Gen.G outlast Triumph in BLAST Premier Spring Americas Showdown marathon
Triumph had surprised many in the group stage of BLAST Premier Spring Americas Showdown, concluding their Group B performance with an unbeaten record (one win and two draws) and securing a top-two position. Awaiting them in the quarter-finals was a Gen.G side who had barely scraped through the opposite group with a mixture of results.
A fast-paced B site hit from Gen.G set the tone for the beginning of Mirage as the DreamHack Open Anaheim winners blazed to a 7-1 lead on the Terrorist side. However, as the money stabilised for Triumph, Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman’s men found their footing in the matchup and began to chip away at Gen.G’s lead and eventually pulled the score within one at the midway point.
Triumph locked down three consecutive rounds as the second half commenced to grab the lead for the first time, but Gen.G stayed hot their heels. A mobile Sam "s0m" Oh secured a triple kill with unpredictable movement around the map to tie up the score at 11-11, with a flawless A site hold putting Damian "daps" Steele and co. back in the saddle as they strung together multiple rounds to hit map point. Down 11-15, Triumph buckled down to push the match to the cusp of overtime, but Gen.G edged out the final round for a 16-14 victory on their map pick.
Gen.G looked on their way to a similar start to the previous map on the CT side of Nuke, but consistent opening kills built up considerable momentum for Triumph, who secured an eight-round streak. A Kenneth "koosta" Suen 1v1 brought his team back into the match as Gen.G went on to close out the remaining rounds to chase a 7-8 deficit at halftime.
On the offense, Gen.G swiftly took a 12-8 lead off the back of crucial Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand multi-kills. A subsequent tactical pause from Triumph resulted in the next round going in their favour, with high-impact rounds from Paytyn "junior" Johnson keeping his team in the series. With Triumph now within one, koosta stepped up with a triple kill to spearhead Gen.G to map point. However, they could not replicate the ending of Mirage as Shakezullah’s team forced overtime. junior's fantastic AWPing performance and Michael "Grim" Wince's damage output in extra rounds made the difference as Triumph edged out Gen.G 19-17 to level the series.
Pistols and force buys reigned supreme as the deciding map of Inferno kicked off, with three rounds being traded back and forth. However, Triumph soon took control of proceedings and claimed a 5-2 lead. A couple of brilliant rounds from Gabe "Spongey" Greiner helped extend his team’s advantage further, with Gen.G only reaching six rounds before the break.
Triumph refused to slow down as they swapped to the Terrorist side, storming to a 13-6 lead with little resistance and looking as if they would close out the series promptly. But with the finish line in sight, the young squad’s inexperience revealed itself as they let the lead slip. Numerous clutches and retakes went in Gen.G’s favour as the North American giants clawed their way to map and series point, with a B site hold completing the comeback.
|Gen.G||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|76 - 69||+7||89.1||1.19|
|63 - 64||-1||73.1||1.02|
|58 - 67||-9||58.3||0.93|
|56 - 58||-2||58.5||0.92|
|51 - 64||-13||64.4||0.88|