G2 and Space Soldiers exit DreamHack Marseille early

The first day of competition ended with two big names surprisingly being eliminated.

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DreamHack Masters Marseille is off to a hot start. Out of 16 of the world’s best teams, four of them are already going home.

G2 Esports and Space Soldiers are among the eliminated teams today in the $250,000 Marseille event. They each lost two grueling best-of-ones in the GSL formatted group stage. Valiance and TyLoo were also eliminated due to their respective losses to Mousesports, SK Gaming, Fnatic, and Renegades.

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Early in the day, G2 met with Cloud9 and suffered a tough double overtime loss to a momentum-driven North American squad. The Frenchmen were close to finishing the game at 18-15, but C9’s defenses were too fortified, allowing them to eventually win Mirage 22-20. Newcomer Pujan “FNS” Mehta also had many crucial multi-kills and play calls to put C9 into tomorrow’s winners match.

Another key storyline in today’s games involved SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Dennis Edman attained a crazy USP-S exit frag 3K against a full SK buy on Train, while also saving an AWP for William “draken” Sundin. That play essentially cost SK the game, since their economy diminished late in the game, and NiP followed up with three strong buys to end the game 16-13. Draken finished the map at the top of the server at 27 frags.

Group A

Initial Matches

  • FaZe Clan wins Cache 16-1 vs. Team Envy
  • Cloud9 wins Mirage 22-20 vs. G2 Esports

Elimination Match

  • Team Envy wins Cache 16-7 vs. G2 Esports

Group B

Initial Matches

  • Mousesports wins Mirage 16-13 vs. Valiance
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas wins Train 16-13 vs. SK Gaming

Elimination Match

  • SK Gaming wins Mirage 16-4 vs. Valiance

Group C

Initial Matches

  • Fnatic wins Inferno 16-4 vs. TyLoo
  • Natus Vincere wins Inferno 16-4 vs. Renegades

Elimination Match

  • Renegades wins Mirage 16-12 vs. TyLoo

Group D

Initial Matches

  • Team Liquid wins Cobblestone 16-7 vs. Gambit Esports
  • Astralis wins Inferno 16-2 vs. Space Soldiers

Elimination Match

  • Gambit Esports wins Train 16-7 vs. Space Soldiers

Tomorrow’s games will decide the first four teams going through to the playoff stage of DreamHack Masters Marseille. The four best-of-three winners’ matches are FaZe vs. C9, Mouz vs. NiP, Fnatic vs. Na’Vi, and Liquid vs. Astralis. Matches kick off tomorrow at 3am CT.

DreamHack Masters Marseille concludes with the grand finals on Sunday, April 22.