G2 beat mousesports to secure playoff spot; Astralis move past Gambit

G2 came from behind to beat mousesports 2-1 and book passage to the StarSeries i-League Season 4 playoffs, while Astralis are one victory away from the knockout stages after defeating Gambit on two maps.

The battle for a playoff berth kicked off on Mirage, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a very quick game as mousesports made light work of their opponents. With a quad kill in the pistol round, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi put mouz in the lead, to which the European mixture would hold on dearly.

G2 were continuously held off of any economic development and their force-buys simply did not work out, leaving them in complete disarray. Down 1-9, The Frenchmen came close to winning their second round of the game, but they let Chris "chrisJ" de Jong clutch a 1v3 with the AWP.

Richard "shox" Papillon's men would only be able to break through the mousesports defence in the 13th round, courtesy of a trio of sg556 kills from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt-, but the CTs quickly bounced back, winning the following two rounds to secure an impressive 13-2 lead.

mousesports piled more misery on their opponents by taking the pistol round after being given way too much room to operate in the A site. G2 still tried to get back in the game with a third-round buy, only to be left frustrated once again.

G2 through to the playoffs after a close win

Next up was Inferno, where Robin "ropz" Kool opened up the action with four quick kills in A. G2 were able to respond in the third round on an extremely weak buy, and they kept the mousesports roster in check for the next three rounds as well.

But the rest of the half was all about mousesports' great defence, with the European mixture putting a double AWP setup to great use as they lost just one of the last nine rounds of the half. However, it could have been a very different story had the Frenchmen not botched a 4v1 situation against Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný in the 13th round.

The second half began with mousesports taking the pistol off of three great kills from Martin "STYKO" Styk, only to make a blunder in the following round as they allowed shox to clutch a 1v2. That round win gave G2 some breathing room, but they would falter once mousesports had money to work with again, with a triple-kill from chrisJ putting his team back to winning ways.

mousesports followed that up with two more rounds, bringing the scoreline to 14-8, but then they hit a brick wall. G2 set up a very strong defence, even after losing a shocking anti-eco round, and brought the game into overtime thanks to a 1v2 clutch from Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro in the 30th round. After regulation, the Frenchmen simply ran riot as they won four rounds straight to take the series to Cobblestone.

mousesports could not close out the match on Inferno

The final map of the series saw mousesports jump out to a massive 5-0 lead after running all over the G2 lineup during the early stages of the game. But the story of the rest of the half was all about G2's strong defence as the Frenchmen went on a fantastic run to take a 9-6 half-time lead.

G2 did not let their foot off the gas and further added to their lead by taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos. With oskar struggling to find frags, STYKO stepped up to the plate and helped mousesports to find the equaliser with some great individual plays, including an ace in the 22nd round. But it was all for naught as a four-round winning streak from G2 earned them the map win and the ticket to the playoffs.

France
Matchpage
2
1
19th February 2018
2
Mirage
16
19
Inferno
15
16
Cobblestone
12

 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 65 - 58 +7 93.1 1.25
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 55 - 55 0 66.8 1.04
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 52 - 63 -11 71.9 0.93
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 43 - 53 -10 62.3 0.91
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 47 - 56 -9 63.4 0.90
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 59 - 55 +4 89.1 1.21
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 63 - 55 +8 73.3 1.11
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 54 - 50 +4 76.3 1.08
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 54 - 53 +1 68.2 1.05
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 55 - 50 +5 73.3 1.04

The opening map of the other series, Cache, started with a flawless pistol round from Astralis, who charged through the B site without trouble. After losing both eco rounds, Gambit then got their first round on the board after shutting down the B site, but Astralis replied immediately thanks to Nicolai "device" Reedtz finding four frags with the AWP.

That was the start of a great run from Astralis, with the scoreline blooming to an 8-1 advantage for the Danes. It was only then that Gambit were able to string rounds together, but Astralis still had plenty of money in the bank and quickly regained control of the game.

Down 12-3, Gambit came from the break with fire in their belly, and managed to bring the deficit to a minimum after shutting down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together or building up an economy. With the game slipping away from them, Astralis finally managed to tighten up their defence, winning back-to-back rounds to lock down the map, 16-13.

Astralis are now 2-1 in Kiev

Carrying their momentum into the next map, Train, Astralis got out to an 8-2 lead after continuously trading back Gambit's round wins. The Kazakhstani team then found their footing in the game after stringing three rounds together, but Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's side would still walk into the second half up by five.

Gambit kept their hopes alive by winning the second pistol and the following anti-ecos, but then they collapsed massively, failing to win a single gun round as Astralis ran out 16-8 victors to pick up their second win in Kiev.

Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2018
16
Cache
13
16
Train
8

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 49 - 24 +25 72.5 1.39
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 43 - 28 +15 91.5 1.37
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 42 - 35 +7 91.4 1.28
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 38 - 37 +1 79.3 1.03
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 26 - 32 -6 64.9 0.98
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 44 - 40 +4 86.7 1.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 29 - 39 -10 70.1 0.90
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit 28 - 39 -11 64.6 0.87
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 32 - 39 -7 57.4 0.79
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 22 - 42 -20 62.0 0.71

After these two matches, here is how the Swiss stage is currently looking:

Qualified
France G2
2-0
Ukraine Natus Vincere Europe FaZe
2-1
Brazil SK Denmark Heroic
North America Liquid Europe mousesports
Denmark Astralis
1-2
Poland Virtus.pro United States Cloud9
Australia Renegades China TYLOO
Kazakhstan Gambit  
0-2
Europe HellRaisers Korea MVP PK
Eliminated
Sweden fnatic  
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
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
get rekt NAA :D
2018-02-19 18:19
Oh shit
2018-02-19 18:19
well done apex and well done to the #1 danish superstar, device
2018-02-19 18:20
#18
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
device > Eichel
2018-02-19 18:22
ez NA
2018-02-19 18:20
Gg
2018-02-19 18:19
#4
 | 
France tuturs 
ez
2018-02-19 18:19
nice
2018-02-19 18:19
#6
Boo | 
France mbl4 
G2-1
2018-02-19 18:19
#7
 | 
France Underbre 
good
2018-02-19 18:19
NBKreig
2018-02-19 18:19
#9
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Austria SPatrick_ 
GG
2018-02-19 18:19
#12
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Poland mamba99999 
Group stage heroes, playoff chokers.
2018-02-19 18:20
#29
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
+1
2018-02-19 18:32
#34
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France Kabby 
Let’s look at VP, group stage chokers and oh well they don’t reach playoffs anyway
2018-02-19 18:49
Atleast they make it to the top 8 atleast not like vp who is always last and everyone are laughing at them
2018-02-19 19:13
I thought mousesports had it
2018-02-19 18:20
#14
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France kleps0 
Baguettes vs sk/faze in finals
2018-02-19 18:20
all positive score, still lose. Feelsbadman, apex vs mouz. Btw, choke inc in playoffs by G2?
2018-02-19 18:20
#16
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Norway Phancy11 
C H O K E S P O R T S H O K E S P O R T S
2018-02-19 18:20
I was losing my shit when g2 forced overtime. Glad they were able to bounce back from that decimation on mirage. Let's hope they don't bomb in the playoffs again.
2018-02-19 18:22
#19
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Portugal S4nd 
FAZE 2-1?????? HLTV CONFIRMED
2018-02-19 18:22
Mousesports with all + on K/D and still lost
2018-02-19 18:23
#35
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
That's not that strange when you win a map 16-2 and lose the other 2 maps by smaller margins.
2018-02-19 19:00
Nice g2. Never underestimate them. They can screw up next stage or win the title. But usually they only lose to the champion of the tournament.
2018-02-19 18:23
Faze 2-1?
2018-02-19 18:24
g2will win all mark my word
2018-02-19 18:25
#24
Czech Republic Wer_ 
Wtf FaZe 2-1
2018-02-19 18:26
Denis "-20" Kostim
2018-02-19 18:28
#36
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
haha
2018-02-19 19:09
#26
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
wtf choke.. AGAIN!
2018-02-19 18:29
sad for mouz, all of em played well...
2018-02-19 18:30
I hope astralis get heroic
2018-02-19 18:31
#30
 | 
Indonesia FinZzz 
Yo i legit turned off the stream when mouz seemingly about to beat g2 on inferno. Didnt expect this at all
2018-02-19 18:34
#41
 | 
Europe tweekzter 
do not underestimate the throwing abilities of mouz
2018-02-19 19:53
just like fnatic 15-14 over tyloo on inferno OMEGALUL
2018-02-19 23:12
nt mouz
2018-02-19 18:40
#40
 | 
Europe tweekzter 
they need to get stronger mentally... such matches have to be won
2018-02-19 19:53
ye, they will learn it in future! They are growing with their tasks and they will gain mentally strenght by playing on high pressure. :D
2018-02-19 20:27
Lol and people say g2 is shit, I'm kekking so hard rn
2018-02-19 18:44
Shit for what? Struggling to defeat a mouz that has been doing nothing but improving. #GOMOUZ
2018-02-19 20:08
#33
 | 
Europe Conq 
omg device u monstaaaaaaaaa <3
2018-02-19 18:48
LUL
2018-02-19 19:11
gg wp
2018-02-19 19:40
#44
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
How does Device end up with such a score and only 72.5 adr?
2018-02-19 20:29
#45
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Hungary Shaperz 
Baiting
2018-02-19 21:23
I was watching the stream, and I closed it when G2 was down 8-14 on Inferno. It come back later and G2 is 16-11. I laughed so hard
2018-02-19 21:28
#47
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Greece hekzy 
Me too lul
2018-02-19 22:50
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