G2 and Team Liquid Secure IEM Katowice Playoff Berths
The third day of IEM Katowice’s Group Stage was full of close matches that went the distance. Four of the six series went to three maps, and four teams have been sent home. TYLOO, Virtus.pro, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Team Vitality have all been eliminated. On the bright side, G2 Esports and Team Liquid have joined Astralis and Fnatic in playoffs.
Group B Upper Bracket
mousesports 1 – 2 G2 Esports
G2’s map pick of Dust2 started off with mousesports taking the pistol and full save round. G2 bought up in the third round successfully, then took down the mousesports CT force buy in the fourth. From that point, mousesports’ defense looked like swiss cheese against G2. Both bombsites were free for the taking as G2 completely outplayed their opposition. A dominating 12-3 half was G2’s reward.
Still, mousesports are the top-rated team at the tournament for a reason. Their T side started off well by taking the first three rounds. Finally, it became legendary as mousesports only dropped one round to complete the comeback with a 16-13 win.
Now on their own map, mousesports lost their T side pistol round. The response was a full force buy which caught G2’s A site defense off guard. That sucker punch resulted in a 5-1 lead for mousesports while bullying G2’s B side defenders. Mousesports didn’t win round ten, but Finn “karrigan” Andersen did pull off one of the craziest Deagle plays ever.
G2 then stabilized their defense fantastically, taking nine rounds straight to end the half up 10-5. Pistol round went their way as well, raising their round count to 13. G2 used high powered A bombsite crunches, pushing themselves to map point. Lightning would not strike twice as G2 took map two 16-5.
The tiebreaker map was Nuke. Mousesports started on the favored CT side, but lost the pistol round. G2 continued their winning with a heavy Outside flank by Audric “JaCkz” Jug during the gun round. After that, mousesports stole the momentum with an aggressive Deagle round. The teams traded rounds back and forth, but G2 frequently succeeded in their A site attacks. They went up 9-6 from T side at the half.
Three rounds from the pistol raised G2’s lead to six as mousesports entered their most important buy round. Chris “chrisJ” de Jong opened up the A site by himself, then won a clutch 1v1. Their success was short lived as G2 struck right back to take match point. G2 kept up the Lobby pressure, choking mousesports out to complete the 16-7 and the match upset to guarantee playoffs.