G2 defeat Cloud9 to secure Paris Major berth
The storied organization is back at a Major after missing out on IEM Rio.
G2 defeated Cloud9 in a 2-0 series to clinch a place at the BLAST.tv Paris Major set to take place from May 8-21. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company opened the series on Vertigo with a dominant win (16-6) before closing out Inferno (16-13) after almost dropping a 13-5 lead.
G2's RMR campaign got off to a bad start after the European combine lost to 9INE in the opening matchup, but they stabilized and won their next best-of-one games against iNation and Aurora. They then finished the job with three dominant halves against Cloud9, quashing the demons of their IEM Rio RMR run and returning to a Major.
G2 started the series incredibly well and raced to a 7-0 lead on Vertigo before Cloud9 were able to stabilize. With their advantage shrinking, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov found a quad-kill on an eco to flip the momentum and allow his team to comfortably sail towards a 16-6 lead. Despite the youngster's heroics, it was Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen who surprisingly topped the server with a 1.58 rating.
Inferno started much the same, G2 running away to a 7-0 lead only for the half to end 10-5 once again. A second pistol round got G2 13-5 up and their win seemed to be just a matter of time, but the European combine ran out of steam somewhat and allowed Cloud9 back into the game. Their lead was still enough for them to close out the series with a 16-13 win, though, securing them a Major spot in the process.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 34||+1||71.5||1.06|
|34 - 36||-2||76.4||1.02|
|31 - 36||-5||74.2||1.01|
|24 - 38||-14||52.8||0.70|
|16 - 36||-20||44.3||0.61|
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|43 - 23||+20||76.4||1.35|
|34 - 29||+5||82.0||1.23|
|37 - 28||+9||73.2||1.15|
|39 - 32||+7||81.6||1.12|
|26 - 29||-3||62.9||0.96|
While they have locked in their spot at the Major, it is not yet known whether G2 will start their campaign in the Challengers or Legends Stage. Their first test in the decider bracket will come against Vitality on Friday at 13:45 , before the winner of that game will face Monte on Saturday to decide the final Legends spot of the Paris Major.
|BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 Europe RMR B|
The current standings for Europe RMR B look as follows: