In a single moment, you can see G2 Esports’ Counter-Strike squad realize they’re going to lose.
One of the best things about Counter-Strike is that a round or even an entire match can turn on a dime.The in-game economy does create momentum and can make it challenging for a losing team to mount a comeback, there’s really nothing in the game to prevent any one player from morphing into The Terminator and slaughtering everyone. Sometimes, that kind of hero-play will completely shatter an opposing team.
Which is what just happened to the G2 Counter-Strike team in their match against Astralis at the Global eSports Cup. G2 was nursing a decent lead in the final map of the series, and had firm control of the bomb site with three members alive versus a single Astralis player, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth. Xyp9x (pronounced Zip-nix) only had a Tec-9 pistol, which is not the stuff of which great comebacks are made.
And then he went and did this:
It’s hard to pick a favorite moment here. The “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” headshot at the start of the clip, the G2 player sitting in the open, the use of grenades to control the entrance to the bomb site, or the the calm sidestep to grab the AK for the coup de grace.
It’s an inspiring play if you’re on the winning side, and a pretty crushing one if you’re on the team that choked-away their lead. Not a huge surprise, then, that Astralis came back to tie the match and win in overtime.
The Global eSports Cup runs through Sunday, and is streaming on Azubu.tv. First prize is $80k, so there’s quite a bit on the line for these teams.
Rob Zacny is a freelance writer and esports journalist. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org