NRG scrape past G2 in Montpellier; fnatic knock out Grayhound

NRG beat G2 in a four-hour marathon to assure themselves of a playoff appearance at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, while fnatic eliminated Grayhound in just two maps.

The first upper bracket series in Montpellier, featuring an NRG side playing their final tournament with Damian "daps" Steele, kicked off on Train, where G2 had a promising start on the CT side as they took the opening five rounds of the game without too much effort. Ethan "Ethan" Arnold then single-handedly ended that streak with a quad-kill, but the home side refused to take their foot off the pedal and grabbed a 13-2 lead.

NRG showed signs of improvement on the CT side and prevented their opponents from stringing rounds together. The pressure was starting to mount on G2, but the French team kept their composure and put the game to bed in the 27th round with a fast ramp push.

The French team got off to a flying start on Dust2 and won eight of the first nine rounds on their Terrorist side. NRG took control of proceedings after that and immediately countered any round that was won by G2, eventually cutting the deficit to a gap at 11-12.

NRG move on to the upper bracket final after a hard-fought victory

G2 tightened up their defence and put together a string of rounds to hit match point, but they could not strike the finishing blow despite a vintage Kenny "kennyS" Schrub performance. NRG dominated the latter stages of regulation to force overtime, in which they would win two rounds in both halves to seal a 19-17 victory and take the match to a third map.

The first half of Overpass was hotly-contested, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game. Only one round separated the two teams at the break, but, after switching to the CT side, G2 ran away with the lead, with the scoreline blooming to a 13-9 advantage in their favour.

NRG came fighting back and took the lead at 15-14 but failed to convert their match point. The game continued to be a scrappy affair in overtime, with daps becoming an unlikely hero for the North Americans with a 1v3 clutch that set the team up for their second overtime victory of the series.

United States
Matchpage
2
1
18th June 2019
France
11
Train
16
19
Dust2
17
19
Overpass
17
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 63 - 68 -5 79.9 1.10
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 64 - 62 +2 69.5 1.05
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 66 - 67 -1 73.1 1.01
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 72 - 68 +4 68.5 1.00
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 55 - 61 -6 62.1 0.94
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 89 - 60 +29 94.2 1.35
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 64 - 63 +1 70.7 1.02
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 63 - 63 0 64.9 0.99
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 64 - 69 -5 74.1 0.97
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 45 - 65 -20 61.6 0.88

Meanwhile, fnatic and Grayhound fought for their tournament lives in the lower bracket of Group A. Dust2, the opening map, saw Grayhound cruise to an 11-4 lead on the back of a great half by Ollie "DickStacy" Tierney on the CT side, but things instantly changed once the teams switched sides.

Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, who finished the first half with just one kill, woke up during the break and inspired fnatic to pull off the comeback with an impeccable CT performance, with the Swedes winning 12 rounds straight en route to a 16-11 finish.

fnatic live to fight another day in Montpellier

The next map, Train, began with a dominant start by fnatic, who ran all over the Grayhound defence during the early stages of the game. The Australians found their footing at the midway point of the half, though, and won six of the final seven rounds as CT to take a narrow lead into the break.

After losing the second pistol round, fnatic hit back immediately and put together a string of rounds, bringing the scoreline to a 13-9 advantage. Grayhound still attempted a response and even found the equaliser, but a comeback was not on the cards as the Swedes bagged three in a row to close out the map.

Matchpage
0
2
18th June 2019
11
Dust2
16
13
Train
16
 Grayhound K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' TierneyDickStacy 44 - 37 +7 87.2 1.25
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico 32 - 33 -1 61.9 1.00
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt 38 - 42 -4 71.2 0.95
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter 33 - 42 -9 59.2 0.83
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 29 - 41 -12 59.9 0.74
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 47 - 34 +13 82.0 1.23
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 42 - 35 +7 77.8 1.19
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 38 - 34 +4 81.8 1.16
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 35 - 36 -1 71.1 1.09
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 33 - 37 -4 65.3 0.89
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
565
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
What a choke! JESUS! Almost as bad as mibr choke vs. North!!!
2019-06-18 21:01
Respect DAPS!
2019-06-18 21:01
Mad bagels below me
2019-06-18 21:02
#17
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
nt
2019-06-18 21:03
#14
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
DAPS to C9
2019-06-18 21:02
-stanislaw +daps incoming
2019-06-18 21:02
-stanislaw +oBo
2019-06-18 23:12
#22
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Sweden Unluko 
NRG with daps > FaZe
2019-06-18 21:07
#26
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Azerbaijan Diveland 
whats your problem with faze ? :)
2019-06-18 21:12
#28
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Sweden Unluko 
:) who knows
2019-06-18 21:15
#51
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Germany KamenFD 
I think I know what your new F5 is now
2019-06-19 10:15
#52
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Sweden Unluko 
Maybe man
2019-06-19 10:26
Any team > m16r
2019-06-18 21:13
#31
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Any team > mibr > g2
2019-06-18 21:20
Yessss Save kennys
2019-06-18 22:10
#2
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Turkey DolandaX 
nice job nrg
2019-06-18 21:01
#9
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Azerbaijan Diveland 
F5
2019-06-18 21:05
#10
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Turkey DolandaX 
RIP [*]
2019-06-18 21:02
#23
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Sweden Unluko 
A sad timeline indeed.
2019-06-18 21:07
FNATIC IS BACK BOIIIIISSSS
2019-06-18 21:01
Hello
2019-06-18 22:04
#8
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
KennyS and shoxie Pog, -Lucky
2019-06-18 21:01
xc
2019-06-18 21:02
kenny „god“ S
2019-06-18 21:02
#15
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India |sKy| 
Fluke
2019-06-18 21:02
what a throw by g2 fuck but god kenny
2019-06-18 21:03
#38
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France Il_padrino 
+1
2019-06-18 21:59
Kennys baiter as always Bubble>kennys
2019-06-18 21:03
#19
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Europe b7ack0ut 
G2 LULW
2019-06-18 21:03
#20
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Norway flipflop 
Kennys's kills are twice as Lucky's...wtf!!!
2019-06-18 21:07
'WE DIDN'T PRACTICE FOR THIS TOURNAMENT. I JUST CALLED LIKE I DID BEFORE.' AND THEY STILL WON. IMAGINE IF THEY GAVE THIS NRG LINE-UP ONE MORE YEAR BEFORE BENCHING DAPS!!!
2019-06-18 21:08
#30
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
They wont so no need to imagine
2019-06-18 21:19
I wish they succeed but i feel so bad for daps, He got these young promising talents like cerq, ethan and brehze to play so well. they even got to top 5 with fugly. and tarik was just finding his place on the team. they beat furia 2-0 and zywoo just dominated cerq on mirage. overpass went to OT so they could have made a final. it feels like the people making the decisions just look at stats and IGLs get screwed over
2019-06-18 21:24
#34
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
ppl always look at stats then judging you
2019-06-18 21:26
Expected G2 just lose 15-12 4 vs2 pistols round on Dust and lose this game
2019-06-18 21:08
#25
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Indonesia Exodd 
Good job nrg
2019-06-18 21:10
Wow thats a nice moral by nrg losing 2nd map 14:15 and hen win in ot
2019-06-18 21:17
#32
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
The problem is that G2 cant close things out
2019-06-18 21:20
#43
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy 
Yes they showed soke great cs, but when they are close to the finish line they start to overpeek and do dumb plays or they suddenly don't believe in themselves anymore.
2019-06-18 22:17
#35
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Hungary StraYzie 
#justicefordaps
2019-06-18 21:32
#36
s1mple | 
Bulgaria th4ss0s 
+29 but still losing? s1mpleV2.dll loading...
2019-06-18 21:37
+1
2019-06-18 21:49
#39
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Norway PeteZz 
Holeeh sheet. KennyS 90 frags in 3 maps. #StillGod
2019-06-18 21:59
#42
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African Union mikecool 
GG's
2019-06-18 22:15
#44
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Save KennyS...
2019-06-18 22:27
-daps +daps
2019-06-18 23:10
#47
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Philippines etalynx08 
Its the pressure that keeps G2 on not winning those close matches.
2019-06-18 23:17
#48
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Argentina XaiDN 
Kenny +29 and still loss :(((
2019-06-18 23:54
and yet this community still trash talk kennys. he only need good teammates again.
2019-06-19 03:31
This vintage performance by the GOAT damn... not enough
2019-06-19 07:35
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