MAD Lions upset G2 to advance to bracket final at BLAST

27 spots separate them in the world rankings, but underdogs MAD Lions came from a map down to take the series from G2.

MAD Lions completed a major upset and the first of the event, recovering impressively from a 4-16 stomping on the first map of Ancient to take Mirage and Inferno both in overtime, 19-16 and 19-17 respectively.

MAD Lions relied on their teamplay and deep playbook to take this win home, with only a single player from the squad posting above a 1.00 HLTV rating across the series.

TMB and co. find themselves with a shot at qualifying for the LAN finals

Thomas "⁠TMB⁠" Bundsbæk in the post-game interview gave insight into the team's attitude after a tough first map:

"We are just enjoying the game at the moment, we know that we are the underdogs so we don't come in with big expectations. Even though we lose our map, it doesn't matter, we know we can put up a good fight on the other maps so we just kept on fighting."

With this victory MAD Lions move on to the bracket final on Sunday at 18:30 , where they will take on the winner of Virtus.pro and Liquid for a spot at the BLAST Fall Finals.

The first map of the series was MAD Lions's pick of Ancient, and they were made to regret the pick. They kicked things off on the unfavoured T side, and really struggled to get anything going as G2 and in particular Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač shut them out round after round. It wasn't until the end of the half that MAD Lions strung two rounds together, and it was only enough to earn them a 4-11 score.

The second half was a formality, G2 winning the pistol and closing out the game quickly 16-4. As mentioned huNter- was stellar for the boys in black, posting a hefty 132 ADR and 28 frags across a mere 20 rounds.

Our second map was Mirage, and we were in for a far closer battle. For this map MAD Lions opened up on the CT side, and they found good success early in the half, with Johannes "⁠b0RUP⁠" Borup in particular finding success in opening duels for his side. G2 found more answers as the half went on, and eventually managed to win out the half 8-7 once they had built some economic control.

MAD Lions's offensive side got off to the perfect start as they won the pistol and ran the score up to 12-8, giving themselves good chances to secure a third map. However once G2 won their first gun round they went on a spree themselves, posting five more on the bounce to take the score to 14-12 and making it seem like the series was done.

MAD Lions were not to go down without a fight as they managed to battle back to 15-14, before once again the tide of the map turned and G2 got an all important round to take us to overtime.

By this point the rounds had become very messy, as both teams reached deep into their bag of tricks to get the game over the line. In the end G2 simply couldn't find their feet in OT, and MAD Lions won 4-1 to take the map 19-16.

The decider was Inferno, and G2 started this map looking like a team with a point to prove. They put together a fast paced, aggressive T side that left MAD Lions reeling, getting to a 10-5 half that seemed like it would be decisive.

Once again MAD Lions refused to lie down, as after losing the pistol to go 11-5 and stare down the barrel of defeat, they managed to grab the second round force and string a few more together to get within two rounds, 11-9.

G2 managed to break the streak and a back and forth half ensued, with neither team able to take full control of the map; MAD Lions generally got the better of the gun rounds, but G2 won two crucial eco rounds to keep it close. This continued all the way to 15-15, and we went once again to OT.

The competitive affair continued into OT, as G2 picked up the first two rounds of OT, only for MAD Lions to grab one back going into the second half. G2 simply couldn't find anything on the T side of OT, the final round coming down to the final milliseconds on the defuse to give MAD Lions the upset and eliminate G2.

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Matchpage
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16th October 2021
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Ancient
4
16
Mirage
19
17
Inferno
19
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
82 - 62 +20 107.5 1.45
72 - 60 +12 84.9 1.19
58 - 52 +6 60.7 1.09
54 - 50 +4 64.7 1.06
54 - 57 -3 63.5 0.92
 MAD Lions K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 65 +3 81.4 1.07
59 - 60 -1 59.3 0.96
52 - 69 -17 74.6 0.89
56 - 66 -10 64.8 0.87
45 - 63 -18 52.1 0.83
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
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Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1275
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
556
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
lol
2021-10-16 19:48
8 replies
goMAD
2021-10-16 20:08
#38
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Russia zj2
not an upset
2021-10-16 20:35
3 replies
was about too say the same, not really and upset if every 1 beats them
2021-10-16 21:20
1 reply
also not an upset because mad lions are on fire. they also cost og their major liquid need to take them seriously, if they lose too then it's an upset
2021-10-17 10:33
+1
2021-10-17 04:16
Not an upset, G2 is terrible right now, +kennyS again
2021-10-16 22:10
2 replies
Its the same. Nexa is a choker. They cant win anything with him in igl.
2021-10-17 04:56
1 reply
#81
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Germany zborko
Yes, finally somebody!!!! Nexa is the worst player in G2 history. The real problem is Nexa, not KennyS or JackZ. This guy can't win 1v1 situation.
2021-10-17 14:07
Wtf just happened Nice I will say
2021-10-16 19:49
#6
maLeK | 
CIS _p0int
Rip
2021-10-16 19:49
I guess too ez for jL
2021-10-16 19:49
Get choko some help
2021-10-16 19:49
G2 always choking
2021-10-16 19:49
#10
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Georgia Megobari
It wasn't upset for me, it was very expected xD P.S.-It is so weird, only one player from Mad Lions had positive KD and they still won, lol
2021-10-16 19:51
1 reply
#41
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Lithuania Zen3ix
Its bcuz ancient was really bad from ml
2021-10-16 20:39
#11
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Romania wadd
ocelote gonna have a lot of work after the major
2021-10-16 19:50
1 reply
#57
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Australia Nexillum
cockiest ceo ever xD
2021-10-16 22:36
was not really upset
2021-10-16 19:51
#13
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Hungary szia
Not even an upset tbh
2021-10-16 19:50
oddly enough this team plays worse than they ever played with kennys
2021-10-16 19:51
EZ for b0rup with 14 ADR in a full map. Epic
2021-10-16 19:51
1 reply
easiest game of his life
2021-10-16 21:23
JI-TSU BigPhish ART OF CHOKE BigPhish
2021-10-16 19:51
First map they got 16 rounds Second map they got 16 rounds Third map they got 17 rounds ... and they lose :D
2021-10-16 19:57
3 replies
You lose every map that you get 17 rounds in.
2021-10-16 21:00
G2 won more rounds in total and lost lmao
2021-10-16 23:19
1 reply
And their individual ratings are also better, this is a match they want to forget.. but can't :D
2021-10-16 23:31
lol ez
2021-10-16 19:59
Cmon, its time to bring in kennyS instead of jackz. This team is trash anyways, do it for the fans at least
2021-10-16 19:59
1 reply
#29
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India Rav3nEz
+1
2021-10-16 20:09
G2 is way too inconsistent. Only NiKo playing on his standerds.
2021-10-16 20:00
Another Legends KEKW
2021-10-16 20:00
#23
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Ukraine futplxyer
jL was insane, borup also won a lot of key rounds despite him being bottom of the team in stats. Was a great reverse sweep and deserved. Unluko for NiKo, but he shouldn't make promises that he cant keep ;P twitter.com/G2NiKo/status/14407405665395..
2021-10-16 20:05
-niko when?
2021-10-16 20:05
2 replies
when he decides he's too good for them and jumps ship like what he did with mouz and faze.
2021-10-16 21:05
he quit the team an hour ago
2021-10-17 04:26
In ancient mad lions lose a round with 0.06 seconds to defuse, in inferno they win the game with the last miliseconds by defusing
2021-10-16 20:06
#26
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Poland xMBTx
G2 tier 2 xd Gtier2
2021-10-16 20:07
Nice. I am really starting to like watching mad lions play. They keep getting better
2021-10-16 20:08
gj Mad Lions, gj jL
2021-10-16 20:13
#32
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Serbia Jnordz
G2 so dogshit
2021-10-16 20:19
HAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2021-10-16 20:22
#34
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France NiK0for5
Lol g1-2
2021-10-16 20:25
is it even an upset at this point?
2021-10-16 20:26
#36
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk G2 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 0-3 @ Major
2021-10-16 20:27
ez for sausolgod
2021-10-16 20:34
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-10-16 20:35
ez 4 sausol
2021-10-16 20:38
ez4jL ez4sausol
2021-10-16 20:45
#43
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Europe skelteR
G2 not looking good
2021-10-16 20:48
sadge
2021-10-16 20:49
G2 just saving strats for major xD
2021-10-16 20:50
feels bad for niko, trying so hard every match:/
2021-10-16 21:00
G2 will disband after major %100
2021-10-16 21:13
expected from nikola choko kovac
2021-10-16 21:22
#53
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Brazil Elakk
lmao g2 is done
2021-10-16 21:43
Ez for kuben gg
2021-10-16 21:52
kuben too smart for g2
2021-10-16 21:53
#58
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Europe Cr3eP_70
So... Anyone taking bets on the next team to be ruined by Niko after mouse, faze and now G2.. ?
2021-10-16 22:39
1 reply
niko to gorillaz
2021-10-16 23:32
Niko went from one dead team to another
2021-10-16 23:14
Bad bait from HLTV...I got clickbaited... This wasn't an upset.
2021-10-16 23:21
#62
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Ukraine VoidWave
very good arcticle
2021-10-16 23:23
No top5 team in event except g2, and they can't even get past quarter finals. sigh
2021-10-16 23:27
xDDD only 1 player has positive stats and Choke2 manage to choke LULW
2021-10-16 23:56
#68
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United States ScanDull
Honestly I think it should stop being called the Liquid choke and instead the G2 choke at this point with how often they keep doing this. At least Liquid could close out the god damn game against a team that shouldn't really win against them, so they might beat Mad Lions tomorrow. G2 just keeps dropping the ball all the time, it's honestly just sad really. I mean god, maybe Ence could be forgiven because that team was really looking hot at IEM Fall but Copenhagen Flames? Movistar Riders? Getting shut out by Forze at EPL Season 14 and bombing out without a single win? And most of the time it was because they choked. I honestly can't watch it anymore.
2021-10-17 00:01
Not a upset in my book
2021-10-17 00:23
Nice) see it a lot with ML that they actually don’t even have best stats in comparison with enemy team… but still win 🤔
2021-10-17 00:44
#71
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United States Rayduh
-nexa
2021-10-17 00:56
"What does TMB stand for, Scrawny?"
2021-10-17 03:46
Picking Mirage and inferno against Fpl players, what could go wrong?
2021-10-17 10:56
OMFG WHAT A CHOKE
2021-10-17 12:54
#80
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Europe robo1234
G2 should have asked for a recount. They won more rounds.
2021-10-17 13:47
MAD Lions TOP 20 team confirmed, really underrated team, they are playing insane lately. G2 is a dead team, if not NiKo and sometimes huNter- they would be out of TOP 20, save NiKo please. Another dead team he has to deal with. Feels bad.
2021-10-17 14:17
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