G2 gets knocked out of Qualifier #1 for First Strike
Europe’s giant in Valorant, G2 Esports have been knocked out of the first qualifier for First Strike. The new esports organization co-owned by football superstar, David Beckham, has knocked out G2 in a best-of-one encounter on Ascent at the play-in stage of the qualifier. Guild Esports has proceeded to the playoffs, where four spots are up for grabs in the regional EU finals of the First Strike event.
Off to a rocky start to the qualifier, which saw Guild fly out of the qualifier A in the initial stage, round of 128, the team recomposed and came back stronger in qualifier B. There, the ex-Bonk roster with Malkolm “bonkar” Rench at the steer, saw the Swedish lineup breeze through their three opponents and qualify to the next stage of the qualification process. There, they encountered their final boss, G2 Esports.
The match was the ultimate test for the freshly-signed roster. Going up against Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho and co. was sure to be no easy task. Guild, however, got off to a hot start, as on Ascent’s defense they were able to pile up a significant lead at 9-3. G2’s captain, mixwell, was absent the whole half, as the team struggled to put up rounds on attack. After side switch, G2 were under pressure to strike back on their own defensive side. The battle was far from over for the two sides, as G2 got within reach of making it all square at a 9-11 scoreline. However, Guild would finally close things out at 13-11 in their favor, causing the biggest upset at the qualifier thus far.
The road to First Strike doesn’t cease there, however, as G2 will have another chance at qualifying for the event. A second qualifier kicks off on November 16. However, G2 will have to start all over from the beginning. Given the best-of-one format of the qualifier and play-in stages, another mistake such as this one will cost the European Valorant superteam a spot at the elusive First Strike event in December.