G2 Esports was crowned Red Bull Home Ground champion this weekend following a heated five game battle against Team Liquid. With this victory, G2 cements its position as the top team in the European scene heading into the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour.
Despite going to five games, G2’s dominance in the maps it won was unmatched by Team Liquid. Both teams won their respective home ground maps, with Liquid narrowly taking Icebox 14-12, while G2 swept through Split 13-6. Liquid was poised for victory after taking Haven 13-11, though a monstrous 13-3 performance by G2 on Bind saw the teams head to a tie-breaking game. G2 would go on to secure the lion’s share of the invitational’s £24,000 ($33,000) prize pool after outgunning its opponent 13-10 on Ascent.
Having only joined G2 just over a week prior to the tournament, former Fortnite pro Aleksander ‘zeek’ Zygmunt was quick to make an impact while piloting Raze, Reyna, and Sage. “It’s even bigger for me than the rest of the teammates because it’s my first big tournament win so I’m super hyped,” he says. “You can see it on my face, I’m smiling all the time. I joined the best team, but I know I’m one of the best players in the game right now.”
G2 and Liquid’s meeting in the final followed an intense weekend of games. TL navigated its way past Guild Esports, before beating First Strike EU runner-up SUMN FC in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, G2 outclassed the fledgling roster of FrenzyGoKill, before besting Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Your Kings have returned 👑
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— G2 Esports (@G2esports) January 31, 2021
Home Ground’s final saw a solid 40,000 viewers tune in at its peak, showcasing the esport’s growing popularity. Meanwhile, invitationals of this nature have been welcomed by the likes of SUMN FC’s Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett as beneficial to the scene itself. “Having events like this means players – like myself and my team – can get experience of what it feels like to play under heated situations and become accustomed to situations where games matter,” he tells The Loadout in a recent interview.
Home Ground also serves as a sneak peek for what we can expect from European Valorant teams heading into the Champion’s Tour, with the first of three Challengers events kicking off this month.