G2 breeze past FaZe to ESL Pro League semi-finals
The first quarter-final match commenced on Train, where Richard "shox" Papillon kicked off affairs with a Glock triple kill, landing G2 a foot into their offensive half. Their adversaries were able to land a round off the back of a successful force-buy, but momentum remained in the Frenchmen's' favour, who went on to accrue a 4-1 lead. Filip "NEO" Kubski brought his men back into the game by shutting down three members of G2 who opted for a B hit. This opening created space for a round equaliser, shortly followed by further turbulence, upon conclusion of which, G2 found a slight lead at 8-7.
The latter half saw the French squad secure a consecutive pistol round, this time with follow-through in the form of two additional rounds. FaZe struggled with footing despite landing their first rifle of the second half, allowing the CTs to secure a 14-8 lead. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company made their best attempt at clawing back rounds, however upon producing three consecutive victories were shut down by Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's AWP triple kill, which ensured map point for G2. The two teams went blow for blow in the following two rounds, culminating Train on a 16-12 note in favour of the French squad.
Dust 2 was next on the agenda, witnessing another pistol triple kill, this time from kennyS, who ensured a positive opening for G2 on the CT side. A blunder on part of the Frenchmen saw FaZe snatch the momentum on a save round, assuming the lead shortly thereafter. A spectacular ace from shox marked a pivotal point on the defence for G2, inspiring his entire squad to perform, dropping but two rounds over the remainder of the first half at 9-6.
In line with their previous two pistol round performances, G2 walked away with another fruitful start to the half, and after dismantling FaZe on their first rifle round, found themselves with a 13-7 lead. A quad kill from shox, immediately followed by another successful round placed G2 on map and series point, while simultaneously marking a shattered economy for FaZe. Outstanding form from the entire French squad meant a flawless quarter-final victory, closing Dust 2 with a convincing 16-8 scoreline.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||46 - 27||+19||87.1||1.43|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||44 - 27||+17||82.4||1.36|
|Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky||40 - 25||+15||85.6||1.32|
|Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz||41 - 31||+10||82.7||1.24|
|François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk||27 - 31||-4||67.1||0.99|