AVANGAR take down G2 to seal first-ever Legend status
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.
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.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky||57 - 48||+9||82.0||1.15|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||58 - 49||+9||74.4||1.07|
|François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk||44 - 46||-2||74.1||1.04|
|Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz||45 - 49||-4||59.3||0.99|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||42 - 49||-7||62.1||0.91|
|AVANGAR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert||54 - 55||-1||82.5||1.12|
|Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster||49 - 46||+3||67.1||1.05|
|Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI||50 - 45||+5||62.6||1.00|
|Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame||45 - 50||-5||68.6||0.95|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||43 - 50||-7||60.1||0.92|