THESPIKE.GG Valorant Event & News Coverage

Mandatory.GG Cup Recap

Written By    Germanicus  -  Share:

With North America, Japan, and Europe all having major events, there was a slew of professional VALORANT competition this weekend. But the Mandatory.GG Cup stands out as the biggest one that we saw. The Ignition Series event was the follow-up to the Mandatory Cup in closed beta, which was won by Team Liquid. But with the best-of-1 format, many favourites, including fish123, saw their runs ended early. Who survived the deadly gauntlet to win it all?

Upsets

Every major European team took part in the tournament, but the lack of known quantities in the later rounds was due to many favourites exiting early. The new roster of BIG fell in the second round to Abnormals. OPPORTUNISTS and, most surprisingly, PartyParrots also fell during this stage. FABRIKEN made it a round further but themselves lost to Entropiq. StartedFromCS also lost during this stage.

This set up a round of 16 featuring teams like Vodafone Giants, nolpenki, forZe, Rix.GG, and fish123, but all of these favourites dropped out in this round, before even reaching the quarterfinals. But it wasn’t over. The Mandatory.GG Cup had yet more surprises in store.

Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals featured some teams unknown before this tournament. Now, this round did go about as expected, with G2 Esports, BBL Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and bonk picking up wins. But not without difficulty. THOSE GUYS challenged NiP incredibly hard, with Patryk "starxo" Kopczynski and Aleksander "zeek" Zygmunt being particularly impressive. Starxo even put up a 39/12/0, 439 ACS game on Haven against NiP. But it ultimately wasn’t to be, and they fell to the more practiced tier 1 squad.

Semifinals

G2 Esports had not been upset, and were looking as dominant as ever as they quickly beat the fan-favourite Turkish team BBL Esports 13-9 and 13-7. But the next semifinal had it all. The storylines were going as former NiP members Yacine "Yacine" Laghmari and Malkolm "bonkar" Rench faced off against their old team. And they pulled off the revenge upset victory.

Yacine in particular was on fire, top fragging every game for bonk and averaging over 300 ACS. NiP couldn’t seem to solidly get anything going, and Niels "luckeRRR" Jasiek in particular looked somewhat outclassed on the Jett/Operator. Bonk had beaten Ninjas in Pyjamas and were off to the finals.

Finals

In a finals no one at the start of the tournament would have expected, G2 faced off against bonk. With Yacine on a tear and bonk having recently taken down G2’s main competitor, they looked like they could give G2 a run for their money.

And they did. All 3 maps were close, even the 13-5 on Bind at the end. Yacine again was huge for bonk. But in the end, the absolute powerhouse that is G2 could not be stopped, and won 3 maps in a row to take the tournament. G2 didn’t drop a map all tournament. Óscar Cañellas "mixwell" Colocho and Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks continued to prove themselves as possibly the two best players in Europe, while David "davidp" Prins’ battle Sage was as always on point. Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi had a rebound performance this tournament too, after taking some criticism from the community over the last several ones. G2 cemented their place with another Ignition Series victory.


Final Standings for Mandatory.GG Cup:

1. G2 Esports - €10,000 2. bonk - €3,000 3-4. BBL Esports - €1,000 3-4. Ninjas in Pyjamas - €1,000 5-8. THOSE GUYS 5-8. 9x 5-8. TBD 5-8. Dreamchasers 9-16. Giants Gaming 9-16. nolpenki 9-16. fish123 9-16. Rix.GG 9-16. ForZe 9-16. Zarplata 9-16. Prodigy 9-16. DPE

Comments

I'm super exited on international LAN event. T1 againts G2
2020-08-04 10:16
I am more excited to see JUPITER vs G2 or JUPITER vs Sentinels :)
2020-08-05 14:51

Add Comment

You must be logged in to be able to post comments.

Login – OR – Register