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Published: May 15, 2023

Written by: Stoyan Todorov

  • FURIA exit the tournament following a 0-2 defeat to G2
  • The European team dominated the FURIA on Inferno and Mirage
  • G2’s next opponents will be the much tougher fnatic

FURIA’s dreams of winning the last-ever CS:GO Major, before the game transitions to CS2 later this summer, were trampled after they were eliminated from the tournament by G2.

G2 Defeat FURIA

G2’s mixed European roster utterly dominated their Brazilian opponents, resulting in FURIA’s exit from the BLAST Premier Paris Major. The match was quite one-sided as the Europeans defeated the Brazilians 2-0 on Inferno and Mirage, with the latter not being able to score double digits on any of the two maps.

FURIA’s performance at the BLAST Paris Major was somewhat lackluster, with the team struggling to find consistency in any of the matches played. This was also evident in their last match against G2, where the latter were leagues above the Brazilian squad. All of this severely hurt FURIA’s morale, arguably playing a huge role in their defeat and elimination from the tournament.

On the other hand, G2 were firing on all cylinders. The team owes their victory against FURIA largely thanks to the Bosnian brother duo of Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač and Nemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač. They still have a long way to go if they are to make it to the playoffs. However, their comfortable victory against FURIA will give them enough of a confidence boost to continue forward.

Perhaps FURIA’s defeat could be linked to the fact the Brazilian team came into the BLAST Premier Paris Major while in the middle of changing their playstyle, which had defined them for years. The initial signs seemed promising at the RMR and IEM Rio, but the Brazilians flopped badly at this Major and will need to re-evaluate their approach moving forwards. When playing offensive against other teams in the Major, the Brazilians didn’t manage a single T round until this series against G2.

Despite defeating FURIA in such a dominant manner, G2 have not been the powerhouse side they were at the start of the year when they won IEM Katowice. The team suffered consecutive defeats to Bad News Eagles and Vitality in the Challengers stage of the tournament, but both matches were close, proving the G2 still has a lot of steam. 

Following their match against FURIA however, G2 will probably have to face far stronger opponents, which will put the European team to the test, with their first challenger being fntaic.

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