ESL Pro League Season 5 - G2 Esports crushes North and wins the championship
The French super team G2 Esports continued their stellar performance and won their first premier level tournament championship.
de_Cache - 16:13 (5:10, 11:3)
The exciting grand finals kicked off with G2 Esports on the CT side and North on the T side. The first pistol round lived up to the hype surrounding the match, as Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire found some flashy frags. In the next round, an A rush by the Danes were shut immediately by Nathan "NBK" Schmitt's FAMAS ace. Due to a successful bomb plant from the pistol round, North were able to buy out in the third round. In the first gun round, Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke continued his stellar performance, as he clutched out a 1v3 against three French players in the post-plant.
Following the sick clutch, North proceeded to rack up several rounds in a row, bringing the score to 2:5, despite the efforts of Kenny "KennyS" Schrub and his AWP. The Frenchmen, to the joy of many fans, ran away with a few rounds but it was stopped immediately by North and the Frenchmen's economy was reset. In the last round of the first half, the G2 Esports executed a desperate strategy. A number of their players stacked outside Squeaky in the A bomb site, but North had none of it. With no sweat, they shut down the unexpected strat and ended the half with a whopping score of 5:10.
With a five round deficit, G2 Esports came into the second half under pressure to win the pistol round. They successfully won the pistol around and brought the disappointing halftime score from the first half to a 8:10 score. It was time for the first gun round. Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke stepped up for his team and shattered G2 Esports' B site execute with three amazing AWP frags. However, the Frenchmen bounced back and picked up a round for themselves. G2 won the following round as well, bringing the score to 10:11, causing North to call their first tactical pause of the map. As the Danes were out of money, the game was now tied up. North then recovered from their previous lackluster performance and took a second round win of the second half. In the all important 24th round, G2 Esports executed a successful B site rush. From then on, G2 Esports cruised their way to a win, coming back from a 5:10 deficit.
de_Cobble - 16:5 (12:3, 4:2)
North's map pick, Cobblestone started with G2 on the CT side and North on the T side. In the pistol round, the two teams traded kills constantly until it came down to a 2v2 situation. The two remaining French players set a great crossfire from Chicken Coop and Rock, eliminating the Danes with ease. However, Emil "Magisk" Reif pulled off a crazy ace clutch against G2 Esports in the next round, bringing the score right back to 1:1. North's moment of joy didn't last long though, for G2 responded to the previous round's force buy with another force buy win of their own, winning right back. Afterwards, G2 were the first team to rack up two consecutive rounds and brought the score to 4:1. North managed to pick up more rounds, but the win was not followed up as Nathan "NBK" Schmitt masterfully held off the Danes' attempt to enter the B site. At 7:2 scoreline, North finally managed to pick up a round in a convincing fashion. However, the Natural Born Killer of G2, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, once again, destroyed North in the following round, resetting their economy. North were unable to bounce back and the half ended with a clearly one-sided score of 12:3.
The second half started with an all important pistol round North needed to win if they wished to stay in the game. North prevailed and finally showed a spark of life. But the Frenchmen were too strong for the Danes to keep the spark firing. The second half ended fast, as G2 quickly closed off the map with a 16:5 score.
de_Overpass - 14:16 (2:13, 12:6)
With G2 Esports on series point, the third map of the grand finals started with North on CT side and G2 Esports on the T side. The pistol round took off with sheer dominance by the French side as Richard "shox" Papillon and Kenny "KennyS" Schrub took four kills of their own. Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke was left in a 1v3. Somehow, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt eased the scenario for Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and team killed while trying to shoot the sole Danish player. Then, Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke capitalized off the team kill and clutched the 1v3 with ease. After the interesting yet clumsy pistol round, North proceeded to take the lead in the third map. G2 managed to snatch away a round win but North brought it back. Subsequently, North showed a great face, unlike anything they showed all series up until this point. Much to everyone's surprise, North ended the half with a 2:13 score.
The second half of de_Overpass started off with a victorious pistol round for the Danes. But due to an agression from the French side, North failed to pick up the anti-eco and G2 Esports forced the unevitable map loss to another. Nathan "NBK" Schmitt grabbed his second ace of the grand finals in the 18th round, even bringing a flashy knife kill onto Rene "cajunb" Borg. From then, G2 Esports started a streak of round wins to get back into the map. Kenny "KennyS" Schrub continued to be his astral self. Just take a look at the tweet clipped below. Though the Danish team grabbed mappoint, G2 Esports' comeback journey continued. Before you know it, the score had come to 14:15 as G2 Esports had seemed to pull off the ultimate comeback. But in the end, North escaped the danger by a thread and won the map with 14:16
de_Inferno - 16:3 (13:2, 3:1)
It was time for the fourth map. G2 needed one more map to win the championship while North looked to pull off the ultimate reverse sweep. G2 Esports started on the CT side while North were on the T side. G2 picked up the pistol round, thanks to a clutch by Richard "shox" Papillon. North force bought into the follow-up but was not successful. Quickly, G2 Esports had a 5:0 lead before North could have a full buy. In the sixth round, it came down to a 2v2. Richard "shox" Papillon attempted to flank the T side players from Banana and Lower Mid as the Danes were in mid. However, the attempt failed, much to the great game mechanics of the North players and they won their first round in the map. But the win was not followed up as G2 bounced back immediately in the subsequent round. From then on, North could not do anything to contest the Frenchmen, for every clutch, Flashbang, flick shot, timing and momentum swung the way of G2 Esports. Eventually, the half ended with a 13:2 score for the French.
The second half of the map was short, as only four rounds occurred before G2 Esports closed out the map and the grand finals. G2 Esports won their first premier level tournament championship and proved to the world that they are indeed the French super team. Viva la France!