The BLAST.tv Paris Major has been host to shocking upsets from start to finish, with some of the strongest teams in the world falling to the hands of underdog teams. And it seems that G2 Esports has fallen victim to this, with one of the strongest teams in the tournament having just been eliminated from the final CS:GO Major.
BLAST.tv Paris Major - Fnatic vs G2 Esports results
G2's shock departure from the Paris Major came following their defeat at the hands of Fnatic, with the series ending with a score of 2-1.
The series got off to a promising start for G2, with the team recovering from their early struggles on Inferno, stealing the map away from Fnatic with a score of 19-16 - Aided by stellar performances from both Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov.
Sadly, however, they were unable to keep up that performance - and went on to suffer losses of 11-16 on Ancient and 13-16 on Vertigo. Justin 'jks' Savage was G2's best performer here, boasting a rating of 1.30 across the series according to HLTV.
It brings an end to what proved to be a difficult Legends Stage for G2, who are leaving with a record of 1 win to 3 losses. G2's sole victory came on May 14, when they defeated FURIA Esports (now eliminated) with a score of 2-0. However, they had significantly less luck elsewhere on the Legends Stage, having also suffered defeat at the hands of Team Vitality and Bad News Eagles.
G2 will be heading home from the last-ever CS:GO tournament alongside their fellow eliminated teams, including Bad News Eagles, ENCE, FURIA and 9INE.
It's an unfortunate turn of events for G2, who dominated the early stages of the Major, having claimed a winning streak of 3 wins and 0 losses during the Challengers Stage.
It's particularly unfortunate news for NiKo, who is widely known as one of the best CS:GO players in the world, but has never won a CS:GO Major - and with the Paris Major being the game's last outing before Counter-Strike 2, he never will. That's despite coming tantalisingly close in the past, with NiKo having been part of the G2 lineup that finished PGL Major Stockholm 2021 in 2nd place. As CS:GO caster Conner "Scrawny" Girvan put it after G2's loss to Fnatic, “The guillotine in Paris drops on the head of the king who will never touch the crown.”
It has been a rough Major for some of the biggest teams in CS:GO. FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere (NAVI) are both similarly still struggling to qualify for the playoffs - while notably weaker teams such as Monte and GamerLegion have already qualified.
But there's still time left to qualify before the playoffs kick off on May 18. To watch the BLAST.tv Paris Major live, simply click here to see our upcoming BLAST.tv Paris Major match schedule. And before you bet on CS:GO, remember to claim your free 100% bonus!