2nd August 2020 – 12:30am
Day 2 of the Ignition Series x Mandatory.GG Cup was filled with unique match-ups! Many favourites fell before the quarter-finals, undermining most forecasts. It was therefore difficult to say with confidence who would be able to make it to the final.
The quarter-final started very well for G2 Esports. They managed to win their first game against DreamChasers without too much difficulty. Mixwell on his Jett made sure to take at least one kill on his opponents in order to get the numerical advantage. The rest of his team meticulously circled the remaining players before tightening the noose. Davidp, the new official recruit of G2, was once again particularly decisive and finished with a KDA of 24/8/6.
While we expected to see G2 ace the game once more, the second game was much more contested. Mixwell’s team, which is good at team maneuvers, had a much harder time gaining the upper hand on Haven and its 3 BPs. DreamChasers , in Attack, managed to plant the Spike very regularly, putting real pressure on G2 who too often forgot that haste makes waste. G2 finally regained control of the game at sides’ switch. By conceding only one round as Attackers, G2 won the second game and qualified in semi-final.
On the side of Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Those Guys, things were complicated from the start. As in the round of 8, the HyP team struggled to make the difference in the first game on Ascent, which was won snatched from the jaws of defeat. The second game was in favour of Those Guys. The Jett of starxo gave us a real demonstration, finishing on a KDA of 39/12/0.
The Ninjas in Pyjamas seemed to be sucked into a vicious circle and the third game on Split didn’t start out well for them. The score was 0-4, until Crea decided to take things in hand. The French player did a series of triple kills with his Omen thanks to very judicious positioning. That was the boost the team needed to regain its strength and win the next 7 rounds. Despite great actions from RETO and JotKa, nothing could stop the Ninjas in Pyjamas.
The third quarter-final brought together TBD and BBL Esports. The former eliminated FABRIKEN and Fish123, the latter eliminated Need More DM. Mathematically, we were more inclined to believe in TBD. And yet, BBL Esports proves once again that you can never be too sure of yourself in the Mandatory.GG Cup. The Turkish team won both maps thanks to the trio cNed, russ and AsLanM4ShadoW leading the hostilities.
Finally, Bonk made short work of 9X. Finishing both games with scores of 13-5 and 13-6, the bonkar’s mix is ultimately the team that most easily qualified for the semi-finals.
G2 Esports vs BBL Esports
If no one expected to see BBL Esports in a semi-final, they proved they weren’t there by accident. G2 Esports managed to win the first game, but not without having to respond to a real resistance for the first time in this tournament. Not everyone can score 9 rounds against G2. Davidp expressed himself on Twitter calling this match the worst he has played since he started Valorant. Fortunately for G2, Ardiis was particularly in great shape.
The second match was just as complicated for G2 Esports. The two teams fought back the whole game. We even saw Mixwell’s team make some rather worrying strategic mistakes, like forgetting the Spike when the BP was secured. Pyth explained in an interview that managing the Spike was one of the problems the team had, and it cost them several rounds. Once in Defense, managing the Spike was no longer a problem, and G2 finally regained the upper hand, not without having had to fight hard. BBL Esports played extremely well and they can be proud to be the first team that really worried the European champions.
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Bonk
This semi-final had a taste of revenge. Bonkar was part of the first Valorant team of Ninjas in Pyjamas before being dismissed and seeing and his place being offered to HyP. It was clearly a personal matter for Bonk.
The first round was probably the most contested of the semi-finals. The two teams couldn’t separate and the score was tied every 2-4 rounds. Yacine’s hyper-aggressiveness, already explosive during the first Mandatory Cup, has caught NiP off-guard more than once. Bonkar was also imperial, using his gaming intelligence and reflexes to accomplish particularly impressive actions. Where Bonk’s team shines with its strong individualities, the Ninjas offered strong teamwork. However, it was insufficient on this map, with Bonk winning 13-10.
Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas fortunately get some colour back… or rather, Bonk lost all its means. Bonkar’s team didn’t seem all set at all. There was no cohesion between the players who all let each other be picked up one by one. Their strategy, based on Breach, Brimstone and Raze paid absolutely no price, and the absence of a Sage Sage was felt. Progressing slowly, but surely, rhyme on Cypher and Crea on Omen have defused all vague hopes of their opponents. Fearoth and luckeRRR then took charge of cleaning up the various sites in one-sided fights. Taking advantage of their economical advantage, the Ninjas wiped the floor with Bonk, 13-4.
Bonk players were able to pick themselves up and put aside this poor performance. In many ways, this third and final round on Ascent was similar to the first. A constant back and forth in the score, victory or defeat being decided on strokes of genius or mistakes from Bonk. This jagged performance shows real potential, which has yet to be fully harnessed by this team. Never mind, against the brand new Ninjas in Pyjamas squad which isn’t yet well-established, it was enough. Bonk eventually won the semi-final with a score of 13-9.
Here are our 2 finalist teams who will compete on Sunday, 2nd August at 7pm.
Pyth – Patitek – Ardiis – Mixwell – Davidp
G2 Esports showed a few weaknesses for the first time today. And against an unknown team, moreover. Players are absolutely going to have to pull themselves together during the final if they want to win their 3rd Ignition Series title.
bonkar – Sayf – Yacine – ziz – Salah
Bonk’s performance can be as impressive as disastrous. It’s essential that the players channel their energy and use it for the benefit of collective actions. If they get there, they might just be unstoppable.