G2 Esports

G2 Esports Eliminated From RMR

G2 Esports, the current no.5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in the world have exited European Road to Major tournament with a 1-3 record. With that, G2 Esports, known as one of the world’s top CS:GO teams, will not be attending Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major at the end of the month.

A Shocking Performance

G2 Esports, who entered the Rio Major qualifying event as one of the main favorites to make it through alive and secure a spot at the Major, crashed out of the RMR with a 1-3 record. The team’s poor start to the competition culminated on Friday when G2 lost against the current no.60 team in the world, Gamer Legion, who bested Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and his crew 2-1.

G2 Esports kicked off their European RMR A campaign on October 4, when they clashed with ECSTATIC in the opening round of the competition. Even though everyone expected G2 to win, no one expected them to look as dominant as they did, crushing ECSTATIC 16-0 for a perfect and explosive start to the tournament.

Unfortunately, it all went downhill for G2 Esports from there, as they quickly met their match in Cloud9, who bested them 16-13 on Mirage. Although G2 Esports had their chances to win the match, even leading the game 10-9 four rounds into the second half, they couldn’t deliver.

After experiencing their first defeat of the tournament, G2 Esports seemed like they couldn’t find a way to bounce back and suffered a devastating defeat against 1win, the current no.33 team in the global CS:GO rankings. Even more shocking was that G2 led the series 10-6 before the swap but could only muster up four rounds in the second half and came out short with 13-16.

By losing against Cloud9 and 1win, G2 Esports were put in a do-or-die situation, as they couldn’t afford to drop one more map, which would lead to elimination. And even though their next opponents, GamerLegion, were one of the lowest-ranked teams at the European RMR A, G2 Esports couldn’t deliver.

A Humiliating Defeat

In what will go down in history as one of the biggest upsets of 2022, G2 Esports lost against GamerLegion 1-2 in their fourth and final game of the European RMR A. The shock loss not only marked one of the biggest defeats G2 have suffered but also ended the team’s dream of attending the Major.

Before the European RMR started, G2 Esports were all but guaranteed to reach the Major as one of the world’s top teams. But despite the high expectations, the international roster couldn’t show up and ended the European RMR A with a 1-3 record.

G2 Esports’ final blow happened on Friday, when they kneeled to Gamer Legion, despite starting the series strong. G2 took the series lead with a phenomenal performance on Vertigo, where they smashed GamerLegion 16-3.

But despite their commanding map one victory, G2 Esports fell apart on Mirage, where they got humiliated by a vastly inferior team and lost 4-16, marking their biggest defeat against a team ranked outside of the top 50.

Things looked up for G2 Esports on Inferno, but even there, they couldn’t get ahead by the half time (7-8). And despite their best efforts to secure a lead on CT-Side, G2 were unsuccessful in their efforts and lost, with GamerLegion securing a well-deserved 16-12 victory, completing the reverse sweep.

By losing the series, G2 Esports joined ECSTATIC, Aurora Gaming, Eternal Fire, and Astralis as one of five teams that are already eliminated from the Major contention. Meanwhile, Gamer Legion will continue their quest for a Major ticket in round five, in the decider match against a yet unannounced opponent.