G2 qualify for ESL One New York 2019, Vitality forfeits

G2 beat CR4ZY to win the qualifier.

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon George Geddes · 9 Jul 2019


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On July 9, G2 qualified for the upcoming ESL One New York 2019 from September 26-29 to compete for its chance to win a share of $200,000. There will be eight teams at the event with four already confirmed. These are now G2, Team Liquid, Astralis, ENCE, and eUnited. 

G2 won its first game against Tricked 2-1, winning both Dust2 and Inferno in overtime. G2 was on the brink of elimination in overtime but G2 rifler Audric “JaCkz” Jug saved the team as he managed a 1v3 ace clutch to win the round, which tied the game at 18-18. G2 then went on to win the map 22-19. 

Next, G2 played CR4ZY in the final. The winner earned a spot at ESL One New York. G2 came out flat as it lost the first map on Vertigo 16-8. However, the French team fired back on Dust2, winning 16-11. Finally, G2 clutched the final rounds on Train, winning 16-13.  

Other teams in the qualifier included mousesports and BIG Clan. 

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Mousesports was one of the favorites to win the qualifier. However, the team finished top eight after losing to CR4ZY in a best-of-three. CR4ZY won 2-1, winning both Mirage and Nuke in a close contest. Mousesports AWPer woxic complained about ping issues during the match, which could have contributed to the loss. 

BIG Clan also finished top eight. BIG lost to Danish team Tricked 2-0 on Nuke and Dust2. 

The French superstars Vitality did not take part in the qualifier. According to Vitality coach Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam, the team is leaving for the ESEA Season 31 Global challenge and the ESEA MDL Season 31 Europe finals which will grant Vitality the opportunity to qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 10 or the ESL Pro League Season 9 relegation. Therefore, Vitality did not have the time to take part in the qualifier. These events will run from July 12-14. 

The ESEA Season 31 Global challenge will take place from July 13-14. The ESEA MDL Season 31 Europe finals takes place on July 12. 

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