Vitality send G2 to lower bracket in BLAST Premier Europe Finals

A comfortable win on Inferno (16-5) and a big comeback on Mirage (22-20) saw Vitality take down G2 in the opening match of BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Finals, sending them to the lower bracket.

Not even 24-hours after G2's upset loss to BIG in the grand final of DreamHack Masters Spring Europe, the French-Serbian side kicked off their BLAST Premier Spring Finals campaign against rivals Vitality. G2's attempt to turn things around fell flat, though, as they were never in contention on the opening map, Inferno, reminiscent of Sunday's grand final. Unsurprisingly, Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut shone as the best player on the server, providing crucial openings as well as clutches throughout the series.

G2 started Inferno on the back foot, unable to establish themselves on the CT side of Vitality's map pick. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's squad went up 6-2 before Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub's 1v2 clutch secured G2 the force-buy victory, getting to 6-4. However, Vitality was in control again shortly, hitting sites as a pack and finding continued success.

The first half ended 11-4 in favor of the fully-French roster, and any chances of a comeback were denied by Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier who stopped the clutch attempt in the pistol and secured three with the Deagle to respond to G2's force buy. The conclusion was reached soon, 16-5, with entry duel dominance by ZywOo (6-0) and Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy (5-0) making the map very one-sided.

ZywOo had another stellar game, posting a 1.70 rating

It seemed like Mirage was going to follow a similar pattern to Inferno, as G2 looked deflated early on, sitting 7-3 behind despite winning the Terrorist pistol. kennyS was the one keeping them in the game, leading the fragging for the French-Serbian mixture as they mounted a comeback which started with a successful B fake and built into a five-round streak, making it 8-7.

Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač came alive in the second half as G2 take control on the defence, limiting Vitality to just one round before reaching map point, 15-8. Things seemed wrapped up for G2, but round after round, they struggled to hold off the pushes toward B or pull off subsequent retakes, despite often having the man advantage. At 15-14, Vitality managed to recover again, bouncing back from a 3v5 thanks to misutaaa and ZywOo's clutch play that forced overtime. Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug's ace started off the added rounds positively for G2, but after two sets of overtime, it was Vitality to close things out, 22-20.

 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 44 +6 80.4 1.16
45 - 45 0 71.6 0.97
41 - 45 -4 69.0 0.94
37 - 43 -6 67.7 0.93
30 - 48 -18 59.0 0.75
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 34 +30 104.6 1.70
54 - 38 +16 86.9 1.38
43 - 41 +2 65.9 0.99
34 - 41 -7 61.4 0.93
30 - 50 -20 59.0 0.75
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
214
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1473
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1201
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1760
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1825
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Another day, another choke
2020-06-15 19:14
13 replies
+1
2020-06-15 19:15
12 replies
Imagine someone new to CSGO watching G2's performance yesterday and today. What will they think? Is it your number 1 team who chokes 2-0 map lead in Bo5 and gets reversed sweep? Is it your number 1 team who chokes on 15-8 score in ct side?
2020-06-15 19:41
11 replies
They are the only team to make it to 6 finals over the last 7 events they have attended, them choking is unfortunate and its whats keeping them from being objectively with out a question the number 1 team, but its not like the ranking isnt deserved.
2020-06-15 20:07
8 replies
#63
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Sweden quacke
They need to calm their game down. Kenny was so damn frustrated at the end of Mirage that he was making a lot of stupid decisions. JaCkz really stepped up and I can't help thinking that they would have closed it out had Kenny been a little more calm and smart about it.
2020-06-15 20:17
6 replies
#67
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Portugal Guiarte
This is a miracle, a CS:GO game debate in HLTV with guys with normal nicknames (instead of "THIS_TEAM_NEVER_WON_AGAINST_THIS_TEAM nicknames), valid arguments about the game and no one insulting the players or even the users from this website. I'm genuinely impressed.
2020-06-15 20:52
5 replies
+1
2020-06-15 21:43
fan of saw OMEGALUL your opinion is not valid
2020-06-15 22:23
#75
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Sweden quacke
Be the change you want to see in the world.
2020-06-15 22:27
Dude i feel it
2020-06-15 23:03
fuck off
2020-06-16 11:03
+1
2020-06-15 20:19
Number 1 in hltv rankings only means that team's results for certain period of time were better than results of other teams. Number 1 in hltv rankings doesn't mean that the team is the strongest right now (in terms of absolute strength).
2020-06-15 22:28
1 reply
#84
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United States GameZ_iwnl
even then I think G2 might be the strongest team in terms of consistency. No team matches what theyve been doing, it's just the issue of they aren't closing out these events. If they won even just 1 event I feel like people would actually consider them a true top 1.
2020-06-16 06:14
CHOKER KEKW
2020-06-15 19:14
Choke2
2020-06-15 19:14
#4
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Romania ali_nah
ZYGOD AND RPGOD AND MISUGOD AND APEX WITH THE CALLS AND WE DON'T TALK ABOUT SHOX
2020-06-15 19:15
1 reply
+1
2020-06-15 19:34
G2 will be the new Liquid, unexpected! These serbs are holding G2 down!
2020-06-15 19:15
#6
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Japan Amatsuk1
my ghad
2020-06-15 19:14
#7
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Europe BIG_BIGFAN
15-8 to 22-20
2020-06-15 19:14
#1 chokers
2020-06-15 19:14
GOD ZEEWOO
2020-06-15 19:15
#10
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Destroyed
2020-06-15 19:15
carryS 1vs9. Like in old days with Titan.
2020-06-15 19:17
Choke 2 esports
2020-06-15 19:15
zywoo count for 2 players.. apex for half of one
2020-06-15 19:15
2 replies
2,5 players> 2 players:o Vitality 400iq
2020-06-15 19:28
😂 +11
2020-06-15 19:47
#15
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Greece sifounasGG
RIP :(, we should have done better at the end of Mirage. I hope we will manage to win in the lower bracket games. GG to Vitality nc comeback at the end #G2ARMY
2020-06-15 19:15
2 replies
gl for the next matches, g2's strong
2020-06-15 20:49
"We" LMAOOO
2020-06-16 23:22
Where is DELUSIONAL_BIG_FAN
2020-06-15 19:15
3 replies
Hello men whats going on?
2020-06-15 19:29
1 reply
Xd youre everywhere
2020-06-16 06:17
Probably still eatin porkchops over yesterdays win and licking greasy fingers untill hes gonna nerd silver level again👀🚼
2020-06-15 19:48
G2 has a problem man... KING ZYWOO
2020-06-15 19:16
Nice!
2020-06-15 19:17
man they just lost a final yesterday ,they kinda sad thats it,probably gon lose today
2020-06-15 19:18
#21
boltz | 
Brazil xxAxx
Mathieu '+30' ZyWOo Herbaut
2020-06-15 19:20
Sad to watch it. Common G2 best of luck next time.
2020-06-15 19:21
Really sucks being a g2 fan they always make questionable decisions and always choke, its so frustrating
2020-06-15 19:21
#25
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Indonesia cleostar
spam the Choke2 guys until they see it
2020-06-15 19:22
expected
2020-06-15 19:24
imagine leading 15-8 then lost in OT
2020-06-15 19:25
what's wrong with this team?
2020-06-15 19:25
lol
2020-06-15 19:26
zywoo is catching up with s1mple (stats) with quite a speed, soon he will be on top again mens, where he should be
2020-06-15 19:28
1 reply
zywoo is already much higher vs top 10 and top 5
2020-06-15 19:33
nice match but omg WTF IS THIS SEEDING ?
2020-06-15 19:29
They played a BO5 not even 24 hours ago. Please respect them im sure they will still make it! #G2ARMY
2020-06-15 19:29
4 replies
#36
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Japan Amatsuk1
dude I love you
2020-06-15 19:30
2 replies
<3 #GoBIG #G2ARMY
2020-06-15 19:33
1 reply
#43
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Japan Amatsuk1
<3 Jermans big hearts #GoBig #G2Army
2020-06-15 19:34
+1
2020-06-15 19:33
#35
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Poland SebL
Vitality can be solid on this TOP 6-10 level, but I don't think they will go higher with this roster. G2 is great, just unlucky game.
2020-06-15 19:30
11 replies
Vitality >>>>>> G2 that's obvious
2020-06-15 19:32
10 replies
#55
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Poland SebL
That's obvious? They are worse achievement wise and overall they are worse to. They are not even close to being better than G2.
2020-06-15 19:49
9 replies
how exactly beating them is making them "They are not even close to being better than G2." :D
2020-06-15 20:11
1 reply
#68
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Poland SebL
This match wasn't to important. And by other results G2 is much better.
2020-06-15 20:59
No just have a look on detail you will see this ranking is bullshit
2020-06-15 20:14
1 reply
#69
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Poland SebL
I don't care about HLTV ranking. I agree that it's bullshit.
2020-06-15 20:59
What achievements are you talking about? From 2019 until now G2 has won liquipedia.net/counterstrike/Eden_Esport.. and liquipedia.net/counterstrike/Good_Game_L.. both with weak teams. Lets not forget they lost to mouz with a trash standin and a coach in the final of cs_summit, YIKES. And yesterday lost 2-3 against BIG while up 2-0. Vitality at least won epicenter 2019, ECS, summit 4.
2020-06-15 23:21
4 replies
#80
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Poland SebL
It was 7 months ago LOL. What does EPICENTER, ECS or summit has to do with what is it now? Stop living in the past.
2020-06-15 23:30
3 replies
"That's obvious? They are worse achievement wise and overall they are worse to. They are not even close to being better than G2." Alzheimers?
2020-06-15 23:31
2 replies
#82
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Poland SebL
They are not even close to being better than G2. It's true. And when will you realise that the tournaments played with other roster doesn't matter now?
2020-06-15 23:45
1 reply
So first you mention achievements, when proven wrong you ignore it. Then suddenly its a time limit, now its a roster limit. Like 60% of a roster isnt enough. summit choke, BIG choke, astralis + navi stomps in the final was with the current G2 roster. You dont care about achievements, you dont care about HLTV ranking (rightly so) and you dont care that the results, G2 vs vitality played 3x in history vitality won twice. You just think G2 is better because you say so, amazing, nice try brain cell killer, dont reply, i wont read it.
2020-06-15 23:51
#1 TEAM BTW AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2020-06-15 19:31
surely not a chance with amanek. Expected
2020-06-15 19:32
GODWOO
2020-06-15 19:37
g2 1 second era
2020-06-15 19:37
g2 1 millisecond era
2020-06-15 19:41
g2 1 microsecond era
2020-06-15 19:44
g2 1 nanosecond era
2020-06-15 19:46
#56
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Poland tutatek
Not a surprise G2 always garbage
2020-06-15 19:56
g2 1 (insert smaller unit of time than pico) era
2020-06-15 20:00
#58
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Iceland LaHabana
Thankfully for vitality Zywoo has turned on his screen. Great second map anyway
2020-06-15 20:04
#59
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Portugal joaosenra
Another day in the office for ZywOo
2020-06-15 20:06
ezz for zywOo.. <3
2020-06-15 20:27
NOT EVEN 1 DAY ERA, OMEGALUL
2020-06-15 21:58
another top 1 for zywoo in 2020
2020-06-15 22:13
G2 are ..... in total Knock Out . 3 lost finals and today this ....
2020-06-15 22:28
Wow so many pro players in this comment section
2020-06-15 23:27
ZyGod
2020-06-16 23:23
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