G2 edge out FaZe to set up Heroic matchup at Flashpoint
Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team has fallen to the lower bracket following the narrow loss.
G2 have come out on top of a back-and-forth series against FaZe 2-1 (Train 16-14, Mirage 22-25, Inferno 16-8) to secure advancement in the upper bracket of Flashpoint 3 and set up their first clash against the new Heroic lineup in the next round.
It was a promising showing from FaZe, but not quite the recovery they were hoping for following a tough run in the past few months, which has seen them miss out on playoffs at three consecutive tournaments so far. They will have a chance to redeem themselves after falling to the lower bracket in Flashpoint 3, where they will first lock horns with one of the biggest underdogs of the event, Sprout.
G2 opted for Train in their opening match against FaZe in an attempt to punish the karrigan-led side, who had lost the map in four out of five instances since adding the Danish in-game leader, once to the Nemanja "nexa" Isaković-led side in the IEM Summer closed qualifier.
FaZe turned out a tough nut to crack on the opener, but G2 were able to withstand the pressure following their opponents' big run on the CT side spearheaded by Marcelo "coldzera" David and Håvard "rain" Nygaard. After scraping through six rounds on the offense, G2 went on a streak of their own as CTs, and when FaZe made a last-stand effort to climb back from a 10-14 deficit François "AmaNEk" Delaunay stepped up with a game-changing 1v2 clutch to help the French-Balkan side secure a narrow victory.
FaZe picked Mirage, the same map on which they had previously beaten G2 16-5, but this time they had a much taller order ahead of them despite getting off to strong starts on both halves. They couldn't capitalize on a 12-6 lead, with nexa's side finding edges in close situations time and time again to break their opponents' economy twice, and FaZe had to salvage the situation in the last round of regulation to force overtime.
A couple of nail-biting rounds of overtime followed with FaZe being able to resist up against two more match points from G2, and in the third karrigan's side finally prevailed with coldzera spearheading the victory with some late-round heroics, including a defuse in a 1v2 situation.
G2 didn't seem to have trouble shaking off the tough loss, as they had Inferno under control outside of a couple of blunders at the end of the opening half despite losing both pistol rounds. The cousins worked well in tandem as they led their team to a convincing 16-8 victory.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|87 - 65||+22||89.0||1.33|
|73 - 64||+9||71.5||1.11|
|69 - 68||+1||74.6||1.10|
|70 - 71||-1||77.1||1.05|
|63 - 65||-2||68.1||1.03|