Northern Arena Montreal took over the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday to showcase an epic Grand Final between OpTic Gaming and G2 eSports.
G2 eSports defeated rivals Team EnVyUs, while OpTic took out the red-hot Heroic lineup to advance to the Grand Finals for a shot at $50,000. However, there was a lot more than money on the line for both teams. G2 have been long struggling to hold on to the success they found just a few months prior. With that success came a brief taste of French CS royalty, shortly before things started to tear at the seams. OpTic Gaming has been struggling on the brink of being considered a top tier squad, and taking a large LAN title away from a Top-5 team would do wonders in getting them over the hump.
The veto process would see OpTic pick Cobblestone. This pick was likely from sheer confidence, given G2 having a decent history on the map. G2 would shock OpTic in the first half going up 12-3 thanks to a great showing by Richard ‘shox’ Papillon. OpTic would claw all the way back through round after gruelling round, but would ultimately fall just short and take heartbreaking 16-14 loss.
Going into Dust 2, G2 was trying to shake off their lackluster performance in the second half of Cobblestone. OpTic on the other hand came out of the gates with a head of steam and determination. Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz and Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik’s impact plays would lead OpTic’s reply and take G2’s map pick by a score of 16-12.
The final showdown of Northern Arena Montreal’s CS GO Grand Finals would take place on Train, and this couldn’t have worked out better for the #Greenwall. OpTic played the vetoes very well, and this should be duly noted as key element in their victory. G2 was left between a rock and a hard place, as OpTic has shown their propensity thus far on Cache, and have historically had a strong Train on both offense and defense.
Once again, the stars of OpTic would shine as Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik and Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas took turns putting both their team and North American CS fans on their backs as they shut down every offensive tactic G2 eSports threw their way. Terrorist side was no different for OpTic, as explosive plays from Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas and Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic would seal the deal and secure the title.
Northern Arena Montreal was an amazing event to watch, with Nuke being drawn out an unprecedented amount of times in the group stages for a tournament of this scale. Many players shared time in the spotlight, but Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas has truly shown that he is capable of hanging with the most skilled CS players on the planet. OpTic seems to have finally found a fit after a lengthy period of roster change and speculation, and it will be interesting to see where the Northern Arena Montreal CS GO Champions are heading.