G2 Esports have secured their ticket for the Legends stage of the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major, where they join 15 other teams in the race to the playoffs.
The French CS:GO esports outfit earned New Challenger status for the tournament by finishing 12th-14th at IEM Katowice Major in early March, meaning they had to fight their way through the first stage in order to qualify for the main event.
In the first fixture of the tournament, G2 faced off with the Chinese team TYLOO, who earned their ticket to the Berlin Major by finishing second at the Asia Minor Championship in late July.
Boasting a very talented team, TYLOO produced good results in the first half (6-9) but failed miserably in the second half (4-7) when G2’s defence proved to be too strong.
Winning the first match of the tournament did not mean a lot in terms of finishing top eight, yet it was a huge confidence boost for G2 ahead of their clash with the Russian underdogs DreamEaters, who defeated NRG (19-17) a day prior.
Knowing well the Russians should not be underestimated, G2 did not hesitate to showcase their full strength en route to a 16-9 win.
G2 jumped into round three with two wins in their pocket as they prepared to face a familiar opponent, mousesports, who crushed forZe 16-6 in round one and followed up with a 19-17 win over AVANGAR.
The German side are known to cause G2 problems and lived up to that reputation with an impressive 2-1 comeback win after losing the first map 5-16.
Having lost their third match against mouz, G2 were paired with forZe in their last fixture of the Challenger stage.
The match kicked off on Dust II, where G2 pulled through with a 28-25 win after four gruelling overtime periods.
The series then went to Inferno, with the French side jumping out to a 11-4 lead at half-time en route to a comfortable victory.
While G2 secured a top-eight finish to reach the Legends stage, forZe went to the fifth round and bowed out of the tournament with a 0-2 defeat to DreamEaters.