G2 secure Legends Stage over ENCE, Liquid survive against 9z

The South American mix became the second team to be eliminated after recording a 0-3 score in the Swiss stage.

The second set of best-of-three matches from the Challengers Stage has come to an end. G2 overcame ENCE to secure a 3-0 record and a ticket straight to the Legends Stage, sending Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer's squad to the 2-1 pool with two more chances to qualify. G2 have completed a great run, going undefeated against Spirit and Liquid on day one, with Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov performing well in his Major debut.

Meanwhile, Liquid are now sitting on a 1-2 record after defeating 9z, eliminating them from the Major. The South American squad came into today's match with a 0-2 score following losses to ENCE and MIBR on the opening day of the event. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's men's road to the next stage is still long as they will have to win two more BO3 matches to advance, including a North American derby against Complexity on Wednesday.

shox's vintage performance was crucial for Liquid's victory on Overpass

Starting on the T side of Dust2, G2 were able to prevent ENCE from snowballing by converting a second-round force buy. Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz really struggled on the CT side, with Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi doing most of the heavy lifting on the defense. In stark contrast, the trident of Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač, Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač, and m0NESY had a field day on the offensive, finding entries, impact frags, and clutches to power their squad to a 9-6 advantage.

Things would only get worse for ENCE after switching sides as they struggled to crack G2's defese, only claiming one round as they conceded the first map 9-16. m0NESY was the star of the show, ending the map with a 27-10 K-D and a 1.91 rating.

ENCE turned their form around for Ancient, coming into their pick with an aggressive T side that caught G2 off guard and enabled them to gain an early 5-0 advantage. Spinx played another great map and was crucial in ENCE success on the offense, dropping 20 frags by himself. The defenders were eventually able to stabilize and slowly cut the deficit to close the half only 7-8 behind.

Despite a slow start to their CT side following a pistol round loss, ENCE managed to recover and claim a 14-10 lead to put them within touching distance of the decider on Mirage. Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen then orchestrated a fantastic offense, powered by the duo of NiKo and huNter- to bring the game all the way to 30 rounds and force overtime. Unfortunately for them, G2 would only get one round in extra time, conceding Ancient 16-19.

Going over to Mirage, despite G2 winning the pistol and blitzing through the early rounds with some rushes on the B site to gain a 7-1 advantage, ENCE eventually adapted and successfully defended the A site from four consecutive attacks on their way to a 7-8 comeback. Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha was absolutely unplayable on the CT side, dropping a whopping 21 frags in the first 15 rounds. A chaotic series of force buys in the early stages of the second half eventually concluded with G2 taking the lead, stringing seven rounds in a row to close the series 16-9.

Matchpage
1
2
10th May 2022
Europe
7
Dust2
16
19
Ancient
16
9
Mirage
16
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 56 +7 83.9 1.11
59 - 60 -1 79.6 0.99
52 - 68 -16 74.0 0.84
44 - 57 -13 68.7 0.81
28 - 57 -29 42.8 0.58
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 49 +23 91.1 1.36
63 - 52 +11 85.8 1.24
64 - 49 +15 71.5 1.18
50 - 48 +2 72.3 1.17
48 - 48 0 63.7 1.06

The second elimination match of the day got started on Liquid's pick of Ancient. 9z had a great start following their pistol conversion thank to both Luca "⁠Luken⁠" Nadotti and Franco "⁠dgt⁠" Garcia playing tremendously well. It took some time for the North American representatives to find their footing, but they were eventually able to keep the half competitive, going into the break trailing only 7-8 behind.

After swapping to the CT side, Liquid really came into their own as they held off the South American mix with some interesting CT setups on the B bombsite. To makes things harder for 9z, both Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and nitr0 began performing up to expectations, allowing the North Americans to only drop three rounds on their way to a 16-11 victory.

Everything came down on Overpass, and as 9z stared down the barrel of elimination, dgt pulled another fantastic performance on the T side. Unfortunately for the South Americans, Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon decided to turn his poor tournament form around, helping Liquid salvage another 7-8 half. In a similar fashion to the first map, the North Americans started to take control of the game in the second half as both Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski hammered 9z on the T side. Liquid secured their 2-0 sweep with another 16-11 win.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 35 +8 93.9 1.32
43 - 30 +13 83.0 1.31
37 - 24 +13 63.6 1.22
34 - 29 +5 75.1 1.08
30 - 31 -1 61.2 0.96
 9z K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 38 +2 84.2 1.09
34 - 33 +1 67.3 0.97
26 - 34 -8 56.8 0.84
32 - 42 -10 67.1 0.84
17 - 40 -23 45.2 0.63

The standings after day two are as follows:

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1071
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1586
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1373
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
2003
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Argentina Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
287
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Uruguay Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
407
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
560
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1001
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1548
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1601
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
226
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
ez 4 g2
2022-05-10 22:29
1 reply
cringe "a"
2022-05-10 22:29
#2
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Sweden fastflop
ez4g2
2022-05-10 22:29
Hades not ez
2022-05-10 22:28
2 replies
HadEZ’nt
2022-05-10 22:32
1 reply
HadEZn't *
2022-05-11 02:04
1st
2022-05-10 22:28
#6
cxzi | 
United States Quazey
g2 better
2022-05-10 22:29
Nikola supremacy as always, GOAT
2022-05-10 22:30
Happy for G2 but a little bit sad for hades
2022-05-10 22:31
#9
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Spain capta1n
Fun game :) good job G2 in the end
2022-05-10 22:31
Shox on lan pog
2022-05-10 22:31
Shox carrying Liquid, EXPECTED
2022-05-10 22:31
SEKSIB GOD
2022-05-10 22:31
1 reply
#19
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Russia DomRemi
<3
2022-05-10 22:37
#13
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North America BoDaddy
G2 ENCE what a game
2022-05-10 22:32
"...dgt pulled another fantastic performance on the CT side." I think you meant T.
2022-05-10 22:33
navi-g2 nip-vitality or navi-vitality nip-g2
2022-05-10 22:34
#17
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France MIK120
EZClap
2022-05-10 22:35
#18
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Russia DomRemi
Was great game, GG
2022-05-10 22:37
ENCE = SPINX 1 man army, no chance vs best teams in the world
2022-05-10 22:39
#21
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Finland AliSabid
Lets goo
2022-05-10 22:39
2 EZ 4 G2
2022-05-10 22:39
#23
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Portugal dracø
best game of the major so far
2022-05-10 22:41
Ye!
2022-05-10 22:43
#25
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United States DarkFX
Woohoo lets go G2!!!! Thank god for AlexisB carry on Mirage or this would have been a loss!!
2022-05-10 22:48
1 reply
Yeah probably
2022-05-11 02:05
desreved
2022-05-10 22:50
hades :((((((((((((((( Im so sad, because I know how he feels right now and how he has been feeling for entire bo3. He wanted to do something so badly, but usually got it wrong. You can watch highlights, he was the one that didn't even celebrate teammates' good plays, I have the same mentality and it hurts so much (like you don't think about a match as a whole and you as a member of a team, but one man with terrible performance). In OT on Ancient he was scared to play awp, because of his earlier failures, I know this feeling from football, you know what you need to do, but don't do it, because you think it not gonna work :(((((((((((((((
2022-05-10 22:50
9 replies
#30
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France d0py
loser mentality
2022-05-10 23:02
8 replies
It's not loser mentality. Loser mentality is, when u give up completely after 3 rounds. Hades didn't give up, he wanted, he tried, he got some kills, not as impactful as he would like, but failed because he desperately wanted to have better game.
2022-05-10 23:06
7 replies
#32
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France d0py
loser mentality is when youre afraid of doing something cause youre afraid of failing. " In OT on Ancient he was scared to play awp, because of his earlier failures" imagine 2016 s1mple scared to play awp when he sucked 20 rounds. no, you gotta go and you gotta prove them all wrong, you gotta prove yourself. even Dosia or Zeus after playing badly in their Gambit days werent afraid of going in and fighting for their team or just go and bait for the better result. hades at mirage with awp was just standing top mid watching window like my teammates on matchmaking leaving spinx alone open to both con and short. then he let dycha die and he died by himself at the end. On the other hand you have monesy who is not afraid of going in and missing the shot. Remember his clutch on mirage? he missed the crucial shot on the short guy, was left hanging in a 1v2 and clutched it with balls of steel. Could you imagine hades at that point? Monesy is not afraid of taking risk and failing, he might rage but he forgets that in the second round and just do his stuff. By the way you said "he was scared to play awp, because of his earlier failures" it looks like has loser mentality and hes afraid of failure. When ENCE were losing the rounds hades dropped guns to others, while when G2 were losing rounds they were dropping hero gun to a guy with lowest kills, that being hunter first and jackz second and they both delivered. They could give it to niko, instead they wanted to boost the confidence of their "weakest" point which led them to all 5 players having impact in the game. Hades was just a shadow for whole series, no crazy plays, no hero plays.
2022-05-10 23:17
6 replies
So how to fight this "loser mentality". He was working with psychologist after the Stockholm major disaster.
2022-05-10 23:18
Ok nvm you are right, I need to escape this mentality as fast as I can as well.
2022-05-10 23:34
#35
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Poland BAN_ANIME
>loser mentality is when youre afraid of doing something cause youre afraid of failing. me when I am trying to draw
2022-05-11 00:08
3 replies
name checks out
2022-05-11 02:07
2 replies
#40
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Poland BAN_ANIME
true bestie i love chocolate
2022-05-11 12:07
1 reply
i love you too then 😍😍
2022-05-11 18:17
#28
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
EZ4G2
2022-05-10 22:51
I hope hades will not collapse after that unlucky match. It was definitely not his day. GGWP
2022-05-10 22:55
1 reply
nope he is just doodo ence cant even be compared with g2 lolololol
2022-05-11 14:01
shoxieeeeeeeeeeeee
2022-05-11 00:51
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