mousesports secure playoffs spot over G2
mousesports have eliminated G2 from IEM Sydney 2018 with a 2-0 victory (16-9 on Dust2 and Mirage) to move on to the event's playoffs.
The last series of day three in Sydney kicked off on Dust2, G2's map pick, with mousesports winning a near-flawless CT pistol, but failing to follow that up in the next round as Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt clutched a 1v2 situation after finding two more opponents.
Down 1-3, mousesports started tightening up their defence to eventually grab a minimum lead, 5-4. G2 still managed to equalize things off in what seemed to be a back-and-forth affair. Despite this, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's men looked quite dominant in the latter stages of the half, stringing five rounds together to go up 10-5 by half-time.
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire opened up the second half with a clean quad-kill to help G2 pick up their T-side pistol, leading them to reduce the deficit to 8-10. In the first gun round, however, mousesports got back to winning ways with a double-kill from Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, and, from that moment, there was little that G2 could do to stop them from closing out the map, 16-9.
Next up was Mirage, mousesports' map pick, where the European mixture started things off with a successful CT pistol, which they capitalized on the subsequent anti-eco. Nevertheless, apEX played a key role in his team's eco in the next round, finding two-entry-kills with a Deagle, to counter their opponents.
mousesports immediately responded with Martin "STYKO" Styk coming up huge with a Deagle triple-kill, yet G2 further added to their lead in the next two rounds, 5-3. Still, in three of the next four rounds, quad-kills from oskar, chrisJ and Robin "ropz" Kool inspired mousesports to lose only one more round, the final of the half.
NBK- then found a lifeline for his team with a MP9 quad-kill, but it was in vain as all that chrisJ's men had to do was to win a single round, which they calmly did four rounds later, 16-9, to book their spot at Qudos Bank Arena.
K - D
Robin 'ropz' Koolropz
42 - 23
Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny
34 - 33
Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO
34 - 28
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar
38 - 26
Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ
34 - 28