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CSGO: G2 and North eliminated in upsets by ATK at ESL Pro League finals

Published: 5/Dec/2019 17:13

by Scott Robertson

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Both North and G2 Esports found themselves on the brink of elimination at the ESL Pro League Finals, sitting in the lower bracket of their group stage. Surprisingly, both top-tier teams were sent packing by a surprising opponent in ATK. But who is ATK?

In esports, teams sometimes only need one tournament to make a strong case for why they should be in the upper echelon. For North and G2, their aspirations of proving to the world that they should be championship contenders right now fell flat, at the hands of a relatively unknown roster trying to leave their own impression.

Both ATK and North found themselves in the lower bracket of their group early, following losses to mousesports and Team Liquid respectively. But ATK would earn another shot at mousesports by first dispatching North in only two maps.

Ian ‘motm’ Hardy, Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek, and Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery all played extremely well against the Danes, and limited the performances of North star Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye and the returning René ‘cajunb’ Borg.

For ATK, they faced adversity right after their success; getting blasted by G2 in game one on Vertigo, losing 16-4 as they couldn’t stop the G2 T-side and couldn’t even get a bomb plant down in the second half. 

They found themselves trailing on Train as well, but on the brink of elimination, rallied from a 12-5 deficit with a magnificent T-side half, taking 11 of the final 12 rounds to steal Train away 16-13. With that momentum, they blew away G2 on Inferno in a reverse of the first map, with ATK dominating on both sides, and the same trio stepping up against G2 as they did against North.

Who is ATK?

ESLATK celebrate their upset over G2

Of the original former Denial roster, only Sonic and Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou remain, and Sonic only recently re-joined in September after leaving for Envy in June. ATK has since supplemented the South African duo with a trio of promising American talent in motm, floppy, and Joshua ‘oSee’ Ohm.

They came excruciatingly close to qualifying for the ECS Season 8 finals in just their first couple of months together. They won one of the ECS North American series, but unfortunately not the one that rewarded an automatic Finals spot. During that ECS run, they impressed with a win over MIBR and an incredibly close series against Team Liquid.

No matter how ATK does in their rematch against mousesports, they’ve already guaranteed their largest cash prize at a single event ever, and can guarantee a spot at WESG in China if they win just one best-of-three against Canadian team LiViD Gaming on December 7. The players are excited about the outlook of the team.

For North, they’ll try to end 2019 with some momentum as they aim to qualify for WESG themselves and compete at DreamHack Open Sevilla. It’s been a string of poor results for them since the Berlin major.

G2 are still adjusting to their new additions from CR4ZY, and will meet a familiar face at cs_summit 5 when they see Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt and the new OG roster.

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BLAST Premier Global Final – NAVI and Team Liquid go through

Published: 22/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 22:09

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier’s Global Final is underway! Eight of BLAST’s best compete for the lion’s share of $1 million. Here’s the Global Final schedule, stream, and results — as well as a recap for each day as the action unfolds! 


  • Winner’s Final: Astralis vs Team Vitality scheduled for 10:30AM (EST) / 4:30PM (CET)
  • NAVI send G2 Esports home 2-0
  • Evil Geniuses swept by Team Liquid 0-2

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final Team Liquid vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 24

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpass — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

G2 and Evil Geniuses fall short, NAVI and Liquid trough

Team Liquid send Evil Geniuses packing after two swift wins on Inferno (16-12) and Dust2 (16-8). NAF shined for the North American team, delivering 51 kills over the two maps. 

NAVI take down G2 Esports, looking unstoppable on both Train (16-6) and Mirage (16-8). Everyone on the CIS squad was on point, with s1mple standing out with an impressive 94.3 ADR across the series.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 G2 Esports $20,000
Evil Geniuses
7-8 Complexity $15,000
FURIA