Entropiq eliminate G2 from EPL playoff contention; secure top three with fnatic
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company let substantial leads slip throughout the series, with the loss leaving them unable to make the playoffs.
Entropiq are through to the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 15 after coming out on top of a hard-fought series against G2, recovering from 7-14 and 8-13 scorelines on Dust2 and Nuke to narrowly edge out a 2-1 win over the international squad.
The loss is particularly heartbreaking for G2, who were looking to bounce back from a dismal series against fnatic on Friday following the return of in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen. They were already teetering on the brink of elimination ahead of the match against Entropiq, and although a win wouldn't have guaranteed them a spot in the playoffs, it was entirely required if they hoped to remain in contention.
Entropiq's victory guarantees both them and fnatic a spot in the playoffs, with the two teams set to face off on Sunday at 19:30 to determine which of them will secure the second seed out of Group A. Ninjas in Pyjamas have firm hold of the top seed as they remain undefeated and hold head-to-head wins over both Entropiq and fnatic, while MOUZ, G2, and Looking For Org are all out of contention heading into the final day of play.
G2 got off to a hot start on Entropiq's map pick of Vertigo, a triple kill from Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač in the pistol round and against an ensuing force buy helping to provide momentum for a 5-0 start. The team quickly hit a stumbling block though, garnering just two more rounds in the half — one thanks to a quad kill from Audric "JACKZ" Jug — as Entropiq had a resurgence, narrowly pulling ahead 8-7 at the break.
Aleksei "NickelBack" Trofimov's side further extended their lead following the side swap, winning six of the first seven rounds to put up a commanding 14-8 scoreline, but G2 were unwilling to let the map simply slip away. Powered by Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov, the international composition fought all the way to overtime, where the teams remained deadlocked into another set of extra rounds before G2 were able to narrowly emerge as the victors.
Dust2 started off in similar fashion as G2 once again claimed an early lead, NiKo stepping up alongside m0NESY as the team went up 6-2. Entropiq fought back in the latter portion of the half as they stabilized on the defense, but were still left trailing by a single round heading into the break.
On the CT side, G2 regained control and turned the pressure up, securing six rounds in a row for a 14-7 lead. A mere two rounds separated the team from a series victory, but Entropiq were unrelenting and capitalized on holes in the G2 defenses, managing to even the score to 14-14. A crucial triple kill from Aleksib helped to deny a bomb plant as G2 finally made it to match point to break the tie, but their woes continued as they let the map slip into overtime, where Entropiq came out on top thanks in part to an ace from Vladislav "Krad" Kravchenko on the B bombsite.
Heartbreak continued on Nuke, and it was the exact same story for G2 as they were unable to capitalize on a considerable lead. This time, Entropiq were the ones to pull ahead early on, but G2 fought back and ended up winning the half by making up for a 1-5 start, taking eight rounds in a row for a strong lead at halftime. A back-and-forth brawl unfolded following the side swap, and even though G2 were the ones to come out on top of the exchange, their 13-8 lead began to rapidly dwindle as Entropiq put up a stalwart defense, mirroring G2's efforts in the first half by winning eight in a row to lock them out of the map and steal away the series win.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|86 - 73||+13||91.1||1.23|
|85 - 66||+19||80.2||1.20|
|74 - 72||+2||74.2||1.02|
|72 - 82||-10||73.4||0.97|
|48 - 74||-26||54.6||0.79|
|Entropiq||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|81 - 71||+10||82.0||1.20|
|78 - 81||-3||86.0||1.11|
|75 - 76||-1||80.0||1.04|
|70 - 63||+7||68.4||1.04|
|63 - 75||-12||61.5||0.91|