G2 beat Evil Geniuses in their BLAST Premier Spring Groups opening match as both teams tried to bounce back from lackluster results at the BLAST Premier Global Final, where they went out in 5-6th place, and at DreamHack Open January in the case of the North American squad, where they ended in the same position.
G2 picked Veritgo in the veto, a map they haven’t been so hot on since the inclusion of Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, playing and losing it three times since adding the Bosnian star to the team. The series started on Inferno, however, and although Evil Geniuses were quick to take the lead on the terrorist side, they weren’t able to hold on to a three-round lead at the half going into the defense.
The European team’s Vertigo pick eventually paid off, as G2 were able to take it 16-12, winning the series 2-0, and will now go on to face Complexity for a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, while Evil Geniuses will play for survival in the elimination match against the top ranked team in the group, Vitality.
Evil Geniuses put the squeeze on G2 early on in Inferno, their map pick, going up 5-0 on the attack before giving up a round. Their European rivals were then able to get into the game mid-way through the half, bridging the gap on the scoreboard, although Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz’s men stayed ahead throughout, 9-6.
G2 tied things up with a strong start on the terrorist side, and although they lost the first gun round getting mowed down by Tarik “tarik” Celik and Ethan “Ethan” Arnold, their attack proved to be too much for the North American squad as the Nemanja “nexa” Isaković-led team went on to hit match point, 15-10, before closing the map out three rounds later.
The two teams got off to a hotly contested start on Vertigo, with G2 defending and Evil Geniuses on the attack, and they stayed neck-and-neck throughout, making it all the way to the last round of the half at a draw before EG took the one round lead at the half.
nexa secured a pistol round win for his team on the attack, leading tarik away from the bomb with no time for him to defuse. EG then took the lead back on the forcebuy, but with weapons in play it was G2 who set the pace and regained control of proceedings, going on to win the map 16-12 to close the series out 2-0.