G2 Secured BLAST Premier Fall Finals Spot against Vitality
After securing victory in a rematch versus Vitality in the last chance bracket, G2 secured a spot in the BLAST Premier Fall Final, narrowly edging out a win in a series that went the distance and required nearly every single round in regulation to resolve. NiKo’s squad lost to Vitality earlier in the BLAST-run CSGO tourney but went on to give Vitality a taste of its own medicine in a three-map bout. And, in a reversal of fortunes for both squads, NiKo was able to push his team over the line.
The first map, Vertigo, saw G2 come out on top in a nail-biting 16–14 finish, despite ZyWoo’s heroics. The French superstar ZyWoo pulled off a clean post-plant 1 vs 2 clutches against G2’s B-site attack, racking up kills to buff his already impressive K/D ratio and putting him atop the leaderboard for the map.
The series offered up another close 13–16 game right after too, this time in favor of Vitality. G2’s new Aussie rifler Justin “jks” Savage came out swinging in the last match, picking up his game to slam the door on a comeback from Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and the VIT roster. G2 now progresses to the Blast Premier Fall Final 2022 to battle it out against plenty of Counter-Strike heavy hitters like NaVi, FaZe Clan, and the up-and-coming, dangerous international squad OG.
G2 recently bolstered their roster with site-anchor Justin “jks” Savage and in-game-leader Ramus ‘HooXi’ Nielsen, but unfortunately for them, the squad hasn’t impressed since their debuts just two weeks ago. This opener series against MiBR will be a great opportunity to demonstrate that they are still one of the best CSGO teams out there.
MiBR Won CCT Central Europe Series Last Week
MIBR won CCT Central Europe Series 1 after getting the better of 1WIN in the grand final, a three-map series that saw the teams win their map picks, Dust2 and Vertigo, before MIBR came out ahead following a 16-6 victory on Nuke. MIBR’s win means the Brazilian squad currently resides at the top of the Central Europe regional rankings, from which the top three teams qualify for the Central Europe studio LAN, set to take place in early 2023.
Both finalists were directly invited to the playoffs of the online tournament, meaning they skipped the opening Swiss group stage and joined at the quarter-final stage. The teams had a contrasting route to the grand final, however, with 1WIN not dropping a single map in their wins against Aurora, forZe, and Falcons. On the other side of the bracket, MIBR struggled to get past Tricked and Monte in close games, before making light work of EC Kyiv to book their ticket in the final.
The grand final began with 1WIN edging out their CT half on Dust2 with a 9-6 scoreline before MIBR displayed an even stronger CT side to win the map 16-12. Vertigo began with another strong defensive half by the Brazilians, putting up a seven-round lead at the interval. Their T side was much less convincing, however, as they dropped the lead and lost the map 16-13.
MIBR were the ones to start on the CT side of Nuke and ran away with a dominant performance to once again lead 11-4 at halftime. This time their offensive side was equally impressive, with the Brazilians looking comfortable on their way to a 16-6 win and the CCT Central Europe Series 1 title. Henrique “HEN1” Teles was MIBR’s standout player across the event, as the 27-year-old AWPer averaged a 1.26 rating, with young gun Breno “brnz4n” Poletto not far behind with a 1.24.
G2 vs MiBR Match Information
- Date: Wednesday, September 7
- Time: 1:30pm ET
- G2 vs MiBR Live Stream: ESL_CSGO – Twitch
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- G2 vs MiBR Predictions, Match Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks
G2 vs MiBR Predictions
Let’s get it out of the way, G2 are the clear favorites coming into this match, and there are plenty of reasons for that. Not only do they have superior firepower when it comes to the individual level, but also as a team, they look far better than the Brazilian squad. The last two times these two teams played against each other, the Europeans didn’t break a sweat and completely rolled over MiBR, and I expect the same to happen once again.
Sure, G2 hasn’t looked that great in many CSGO betting enthusiasts’ eyes, but this roster shouldn’t struggle at all against a team like MIBR as it would be one of the biggest upsets of the tournament if MiBR ends up winning over G2.
PICK: G2 -1.5 Map Advantage at -141