The G2 eSports duo of Shox and KennyS won this years HTC tournament. They won their final matchup against Aizy and Cajunb to secure their title as HTC 2v2 Invitational winners.
The French superstar duo had a bad start this tournament losing against the Turkish duo XANTARES. the duo also lost against Calyx in the opening match of the tournament. They ended up in second place in their group. They took down fellow French duo of ScreaM and Happy from EnVyUs and the Danish duo JUGi and Niko.
In the following match they took down the duo of FaZe: NiKo and Rain with a 2-0 victory. Leading up to the semi-finals they beat Aizy and Cajunb with a 2-1. This gave them one of the spots in the finals of the tournament.
Shox and KennyS
Shox and KennyS took the Upper Brackets of this tournament. They had a match advantage in the final only needing one best-of-three win over the competition which needed 2 best-of-three wins for their title. Aizy and Cajunb won their Lower Bracket matches against XANTARES and Calyx leading them to the second finals spot. The first match of the final series went the way of Aizy and cajunb making it a 1-1 in score. G2 didn’t let it get to them and took the second series resulting them their HTC 2v2 victory.
For shox this is his second title in the HTC Invitational series. Last year Shox won the 1v1 tournament hosted by HTC and he sets his record forward by taking the next one as well. We will see if he takes the next HTC Invitational in 2018 to make it a hat trick.
The final standings of the HTC 2v2 Invitational tournament were the following:
- Shox & KennyS – $20,000
- Aizy & Cajunb – $10,000
- XANTARES & Calyx – $5,000
- NiKo & Rain – $5,000
The remaining players all received a price of $2,500 for the participation. These being the following Duo’s:
- S1mple & Seized
- JUGi & Niko
- zAAz & Juliano
- Happy & ScreaM
The Tournament Comparable to LAN Party
Players were very open about the tournament throughout the interviews hosted by the organizers. Each of the players say it was a very relaxed experience that gave them a break from the crowded tournament schedule that each of these players has to attend. The tournament was said to be comparable to a LAN party with a group of friends that you know through work with the eye on the price being second place and having fun the first priority. Some players did not agree in this statement. They said that they have a winners intuition. They agree that the team will do their very best to take home that price money. On the other hand the positivity about the HTC tournament was expressed openly.
HTC has really set the tone for a new style of events hosting a 1v1 tournament last year and following it up with a 2v2 tournament. It is not done often but took major viewing numbers and eSports betters also showed interest in this tournament. Maybe we will see more tournament organizers pick up this creative and fun idea of taking the professionals out of their comfort zone in the team and put them in a real raw skill matchup against their friends and rivals.