DH Austin title is G2's to lose

G2 travel to Austin for their second event with the new lineup, and anything less than first place should be deemed a failure.

After a year that had its fair share of ups and downs but that ultimately showed G2’s incredible ability to get the maximum out of nothing, putting the long-forgotten Titan team back on the map and challenging for trophies again, the Spain-based organisation announced its new roster in February amidst much fanfare.

Getting Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Richard "shox" Papillon, France’s best players, on the same team was like a dream come true for many. Even without fan favourite Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, who was left out in the cold, much to the dismay of many, G2 seemed to have enough tricks up their sleeves to be called a true title contender and give France its first Major crown since 2015.

The “Super Team” tag was thrown around a lot, perhaps a bit too carelessly, with critics lining up to mock the team as the first results were anything but encouraging. Having failed to qualify for IEM Katowice, G2’s new roster made its first offline appearance only in April, more than two months after the shuffle had been confirmed.


G2 are the super-favourites for DH Austin 

At the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 finals, G2 put on quite a show, beating Ninjas in Pyjamas, HellRaisers and SK Gaming in the Swiss stage. More importantly, they did so while giving up just 16 rounds in total, securing the best round difference of all teams in the Swiss stage in addition to a high seed in the playoffs.

It was such a dominant run that G2 instantly became one of the favourites to win the whole tournament. However, the team failed to live up to that billing and lost out in the quarter-finals to FaZe, who had barely made it out of the groups, in a three-map series. The Frenchmen returned home with $10,000, a figure that pales in comparison to the $125,000 that FaZe would go on to take after winning the event.

Despite the setback, G2 still had plenty of positives to take from the tournament. The manner in which they beat those three teams, especially the in-form HellRaisers, who would finish in the top four, showed that the French side can achieve greatness, provided that they can iron out the inconsistencies in their game.

And their latest results are nothing short of impressive: since returning from Kiev, G2 have won 11 of the 14 games they have played, acquitting themselves really well against all sorts of opponents, even current Major champions Astralis. Their map pool is looking very diverse, with Nuke seemingly their strongest pick, with the team having won all but one of the 10 games they have played on it, including the last eight.

G2’s incredible run has seen them move up to third in the ESL Pro League, when just a few weeks ago they were languishing at the bottom of the table. Since the start of the month, they have also moved up seven places to ninth in our world ranking.

Heading into DreamHack Austin, G2 are the third-highest ranked team in attendance, behind Immortals (#7) and HellRaisers (#8). But the Frenchmen showed in Kiev that they are perfectly capable of dealing with Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow’s men and with Brazilian opposition. Out of all the remaining teams, only Gambit (#11) look like a real threat, and they will have to rely on great individual performances from Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov and Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev to make up for their vulnerability in some moments of their games.

With none of the top five teams in the world in attendance, G2 will probably never have a better chance to win international silverware than at DH Austin. They are the clear-cut favourites, and winning the event would come as a massive boost ahead of the Summer season. When quizzed on the creation of the team, G2 owner Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez Santiago told theScore esports that the team represent “the biggest investment” in the history of CS:GO. If there ever is a time for them to start justifying that investment, that time is now.

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
644
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1671
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
this article gives me mixed feelings.
2017-04-28 13:00
#5
Nepal OTAN 
ez for g2
2017-04-28 12:59
good luck
2017-04-28 13:00
#8
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Norway v3nz 
yes
2017-04-28 12:59
nice, heroic gonna win tho
2017-04-28 13:00
#13
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Switzerland Alpollo 
No
2017-04-28 12:59
EZ REKT FOR FAZE
2017-04-28 13:00
#15
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Sweden lagcats 
ohh ocelote xD
2017-04-28 13:00
#16
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Malaysia gkshiang 
IM TOO FAST CANT GET FIRST
2017-04-28 13:00
??? Its theirs to win
2017-04-28 13:00
#18
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
G2s to lose?
2017-04-28 13:00
#20
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Brazil janfps 
All>G2
2017-04-28 13:01
lost against VP....this is shame
2017-04-28 13:02
#23
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Spain Alser 
HLTV don't usually make headlines like this, this isn't really my cup of tea but oh well
2017-04-28 13:08
Hopefully a feature section will come to life in the near future!
2017-04-28 13:14
Updates on HLTV kek
2017-04-28 14:50
#39
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Brazil DileBani 
Oh well, you don't have to click the article at all
2017-04-28 14:07
so was summit to sk tier 1 are expected to win, but making a oficial post like this is kinda too much isnt it?
2017-04-28 13:10
#26
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
HYPE BOYS
2017-04-28 13:10
#27
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Paraguay mcraepy 
Expected
2017-04-28 13:13
#28
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
they will have to rely on great individual performances from and Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev Probably missing a player's name there
2017-04-28 13:13
tag messed up. Fixed!
2017-04-28 13:14
For a second , I thought that G2 couldn't compete anymore at DH Austin
2017-04-28 13:14
:)
2017-04-28 13:18
eZ
2017-04-28 13:20
Will C9 get knocked out again*
2017-04-28 13:20
#35
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
Lets see "the biggest investment” in the history of CS:GO.
2017-04-28 13:30
#37
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Brazil DooteR_ 
Ez for Immortals
2017-04-28 13:35
Gj and gl to G2
2017-04-28 13:36
with a good veto, heroic could...
2017-04-28 14:07
+1 for heroic
2017-04-28 14:12
they will lose to c9/gambit
2017-04-28 14:10
#44
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Yeah ez for G2 as NIP ain't playing
2017-04-28 14:26
#45
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CIS Bushyba 
lets go gambit !
2017-04-28 14:27
#47
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France France98123 
ROFL, expected from HLTV to put even more pressure on the french roster, astralis need to keep their "#1 spot" as long as possible right ? disgusting
2017-04-28 14:28
Liquid got this.
2017-04-28 14:33
#49
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Portugal dracø 
That would be the case if this scene was anywhere near stable. Even heroic can win this. G2 is indeed in a good form right now, but so were na'vi in the group stage during the last major lul
2017-04-28 14:41
#50
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Netherlands RichRamp 
HR will win tho
2017-04-28 14:46
#runsk
2017-04-28 14:46
#53
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Russia skipster 
"DH Austin title is G2's to lose" I am retarded I didn't get it like Dreamhack wants to g2 lose?
2017-04-28 14:51
#55
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Brazil thinking_ 
it means that g2 should win that, every other result is a lose for g2.
2017-04-28 14:58
#66
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Finland jayss 
just means they're heavy favorites to win
2017-04-28 15:47
Ridiculous. The title is not G2's to lose. Doesn't matter if this team is a super team. If they want the title, they need to prove, and prove in every single match they play. IMO this "superteam" is too overrated. Let's see whether they get a good results against strong team on important tournaments, then we think if we gonna call them superteam. Astralis has no great players, when it comes to individual skills. But they have great performances because their patience, mental trainment, psychological preparation and many strats on their wide map pool. I hope G2 get eliminated to get off the jump
2017-04-28 15:02
+1 my SA friend
2017-04-28 15:05
yeah my friend, SK are best right ? LUL we can't accept who better than us we will call them overrated, because we are from brazil
2017-04-28 15:18
Did he say anything about sk? Except for the "astralis has no great players individually" I agree with the rest of his comment.
2017-04-28 15:25
#63
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Brazil maximoff66 
Sk #4 , g2?
2017-04-28 15:25
G2 16 - 8 SK. Also the HLTV ratings are garbage.
2017-04-28 22:02
#108
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Brazil maximoff66 
So, the team who one the last bo1 is the best? So immortals >> astralis! Lets Go brazil!!
2017-04-29 01:53
Well CLG beat Immortals in their last BO1, so they are obviously the best team. Although Astralis beat CLG... My point was the HLTV ratings are garbage. They have Hellraisers as the 8th best team in the world... If we were to have a major tomorrow, anyone that has Hellraisers making the playoffs deserves to get shot.
2017-04-29 03:18
I didn't say anything about SK, as the other guy just said; actually I think SK Gaming has potential to be the best team in the world, but they're too proud. Anyway, it's not the discussion object here.
2017-04-28 16:26
Do you know what favoritism means? This feature isn't praising G2 as a super team, it's simply saying they should win this if they want to live to their expectations. >Astralis has no great players, when it comes to individual skills. Yeah, you're clueless as fuck
2017-04-28 15:29
HLTV should be more impartial and impersonal, imo. There wasn't article about the big SK favoritsm on summit... Now they are doing this because of the big expectation over the french superteam. And about Astralis, who's better? Niko or Kjaerbye? kennyS or device?
2017-04-28 16:34
Actually the phrase "the title is theirs to lose" means that the team is a considerable favorite, it is not an indication of their expectations though the author clearly has very high expectations of them. Also just saying but obviously it is pretty damn wrong thing to say, I don't see how they are in a strong position to win this considering how unproven they are.
2017-04-28 18:17
Kjaerbye is great. Other then u saying they have no great players I 100% agree
2017-04-28 15:48
G2 already beat strong teams on lan. Rip Nip, HR & SK
2017-04-28 17:06
Saying Astralis has no great players is the same as saying SK 2016 had no great players. Both teams have no standout players maybe. But the reason that is true is because all the players are great.
2017-04-28 22:05
#70
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
They are the favourites yes, but I would not put it as dramatic as this post suggests. Liquid, Gambit, Cloud 9 and Immortals are good teams, losing to one of them would be an upset but not apocalypse
2017-04-28 15:56
#72
TACO | 
Brazil gabriezz1 
Not even a upset. They all work hard and are in scene a nice time. IMT, C9, Liquid have a scare new line, Gambit us training hard... Upset if they lose to LG for exempl.
2017-04-28 15:58
Clear favorites? LUL FaZe and Gambit are both better
2017-04-28 16:27
FaZe isn't there buddy ;)
2017-04-28 16:35
#86
Snax | 
Tunisia Dupix123 
ez for g2 as well
2017-04-28 16:46
#93
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
I'm glad you already know. Immortals will win this, easily.
2017-04-28 17:48
Yeah, but this article puts even more pressure on G2's team, suprassing any other criticism from the past.
2017-04-28 18:06
#105
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
as it should, this is the best team france can produce that has been theorized for the past few years. If they can't perform with all the right pieces against mediocre teams, how can they do well vs top5 teams
2017-04-29 01:37
lost to Navi LUL - superteam
2017-04-28 20:12
let's go it's time to shine for you! Gl hf
2017-04-28 23:32
And so it started
2017-04-29 01:40
#107
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Brazil Rodrinm 
LOL
2017-04-29 01:40
they are in the same situation as SK, they have to prove they can still be a tier1 team and this is the best bet they have, a tier 2 event. SK proved that, while not winning events, are tier 1 and are a contender for the top spot. G2 has to do the same by winning DH Austin
2017-04-29 02:06
#111
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United States hehexddd 
LUL
2017-04-29 02:08
KEK
2017-04-29 02:28
oh man here we go again
2017-04-29 03:23
lol
2017-04-29 08:49
lol
2017-04-30 01:02
#119
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Brazil brguz 
rip
2017-05-01 00:40
they did it! xD
2017-05-01 00:40
#121
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Brazil brguz 
HLTV ZIKOU
2017-05-01 00:45
KappaPride
2017-05-01 00:46
#123
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Spain rezpekfull 
fuck you mira
2017-05-01 00:46
superteam lul
2017-05-01 00:47
#125
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India TYZ4 
and they lose it
2017-05-01 00:47
#126
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Sweden Alheny 
LMAO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2017-05-01 00:48
#127
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Kazakhstan 001RusKZ 
gg)
2017-05-01 00:48
LUL
2017-05-01 01:05
I really like opinion pieces, but, as HLTV's layout currently is, this kind of article is really off-putting, especially due to how it is simply thrown in the midst of objective news.
2017-05-01 01:13
#130
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Poland dreamShow 
CYA SUPERTEAM
2017-05-01 01:22
#131
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Brazil nexthi 
okay
2017-05-01 02:21
hahahahhahh
2017-05-01 10:00
xd
2017-05-01 10:36
lul
2017-05-01 19:42
#135
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Portugal luxen 
Confirmed
2017-05-01 20:13
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