G2 deny NRG comeback attempt to advance to EPL grand final

G2 have booked a grand final spot in Montpellier after denying NRG a comeback attempt on the deciding map of the first semi-final (Dust2 16-12, Train 7-16, Overpass 16-10).

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.

G2 move on to the grand final in Montpellier

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.

United States
Matchpage
1
2
22nd June 2019
France
12
Dust2
16
16
Train
7
10
Overpass
16
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 62 - 52 +10 88.8 1.22
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 61 - 53 +8 78.1 1.21
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 47 - 55 -8 72.8 0.95
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 48 - 51 -3 60.7 0.95
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 39 - 50 -11 57.9 0.90
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 70 - 46 +24 96.8 1.42
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 51 - 54 -3 79.2 1.06
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 49 - 56 -7 73.2 0.97
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 52 - 51 +1 65.7 0.96
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 38 - 50 -12 53.3 0.84
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
 | 
United States I_ONLY_SAY_NT 
So ez for the best french team! We will also beat mouz tomorrow! NA CS LUL so bad wtf NA why so quiet ? NA why so quiet ? NA why so quiet ? #AllezLesBleus
2019-06-22 18:30
Good team
2019-06-22 18:30
#13
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
HERE WE GOOOO
2019-06-22 18:31
Finally i've been able to see G2 on another final again in my lifetime So happy men!!
2019-06-22 18:33
+1 UNLIKE MIBR AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
2019-06-22 18:38
Well, now the've been in position every great team been before like NiP, Fnatic, Envyus, VP etc etc Either adapt or extinct
2019-06-22 18:41
#85
 | 
Brazil FakeFIag 
+1 MIBR in 2018,2019 omegalul
2019-06-22 19:08
+1 G2 making a tournament final before m16r does.
2019-06-22 20:01
LUL
2019-06-22 18:36
NRG tried to upset G2 but nt
2019-06-22 18:31
#114
RpK | 
France KepleR82b 
Not at all nt
2019-06-22 21:12
Name is a lie reported
2019-06-22 18:31
#24
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ggs! Hope to see G2 lose in the finals!
2019-06-22 18:31
Kysfag
2019-06-22 18:33
Calm down kiddo we both know that G2 will win brother, just dont Get toxic.
2019-06-22 18:35
Ez for mouz
2019-06-22 18:42
yeah about that: no.
2019-06-22 18:54
#86
 | 
Asia fakedollface 
He means vs liquid mens)))
2019-06-22 19:08
g2 has no chance to win the tournament but nice run
2019-06-22 19:34
Sadly I agree 😔😔
2019-06-22 21:56
Cry
2019-06-22 18:33
#54
 | 
India Noobie2k 
NA always chokes.
2019-06-22 18:37
i want to see this g2 vs vitality at lan, would be amazing, amanek vs apex, kennys vs zywoo, jackz vs nbk
2019-06-22 18:39
JaCkz>>>>>>>>>>>>NBenchK Don't even compare the new NiKo to that old hobo
2019-06-22 18:53
lmao yes jackz is better than NBK but Jackz is far from being "new niko", the highest jackz will go is being Stewie in his prime.
2019-06-22 18:55
Stew 1 major niko 0 majors
2019-06-22 19:13
Majors =/= skill
2019-06-22 20:04
i would be more happier to win major
2019-06-22 20:12
Lol ok so.
2019-06-22 20:25
More =/= happier
2019-06-22 22:16
Thx i just learned something new today
2019-06-22 23:38
does not mean you're better, i mean look at C9, they're all shit now or above average so major winners does not mean skilled players.
2019-06-22 22:18
I know but in my opion winning is the most important thing and not can u shoot better than every1 else
2019-06-22 23:39
Not really, a washed up team can win an event by the better teaming having a day off or by getting unlucky timings.
2019-06-22 23:42
You should be able to say that S1mple is better than Stewie eventhough S1mple didnt win a major and Stewie did....
2019-06-22 23:43
Yeah s1mple is way better player than stew but winning is more important in my eyes
2019-06-23 00:45
NA will see you in the final
2019-06-22 18:39
#66
 | 
Netherlands Sem0733 
This guy most be the most annoying teammate on Cs. Jesus Christ.
2019-06-22 18:41
#70
 | 
Brazil RevvivaL 
Mabey just maybe, g2 with AmaNEk might be able to be a top team again. but they need KennyS and Shox to have huge games.
2019-06-22 18:45
Shox had a shit game. Everyone else was stable. Kenny showed up. Still became EZ win. What's your point again?
2019-06-22 18:54
KennyS cabt carry all tge time. They need shox
2019-06-22 21:57
That's my point. Even if noone shows up they are a solid team. They are finding their rythym, getting more consistent
2019-06-22 23:12
Idk if you could read my sentence (My fault) but it was KennyS Cant carry all the time. But Revival is right they DO need Shox and Kenny to hit shots and be on the top or they wont win against Liquid and that.
2019-06-22 23:18
#94
 | 
Hong Kong TROIIDA 
yes alleh läuh bläh. NA LUL.
2019-06-22 19:38
#115
 | 
United States @FyreCS 
Wtf French CS is back?!
2019-06-22 21:21
One prediction wrong already, why not a second one for tomorrow lol
2019-06-22 21:37
2:2 on fail predictions lol
2019-06-23 23:36
Mouz XDDDDD put the pipe down bro
2019-06-22 21:56
Pathetic French brain LUL
2019-06-23 00:23
#157
deM0 | 
Brazil ilm7 
look at hltv rank mate KKKK
2019-06-23 15:17
Sup
2019-06-23 22:08
EZZ
2019-06-22 18:30
Ez for g2 yeee
2019-06-22 18:30
#3
 | 
Brazil LordQ 
EZ FOR KENNYS GOD
2019-06-22 18:30
#4
 | 
Moldova AJollyDoge 
Holy shit this was too fun to watch
2019-06-22 18:30
Interesting af
2019-06-22 18:30
#9
 | 
Europe unlukomaluko 
Wp
2019-06-22 18:30
Congrats G2 for 2nd place
2019-06-22 18:30
#88
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
ez4mouz
2019-06-22 19:19
#89
k0nfig | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
+1
2019-06-22 19:21
Just no
2019-06-22 21:58
#11
 | 
Europe Kilian_9047 
Pogchamp
2019-06-22 18:30
Nice
2019-06-22 18:31
#14
 | 
Slovakia iLycan 
NA cs PepeLaugh
2019-06-22 18:31
#23
 | 
United States CaliNinja 
NA CS #1 cry is free
2019-06-22 18:31
Niiiiiice CS shown by G2
2019-06-22 18:31
Soooo happy for them rn
2019-06-22 19:41
Get_right. The biggest legend in this game don't @ me
2019-06-22 21:59
#16
 | 
United States CaliNinja 
This game was so much fun to watch GG Former nationality of my country
2019-06-22 18:31
#17
 | 
India Wise_Indian 
Kenny 2015
2019-06-22 18:31
Kenny 2014*
2019-06-22 18:32
unexpected
2019-06-22 18:31
70 kills wtf godS
2019-06-22 18:31
CarryS btw
2019-06-22 18:31
Kennys vs 9
2019-06-22 18:31
#26
 | 
France kNRD^ 
NA CS LUL
2019-06-22 18:31
G2 vs Mouse finals
2019-06-22 18:31
#28
 | 
India Iamtanmay 
ezzzz
2019-06-22 18:31
#29
 | 
France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
Wayy too ezzzzzz for ma boyzZ
2019-06-22 18:31
GodS
2019-06-22 18:31
#31
 | 
Hungary StraYzie 
unexpected I was hoping for daps to win
2019-06-22 18:32
#32
 | 
Vietnam EPM 
GG
2019-06-22 18:31
GGEZ
2019-06-22 18:31
#35
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
wtf cerq
2019-06-22 18:32
#36
 | 
United States ScanDull 
My god, what is NRG doing? Most of them have absolutely no discipline and can't keep things together like they should under daps' leadership, especially tarik. Replacing daps will not fix anything, and it might actually make them worse if stanislaw can't bring in some good strats and leadership in place of daps. It's not daps that's the problem, it's basically everyone else, because they make such dumb plays that ruin them time and time again. They weren't doing this against Astralis either, so I don't get it. They always choke right before they would get to the finals, and they're doing it again here.
2019-06-22 18:32
#81
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
+1
2019-06-22 18:57
They don't trust their leader anymore, that's why they lack discipline so much Daps was probably not the problem, but kicking him will probably solve it anyway
2019-06-22 19:50
This.
2019-06-22 19:50
kennys 1v9 gg
2019-06-22 18:32
G2 wins the intel grandslam yes
2019-06-22 18:32
kenny..
2019-06-22 18:33
NRG semi finals curse ez CeRq biggest onliner in the world
2019-06-22 18:32
#44
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
F L U K E D
2019-06-22 18:33
Finally they found their form. Back to top teams. Gj. Should prove themselfs more in next events.
2019-06-22 18:35
#46
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
NA CS LULW
2019-06-22 18:35
#47
 | 
Philippines LYrpz 
well thats a new statement.
2019-06-22 18:35
shox is severely underperforming
2019-06-22 18:36
i dont think daps is so bad...he was actually not a bot this tournament
2019-06-22 18:36
#51
 | 
France iNolake 
FRENCH CS POG
2019-06-22 18:37
#52
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
kennyS GOD mode
2019-06-22 18:37
#53
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
GOD KENNYS
2019-06-22 18:37
Ez for mouz/Liquid in the final. G2 had so many problems even against a team that's changing their IGL. The weakest top10 for sure. Sad Astralis struggles too.
2019-06-22 18:38
Ooof
2019-06-22 22:02
#56
fer | 
Austria neodan 
csgo looks so scripted since VP wins katowice
2019-06-22 18:38
kennyIs back
2019-06-22 18:38
#61
shox | 
India iejesus 
Allez g2
2019-06-22 18:40
+24 Kennys; damn, with the insane flicks he pulled off in dust 2 and great over all performance, I'm not surprised to see his rating surge like that
2019-06-22 18:40
#63
f0rest | 
United Kingdom IGoSlow 
French man Kenny Schub found alive and well after being missing for two years.
2019-06-22 18:40
#90
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
I miss this
2019-06-22 19:26
#65
 | 
France niouke 
easy bracket tbh
2019-06-22 18:41
Jeolous that Vitality plays in the mountain dew league and G2 plays in the pro leage
2019-06-22 22:03
#68
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5 
let's gooo GOD JACKZ
2019-06-22 18:43
#69
 | 
Israel fvlion123 
gg
2019-06-22 18:43
LETS GOOOOOO G2!!!!!
2019-06-22 18:50
WP by NRG to even get this far with no prep with daps, absolutely insane. G2 played rly well though, gg to them and I hope they can pull it off for the French crowd 🎉🎉
2019-06-22 18:50
Yea, daps wasn't the problem
2019-06-22 22:04
#73
 | 
United Kingdom foolio 
Awkward crowd surf incoming.
2019-06-22 18:53
ALLEZ G2 (french scene alive again?)
2019-06-22 18:54
#76
 | 
Indonesia Chonji 
kennyS in a final, gosh im having flashbacks
2019-06-22 18:54
1first grand final in just about 2 years last was nalmo i believe.
2019-06-22 22:04
#80
 | 
France JBzOo 
Nice lucky fix this fix b :) Nice done !!!
2019-06-22 18:56
Tarik is so shit
2019-06-22 18:59
nice try NRG could have been a nice ending story a final, but G2 well done glad that the practice worked out and I hope they will stay consistently! sadly cerq lacks of consistency otherwise he could be a great player..
2019-06-22 19:01
#84
AmaNEk | 
Europe JaZ1Z 
Omg. I don't even have words for this....
2019-06-22 19:07
Kenny is a bad boy agan
2019-06-22 19:26
#93
 | 
France Zangtar 
French CS top 1
2019-06-22 19:37
Awesome
2019-06-22 19:44
G2 will get crushed in the finals. Vitality is the only decent team from France.
2019-06-22 19:48
Lol, G2 makes a final in a tier 1 event and vitality wins a tier 2 and 3 event and vitality better LIL okay
2019-06-22 22:05
>ECS >Tier 2 Pick one. Also g2 made it to the finals in a home event. No chance they will do the same at Chicago or the Major. They're fucking trash.
2019-06-23 12:21
I pick ecs is a tier 2
2019-06-23 12:22
I pick ur mom is dead. I'm not going to listen any of ur excuse, cuz u r fucking G2 fangay.
2019-06-23 12:23
I'm not delusional. I never said G2 was the best team in the world ( because they ain't) i just said ecs is a tier 2 event and you got triggered over it. Like my main man jammin.
2019-06-23 12:24
Amanek finally where he deserves to be. This guy is so smart. Nice move G2.
2019-06-22 20:01
If G2 vs Liquid in finals, Elige or kennyS MVP, depending on who wins the game. If G2 vs mouz, kennyS MVP whoever wins the game. kennyS is the best
2019-06-22 20:02
1if KennyS plays his balls off in the final and still loses he can still win.
2019-06-22 22:06
#142
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
For kenny to win MVP while losing, he’d need EliGE to be sub par for the majority of the bo5 which is hugely unlikely given his 2019 form. There’s a higher chance for EliGE to win MVP while coming second compared to kenny, the way I see it.
2019-06-22 23:55
yea, I agree. Im not saying if he tops the leaderboard hes going to get the MVP he will have to SMASH Elige and lose with a 3-2 map win to Liquid
2019-06-22 23:57
#158
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Especially since it typically goes to someone on the winning team. Off the top of my head I can only remember simple getting MVP and losing in the final.
2019-06-23 21:08
Typically yes
2019-06-23 21:23
#160
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Honestly, if it wasnt for 0.29 on Ovp, he would've had a decent shout
2019-06-23 21:40
Yea definatly. Him doing that. Stuffed him up. Oh well if they win he will surely get it.
2019-06-23 21:48
#104
 | 
Lebanon ryBBah 
Semi-final curse always following NRG, GGWP G2and early congratulations Team Liquid! #NAisTop1
2019-06-22 20:11
Na is fucking trash...just lucky
2019-06-22 20:19
Saltyyy astralis fan
2019-06-22 22:07
Baguette final incoming! 🥖 👀 😂
2019-06-22 20:11
#108
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
LETS GO G2!!!
2019-06-22 20:21
#109
 | 
Korea clarityyyy 
Bye daps
2019-06-22 20:24
#110
 | 
India Hafnex 
Kenny fck ass of tl tommorrow
2019-06-22 20:24
This is not surprising at all since G2 is a french team so obviously tournament organisers will make sure home team reaches to final in order to get huge crowd for final same like last year Cologne where Big clan reach the final since its the home team there.Lets see if G2 could reach to such big stage in another big tournaments if that aren’t happening in their country/city. We are just being fooled by all this tournaments and matches where as their results are already been decided well in advance:)
2019-06-22 20:32
Nt
2019-06-22 21:47
#113
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Hope this isn’t another fluke run on home turf like BIG at Cologne 2018.
2019-06-22 20:35
+1
2019-06-22 22:08
They shown alot more those last monthes than BiG before Cologne.
2019-06-22 23:25
Yo les noobs!
2019-06-22 23:50
#141
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Yeah but French teams aren’t exactly known for their consistency
2019-06-22 23:53
It's funny cause all you baguettes think G2 is back after 1 event on their home soil. LOL
2019-06-23 00:49
They suck, let's be honest, they are a bigger fluke than FURIA summer run
2019-06-23 01:28
Nice
2019-06-23 01:17
liquid will find a way to get 2nd
2019-06-23 07:33
#155
 | 
Poland mamba99999 
expected
2019-06-23 12:44
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.