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
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 29 - 25 +4 82.1 1.25
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR 26 - 24 +2 73.2 1.07
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 19 - 25 -6 65.9 0.89
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji 19 - 27 -8 68.2 0.88
Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishinkeshandr 16 - 27 -11 54.2 0.64
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 27 - 20 +7 94.4 1.32
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 31 - 24 +7 83.5 1.20
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 23 - 17 +6 63.3 1.16
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 25 - 25 0 80.9 1.15
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 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:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
556
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
#1
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Vega Squadron show really good potential! Sad that they lost the comeback!
2018-01-14 21:57
G2 didn't deserve a place in the major, they won only because of their lucky cz-75.
2018-01-14 21:59
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
#35
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
GAME OF CHOKES
2018-01-14 21:59
B.O1 made the diference!!
2018-01-14 22:06
#93
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
If we are talking about bo1 then FaZe is better than SK
2018-01-14 22:25
Depends on the map. Faze plays like 3 maps, sk plays 6
2018-01-15 09:19
#124
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
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
#117
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Aaajhhhaahhaa, noob. Heartstone game about luck, cs is about skill
2018-01-15 04:09
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
#128
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
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
#59
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
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
Baguette, don't lie yourself pls, G2 max groups
2018-01-14 22:52
#118
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
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
they are stupid -_-
2018-01-15 20:23
They will still make it to the Major
2018-01-14 21:58
#20
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
+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
#2
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Estonia sux3ss 
Really nice try, was close!
2018-01-14 21:57
#60
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Latvia Flinchester 
Agree
2018-01-14 22:03
#3
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
shoxiejesus top1 2018
2018-01-14 21:57
#28
shox | 
Latvia archm 
+1
2018-01-14 21:58
#64
shox | 
Serbia SeegHeilO 
+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
#4
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Denmark VeryEZ4EnceGuy 
nt
2018-01-14 21:57
IM SO SAD VEGA DESERVED IT :/
2018-01-14 21:58
but G2 apparently deserved it more
2018-01-14 22:00
#73
SPERMY | 
United States Fledge 
+1
2018-01-14 22:06
#107
ALEX | 
France Telt 
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
#11
CeRq | 
Sweden xamzino9 
Vega deserved.
2018-01-14 21:58
#69
Dosia | 
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
#15
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
What a game!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratz G2!
2018-01-14 21:58
#16
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Sweden 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
#95
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Well written
2018-01-14 22:25
#108
ALEX | 
France Telt 
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
#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
+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
#103
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Ukraine petruska 
LUL triggered hohol
2018-01-14 22:40
2 durachka
2018-01-15 00:20
#120
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Ukraine petruska 
LUL triggered hohol
2018-01-15 09:09
Hohlushka
2018-01-15 15:30
#129
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Ukraine petruska 
Hohlushka
2018-01-15 19:08
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
#26
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
rip vega
2018-01-14 21:58
#29
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
To be honest i feel like g2 didn't deserved win
2018-01-14 21:58
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
They actually played perfect agression late game, apex missed the flash for long, and flashed close fountain (both chopper and mir were blinded by that, and G2 got favorable 2-1 trade...
2018-01-14 22:07
#98
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
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
#109
ALEX | 
France Telt 
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
#110
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
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
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
#99
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
+1
2018-01-14 22:33
#32
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
insane match gg vega hope you gonna get 3-1 !
2018-01-14 21:58
#57
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Switzerland Tacticalsine 
+1
2018-01-14 22:02
#33
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Lithuania c0mmandCS 
Vega sucks cox.
2018-01-14 21:58
#106
speed4k | 
Russia Shkek 
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
#100
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
I must laugh right now..
2018-01-14 22:35
kys
2018-01-15 00:22
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
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
Twistzz | 
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
#65
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France Static2k 
No
2018-01-14 22:04
#62
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
<angryface>
2018-01-14 22:03
#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
Nbk won this match, JR is awesome awper, so confident and agressive. Big respect for vega, hope that they will qualify
2018-01-14 22:05
#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
#96
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
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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