ESL Pro League quarter-finals day 2 highlights
Keep up with the highlights and lowlights of the second day of ESL Pro League Season 18's quarter-finals here in our live post.
Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás went big in the first half, David "frozen" Čerňanský stepped up in the second, whilst by contrast G2's individuals struggled to get much done outside of the aforementioned m0NESY.
Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás was in sublime form in the early stages, treating Inferno like a playground as he bandied about his AWP. Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov was the man who stepped up to kickstart G2's mini-comeback, finding double entries up banana twice.
One more half left to play, can MOUZ hang on to their lead and clinch the series?
Kamil "siuhy" Szkaradek opted to continue with their brute-force approach, the team jumping through smokes with reckless abandon, but they somehow managed to scramble back to within one round of forcing overtime.
Step up the best rifler CS:GO has ever seen, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač. Just look at that beautiful sequence.
Inferno will be needed as a decider to separate these two squads.
An incredibly poor start to their CT side left MOUZ trailing 2-8, but they recovered somewhat thanks to some slick retakes.
MOUZ managed to complete an impressive recovery from 1-7 down to take their map pick of Mirage.
Kamil "siuhy" Szkaradek, Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás and Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo all provided impact to help power their team to victory, but the incredible collapse of Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov might well be the headline individual performance. He had 18 kills by round 12, and then did not find a single kill for the rest of the game.
MOUZ stayed resilient, however, and ground their way back into contention with some strong trading work as they attacked the bombsites.
In other news, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač took some time out to give an interview on broadcast, and he highlighted the importance of appreciating the historic playoffs his team are a part of, the final Big Event playoffs in CS:GO.
"I think we need to just take a moment and enjoy every round, every single moment that we could experience here, it’s going to be one of the last in CS:GO. I think we are all just very happy to be a part of this event as well, since it’s one of the last ones, so we are all just excited and a bit emotional at the same time."