G2 deny NRG comeback attempt to advance to EPL grand final
The opening map of the first semi-final, Dust2, began with G2 asserting dominance on the offense, as they came out on top of an early back-and-forth forcebuy battle to rack up an 8-1 lead, with NRG struggling to find the key to defending the mid-to-B area. The North American side finally established some momentum and economy after Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte saved two 2v4 attempts with a 1v1 clutch in each round, and NRG managed to salvage the half with the last six rounds going their way.
Adding four more at the beginning of the second half on the back of an A long push in the pistol and a key triple from Tarik "tarik" Celik in the following gunround, they set up an 11-8 lead, but soon found themselves struggling to find ways through the defense. With Kenny "kennyS" Schrub looking dominant on the AWP, G2 went on a massive streak to push for the victory, conceding just one round to NRG en route to a 1-0 series lead at 16-12.
Train followed with G2 starting off the better on the back of Audric "JaCkz" Jug's quad-kill in a 3v5, with the Frenchmen going up 4-1 despite losing to NRG's second-round forcebuy again. The lead soon dwindled away when the North American team began finding entries all over the map, with G2 unable to find an answer to the dominant offense for the remainder of the half.
kennyS ensured his team the second pistol round with a spectacular ace while defending a bomb planted on the inner site, but yet another second-round loss prevented G2 from clawing back into the map, as NRG rallied to a 16-7 scoreline to equalize the series.
Overpass was set to decide the series and it looked firmly in the hands of G2 despite a 2-0 start for NRG, who had Brehze decide the pistol round with a quad-kill in an afterplant scenario on A. With François "AmaNEk" Delaunay putting up a couple of key plays, including a quad-kill in bathrooms and a double in a smart flank, the Frenchmen rallied to a 10-2 lead, with NRG only putting up one more round on the board before switching over to their defense.
Damian "daps" Steele & co. put up a valiant effort to come back into contention, for the most part denying G2's attempts of entering the B bombsite in close rounds. When they reached double digits and sent their opponents on a halfbuy, a quick B strategy finally broke through and decimated NRG's economy, who found themselves up against series point and went on to concede the match immediately afterwards, with G2 emerging victorious at 16-10, 2-1 to book the first spot in the grand final.
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||62 - 52||+10||88.8||1.22|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||61 - 53||+8||78.1||1.21|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||47 - 55||-8||72.8||0.95|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||48 - 51||-3||60.7||0.95|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||39 - 50||-11||57.9||0.90|