Record broken as G2 Esports registered second-largest map win streak
The Playoffs of the IEM Katowice 2023 concluded yesterday 12th of February. The tournament which commenced on 1st February finally concluded with the Grand Final between G2 Esports and Heroic at the Spodek Arena. It consisted of a best of 5 game series between the two teams and G2 Esports registered a win by 3-1 and clinched the title for the first time. They also broke the record of NAVI’s 19-map win streak. This means they are now the team who secured the second-longest map win streak in CS:GO esports. G2 Esports now claimed their second title after winning the BLAST Premier World Finals in December 2022 and this win marked their first title of the 2023 season.
A look into the Grand Final fixture
Two of the finest teams from the European region came head-to-head against each other. G2 Esports remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and made it a win while Heroic also remained unbeaten. Both teams carried their great run and made it to the best of 5 game series Grand Final. The match stream is available on ESL Counter Strike’s official YouTube Channel.
A detailed round-wise match analysis is provided below
G2 Esports vs Heroic
The map veto for the Grand Final was Nuke, Mirage, Inferno, Ancient and Vertigo.
- Map 1: The Grand Final kicked off on the Nuke map. Heroic played the First half really well and made it a 5-10 lead. When the game stepped into the second half, G2 Esports totally changed the scenario. G2 Esports made it an 11-2 score and won the game with a score of 16-12.
- Map 2: The second map of the day was Mirage. Fans got to witness another good first-half display from Heroic but it was again G2 Esports who made it twist. A 10-4 second-half finish led G2 Esports to a back-to-back win as they claimed the game with a 16-13 score.
- Map 3: The game began on the Inferno map as it was the third map of the series. The first-half score ended up 7-8; in the second half, Heroic played brilliantly and made it 4-8. With this, Heroic secured the win by 11-16 and got a breakthrough. The Best of 5 game series settled for a 2-1.
- Map 4: Both teams then met on the Ancient map. G2 Esports were determined to secure the win as they went ahead with a 9-6 lead in the first half. The second half was totally dominated by G2 Esports as Heroic failed to hold against them. The second half ended with a score of 7-1 and G2 Esports won the game by 16-7.
Moment to rejoice
The victory led them to secure the title, winning the best of 5 game series by 3-1. This victory will surely be a memorable one as G2’s NiKo played the IEM Katowice Grand Final for the 4th time. Previously, he lost the three finals mainly in 2017, 2018 and 2022. But this time things were different as he finally got his hands on the trophy. Also, they were able to register their name as the second team in the CS:GO esports’ history with the longest map win streak. Ninjas in Pyjamas holds the longest map win streak with a total of 87 maps in both the years respectively 2012 and 2013.
Following the victory, G2 Esports qualified for the IEM Cologne 2023 which will take place on the 25th of July in Germany. Check out our previous articles on Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023. You can also check our Instagram.
@G2esports owns the IEM Katowice trophy.— GosugamersIndia (@gosugamersindia) February 13, 2023
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