G2 scrape win over Heretics to set up lower bracket final with Vitality in Road to Rio

G2 are through to the lower bracket final in ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe following a hard-fought victory in an all-French contest with Heretics.

The world No.6 left it late to come out on top of a scrappy French derby that had stunning comebacks on all three maps as both sides showed a lack of discipline in closing out games. With Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub having an off-day, G2 struggled to impose their will in this drawn-out match and had to recover from a 13-5 deficit on the final map after letting a commanding lead slip through their fingers on Dust2.

Heretics, who had already played three long maps before this match, showed signs of exhaustion towards the end of the series and were left to count the cost of a poor second-half performance. Their Cinderella story may be over, but no-one can take anything away from them, and they still have one match left as they will take on NiP for the fifth place and an extra 100 RMR points.

G2 made a bright start to the game on Nuke and quickly began to put some rounds together with a tight and compact defense. Things were starting to look ugly for Heretics on their map pick as G2 hit double-digits, but then Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang rallied his troops with a 1v3 clutch, with the half ending with the two teams only five rounds apart.

Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's side added to their lead after switching to the T side, bringing the scoreline to a 13-5 advantage, but Heretics tightened up once they had money in the bank and began to chip away at the deficit. They shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together as they pushed for overtime, only to slip in the final stages of the game as G2 pulled away to win the map in the final round of regulation after nexa had put the team on map point with a 1v3 clutch.

G2 move on in the lower bracket with a close win over Heretics

Dust2 also witnessed a promising start full of impetus from G2, who raced to an 11-4 lead after a dominant T half and followed it up with the first two rounds of the second half. The game seemed to be a foregone conclusion at this point, but a 2v5 clutch from Heretics turned the tide of the game and marked the start of a brilliant comeback from the French underdogs.

As Heretics continued to grind out rounds, G2's players started to feel the pressure, and things only got worse when Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey put his team on map point with a brilliant 1v4 clutch on the A site. G2 somehow managed to take the game to overtime with a scrappy retake, but their efforts would be in vain as Heretics ran out victorious to force a third map.

Heretics carried their momentum into Mirage, where they got out to a 7-0 lead with a near-flawless defense. Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač then came to G2's rescue with a series of opening frags to help the team to get a footing in the game before Heretics regained control of proceedings to end the half with a 10-5 lead, with Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom boasting 18 kills to his name.

Now playing on the T side, Heretics picked up the first three rounds of the half, but then they suddenly ran out of steam, giving G2 a way back into the game. nexa's troops kept a very tight defense until the end and capitalized on every mistake made by their opponents to lock down the map in the 30th round and breathe a sigh of relief as they move to Friday's lower bracket final.

Matchpage
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14th May 2020
France
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Nuke
16
19
Dust2
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14
Mirage
16
 Heretics K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Alexandre 'xms' Fortéxms 71 - 70 +1 73.9 1.11
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 63 - 64 -1 83.1 1.06
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 58 - 64 -6 78.2 1.03
France Bryan 'Maka' CandaMaka 63 - 66 -3 64.7 0.98
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' BenrlitomNivera 53 - 63 -10 58.8 0.86
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 75 - 65 +10 94.1 1.26
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 75 - 55 +20 80.8 1.23
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 65 - 56 +9 73.5 1.14
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 66 - 64 +2 73.4 1.12
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 46 - 68 -22 54.1 0.77
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1017
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
180
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1817
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Well played to both teams Vitality 2-1 G2 EZ4ZywOo
2020-05-15 01:55
17 replies
hope g2 plays like they should tomorrow... otherwise it would be kind of a waste for this French kennys vs zywoo matchup
2020-05-15 02:00
6 replies
kennys isnt showing up this week, it feels like this little break g2 had fucked him over
2020-05-15 03:16
5 replies
G2 so lucky
2020-05-15 03:59
1 reply
but lucky is in heretics mens))))
2020-05-15 08:29
what break exactly?
2020-05-15 07:27
1 reply
i was talking about how their first matches in this tournament were on day after the other but after that they have been playing once or twice per week and that seems to have affect him
2020-05-15 13:04
He was showing up vs Astralis, it’s just that he was the only one and the rest of the team let him down.
2020-05-15 10:37
ZywOo 1 vs 9 so no chance for Flytality
2020-05-15 02:02
8 replies
ZywOo, shox and RpK 3v7 But it's enough
2020-05-15 02:17
6 replies
apEX God nt
2020-05-15 03:44
3 replies
t2 igl for a t1 team :p
2020-05-15 03:50
2 replies
True
2020-05-15 07:38
top 1 entry for a t1 team doe
2020-05-15 17:58
shox LUL
2020-05-15 05:56
*shox* "misutaa"
2020-05-15 09:28
Hello
2020-05-15 07:39
If zywoo plays like today and decides more often to just be unfair and go kill they have a chance.... but shox and the rest of the lack really gotta step up as well! Looking forward to kenny vs zywoo although sadly its online but i hope they still deliver
2020-05-15 02:04
Gg
2020-05-15 01:55
What a shitshow
2020-05-15 01:55
1 reply
Lul, Fnatic
2020-05-15 09:11
#4
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France Asviix
kennyS washed up xDDDDDDDDDD
2020-05-15 01:55
2 replies
Flair checks out
2020-05-15 02:10
Yes he doesn't play 2 matches well.. he's washed up
2020-05-15 04:08
j
2020-05-15 01:55
What an EZ game. NT Heretics.
2020-05-15 01:55
2 replies
couldn't be further from the truth. one of the hardest games in road to rio. g2 looked flat so many times
2020-05-15 03:06
1 reply
It was a joke ofc.
2020-05-15 09:08
Not even close. Not at one point did I doubt.
2020-05-15 01:56
2 replies
closest game in road to rio. g2 played like shit
2020-05-15 03:07
1 reply
nope. Closest was NIP vs faze. 3 OTs
2020-05-15 07:23
#8
BnTeT | 
United States Emopi
Almost
2020-05-15 01:57
Kennys in 2014-2015 : Hard carry and lose Kennys NOW : BOT frag and win!
2020-05-15 01:57
1 reply
Well everyone needs a team that can carry him in bad games:(
2020-05-15 02:04
I LOVE COUNTER STRIKE. this match was incredible
2020-05-15 01:59
#11
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United Kingdom FaZeAidan
Absolutely clownfiesta.
2020-05-15 01:59
Flukers get what they deserve Go G2!
2020-05-15 02:01
#15
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Serbia KaLuOP
Hunter better kd then nexa ? Whatt ?
2020-05-15 02:03
1 reply
#21
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Malaysia Amerka!
LOL
2020-05-15 02:10
kenny played valorant too much
2020-05-15 02:04
A bit unfortunate at the end, but the fact that Heretics managed to take G2 to 3rd map and almost win after playing from 13:00 (Close games too) it's pretty impressive. I honestly thought it was going to be a quick 2-0 for G2.
2020-05-15 02:08
1 reply
they put up a damn good fight. that game was a nail biter
2020-05-15 03:08
#23
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
well played yugoslavia
2020-05-15 02:27
nice throw kioshima. the good old horse is back with matchfixing
2020-05-15 02:40
#25
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Switzerland Andro7789
KennyS plays good g2 losses kennyS plays bad g2 wins. ok
2020-05-15 02:55
1 reply
#46
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Korea Che2ro
Sure, don't change
2020-05-15 07:31
#26
ropz | 
United States DV19
KennyInconsistent
2020-05-15 03:01
absolutely shit performance by g2
2020-05-15 03:07
3 replies
#38
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India EnfyB
says someone from NA region whose best team lost to third tier Brazilian squad
2020-05-15 06:22
2 replies
Not even talking about NA. Nice flair
2020-05-15 06:25
1 reply
#60
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Canada cLutcheR7
xaxaxaxaa
2020-05-15 14:48
#41
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
What a way to throw a 13-4 by G2 on d2
2020-05-15 06:32
Nice game
2020-05-15 07:17
worst match i have ever seen, those weren't good comebacks, those were giant chokes and mistakes from both teams
2020-05-15 07:24
1 reply
The G2 stack A on mirage. Kioshima seeing there is nobody B. Bomb rush to B-site with 20 sec left. No time to plant the bomb 🤣 You could see the confusion on the G2 players.
2020-05-15 10:24
#53
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Serbia bra1np
Vitality will destroy G2 if kenny cannot kill properly, unfortunately
2020-05-15 09:45
#56
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Portugal K0nje
Great game by g2, congratulations to heretics for getting here :)
2020-05-15 10:38
Weird how the score maps are so close but the player's stats are meh!
2020-05-15 11:52
#58
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Poland SebL
G2 is such a weird team. Literally, one day they are playing insane, fighting with the best teams in the world, and other day, they are almost losing to Heretics. I don't understand this team. And Heretics for me had a fluke run in RTR. I don't see potential in this team.
2020-05-15 12:10
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