m0NESY pulls G2 out of trouble vs. Imperial; NIP beat Cloud9 to go 2-0

A dramatic end to the first day in Antwerp saw G2 go 1-1 and NIP come within one series from a spot in the playoffs.

Day one of the PGL Major Antwerp Legends Stage came to a close with G2 and NIP picking up victories in the Swiss format.

The European side around Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen has sent Imperial into elimination matches going into day two after a narrow Mirage affair that came down to a Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov show, while Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser's squad edge ever closer to a spot in the playoffs after taking down Cloud9 in another barn burner on Inferno.

m0NESY pulled G2 through to the 1-1 pool with several impact plays late into the Imperial match

Having beaten Vitality in the opener, NIP looked to do one better and securing an even bigger scalp in the form of the former Gambit side recently picked up by Cloud9, and they did after a hard-fought and streaky battle.

Going down 0-5 early on the CT side NIP fought back with eight out of the next nine to make it a one-round half in the end, and their success continued once sides switched. Cloud9 picked themselves up again on the back of triples from Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin and retook their lead, but NIP struck back, winning some nail-biting afterplants thanks to a couple of impactful doubles from Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner to drag themselves across the finish line at 16-14.

Matchpage
14
16
14th May 2022
Sweden
14
Inferno
16
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
20 - 12 +8 80.7 1.38
20 - 12 +8 45.8 1.18
20 - 15 +5 70.9 1.15
14 - 19 -5 77.3 0.90
15 - 20 -5 57.0 0.82
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
18 - 17 +1 74.6 1.21
21 - 21 0 79.6 1.07
14 - 16 -2 59.0 0.90
12 - 19 -7 52.7 0.82
13 - 16 -3 36.3 0.81

The 0-1 pool match between G2 and Imperial looked like it was heading the way of the European team in a convincing fashion at first, but Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and company had to sweat for the victory after all, facing a resilient opponent in the Brazilian side.

From 1-6 down Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo's team brought themselves back into contention after breaking through a couple of well-timed stacks from G2 on the B bombsite, stringing together six rounds to make it a competitive half in the end.

Switching over to the defense, Imperial started putting pressure on G2 again as they took their second lead of the game at 12-11, undeterred by a flashy 1v3 clutch from m0NESY. The young Russian continued to put up impact kills, however, pulling his team out of trouble with several critical opening and closing shots and leading the way to a 16-12 win.

Europe
Matchpage
16
12
14th May 2022
16
Mirage
12
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
28 - 13 +15 99.8 1.68
24 - 19 +5 90.8 1.26
16 - 15 +1 55.8 1.00
18 - 20 -2 72.1 0.86
8 - 15 -7 35.5 0.68
 Imperial K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
19 - 19 0 83.3 1.09
20 - 19 +1 72.2 1.01
16 - 18 -2 57.4 0.93
15 - 19 -4 52.9 0.87
12 - 19 -7 48.8 0.74
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1349
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1548
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.60
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1003
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1603
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
228
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.58
#1
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Brazil GebaCS
f
2022-05-14 22:58
2 replies
#7
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Korea Piano
0-3mperial Kkkkkk
2022-05-14 22:59
#13
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Brazil flytw4tp
m0nesy ended grandpa’s
2022-05-14 23:03
Yes
2022-05-14 22:58
#3
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Brazil hugoooo
m0nesy saved G2 ass so hard
2022-05-14 22:58
5 replies
AND Niko, don't forget him
2022-05-14 23:14
#26
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Brazil shockDEawp
G2 carried by monesy lol
2022-05-15 00:02
fnx life game nt
2022-05-15 00:10
2 replies
#30
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Brazil hugoooo
This 19-19 ? Don't disrespect the legend pls
2022-05-15 00:23
1 reply
yes kkkkkkkkkkk
2022-05-15 00:26
#4
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Croatia Esketite
W
2022-05-14 22:58
Ez4ez4tag
2022-05-14 22:58
EZ for the goat org NIP
2022-05-14 22:58
#8
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Sweden X4l3rio
nip how? magic, only answer. esetag 36 adr KEK
2022-05-14 22:59
#9
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Romania ali_nah
All good every1 Shiro 45 adr on 20 kills kekw useless player
2022-05-14 23:00
lets go nip!!!! lets dark horse this and take it home!!!
2022-05-14 22:59
first comment
2022-05-14 23:00
Expected from m0nesy the best awper itw and future best of all time
2022-05-14 23:01
Jesus, m0nesy is INSANE!
2022-05-14 23:04
#15
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Brazil Elakk
There are people that think that m0nesy is not a good player..xD
2022-05-14 23:04
That A defence on C9 😬
2022-05-14 23:04
1 reply
#33
REZ | 
Sweden Joule
Those execs on A site and B site making sure that Ax1le was mollied of and got flashed 3 times 😬
2022-05-15 07:31
#17
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
mon ez y
2022-05-14 23:04
#18
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Russia andrez27
ez for my flair
2022-05-14 23:05
M0nesy out of ass clutch to save g2.
2022-05-14 23:08
Aleksi GOD 8-15 vs Imperial
2022-05-14 23:14
G2 got carried by m0nesy... without him, it would have been a stomp. Lucky them, I suppose.
2022-05-14 23:15
Ninjas In Playoffs pog 😍😍🥰
2022-05-14 23:15
#25
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
choko is lucky to have monesy & hunter to carry him on every game
2022-05-14 23:30
Imperial 0-3 xd
2022-05-15 00:07
hhow aleksib 8-13
2022-05-15 00:10
#32
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United States DarkFX
G2 are way too stressed and it shows in their gameplay. I dunno how they are going to fix this problem as it is mental and not a good one to have. I personally think they need to get angry and not give a shit about anything.
2022-05-15 01:50
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