AVANGAR take down G2 to seal first-ever Legend status

AVANGAR came from behind to beat G2 2-1 and punch their ticket to the New Champions Stage of the StarLadder Major.

The Kazakhstani giants are the third team to secure a playoff spot at the Mercedes-Benz Arena after ENCE and NRG, claiming Legend status for the first time in the organisation's history. G2 and AVANGAR won their respective match picks by convincing scorelines before the CIS side ran riot on Overpass, the same map where they had shocked Liquid earlier in the tournament. The French side will have another shot at qualifying and will have to wait for the outcome of the rest of today's games to know who they will come up against in Sunday's 2-2 pool.

Dust2 kicked off the action in this series, with AVANGAR jumping out to a 3-0 lead on the Terrorist side. After their economy had stabilized, G2 began to chip away at AVANGAR's lead, eventually getting ahead in the game in the 11th round after a highly-contested period. With the game threatening to spiral out of control, the CIS team took the initiative and began to find success again after engaging in early fights, bringing the deficit to a solitary round before halftime.

G2 came out of the break with renewed impetus and further added to their lead with a straight B push in the pistol round. The French team rode that momentum to build a sizeable lead, exploiting glaring holes in the AVANGAR defense. After failing to cover a 4v2 advantage with the bomb down, the CIS side still attempted a response, but they could only muster two rounds before G2 took the map.

AVANGAR through to the playoffs in Berlin

Inferno, the following map, began with G2 taking the pistol round in convincing fashion and following that up with the next two rounds for a 3-0 start. Once both teams had money in the bank, they struggled to contain a lively AVANGAR side, who went on a massive run. After losing a 4v2 to a clutch by Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev and Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev late in the half, G2 kept their spirits high and pulled two rounds back to bring the deficit to 6-9.

G2 took the reins of the game after the break and quickly equalised the score, only losing one round during the early stages of the half after collapsing against an AVANGAR stack. But suddenly the Frenchmen ran out of steam: they struggled to break through the compact AVANGAR defense despite yet another solid performance from Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub, with the CIS side cruising to a 16-11 victory to force a decider map.

AVANGAR carried that momentum into Overpass and took control of proceedings from the outset. By the eighth round of the game, G2 coach Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel had already called three timeouts, but he struggled to find solutions to counter the Kazakhstani team's defensive set-up, with the half ending with a commanding 13-2 scoreline.

kennyS came to G2's rescue with some spectacular AWPing on the CT side after the team had won the early rounds of the half. However, a comeback was not on the cards: a quad-kill by Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov in the 23rd round disrupted G2 and set AVANGAR up for a winning run to complete the job.

France
Matchpage
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31st August 2019
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Dust2
9
11
Inferno
16
9
Overpass
16
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 48 +9 82.0 1.15
58 - 49 +9 74.4 1.07
44 - 46 -2 74.1 1.04
45 - 49 -4 59.3 0.99
42 - 49 -7 62.1 0.91
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 55 -1 82.5 1.12
49 - 46 +3 67.1 1.05
50 - 45 +5 62.6 1.00
45 - 50 -5 68.6 0.95
43 - 50 -7 60.1 0.92
The New Legends stage
3W - 0L
3W - 1L
2W - 2L
1W - 3L
0W - 3L
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
35
Team:
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
276
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1532
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
RIP my pick'em... FUCK
2019-08-31 15:41
9 replies
#16
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Myanmar xdcc
if either cr4zy or mouse win their matches g2 is vs liquid. xaxaxa
2019-08-31 15:42
6 replies
Imagine thinking Liquid can beat North LOL
2019-08-31 15:43
5 replies
#43
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United States Hubterbean
+1 no cloud 9 no major for na
2019-08-31 15:47
4 replies
disband c9
2019-08-31 17:29
1 reply
#99
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United States Hubterbean
-8/8
2019-08-31 18:04
+1 spittin straight fax. C9 major wins 1 Lulquid major wins 0
2019-08-31 21:56
1 reply
+5000
2019-09-01 18:32
exactly what im thinking LUL
2019-08-31 17:18
Mine also wtf.
2019-09-01 11:29
ez4avangar
2019-08-31 15:41
Congrats AVANGAR, well played.
2019-08-31 15:41
oops
2019-08-31 15:41
ez
2019-08-31 15:42
#6
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Ukraine McSwell
I hope NaVi will play vs G2 on decider round and trash them in bo3
2019-08-31 15:42
5 replies
they cant play its gonna be g2 vs liquid
2019-08-31 15:42
3 replies
Its gonna be NaVi vs G2 because of seeding, Liquid top ELO team will play with low teams like CR4zy or rng
2019-08-31 16:15
2 replies
#77
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Europe ArtemGG
But Navi already played against G2, is it still possible that they play against each other?
2019-08-31 16:20
1 reply
no they cant
2019-08-31 16:26
#23
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Spain Gronk22
Navi will play against Crazy or RNG
2019-08-31 15:43
Ez for AdreN
2019-08-31 15:42
POG
2019-08-31 15:42
France CS is a JOKE. lol
2019-08-31 15:42
2 replies
+1000
2019-08-31 15:56
French*
2019-08-31 16:45
Expected
2019-08-31 15:42
G2 vs Liquid Rip
2019-08-31 15:42
lmao choke2
2019-08-31 15:42
EZ jame
2019-08-31 15:42
GRATZ AVANGAR! GG
2019-08-31 15:42
#15
sodaH | 
Estonia rafio
not bad
2019-08-31 15:42
Cya frenchies
2019-08-31 15:42
#19
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South Africa @FyreCS
Wtf
2019-08-31 15:42
Expected win for CIS as always! Too pro for France.... tnx Legends :)))
2019-08-31 15:43
#21
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Europe icedheart
LEGENDARY SHIT
2019-08-31 15:43
#24
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Poland maxiu
Wtf is going on on this major o.o
2019-08-31 15:43
JAME BlessRNG JAME BlessRNG JAME BlessRNG JAME BlessRNG
2019-08-31 15:43
ez Adren without him jame will be baiter and saver
2019-08-31 15:43
Shit
2019-08-31 15:43
Such a disappointment
2019-08-31 15:43
3 replies
if G2 plays vs Liquid we can say goodbye. well G2 makes stupid mistakes all over this major.
2019-08-31 16:04
2 replies
true, i'm so angry right now
2019-08-31 16:11
1 reply
sad af mate
2019-09-02 00:41
JAME TIME POGU
2019-08-31 15:44
New Gambit??
2019-08-31 15:44
1 reply
#64
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Ukraine Chipaet
No First Avangar
2019-08-31 16:05
Seriously shox Igling -_- in 2019 -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_ There can be nothing sadder than this shit chokeshit show
2019-08-31 15:44
Wp Avangar!
2019-08-31 15:44
#34
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Poland KasPro
lul
2019-08-31 15:44
Rip pickem's , G2 bots
2019-08-31 15:44
#36
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Poland verdenni
Shame2
2019-08-31 15:45
#37
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Malaysia Suno[t]
deserved. <3 JAMEGOAT
2019-08-31 15:45
hahaha
2019-08-31 15:45
ence,nrg and avangar in play-offs meanwhile navi,astralis and tl stil fighting for top8 lul
2019-08-31 15:46
2 replies
What a major
2019-08-31 15:48
1 reply
#97
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Indonesia Exodd
This could end up like Krakow 2017 when none of the favorites reach the final
2019-08-31 17:28
Liquid planned this all for an easy route to the final #illuminati
2019-08-31 15:46
2 replies
Ma no
2019-08-31 17:05
#93
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Finland zimzimaaq
Liquid going out 2-3 EZ chokers
2019-08-31 17:09
gratz avangar, qikert so good
2019-08-31 15:47
Adren was a problem)
2019-08-31 15:47
#46
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Kazakhstan ajdoz
yeeeeees!!! GG Avengers! Alga jigi!
2019-08-31 15:48
Holy shit Avangar
2019-08-31 15:48
#49
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Russia Glihhh
Ez avangar
2019-08-31 15:49
EZ Jame, our lord and saviour.
2019-08-31 15:49
#51
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Greenland kinley377
finally AVANGAR, gg wp!
2019-08-31 15:51
EZZZy Adren is giving impressive value to the team
2019-08-31 15:51
Deserved WP
2019-08-31 15:51
ALGA AVANGAR
2019-08-31 15:51
#55
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United Kingdom n33b
meme straight back into our faces with a bit of legend status cake on the side
2019-08-31 15:52
I wont get 5pts probably xD
2019-08-31 15:54
G2 and vitallity 2/3 suck baguettes
2019-08-31 15:57
#59
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Finland ballu609
I'm loving this major.
2019-08-31 15:57
expected
2019-08-31 16:01
WELLPLAYED MY KZ BROTHERS
2019-08-31 16:02
wp boys
2019-08-31 16:04
I think this would be best major I ever seen.
2019-08-31 16:07
#66
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Latvia Zigis
Underdogs are killing it this major!
2019-08-31 16:11
Da heck lol
2019-08-31 16:11
Mother Russia
2019-08-31 16:12
GOBLOG
2019-08-31 16:13
You guys killed it! Congo Avangar for being the only cis team to make it to legends stage
2019-08-31 16:15
EZ FOR SANJI i'm a proud UZBEK :D
2019-08-31 16:17
Exotic Berlim Major 2019
2019-08-31 16:18
1 reply
WP Jame <3
2019-08-31 16:18
pls kick shox and kennys
2019-08-31 16:19
I’M SO CLEVER WITH MY GUYS) ALGA AVANGAR111
2019-08-31 16:21
SO HAPPY FOR ADREN AND AVANGAR !!! SEE YOU AT BERLIN BROS <3 Hope G2 wins 2-2 match.
2019-08-31 16:23
#81
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Kazakhstan MadKazakh
Alga my boiz!!
2019-08-31 16:24
#85
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India KaiserGene
Nice hope Faze gets eliminated for kicking Adren
2019-08-31 16:45
Cool to see AdreN up there again. True legend.
2019-08-31 16:48
fluke, will probably 0-3 next major
2019-08-31 16:51
2 replies
How Mu- well maybe i dont know
2019-08-31 16:56
1 reply
I will just say QBF I know qbf was really really unproven and avangar is much more known than them but still last year when I said this about qbf they all called me retard etc. but then they actually did go 0-3
2019-08-31 17:02
G2 is pathetic team probably will get raped by Liquid at 2-2 match, lost their chance
2019-08-31 17:07
UNEXPECTED AF
2019-08-31 17:08
Both teams played well. GG AVG
2019-08-31 17:17
#96
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Indonesia Exodd
Happy for AdreN, he deserved it
2019-08-31 17:26
This is a bunch of PGL fuckaroo all over again!
2019-08-31 18:29
Stop letting these fluke teams through, you fuckin' teams. Jesus.
2019-08-31 20:08
#103
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France cedd
this was a classic g2 game, started out looking strong, then as soon as you begin to think, ok g2 is having a good day, they will win this, hahahahaha. nonono, they start choking and play like complete dogshit ! very fun team.
2019-08-31 23:18
JAME TIME works
2019-09-01 02:30
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