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IEM Beijing EU: G2 Esports and BIG Survive for One More Day

The two Sunday match-ups of IEM Beijing Europe 2020 saw G2 Esports outlast North by 2-1 and BIG eliminate ENCE on a 2-0. Tomorrow, G2 will fight against Mousesports for a place on playoffs and BIG will do the same versus Ninjas in Pyjamas.

North had the statistical edge heading into their map pick of Vertigo. Statistically the best map for the Nordic squad, G2 had only played it once with the new roster, having lost 16-4 to Ninjas in Pyjamas.

And sure enough, North would get to a five round lead by the end of the first half. Howbeit, G2 would come out swinging on second time and level up the match. Yet, Philip ‘aizy’ Aistrup had done the necessary for a 16-14 win, with 37 kills to his name, giving the early advantage to North.

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Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač and his crew would bounce back on Dust 2, making a 11-4 entrance on their T side. The Bosnian would replicate aizy’s effort on the first map, putting 36 on the board for a 16-8 victory, taking the series to Nuke.

G2 would keep the momentum in map three, finishing the first half on a three round lead. Moving to the CT side of the map, they would run away with the series and eventually close it out after three match-points, eliminating North on a 16-12.

Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne finished Mirage with 38 kills – Dreamhack

Nuke would also be the first map in the ENCE-BIG match-up. Despite being the map pick of ENCE, it would be the Germans to burst into the lead, with a landslide 12-3 half.

Undaunted, the side of Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli would make a big comeback and extend it to overtime but BIG would at length take the win and the precious 1-0 lead in the series.

ENCE exit IEM Beijing without a single map

Nuke would also be the first map in the ENCE-BIG match-up. Despite being the map pick of ENCE, it would be the Germans to burst into the lead, with a landslide 12-3 half. Undaunted, the side of Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli would make a big comeback and extend it to overtime but BIG would at length take the win and the precious 1-0 lead in the series.

Moving to Mirage, we would have a balanced first half, with ENCE trailing by a singular round. In second time, the Finns would pull ahead, putting 14 on the board. But BIG wouldn’t let a one-man army performance from Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne go to waste, dishing out a comeback and taking the series with the 16-14 victory.

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