G2 squeeze past HellRaisers in New Legends stage opener
Top-16 Major action kicked off on Dust2 with G2 winning the first pistol round in a 3v2 retake on A. The French looked well coordinated and prepared as they quickly pulled ahead on the CT side 6-0 before HellRaisers found a way to penetrate their defences.
Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's men hit the B site twice to open up options in their playbook, but Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and co. then won a string of rounds with the Belgian pushing up aggressively in key situations, eventually brining G2 to a 9-3 lead. HellRaisers squeezed out two more rounds, though, to put themselves at five before the switch.
Now on the CT side, ANGE1 showed the way back in the match for his men, as the tenured in-game leader managed a quad-kill in the second pistol round. HellRaisers also took the two following anti-ecos to bring themselves to a two-round deficit and also denied G2 in the first gun round of the half (10-9).
With the rising stars in Issa "ISSAA" Murad and Özgür "woxic" Eker showing the way, HellRaisers won two more rounds to put themselves in the lead, but G2 then won their first as terrorists to tie up the match.
The match further involved to a close skirmish, as the two sides traded rounds before Ex6TenZ' men eventually reached match point on the back of a well-coordinated B hit. Richard "shox" Papillon nearly crowned a magnificent regulation performance with a 1v3 clutch, but fell short to an otherwise poorly performing Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk, as the match went into overtime.
The first round of overtime was a nail-biter, with HellRaisers coming out on top as it timed out milliseconds before G2 could plant the bomb on A. The extra rounds proved just as close the rest of the match, as the teams reached a tie once again at 17-17. HellRaisers put themselves on match point, but Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux forced more overtime by spraying down four in a B site hold.
G2 had the upper hand in the first half of OT 2, as they won two rounds to HellRaisers' one. ISSAA then put his team on 20-20 as he held B with a quad kill, before G2 reached match point for the second time. The French side finally put the lid on the match with a split on A, securing their first match at the Major with a 22-20 win on Dust2.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||42 - 27||+15||101.9||1.50|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||35 - 23||+12||79.4||1.37|
|Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy||31 - 22||+9||78.9||1.27|
|Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ||29 - 26||+3||73.2||1.05|
|Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz||20 - 33||-13||59.9||0.70|
|HellRaisers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA||43 - 35||+8||101.3||1.27|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||31 - 29||+2||86.9||1.23|
|Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1||25 - 34||-9||66.1||0.81|
|Bence 'DeadFox' BöröczDeadFox||20 - 28||-8||48.3||0.75|
|Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik||12 - 31||-19||40.0||0.57|