G2 outlast Spirit to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Final
The Kovač cousins topped the scoreboard for G2 in a series that went down to the wire.
G2 have booked their ticket to the BLAST Premier Spring Final with their third straight victory in the Spring Showdown’s single-elimination bracket, taking Spirit down in a series that was decided in a narrowly contested decider map.
"I’m just super that happy that we actually managed to pull it off, it has been a long time since we managed to win three games in a row," Nemanja "nexa" Isaković said in the post-game interview. "I think that was actually our goal coming here, to string a few games in a row, we usually just get two wins and then fall at the last hurdle, but we overcame it this time and, honestly, I feel amazing and I'm so proud of everyone on the team."
To overcome the final hurdle G2 had to come back from a big loss on their map pick, Mirage, which Spirit took 16-6. The Russian squad had set up a potential two-map victory on Dust2, a map they had won nine out of the 10 times they played it this year, but Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company were able to bring an early deficit to a 16-12 victory to keep the series alive before securing an overtime win on Nuke.
Spirit took the first pistol round on Mirage, G2’s map pick, going up 2-0 before the squad led by nexa could retaliate to keep the early game close, but a triple by Nikolay "mir" Bityukov in a crucial sixth round put Spirit right back in contention as they rebuilt their economy and went on a seven round tear, taking a 10-5 lead at the half. The Russian squad then scored two entries, one in B apartments and one in mid, before entering the B site to claim the second pistol round, after which they extended their lead to 13-5. G2 then put up one defense with a full buy in their hands, but were immediately taken down the following round as Spirit ran away with the map, 16-6.
François "AmaNEk" Delaunay and nexa shut down a split B push as G2 cleanly took the first pistol round of Dust2 and the two teams remained close early on, but a triple kill on an A afterplant by Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev in the sixth round once again tipped the scales in Spirit’s favor as they went up 7-3 in the first ten rounds, with mir spearheading his team’s efforts with 14 kills. Down 3-8 G2 took a tactical timeout, after which they cleaned up the half, winning all remaining rounds to bring it back within one. They then took a firm grip of proceedings on the attack, going on to close out the map 16-12 to force a decider.
Spirit started their offensive on Nuke with a fast ramp rush to B, going up 2-0 before an A stack by G2 in the third round paid dividends as NiKo and company won it with a pistol buy. From there on out Damien "maLeK" Marcel’s men dominated the half, closing it 11-4. Spirit kept themselves in the game taking their CT-side pistol round and winning five rounds in a row to 8-11 before a triple by AmaNEk in a 2vs3 B afterplant gave G2 the break they needed. AmaNEk then won a 1vs1 clutch on A two rounds later to keep his team charging towards match point, 13-9, but Spirit hit back by winning a forcebuy. Down 13-15 nexa clutched a 1vs3 afterplant to push the map to its limit, as G2 followed it up to force overtime.
G2 were able to take two rounds on the attack with multi-kills by Audric "JaCkz" Jug despite losing the first round of overtime. Spirit tied things up in the second half, but a 1vs1 by clutch win by AmaNEk against Abdul "degster" Gasanov gave his team match point. G2 were finally able to close out the map when Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač took out three Spirit players as they executed on A, booking their ticket to the BLAST Premier Spring Final.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|65 - 58||+7||86.3||1.19|
|71 - 60||+11||91.8||1.18|
|55 - 58||-3||68.5||1.03|
|46 - 51||-5||58.5||0.95|
|46 - 67||-21||60.8||0.83|