Day 2 of Northern Arena Montreal is in the books, as another booming day of Counter-Strike unfolded.
The day began with G2 eSports set against Heroic, who have been lurking in the realms of mid-to-high tier CS recently. G2 eSports have been caught in an unfortunate slew of underperformance and early exits as of late, and were looking to change that here. Nuke has been a common veto outcome at Northern Arena Montreal thus far, and as such it’s fitting that the first winner’s match would feature this relatively avoided map. Michael ‘Friis’ Jørgensen would put his team on his back to absolutely stun the Frenchmen 16-14 to advance to the semi-finals. G2 of course were not eliminated, but this upset forced them into a do or die best-of-three with Liquid later on.
Next up was EnVyUs and OpTic, and they saw no reason to break the trend as Nuke was left over once again after vetoes. Team EnVyUs were very strong in their opening match on Nuke against Complexity, and things looked no different on Day 2 at Northern Arena Montreal. The boys in blue would take the map 16-13 and would send OpTic off for a matchup with NRG. Both Nathan ‘NBK-‘ Schmitt and Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub were solid for the French side, who are improving each passing day.
Liquid and G2 faced off on Train, Cache, and low and behold Nuke in a thrilling best-of-three elimination match. Strong performances from Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom and Alexandre ‘bodyy’ Pianaro would see G2 through to the semi-finals, where the war to end all wars will be waged against their French counterparts Team EnVyUs. Liquid’s blunder appeared to be their inept playstyle on Nuke that seemed to be confused by the tactics of G2 round after round. Liquid will be heading back to the drawing board as they face the inevitable comparisons to their prior roster with young star Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev.
NRG and OpTic have developed somewhat of a growing rivalry, the regional competitors met in the second and final elimination match of the day. OpTic would devastate NRG across Dust 2 and Cobblestone, where four out of five OpTic members would break the 40-frag mark between the two maps. NRG’s veteran players Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninić struggled to keep up, as the team would be eliminated. OpTic will now face Heroic in the other semi-final match on Saturday.