G2, AVANGAR pick up wins in Belek

G2 and AVANGAR have advanced to Group B's upper bracket semi-finals at StarSeries i-League Season 8 after moving past Natus Vincere and Heroic, respectively.

Na`Vi showed once again their tendency to start tournaments slowly as they were sent to their group's lower bracket after a nail-biting series against G2. The CIS giants still attempted a comeback after finding themselves down 0-1 in the series and 2-11 on their map pick, but they were unable to go all the way against the new G2 roster, which is starting to show some great potential.

The Russian team were put on the back foot from the outset and by the seventh round had already called two tactical pauses as they struggled to contain G2's pressure. Na`Vi eventually improved as the game wore on but still found themselves down by five rounds at the end of the half.

Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's troops came out of the break with renewed impetus and hounded G2's defense until they took the lead at 13-12 after preventing the French team from stringing rounds together. Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač then came to G2's rescue with a 1v2 clutch to prevent another painful economic reset, with the team riding that momentum to map point at 15-13. Natus Vincere pressed on and managed to find the equaliser, but their efforts were in vain as G2 would lock down the map in the second overtime thanks to some impressive AWPing from Kenny "kennyS" Schrub in the final rounds.

G2 defeated Na`Vi in a long three-map series

G2 carried their momentum into Overpass, where they got off to a flying start. The French team ran all over the Na`Vi defense and raced to an 11-2 lead before the Russians fought back by winning the final two rounds of the half.

It would have appeared that the game was a foregone conclusion, but Natus Vincere rallied back after switching to the CT side. G2 were largely dormant for the majority of the half and wasted a great chance to reset their opponents' economy when they let Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev clutch a 1v3 situation in the 28th round. That moment of brilliance from the Ukrainian put Na`Vi on map point and left G2's players without tools to contest the game.

G2 came out on Nuke the livelier of the two sides, but the landscape of the game changed once Natus Vincere had money in the bank. The CIS heavyweights dictated the pace for the majority of the half but only took a narrow 8-7 lead into the break as the French side fought back in the final stages to prevent a lopsided scoreline. Denis "electronic" Sharipov kept Na`Vi in the game in the second half, even when all hope appeared to be lost, but it was not enough as G2 ran amok on the Terrorist side and closed out the game in convincing fashion.

Matchpage
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2
22nd October 2019
France
20
Dust2
22
16
Overpass
13
11
Nuke
16
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 80 - 66 +14 94.1 1.28
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 74 - 72 +2 81.6 1.12
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 68 - 72 -4 75.7 1.02
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 64 - 65 -1 71.0 0.96
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 47 - 66 -19 57.9 0.78
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 74 - 61 +13 86.1 1.17
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 69 - 67 +2 79.6 1.12
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 69 - 70 -1 78.0 1.06
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 70 - 65 +5 72.5 1.05
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 59 - 70 -11 62.6 0.86

Meanwhile, AVANGAR got their StarSeries campaign off to a great start as they dispatched Heroic in two maps on the secondary stream. The series kicked off on Train, where, after a keenly-contested first half, the StarLadder Major runners-up put up a very tight defense, losing just one round before running out 16-9 victors.

AVANGAR move on in the upper bracket

The Kazakhstani team endured a slow start on Overpass, but once they switched into a higher gear there was no stopping them. They brought the scoreline to 14-8 after enjoying a spell of dominance but could not capitalise on that as they lost control of the game, allowing Heroic to force overtime. AVANGAR would not let the game slip away, though, and won four rounds without response to secure a hard-fought victory on the second map of the series.

Matchpage
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0
22nd October 2019
16
Train
9
19
Overpass
15
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 48 - 38 +10 83.4 1.28
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 44 - 34 +10 73.2 1.11
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 34 - 30 +4 62.9 1.05
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 38 - 43 -5 75.0 0.97
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 32 - 38 -6 65.5 0.90
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 51 - 37 +14 100.9 1.39
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 39 - 37 +2 77.5 1.07
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 36 - 43 -7 63.8 0.92
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 33 - 39 -6 61.7 0.87
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 24 - 40 -16 44.9 0.71
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
607
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
gg Navi so bad
2019-10-22 16:25
EZ G2 GET REKT TOXIC1MPLE FRANCE > RUSKI CS
2019-10-22 16:27
#23
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Kazakhstan Agzamichno 
1. Danish CS 2. Kazakh CS 3. Canadian CS 4.USA CS
2019-10-22 16:30
kazakh cs omegalul. barely 1 major.
2019-10-22 16:32
#30
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Kazakhstan Agzamichno 
Georgia speaks lol
2019-10-22 16:44
Kazakh cs omegalul
2019-10-22 16:45
2. Kazakh cs ROFL
2019-10-22 17:04
Belgium, btec France
2019-10-22 18:16
Hahahahahahahah g2-avangar LUL
2019-10-23 06:12
Imagine thinking G2 is good. They were as unstable as NaVi was, idiots. How can you write things like that about the loser team?
2019-10-22 16:31
#41
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France Axpie 
Where did he say that G2 is good? He just said that G2 was better than them and FRENCH CS > RUSKI CS which is both true
2019-10-22 17:18
Didn't you just read my comment? Are you like blind or what? G2 WAS AS UNSTABLE AS NAVI IN THAT MATCH, either of them deserved to lose.
2019-10-23 12:41
#5
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Poland Astoner55 
Gj G2! Beautiful CS!
2019-10-22 16:25
#6
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Germany Flachzange 
s2mple
2019-10-22 16:25
#7
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China Alar1c 
navi come on
2019-10-22 16:25
#8
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ez
2019-10-22 16:25
ez g2
2019-10-22 16:25
#11
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United States PH4RMA 
Nexa and Hunter nasty af
2019-10-22 16:26
guardian was 100% off, same thing with KennyS, but he recovered a lot on overpass.
2019-10-22 16:27
#16
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Russia GramDEL 
Feels bad for simple again. The first map...
2019-10-22 16:27
#18
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
haha
2019-10-22 16:27
#19
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United Kingdom foolio 
Zeus was the problem.
2019-10-22 16:28
g2 iz back bois <3
2019-10-22 16:28
Imagine Navi fans right now LUL
2019-10-22 16:28
Navi should give up Guardian and pick some young talent awper
2019-10-22 16:29
Guardian useless PLZ kick
2019-10-22 16:30
#25
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Ukraine Zed97 
Nice game GuardiaN ^^ Well played...) Sniper...
2019-10-22 16:31
GuardiaN ruined whole game when s1mple flamed him this time game is already ended
2019-10-22 16:41
Guardian LULW
2019-10-22 16:43
#32
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Canada keroMTL 
G2 played really good I liked it
2019-10-22 16:46
Picking up a pregnant outwashed old TrashdiaN. GJ NaVi, u don goofed
2019-10-22 16:47
s1mple is so bad on CT side of nuke, he himself said that he feels useless on that role, idk, they need to change something, he always dies first w/o trade
2019-10-22 16:53
gg
2019-10-22 17:00
#36
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Spain LilWayne 
EZ G2
2019-10-22 17:01
hahaha
2019-10-22 17:01
#39
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Ukraine petruska 
-guardian + JR
2019-10-22 17:08
#51
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Ukraine illinoize 
Unluckily, however it would have been good if they had picked jr instead of zeus
2019-10-23 03:17
#40
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
great game NaVi vs G2!!
2019-10-22 17:17
#42
AmaNEk | 
Europe JaZ1Z 
great match, nexa is insane
2019-10-22 17:30
yeah good match
2019-10-22 17:36
s1mple rly not top 1 anymore
2019-10-22 17:37
Serbia carries france
2019-10-22 17:40
#48
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
Someone save es3tag. It's painful to see his talent wasted in a forever tier 3 team
2019-10-22 19:17
navi what a joke
2019-10-22 19:43
#50
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African Union mikecool 
Gg Nexa best baguette
2019-10-22 19:49
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