G2 take 2-1 victory over NRG, mousesports eliminate MVP PK in Sydney

G2 and mousesports are through to the Group B lower-bracket semi-final after eliminating NRG and MVP PK at IEM Sydney 2018.

The first Group B lower-bracket semi-final kicked off on NRG’s map pick, Mirage, where Damian "daps" Steele and co. were unable secure the post-plant for a pistol loss. G2’s defense held off one more push before NRG finally added one on the board, eventually equalizing the score 2-2. Working the kinks out of their economy, G2 pressed on tallying eight on the board and took a 10-2 lead.

daps finally broke G2’s streak with a triple-kill on A, but the French held on at the half, 12-3. NRG came out in the second half with a smooth retake on A for the defuse and followed that up with a pair of anti-ecos to reduce the score (6-12). The two teams went back and forth but in the end, G2’s offense was to tough too tame and sealed the 16-7 win.

kennyS led G2 with a 1.22 rating through three maps

The series then landed on Nuke, G2’s pick, where French looked stout on the T-side to pile up three straight, 3-0. A pair of doubles from daps and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold on the retake gave NRG their first of the half, and with that two more were added as G2’s economy was in shambles. Even at three, G2 answered back for the lead but swiftly NRG took control on the defensive side with five straight with G2 ending the half down, 9-6.

In the second half, NRG immediately took control of the upper bomb site to secure the plant and the pistol. From there, daps hounded G2 with five on the board before their streak ended to four firm defensive holds from G2 (14-10). Unable to prevent mappoint, G2 rallied back to nearly force overtime, but NRG held on in the post-plant and tied the series 1-1.

Overpass was the decider that saw NRG stack the B-bombsite to claim the CT pistol. G2 fired back to make things even and picked up two more to make it 3-1. NRG finally answered back as the rounds went back and forth until NRG ran out of time on the defuse in round 10, in which allowed the French to win four in a row (9-4). NRG weren’t going down without a fight and came up with the final two rounds to settle the half, 9-6.

Although NRG continued their success in the second half securing the T pistol, G2 quickly returned with four convincing holds to expand their lead 13-7. NRG finally found success on B and marched on with four straight, forcing the French to pause - a move that paid off as G2 reached match point with two defuses, eventually securing their spot in the lower-bracket final.

United States
Matchpage
1
2
3rd May 2018
France
7
Mirage
16
16
Nuke
14
13
Overpass
16

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 62 - 60 +2 87.7 1.12
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 62 - 59 +3 86.2 1.11
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 55 - 53 +2 68.5 1.08
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 48 - 55 -7 64.6 0.91
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 37 - 61 -24 53.1 0.80
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 68 - 46 +22 76.3 1.22
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 64 - 61 +3 87.7 1.20
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 56 - 57 -1 82.3 1.12
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 49 - 56 -7 70.2 1.03
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 51 - 46 +5 59.7 1.02

The other Group B lower-bracket semi-final featured mousesports and MVP PK start their series on Inferno, where Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and co. were keen on the B retake for the CT pistol win. A triple-kill and a defuse from Martin "STYKO" Styk in the following round granted mouz the 2-0 lead, but MVP PK came rallying back in their buy round to split. The Koreans didn’t back down and had mouz against the wall with six straight until mousesports retake on A was fulfilled (3-6).

mouz continue their playoff hunt into the Group B lower-bracket final

The two teams then traded rounds whereas mousesports finally ignited to earn four straight to edge the half, 8-7. The second half started with MVP PK equalizing the score securing the CT pistol, however, after a long technical pause mousesports came out with fire on the T-side to throw three on the board, 11-8. MVP PK fought relentlessly in the remainder of the second half but could not hold off mouz who took the series lead, 16-12.

The series moved on to Mirage, mousesports mappick, where Chris "chrisJ" de Jong secured the the T pistol with three quick headshots with an entry on A for the plant. With two anti-eco wins in the bag, mousesports continued their reign to pick up a 5-0 lead but the streak ended to MVP PK’s defense. mousesports shrugged off the round loss and remained in the driver’s seat to dominate the first half, 14-1.

The sides switched but the momentum remained the same for mousesports, who secured the pistol to reach match point. Faced with a difficult task, MVP PK found some ground on their T-side but it was not enough to contest for the lead as mousesports secured the sweep 16-4, eliminating MVP PK from the tournament.

Matchpage
0
2
3rd May 2018
12
Inferno
16
4
Mirage
16

 MVP PK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' KimHSK 28 - 36 -8 71.0 0.89
Korea Hyun-Pyo 'XigN' LeeXigN 29 - 40 -11 71.6 0.82
Korea Min-Soo 'glow' Kimglow 24 - 31 -7 59.4 0.79
Korea Min-Seok 'zeff' Parkzeff 24 - 34 -10 57.4 0.79
Korea Keun-Chul 'solo' Kangsolo 22 - 31 -9 60.8 0.78
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 36 - 24 +12 80.0 1.33
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 35 - 21 +14 70.7 1.32
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 35 - 26 +9 91.6 1.27
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 32 - 25 +7 69.9 1.20
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 33 - 31 +2 70.0 1.08

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
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
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
G2 look better now than when shox led them, but haters gonna hate. mousesports is more likely to win though, still there's no way G2 would've done better after -NBK -apEX +Ex6TenZ +SmithZz.
2018-05-03 07:37
#4
NAF | 
Indonesia Flow420 
g2 zywoo when
2018-05-03 07:38
#10
strize | 
Canada DiiSCO 
-shitwell
2018-05-03 07:39
-baddy
2018-05-03 08:01
i think zywoo is going to imperial
2018-05-03 08:04
+1
2018-05-03 07:40
#25
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Well to be fair its too early to judge. Kenny and shox were at their best when ex6 was the igl. And you know when kenny and shox are on point, they can take on any team they want.
2018-05-03 08:09
No I think it would've been better ex6tenz is a great igl and smithzz is a great support the reason smithzz sucked so bad in 2016 is because he was the main awper ( no one wanted to primary awp so smithzz had to become the awper even though he was bad with it ) with shox and kennys in the same team wiglth zywoo/rpk the firepower is already enough to win matches So I think it would be better with ex6tenz and smithzz PS : Nbk isnt meant to be an igl
2018-05-03 08:59
#39
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France bouni45 
+1
2018-05-03 09:27
> the reason smithzz sucked so bad in 2016 is because he was the main awper Stop repeating that lie xDDD Here he plays with kennyS in Titan: hltv.org/stats/players/events/7170/Smith..
2018-05-03 12:03
#2
oskar | 
Germany MouzTOP1 
Expected
2018-05-03 07:37
:( fak
2018-05-03 07:38
#7
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
Nrg played good Its their first lan if im not mistaken
2018-05-03 07:39
yeah hopefully they make playoffs in dallas
2018-05-03 07:39
#18
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
they will :D <3
2018-05-03 07:51
#40
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
They will get rekt in every lan like this because right know they are the biggest onliners
2018-05-03 09:31
nt
2018-05-03 09:31
#42
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
Delusional?
2018-05-03 09:31
nt
2018-05-03 09:31
first lan with nahtE I think? They were in EPL season 6 finals
2018-05-03 07:45
#5
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
Okk
2018-05-03 07:38
#6
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India rOcKm3Lt 
Well played to NRG eSports good show up at IEM Sydney
2018-05-03 07:38
#8
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Finland Vkims 
Daps pls
2018-05-03 07:39
#9
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France Ghoul98 
Juicy odds on G2, thanks OnliNeRG
2018-05-03 07:39
#11
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India swast1k36 
Ez for carryS
2018-05-03 07:39
Why so ez?
2018-05-03 07:40
Dab
2018-05-03 07:41
#16
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Sweden crindz 
you just hate seeing apex the autist going through to playoffs
2018-05-03 07:41
no playoffs for G2, mouz will make a sandwich of the baguettes.
2018-05-03 07:58
You just love seeing sensible people complaining about apex going through playoffs for a little bit of banter
2018-05-03 07:58
#29
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Sweden crindz 
how am i being sensible? i don't like g2 (especially the autist), and that's about it.
2018-05-03 08:24
Why hate him bruh?
2018-05-03 07:58
#30
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Sweden crindz 
i don't hate him, but i don't like him either
2018-05-03 08:25
Bro, he's just Jealous Apex is better than him just leave his 12-year-old ass there.
2018-05-03 09:57
Ok bro
2018-05-03 10:06
#19
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Austria gex0r 
really nice comeback on ovp from NRG. only Kenny & apex saved G2s asses.
2018-05-03 07:58
nt by NRG, considering it's their first LAN together they did pretty well. Have high hopes from CeRq and nathE, both looked insane on LAN and proved their doubters wrong. GL to them in the future
2018-05-03 08:13
*nahtE
2018-05-03 08:20
ffs
2018-05-03 08:57
kennyS back?
2018-05-03 08:19
#31
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Georgia 66ENDURANCE 
nt NRG, good luck on EPL and Starseries
2018-05-03 08:32
-chokewell/+shox
2018-05-03 08:34
Really Shox is the Choke and Mixwell acctually plays good Unlike Shox
2018-05-03 09:58
#34
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Finland Smoonah 
g2 almost lost haha
2018-05-03 08:40
#35
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United States b7a 
NRG are no joke, they put up a great fight vs. some good teams this LAN. Hope to see more LAN appearances from them soon.
2018-05-03 08:43
#36
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
They have 3 more LANs (StarSeries, ECS Finals, ESL Finals)
2018-05-03 08:46
#45
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United States b7a 
I think they'll show a lot of promise in all of them. And I should pay more attention to what teams are going to what LANs.
2018-05-03 09:37
Great try NRG! So excited to see another NA team come up finally! Can't wait til their next 3 LANs!
2018-05-03 09:32
#51
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France StickyRice 
Great try ? I have to laugh over this. Top 1 NA team losing to G2 while multiple underdogs (at least not expected to be as close as NRG) made upsets : Grayhound over SK, TyLoo already secured top 4 and has a good chance to get to the final, don't see why they necessarly wouldn't be able to beat the winner of FaZe/Fnatic, Renegades beat FaZe. NRG can't be happy at all with a 9-12th finish.
2018-05-03 12:08
for a first LAN ever on a relatively new team, the third best team in NA lost to an established org. They took Astralis to OT and proved they are better than low tier teams! They did great. You are overhyping it and expecting WAY too much from them, and you are clearly delusional
2018-05-04 06:45
#57
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France StickyRice 
Yeah going to OT vs Astralis was a huge performance considering Astralis' form, but NRG deserved and expected better (at least i think so) than 9-12th.
2018-05-04 11:46
I'm glad you think they are so good! I agree man, they should be good! but you gotta realize it's their first ever LAN. Like, EVER. They have nerves to deal with, inexperience, etc. They performed VERY well all things considered. This should be a great team down the line with Cerq and nahtE, even Brehze
2018-05-04 11:48
#59
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France StickyRice 
Yeah they should have a bright future : don't know why, stupid seedings ?, they were playing against Astralis in the first game (Astralis being the best team right now, and NRG wasn't the lowest seed of the group/tourney at all). That messed their chance. (even though they almost did it against the danes)
2018-05-04 11:51
Odd seeding because they didn't want the Aussies to face the best team that early lul No but seriously, just drew that way. It's ok, not many teams could take the current #1 to overtime in their first ever LAN appearance. They have 3 more, they'll get more experience. I wouldn't be surprised if NRG aren't a VERY solid team come next year. Unless one gets poached by C9 or Liquid (which I totally could see)
2018-05-04 11:52
#61
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France StickyRice 
Would sucks so much for them to get a player picked by C9 and Liquid. Especially C9 (no offense to you, as you got that C9 fan icon) that f**ed up after winning the Major, i don't want C9 to hurt NRG because they are "in panic mode" after disappointing results for now a couple months after the Major victory.
2018-05-04 11:55
none taken, but I definitely see that route entirely. C9 went up very high with the major win, I can easily see Jack or the team panicking, especially if Ska doesn't come back into form again. I would hate to see it too, I'd rather C9 find a way to pull it back to a great form and NRG join Liquid and them. It'd be nice to see 3 good NA teams for a change We were close with the NA French mix in Misfits, hate that they left :(
2018-05-04 11:57
#63
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France StickyRice 
Yeah USA isn't that far from having 3 good teams. C9 is definitely on a low form, Stewie messed it big though, so don't know if he could comeback in a foreseeable future if things - and i don't really see them improving a lot on SK - don't go well on SK and they want to get rid of him. Liquid had a disappointing result at Marseille (but they were in the Astralis group, and Gambit seemed better), but don't see why things wouldn't work, TACO should be able to replace steel and they have a good team.
2018-05-04 12:00
I think given some time NA should settle again. C9 and Liquid will likely come back up, MAYBE at NRG's expense, but if not then it'll be neat to see NRG join the ranks and see how far they'll go
2018-05-04 12:01
#65
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France StickyRice 
And yeah you're right i was probably expecting too much from NRG for their first big LAN (Space Soldiers failed super hard at Marseille for one of their first big event and coming from a great series of results online), expected them to beat G2, but yeah game was close and G2 looked a bit better that tourney than in Marseille : easy victory vs MVP, tight loss vs Fnatic even though Fnatic isn't that strong in the last few weeks, 9-16 9-16 vs Mouz was a bit disappointing, but yeah nothing to be ashamed - especially after Astralis game - for NRG, just expected them to do better. C9 definitely can comeback with FNS, but Stewie is a tough loss though.
2018-05-04 12:04
Agreed and agreed. It's all a matter of time my friend Mr France! Speaking of French teams, I am hoping the secret shox team is shox devo amanek smithzz zyw0o
2018-05-04 12:06
#67
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France StickyRice 
Don't think so because SmithZz (1pvcs interview) said that him and shox agreed to play with EX6 and it was "a done deal" (they don't have an organization yet but seem to 100% agree to play together). And they said that kennyS was interested in their project. So since AmaNEk and devoduvek have been playing for a long time (even though devoduvek was leaving his friend when he got his opportunity on NV - before ScreaM joined because FaZe didn't want him and NV finally had to chose between devoduvek and xms for the 5th) and now that they both had some experience in pro scene, i guess they want to stay together (they would have loved to start together in a pro team, but when devo had this NV chance, his past team including amanek obviously told him to go for it) and they can have some value playing together. So i guess if things go as planned (shox, ex6, smithzz and maybe kenny, but that depends on the current G2 team), you may have amanek and devoduvek joining shox,ex6 and smithzz, but you won't have the ex-Misfits + ZywOo. Wait and see, your team seems fine though, but i don't think that will happen. Thanks Mr USA, have a nice day, was nice talking with yiu.
2018-05-04 12:13
I think that'd still be an interesting team. I really like that french duo, Misfits was a really fun team to watch when they were coming up. I think so too. HLTV just likes to overreact and trash C9 fans. Granted, a lot of C9 fans are very annoying. Also nice talking to you!
2018-05-04 12:15
#49
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
Mixbad
2018-05-03 11:03
guy with - k/d is better than guy with + k/d hahahahahahah. csgo everything possible
2018-05-03 13:57
kick daps
2018-05-03 18:12
damn cerq lost them overpass
2018-05-04 02:50
G2 is dead for a long time ago
2018-05-04 06:51
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