After months of rumors that Australian talent Barcode was seeking a transfer to a North American team, the Australian made his G2 Esports debut at the HCS NA Super this weekend. Taking fourth place on the list, a place already populated by three different players in the past six months, Barcode made a statement with an outstanding performance that saw G2 beat Spacestation Gaming 3-0 in his first game of pool play.
While all three games in the best of five series were a call closer than the series’ final result might suggest, G2 can be encouraged by the lineup’s immediate potential and the ability to finish tight games. The barcode was a key factor in displaying this potential, topping the G2’s primary screen in the first and second games.
The Australian was the only G2 member who could keep up with Ace’s Spacestation’s killer production and suppressed Capture The Flag in the first game. With seven more kills to his name compared to his closest teammates, for a total of 26, Barcode’s performance proved essential in an overtime match that only ended with G2 narrowly winning 2-1. This was despite Ace and Suppressed both ending the match at 13 and 10.7 KDA, respectively – a troubling sign that Spacestation’s thematic gameplay requires some major improvement.
Barcode also secured a triple kill in Slayer on Streets in the second game, again leading his team with 15 kills overall in the match. Spacestation’s struggles in the series only worsen when they stumbled against a small advance in their favor at the end of the game. Spacestation’s double kill advantage capped with 10 kills to climax in a 50-42 win for G2, which proved to be a swinging momentum that Spacestation failed to recover from in the third and final inning.
Here are the final results of the Pool D match between G2 Esports and Spacestation Gaming:
- Pick up the flag on the catalyst: 2-1 G2
- Street killer: 50-42 G2
- Oddball when recharging: 2-0 G2
Barcode left his Australian organisation, The Chiefs Esports Club, after a six-month period of complete dominance in the region at the start of hello infinitecompetitive season. While Barcode and G2 won’t have the same kind of track record in the face of stiff competition in North America, it’s clear that those big ups and downs and bigger rewards are home to more Barcode’s talent than their territory.
G2 will continue to HCS NA Super this weekend as they aim to reach the top of Pool D and take part in the North American Summit with their updated roster.