The Championship continued to feature major changes in North America at the HCS NA Super on Sunday, with the players first sweeping the tournament’s four winners 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the losers bracket against eUnited.
The rise of popularity of G1 Halo infiniteThe rivalry scene has been a big talking point ever since former Faze Clan star Bubu Dubu’s roster was revealed in June. Since then, picking up a win in the HCS Open series two weeks ago, predictions from both analysts and fans have G1 making a big impact in the NA Super this weekend. However, a complete demolition of previous Grand Finals contender eUnited showed that G1 is aiming for greater heights in the run-up to Worlds.
King of the Mountain served as a mission statement for that goal in game one, as G1 quickly built up an ever-growing lead over eUnited in the opening minutes. Control of the power tools remains firmly in the hands of G1 and Bubu Dubu, allowing the team to push hard into teamfights, ensuring they come out on top. With a Staller Rifle, Bulldog and Rocket Launcher permanently in hand, Bubu Dubu led the leaderboard as his team went 4-1, sitting pretty with 20 kills and 13.3 KDA. The final stat screen showed another G1 strength, with three players in double figures in assists in one match as a testament to their teamwork and support system.
The teamwork structure that served G1 well in game one translated perfectly into games two and three. Aquarius Slayer looked confidently in the hands of G1 after the initial struggle for control, once the power spots were wrestled away from them, eUnited descended into repeated strawweights. Flawless kills at G1 meant eUnited never had a chance to swing back in their favor, and a 17-kill mark that began with a two-kill swing at G1 grew to 12-kills at 34. – Kill sign. Manny was the main victim of the G1 lockout, with five kills and 13 kills by the end of the game. He said that he and the suspect’s total lack of damage would control the G1 map and its speed.
If they wanted a chance at a reverse sweep, eUnited had to come up big on the oddball fill in game three. The sudden nature of their situation gave them the boost they needed in the first round of G1. With three minutes left in the innings, eUnited led comfortably 70-14. But as proven in game two, G1 didn’t make a single mistake after breaking eUnited’s setup in Hydro. Piece by piece, G1 chipped away at eUnited’s lead until they took a stubborn set-up lead in the pipe.
Stealing what seemed to be eUnited to take round one, United was comparatively spoiled in the second round, and G1 took full advantage and took the game without losing a single round. G1’s Swish provided an outstanding kill performance to secure their team’s victory, finishing the game with over 1,000 damage and 27 kills in total. G1’s strength was the consistency of all four players in the series, but when one needed to step up they were more than capable of holding the focus.
G1 will face Cloud9 with a chance for the top three and with motivation and confidence from eUnited, the unaffiliated team has a good chance to pull off a huge upset and make a deep run to Super.