ukraine petruska
LUL triggered hohol
2018-01-15 09:09
3 replies
Hohlushka
2018-01-15 15:30
2 replies
#129
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Ukraine petruska
Hohlushka
2018-01-15 19:08
1 reply
Da, ya hohlushka)
2018-01-15 19:09
#23
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Denmark JustYes
ez
2018-01-14 21:58
#24
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Spain Huev000
Yws
2018-01-14 21:58
EZ
2018-01-14 21:58
rip vega
2018-01-14 21:58
To be honest i feel like g2 didn't deserved win
2018-01-14 21:58
4 replies
Well, they were dominating VS the same way in first half than VS did on G2 in second half. Vega simply lost their nerves in over-aggression last round. They should've won it, but they didn't, and it's their fault. G2 100% deserved.
2018-01-14 22:02
1 reply
You are probably right but imagine that VS the underdogs will go 3:0 insane story line but they still gonna make it to next stage.
2018-01-14 22:32
I'm the first one to say that Vega deserve much, but I kind of feel like if the match had been the opposite (Exhanging G2 and Vega roles) you wouldn't have said G2 deserve it.
2018-01-14 23:17
1 reply
Well i am not their biggest fan but when you play such a good cs and then you just fail cuz of silly mistakes it's sad so i would have said that g2 deserve it.
2018-01-14 23:23
Hope both qualify :p
2018-01-14 21:58
#31
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Finland Smoonah
G2 need to work on T side lul
2018-01-14 21:58
2 replies
They only use their real T side at the end of matchpoint and OT. Plus jR and chopper really stood up. Has a lot good timing and position. Should give them credit instead of saying g2 is bad on their T side i think.
2018-01-14 22:08
1 reply
+1
2018-01-14 22:33
insane match gg vega hope you gonna get 3-1 !
2018-01-14 21:58
1 reply
+1
2018-01-14 22:02
#33
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Lithuania c0mmandCS
Vega sucks cox.
2018-01-14 21:58
1 reply
Triggered eZaF fan 16-6 top lul
2018-01-14 22:54
vega deserved a major spot
2018-01-14 21:59
I'm gonna laugh if vega fail to qualify for major
2018-01-14 21:59
#37
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Canada Shadoww_
I predicted Vega would win, too bad they were only close tho. :(
2018-01-14 21:59
#38
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Poland kick_michu
respect vega great game ! so far dark horse this quali
2018-01-14 21:59
#39
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Poland mamba99999
expected
2018-01-14 21:59
ez 4 ence
2018-01-14 21:59
#42
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Spain Donra
new M5?
2018-01-14 21:59
omg
2018-01-14 21:59
Vega :(
2018-01-14 21:59
Vega is trash, they will not qualify
2018-01-14 22:00
2 replies
I must laugh right now..
2018-01-14 22:35
kys
2018-01-15 00:22
#50
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Germany ConAction
Of course, as always when I lose it is a 16-14 Loss or an Overtime Loss gyazo.com/4d3400c2e177713e8f5dd33661cb2b.. The only way I lose when I bet huge!
2018-01-14 22:00
2 replies
I really feel you man. You must have been smashing things in your room
2018-01-14 22:03
#83
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Norway felt
dumbasses still betting in 2018 and enriching capitalist cunts imagine just imagine
2018-01-14 22:14
#51
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Lithuania Ne0Nl
good game
2018-01-14 22:00
The only mistake of Vega is to continue pushing early after their 14th. I mean, it's their game to push and it was a tough call. But at this level you should consider the possibilitty that opponents will adapt. They're able to make a big upset this event.
2018-01-14 22:00
#54
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France Loyso
Nice game! Really intense!
2018-01-14 22:01
#55
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Was a very gnarly, back-and-forth game definitely... NBK practically surmounted the victory for G2 here in my opinion, but it sucks that Vega lost out after finally getting to overtime. You can tell the difference between the more experienced teams here and G2 were able to mentally reset at OT, where Vega wasn't. Great game and congratulations G2 for being the first team to achieve 3-0. :)
2018-01-14 22:02
#58
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Romania seVeNz
THAT MATCHHHHH
2018-01-14 22:02
#61
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Norway SkaMathias
Do people read this?
2018-01-14 22:03
1 reply
#65
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France Static2k
No
2018-01-14 22:04
#62
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
<angryface>
2018-01-14 22:03
1 reply
#67
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France Static2k
Did you mean " angery " ?
2018-01-14 22:04
#66
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Russia Nikosimus
I had G2 3-0 in Pick'em but was still cheering for Vega, insane CS by them rn Hope they beat NaVi/SS/Liquid tmrw and advance
2018-01-14 22:04
#74
NiKo | 
India Sishir
Wtf is this Godlike team Vega Squadron??? -God Chopper -God jR Ezzzzzzzz
2018-01-14 22:06
vega so close :o
2018-01-14 22:07
apex ct sided?
2018-01-14 22:09
#85
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France cedd
vega are really really good, hats off to them.
2018-01-14 22:16
VEGA team with great potential
2018-01-14 22:17
Dear HLTV admins, Are people from fastest-XXX-on-hltv family still active on HLTV? PS: I kind of miss them.
2018-01-14 22:18
#89
JW | 
Europe customer
really great match
2018-01-14 22:17
LMAO they couldn't qualify if they matched against FaZe
2018-01-14 22:25
#102
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Russia Revan79
FeelsBadMan they can win 16-14
2018-01-14 22:38
They could have had this shox all year long smh
2018-01-14 23:23
#114
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France Ecureuye
Gg wp both teams, insane match. Now G2 let's win this major !
2018-01-15 00:26
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