VCT 2022 - Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavik: G2 Esports
Before qualifying for the VCT 2022 - EMEA - Stage 1 - Challengers - Main Event Group Stage, G2 Esports had to prove their worth and earn a spot by eliminating all their opponents during VCT 2022 - Europe - Stage 1 - Closed Qualifier 1. However, the famous European team failed to get past Alliance and had to start all over from VCT 2022 - Europe - Stage 1 - Open Qualifier 2. Luckily, they managed to win every single game in the process of qualifying for VCT 2022 - Europe - Stage 1 - Closed Qualifier 2. With Cista "keloqz" Wassim after a long time, G2 Esports won the upper bracket final against EXCEL to compete in the biggest league in the region.
They made an awful start to the VCT 2022 - EMEA - Stage 1 - Challengers - Main Event groups with a 2-1 loss against Fnatic. During this time, Oscar Cañellas "m1xwell" Colocho was benched but he joined the main roster during the group games and G2’s performance improved a lot. In the meantime, keloqz left the organization to join Team Heretics, as covered. G2 Esports secured back-to-back wins to clinch the second seed in Group B with three wins and two losses.
The playoffs journey started with an upsetting loss against Team Liquid, one of their biggest rivals in the tournament alongside Fnatic. TL looked much better in general and closed out the series with a score of 2-1. G2’s journey continued from the lower bracket where they swept M3 Champions. We haven’t seen it much but Auni "AvovA" Chahade carried his team in general statistics apart from his clutch mission playing style. After reaching the lower bracket semi finals, G2 came up against Team Liquid once again but this time the scenario was different. Ocelote’s team demolished TL in two maps, both resulting in a score of 13-4. G2 Esports dominated both maps to reach the upper bracket final and face Fnatic. At that point, they managed to guarantee themselves a spot at VCT 2022 - Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavík. However, G2 didn’t stop as we witnessed another sweep by them, 3-0. Especially with Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas’s dominance, they made it look easy before reaching the tournament finals. G2 Esports reached the grand final with back-to-back sweeps but failed to keep their form up against FunPlus Phoenix. FPX didn’t make the same mistakes with FNC and TL and closed out the series in four games.
G2 Esports’ most picked map during VCT 2022 - EMEA - Stage 1 - Challengers - Main Event was Icebox. The European representative picked Icebox seven times and won six of them, losing the only one against FunPlus Phoenix in the grand final. However, their first-ever map in the tournament was also Icebox but it was picked by Fnatic and G2 lost the game after 21 rounds. Looking at all-time statistics, they have played Ascent 70 times and won 64.4% while on the defending side.
Player to watch
- Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas
The Lithuanian player is one of the most talented VALORANT players not only in the G2 Esports roster but also in the world. He has played 26 games during VCT 2022 - EMEA - Stage 1 - Challengers - Main Event and his most picked agent is Sova with 13 maps. He held a 1.23 rating with the archer and a 1.28 K/D. Apart from these statistics, he also helped his team with 250.85 ACS and 172.90 ADR. Secondly, he played Raze 11 times and held a 1.24 rating on the top of a solid 1.24 K/D. He made the incredible Raze play during the event as seen below and he stepped up with 267.18 ACS with the agent in his hands. nukkye is a real threat to the other teams.
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