Serbians shine as G2 beat Spirit to win Champions Cup Finals

G2 ended 2019 on a positive note as they lifted the Champions Cup Finals trophy after taking down Spirit in a two-map grand final in Malta.

The French team bounced back from last week's heart-breaking defeat in the cs_summit 5 final to a mousesports side with stand-ins to pick up a much-needed title - their second of the year after Good Game League 2019, back when Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač had not yet been added to the lineup.

It was not always pretty, but G2 fully earned the victory against a stubborn Spirit side on what was a remarkable day for French Counter-Strike as their success was followed by Vitality's triumph at EPICENTER. Spirit could not complete the Cinderella story after coming through the European tournament's last-chance stage but still gave the French players a run for their money. In the end, the Russian team have plenty of positives to take from the tournament, where they proved that they can fight for bigger things after spending most of 2019 in and out of the top 30.

The series began on Train, a must-win map for G2 before Mirage, where Spirit had demolished FURIA in the previous round of the playoffs. But it was actually the Russian team who came out the livelier of the two sides as they started off the game with a 3-0 lead on the CT side.

The dynamic of the game changed once G2 had money in the bank. Despite Artem "iDISBALANCE" Egorov's best efforts to keep Spirit in the game with his AWP, the French side ran freely on the map and prevented the CTs from stringing rounds together, with the half ending with a 9-6 lead in favor of nexa's troops.

A trio of kills from Nikolay "mir" Bityukov in the pistol round put Spirit back in the game, with the Russian side following that up with the next two rounds to level the score at 9-9. G2 responded in the first full gun round, but their three unnecessary deaths late in the round proved costly as they were left with a very weak economy for the following round.

G2 won their first title with the current roster

iDISBALANCE continued to wreak havoc with the AWP, powering Spirit to take a 13-10 lead, but they would not be able to go all the way as G2 tightened up and secured the map without losing any more rounds.

Spirit got off to a flying start on the CT side of Mirage and raced to a 5-1 lead despite losing the pistol round, with Viktor "somedieyoung" Orudjev making his presence felt with a series of multi-kill rounds. With the game starting to get away from G2, huNter- took matters into his own hands and let the team's comeback attempt, ending the half with 17 frags as the Frenchmen picked up a narrow 8-7 lead.

The Serbian kept that form going and picked up two key frags in the pistol round to stop a B execute from Spirit. After a chaotic period in which force-buys were traded, G2 took control of proceedings and constantly shut down the Russian offense to run away with the game.

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 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 60 - 35 +25 108.0 1.61
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 42 - 26 +16 83.8 1.29
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 32 - 32 0 67.3 0.95
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 31 - 44 -13 67.8 0.90
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 27 - 37 -10 57.8 0.89
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 47 - 40 +7 89.8 1.18
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjevsomedieyoung 46 - 36 +10 86.0 1.16
Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE 36 - 40 -4 71.0 1.03
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 21 - 34 -13 49.2 0.73
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobievmagixx 24 - 43 -19 53.8 0.69

Champions Cup Finals standings:

1. France G2 - $150,000
2. Russia Spirit - $50,000
3-4. Brazil FURIA - $25,000
3-4. Finland ENCE - $25,000
5-6. Spain Movistar Riders - $15,000
5-6. Russia Hard Legion - $15,000
7-8. Germany BIG - $10,000
7-8. China TYLOO - $10,000

Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
360
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1010
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
834
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
GG G2, you deserve this win!
2019-12-22 20:36
#6
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Spain Granjero 
carried by Serbs LUL
2019-12-22 20:37
kovac too strong
2019-12-22 20:38
kovacs too weak
2019-12-23 00:15
Vitality and G2 champion lol
2019-12-23 08:37
I was referring to Guardian you idiot
2019-12-24 04:30
#35
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Argentina G2Feizar 
A llorar a la plaza movistar reiders pff
2019-12-22 20:39
#44
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Spain Granjero 
what
2019-12-22 20:41
Do you not speak spanish??? Fakeflagger?
2019-12-22 20:45
he's a german troll
2019-12-22 20:46
WTF???? Lost all respect i had for the user Granjero...
2019-12-22 20:47
Aaaaaaaaaaah esse
2019-12-22 20:48
And what s the point? Now it s a international team
2019-12-22 20:41
#46
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Spain Granjero 
France only has 1 good player lul
2019-12-22 20:41
#54
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Israel SOEZ4NIK0 
Zywho
2019-12-22 20:43
So fucking what ? Nt no scener
2019-12-22 21:49
I see these two players better then the rest of the team, and hunter what a strong player, I bet he is getting the MVP award aswell.. I dont get why hunter is not in faZe ...
2019-12-22 23:25
#106
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France NMLVirush 
Because FaZe is trash ?
2019-12-22 23:43
Yeah but Niko makes odd roster moves and it wouldn’t be totally out of the picture for him to have picked up hunter instead of broky. A good roster move would’ve been -guardian -neo - Olof +hunter +coldzera +Alexib. I could see faze easily break into the top 5 with that lineup Niko Rain Alexib Hunter Coldzera
2019-12-22 23:50
Finally g2 won something
2019-12-22 20:45
EASY FOR G2 BEST TEAM EVER
2019-12-22 20:36
You dont say?
2019-12-22 20:38
Mouz 3v5 is better
2019-12-22 22:42
#103
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United States Murarara 
G2 still had a +11 round differential in the final
2019-12-22 22:59
Uh did they win
2019-12-23 01:35
#134
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United States Murarara 
No, but winning isn't everything, the better team doesn't always win
2019-12-23 21:45
They did in this case
2019-12-23 22:18
#136
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United States Murarara 
A 2 year old could tell who the better team was by looking at the stats and apparently you cant
2019-12-23 23:33
ez4 Hunter esports lmao
2019-12-23 03:07
#3
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France Randomguy69 
ez
2019-12-22 20:36
#4
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Serbia SplitteR96 
Deserved
2019-12-22 20:37
#5
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Canada BreXuwu 
Ol
2019-12-22 20:37
EZ4SERBIANS
2019-12-22 20:37
#9
kassad | 
Serbia bra1np 
Go tell me now its nit bullshit to play with those awful french guys
2019-12-22 20:37
You're just lucky to have 2 serbians in one of the best teams in the world, so stfu
2019-12-22 20:48
#83
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Brazil schmoko 
you seem jelly
2019-12-22 21:03
#84
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina DaddyNiKo 
You mean you are lucky that G2 has 2 great players that are carrying your beloved kennyS ?
2019-12-22 21:04
Nt 1 player scene, they only carried in the finals.
2019-12-23 08:21
Why are you triggered ? HuNter has been carrying this dead roster since he arrived , I can bet that he has top fragged more than 70% of his games for G2...
2019-12-23 14:59
Didn't know you guys still used "triggered" in UK, you kinda looking like a fake flag right now. Also kinda crazy how wrong you are.
2019-12-25 02:10
One look at his past statiatics and results he had in the games since he joined G2 will prove my point. But if you are too lazy to check that it really isn't my fault.
2019-12-25 06:09
You're the one bringing up a point, why would I be the one searching for evidence? Also what happened to the "2 great players that carry kennyS", why are you only bringing up HuNter all of a sudden? Did you realise how average nexa has been?
2019-12-25 19:23
hltv.org/stats/players/matches/3972/huNt.. There you go , your lazy ass doesn't have to type 6 letters and click a couple of buttons. What you said about nexa just further proves my point as that avarage player (nexa) still somehow ends up being the second highest rated player while being an IGL...good team huh ?
2019-12-25 19:30
Fake UK kid still wrong, nexa is barely 3rd if not 4rth best rated in G2 with kennyS being the second best rated by miles. What happened to "kennyS getting carried by 2 players"?
2019-12-25 20:17
So you CAN look at stats in fact.You got scared I was right in an argument ? Nexa is a more consistant player , that's why I rate him more than kennyS. Thing with kenny is , he either hits his shots or he just straight out gets carried , no in between.
2019-12-25 20:34
Nah I just knew you were wrong. Also how many time will I have to prove you wrong, if kennyS is inconsistent how does he has positive in rating 4/5 games?
2019-12-25 21:36
Inconsistency , already talked about it. Tune in next year to see him shit the bed in the next 5 games and than top frag 3 after that.
2019-12-25 21:39
So having positive rating 4/5 game means inconsistency? Didn't know every top 10 players were inconsistent besides zywoo. Nice logic.
2019-12-26 15:16
LOL
2019-12-26 15:43
HAHA LOL I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY
2019-12-26 21:10
Nt 1 player scene, they only carried in the finals.
2019-12-23 08:21
#10
mir | 
Russia M13F 
Serbian players busted fucking french noobs
2019-12-22 20:37
Mad hahaha
2019-12-22 20:40
#65
mir | 
Russia M13F 
nt Zywoo scene
2019-12-22 20:47
#11
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
KennyS :(
2019-12-22 20:37
LETS GO G2 <3
2019-12-22 20:37
G2 and Vitality win at the same time lolz
2019-12-22 20:37
Big disband
2019-12-22 20:37
+88
2019-12-22 21:26
Ez
2019-12-22 20:37
Good week for France
2019-12-22 20:37
#17
AmaNEk | 
Europe JaZ1Z 
nice
2019-12-22 20:37
#18
FalleN | 
Brazil opanco 
-27 pog. love u kenny
2019-12-22 20:37
#19
Ex6TenZ | 
Chile Zzalb 
NaVi sdy when
2019-12-22 20:37
why not mir tho?
2019-12-22 20:38
#49
Ex6TenZ | 
Chile Zzalb 
if flamie doesnt step up, NaVi mir aswell 😎
2019-12-22 20:41
#81
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Brazil schmoko 
asking this myself every fucking day
2019-12-22 21:01
#20
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Czech Republic thezipp3r 
ez money for Fr xD
2019-12-22 20:38
serbian carry kek
2019-12-22 20:38
EZ FOR SERB TEAM
2019-12-22 20:38
#23
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Lithuania Extazis 
Finally a trophy I believe in you G2 good luck in 2020 Bring us trophies #VamousG2
2019-12-22 20:38
#26
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
NaVi sdy when
2019-12-22 20:38
Ez for Serbia!
2019-12-22 20:38
Naravno
2019-12-22 21:50
huNter- POG
2019-12-22 20:38
#30
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Brazil schmoko 
izi for serb duo hunter top 10 2020
2019-12-22 20:39
#31
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France DesmondHume 
G2 and Vitality winning pogchamp Btw Hunter is a god
2019-12-22 20:39
#32
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
huNter is a beast
2019-12-22 20:39
#33
kennyS | 
Switzerland loanbis 
Double fr win, that's awesome
2019-12-22 20:39
#34
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Iceland es3tagBESTEST 
Gg G2, hunter is such a beast
2019-12-22 20:39
#36
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Russia Zel0cE 
Good Day for French CS
2019-12-22 20:39
hunter >> niko
2019-12-22 20:39
#38
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France Asviix 
GG
2019-12-22 20:39
Lol Serbians carry 3 baguettes under 1.0 rating lol
2019-12-22 20:40
Flair and flag checks out PL VP>KAZAH VP XAXAXAXAX
2019-12-23 01:10
#42
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France Uexo 
Gratz
2019-12-22 20:40
#45
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Serbia maraculjko 
h u N t e r
2019-12-22 20:41
wp huNter really really solid rifler
2019-12-22 20:41
nc vita and g2
2019-12-22 20:41
#53
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Poland LiquidWater 
haha more like vitality and sebian team. remove all 3 french from g2 and get young serbian talent and u have better team.
2019-12-22 20:42
team zywoo and team hunter*
2019-12-22 21:38
#115
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Italy kyoor 
nexa igl 1.29 rating plz
2019-12-23 02:25
#51
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ty Hunter
2019-12-22 20:42
Serbs carry G2*
2019-12-22 20:42
#55
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Turkey recoTa 
Top 3 in 2020 ?
2019-12-22 20:44
#56
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Poland GamBitF4N 
Nice mir boi from Gambit !
2019-12-22 20:44
hunter is so sick
2019-12-22 20:44
so close nt spirit
2019-12-22 20:46
#64
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
close ? LULL
2019-12-22 20:47
literally close match
2019-12-22 20:48
#69
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
OMEGALUL, easiest win ever for g2
2019-12-22 20:48
0/8
2019-12-22 21:19
#63
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Vietnam Hulkie2K 
Why kennyS acted so weird at the end of the event? Is he too emotional or this is his last match of G2 ????
2019-12-22 20:47
#67
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
He was bad during the final
2019-12-22 20:48
#78
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Brazil schmoko 
his performance wasnt good, just check the stats
2019-12-22 20:59
This FaZe team did all the wrong moves. They could have taken nexa & huNter and they pick one guy who got booted and a guy who's only good in FPL. NiKo is a shit IGL and they kept recycling him. If he can't take the right decisions, he's just wasting his talent. GG G2 on that win.
2019-12-22 20:49
#76
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Brazil schmoko 
Thats what i was thinking... Why doesnt niko talk to nexa and maybe ask him to join the team??? Nexa can frag and he's proven that he can lead the team so why not sigh nexa and maybe his bro while on it. I doubt they will do any good in 2020 with brooky and cold tbh and it feels like cold is going to end up back in brazil and brooky will join some tier 2-3 mix team. But other then that it was a good move from g2 to pick them up for free and get a huge upgrade. 200 iq play by g2
2019-12-22 20:57
#77
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
+1
2019-12-22 20:58
Yeah FaZe fucked up
2019-12-22 20:59
rip budget calyx 😂
2019-12-22 20:51
Yes
2019-12-22 20:53
Boosted
2019-12-22 20:54
france cs carried by serbians and zywoo.
2019-12-22 20:57
ez win for G2 on this tier 3/4 tournament, anything less than this would've been a disappointment and probably forced them to disband.
2019-12-22 20:59
Magixx, what was that?
2019-12-22 21:02
#129
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Serbia CoIe47 
Hes a young player still developing probably was just nervous so played bad
2019-12-23 11:44
Nice job Gee2 End the year with a win 😎
2019-12-22 21:04
Looks like we are down to Zywoo as the last good French player. Well done boys- what a win for Serbia!
2019-12-22 21:07
#87
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Serbia anoobis01 
Ofc ez
2019-12-22 21:07
I'm impressed by Spirit tho, they are getting really good.
2019-12-22 21:18
#90
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Myanmar xdcc 
expected ez for g2
2019-12-22 21:21
Holy shit, all G2 needed to win something was to bring 2 foreign players to carry 3 useless french bots lmao
2019-12-22 21:29
#93
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
EZ4 Niko 's cousin
2019-12-22 21:35
huNter sooooo good, someone let this man have a chance on tier 1
2019-12-22 21:39
#97
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United States fade4182 
Homestly think niko should join g2
2019-12-22 21:47
It is so interesting how bad are Tyloo except they play in China :-D
2019-12-22 21:45
yeah, Serbians!
2019-12-22 22:08
Nice. I hope nexa and malek can help kennys in the future
2019-12-22 22:33
#104
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African Union mikecool 
Ez money.
2019-12-22 23:11
#108
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Brazil hugoooo 
Replace these guys from France asap
2019-12-23 00:01
#118
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Brazil schmoko 
add niko and you have a serbian core team Pog
2019-12-23 02:45
IDEMO ORLOVI
2019-12-23 00:02
HuNter, Niko's Cousin
2019-12-23 00:56
Who is NiKo? Is he Hunter's cousin? Pretty cool that Hunter has a cousin that is also trying to go pro!
2019-12-23 02:29
#112
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France QeeQz 
Nice win vs randoms
2019-12-23 00:58
too ez against these russians nonamers
2019-12-23 03:34
Good for Serbian CS.
2019-12-23 02:39
hard legion t7 russian again an again
2019-12-23 03:34
EZ for our balkan friends, Serbia In all fairness, I'm happy KennyS won. He seemed legit proud
2019-12-23 03:44
MVP?
2019-12-23 06:10
Uhhmmmm. Kenny basically afk?😂😂🦍
2019-12-23 06:14
fReNcH cS iS bAcK
2019-12-23 09:22
#130
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Finland J3bediah 
HLTV Where is the result of the 3rd place decider??
2019-12-23 11:53
there were none since both got 3-4th place and 25k?
2019-12-23 21:07
#140
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Finland J3bediah 
there was supposed to be a 3rd place decider between Ence and whoever was 4th place
2019-12-24 09:50
They cancelled that match
2019-12-24 11:54
#150
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Finland J3bediah 
Ok thanks. They didn’t tweet or anything...
2019-12-26 00:46
#132
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Sweden meistr0 
French scene getting carried by 2 Serbian guys + 1 French AWPer in Vitality. LUL
2019-12-23 15:00
#139
Jerry | 
Finland uncel 
hunter has a bright future ahead of him
2019-12-24 04:43
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