G2 through to IEM Beijing-Haidian semi-finals over FaZe

Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač was instrumental on the CT side of Dust2 as G2 rallied to turn a 7-14 deficit into an overtime victory before closing the series out on FaZe’s map pick, Mirage.

G2 and FaZe faced off for the first time since the high-profile transfer of NiKo to the Berlin-based organization, with the Bosnian player and his new teammates securing a 2-0 win over FaZe. This victory puts Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel’s men through to the IEM Beijing-Haidian semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the Astralis vs. Natus Vincere bout, while FaZe will now set their sights on the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Showdown, where they will go up against MIBR in the first round.

The match started with FaZe poised to win the first map of the series, G2’s pick, Dust2, to take the high ground going into their own selection, but they threw a 14-7 lead that would come back to haunt them. G2’s 9-6 lead in the second half of Mirage and a forcebuy victory in the second round on the attack, which ended up in a 10-7 lead and an economic advantage, proved too much for FaZe to deal with as they fell behind, losing the second map 8-16 as G2 secured their presence in the next round of the bracket.

NiKo spearheaded G2’s comeback effort on the CT side of Dust2

A triple kill by Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard in a B defense on the first map of the series, Dust2, got FaZe ahead. G2 won their first round with rifles, but were quickly on the back foot again, 1-4, until Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub and Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug were able to turn around a 2vs3 situation, but FaZe kept a strong line as NiKo and company were only able to break the defense in counted occasions. rain led the charge for his team, ending the 10-5 half with 24 kills and 165 ADR.

FaZe charged ahead in the second half, winning the pistol round, but they fell apart against G2’s forcebuy the following round. Two Desert Eagle kills in the third round titled the balances back in his team’s favor and a huge flank by Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye in a 3vs3 situation kept FaZe in the driver’s seat as they went up 14-7. G2 were then able to stabilize and start putting in rounds on the way to a comeback as NiKo came alive with over 20 kills in the half and they made it all the way to 14-14, even hitting match point, before FaZe forced overtime. A flawless start from G2 then set the tone in extra rounds, although it took all six for them to secure the map, 19-17.

FaZe were first out of the gate on their pick, Mirage, this time on the attacking side, going up 4-0, but as G2 found their stride they were able to bring it to a tie winning four of their own. The squad led by Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković then took the lead, which they extended against an eco round by the Terrorists, 6-4. G2 then stood their ground, giving up just two more rounds to switch sides with a 9-6 lead.

FaZe cut their deficit to two rounds winning the second pistol round, but a flawless A execute on A by G2 set kennyS and company up to run away on the scoreboard, winning three rounds in a row before FaZe could retaliate. Unable to follow up, the CTs kept falling behind as G2 secured their advancement to the next round of the playoffs, winning Mirage 16-8.

Matchpage
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Dust2
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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 44 - 44 0 82.6 1.10
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 44 - 40 +4 77.7 1.07
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 36 - 40 -4 61.3 0.92
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 34 - 42 -8 61.6 0.86
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 27 - 44 -17 53.5 0.74
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 51 - 33 +18 85.8 1.32
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 50 - 45 +5 97.9 1.23
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 42 - 38 +4 77.8 1.08
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 37 - 36 +1 61.9 0.98
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 30 - 34 -4 53.0 0.87
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1002
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.16
DPR:
0.51
APR:
0.08
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1360
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1461
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1341
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1802
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
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Chile cristiaan
sad
2020-11-19 17:36
21 replies
yes
2020-11-19 17:36
2 replies
#118
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United States weaboo
why HLTV delete my comments
2020-11-19 20:44
1 reply
dont ask me
2020-11-19 20:48
10 replies
#19
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Chile cristiaan
lool
2020-11-19 17:42
1 reply
left hook and he and he will change opinion, trash ahaha ko-ko-ko
2020-11-19 17:46
#21
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Singapore Jaredlkj
he is asserting dominance over niko
2020-11-19 17:43
KEKW
2020-11-19 17:44
Kinda funny from the top 1 chokers this year but i guess banter is banter
2020-11-19 17:48
1 reply
Not confirmed. Still in contention with vitality
2020-11-19 18:05
g2 choked more finals tho 🤔
2020-11-19 17:53
3 replies
Choking finals > not making finals
2020-11-19 18:18
2 replies
haha true
2020-11-19 18:22
#98
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United States Surviberg
Lmfao faze have won more trophies than vitality this year, it's much better to win a tournament than choke every final to be fair. Idk how Vitality keep choking ever finals but they showed improvement on their second final against Heroic.
2020-11-19 18:33
Sad for c0ld and most inconsistent player in pro scene, Rain
2020-11-19 17:37
4 replies
#25
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United States 1nsaneMe
Rain is always on fire on Dust2.
2020-11-19 17:46
Rain rarely is the bottom fragger(like 2or 3 times during past 6 months) and has been given the hard role yet u still say inconsistent??you can’t expect him to carry every game.
2020-11-19 17:48
2 replies
#54
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-11-19 18:03
#106
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Brazil rehbobina
+1
2020-11-19 19:13
#23
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United States 1nsaneMe
Ggwp. What an enjoyable game it was. As Niko said, "I know how coldzera thinks"
2020-11-19 17:45
#40
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India AkhilJacob
olof showed good shots but his iq is getting worse
2020-11-19 17:57
Lesgooo
2020-11-19 17:36
#4
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Russia beka_b
kek
2020-11-19 17:36
hard for botbye
2020-11-19 17:36
#6
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
PogChamp Lets goo Semifinals navi/astralis
2020-11-19 17:37
4 replies
EZ for G2 whoever comes against in semifinals!
2020-11-19 17:38
3 replies
#13
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
+11111
2020-11-19 17:38
+1
2020-11-19 17:53
+1 Edit: Have a good day!
2020-11-19 18:02
#G2Army
2020-11-19 17:37
#10
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Norway Tor029
LETS GOOOO
2020-11-19 17:37
#11
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Europe k1otaN
LULZE CLAN
2020-11-19 17:38
Nice one! G2-0 as predicted! Kenny woke up today!
2020-11-19 17:39
1 reply
Let’s go! Edit: Have a good day!
2020-11-19 18:03
#15
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Chile nachooww
hard with a stand in and without coach, ggs!
2020-11-19 17:39
19 replies
#36
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Serbia CoVRa
what hard XD , dust was aim map and faze chokes...G2 is playing without ama who is better and still faze get stomped on his map pick...How much are you malding rn?
2020-11-19 17:53
18 replies
You do realize it's much more challenging to play any map without proper strats and anti-strats like those prepped nexa and MaleK and against them, even on flat maps, don't you? FaZe heavily relied on their individual performance, and even without structured leadership they made it this far. I'm a NiKo fan, but you gotta give Kudos to FaZe.
2020-11-19 17:57
8 replies
#43
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Serbia CoVRa
i know that,faze can be good team.But their fans are so toxic and cannot accept the fact g2 won game...
2020-11-19 17:58
6 replies
+1
2020-11-19 17:58
Nah G2 fans are now also toxic with NiKo in the team
2020-11-19 18:20
All he said was "hard with a stand in and without coach, ggs!" You are the one who jumped in being toxic.
2020-11-19 18:23
2 replies
+1
2020-11-19 19:47
#124
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Serbia CoVRa
I thought he said '' without coach and igl and G2 still had hard match''y bad sorry.
2020-11-20 11:46
All teams fans are toxic! The entire community is suuuuper toxic.
2020-11-21 11:36
#57
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United States 1nsaneMe
+111 I dont see how people just disregard the values of strats, and anti-strats. Faze would've definitely closed out dust-2 if they had a coach or a proper igl. They lost 14-7 lead only coz they couldnt pearce through faze's defenses. They definitely had their aimers on point especially rain. I am a niko fan too but kudos to faze for sure
2020-11-19 18:06
#47
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United States JoshDAA
Faze has no coach and had a player that hasnt played in sox months, G2 has better players and only won due to a choke, i am happy for Niko but due to toxic g2 fans like you, i hope g2 get curbstomped by astralis
2020-11-19 17:59
8 replies
#49
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Serbia CoVRa
i think Astralis was curbstomped by g2 on blast?Or are you just mad?
2020-11-19 18:01
3 replies
#58
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United States JoshDAA
That was blast
2020-11-19 18:07
#60
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United States 1nsaneMe
Dont be a toxic g2 fan pls.
2020-11-19 18:08
Don't be a toxic G2 fan pls.(2)
2020-11-19 18:32
#61
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United States 1nsaneMe
True but if anything Navi should be in semis against g2 if we wanna see an interesting game.
2020-11-19 18:09
1 reply
+1 this needs to happen
2020-11-19 18:33
#78
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India AkhilJacob
but still choke is a choke when is 14-7 to 17-19...... "Faze has no coach and had a player that hasnt played in sox months", so u say vitality and OG are fluke wins at start of the tournament
2020-11-19 18:18
1 reply
#121
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United States JoshDAA
I never said they were fluke wins, but faze were at a disadvantage and G2 required a choke to win
2020-11-19 21:42
#16
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Romania ViolentJ
Nice G2 #G2ARMY
2020-11-19 17:39
#G2Army
2020-11-19 17:39
no NiKo comments? cmon hltv i come here to read the comments not type them :(
2020-11-19 17:41
Lets goooo. kennyS monstre
2020-11-19 17:45
"but a flawless A execute on A by G2" nice writing LucasAM cry is free
2020-11-19 17:46
kennyS was instrumental on CT side tho ;
2020-11-19 17:47
Niko was the problem? kekw, its just Faze players are shit !
2020-11-19 17:47
3 replies
FaZe are noobs
2020-11-19 17:50
1 reply
just a fact <3
2020-11-19 17:51
olof and kjaerbye are shit. coldzera cant fragg well cuz he is igling
2020-11-19 18:18
#32
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India AkhilJacob
#G2ARMY
2020-11-19 17:49
1 reply
we move
2020-11-19 20:25
Ez G2-0 We are army We are G2 Army
2020-11-19 17:50
so many stupid mistakes on dust2 maybe a proper IGL can fix that
2020-11-19 17:53
Looking forward to niko vs s1mple
2020-11-19 17:58
2 replies
#62
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United States 1nsaneMe
+111
2020-11-19 18:10
+1111
2020-11-19 18:34
Kennys was on 🔥
2020-11-19 17:59
Where are all the NiKo haters?? Why don't say now "NiKo was the problem"??
2020-11-19 18:00
4 replies
#64
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 shhhh they are hiding in their caves, they will come out if g2 loses in semis.
2020-11-19 18:10
3 replies
But G2 won't lose till the event ends and that is the fact
2020-11-19 18:16
2 replies
#80
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United States 1nsaneMe
I certainly hope so. #G2Army
2020-11-19 18:17
Ass trolleys - "Hold up"
2020-11-19 18:35
What a choke on d2
2020-11-19 18:03
1 reply
#66
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United States 1nsaneMe
Result of lack of coach and igl
2020-11-19 18:11
NiKo kennyS duo is gonna lit csgo next year. Combine that with huNter oooooof
2020-11-19 18:06
2 replies
#68
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 only ones who can stand against them is device-dupreeh duo from 2018 or s1mple-electronic duo.
2020-11-19 18:12
1 reply
Device dupreeh isn't actually a duo though. For me only contestents are s1mple electronic and ZywOo shox
2020-11-20 04:34
#65
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Argentina Caitofaze
I just ask the Faze players ...... How long will they disappoint their fans?
2020-11-19 18:11
8 replies
#69
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United States 1nsaneMe
Until they get a coach and an igl, it will be hard for them.
2020-11-19 18:13
7 replies
#77
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Argentina Caitofaze
That they don't show up to play until then. They lose incredible matches ... they make childish mistakes and they are professionals. Are you not ashamed ??? they get paid for that. They are a disappointment.
2020-11-19 18:16
6 replies
#83
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United States 1nsaneMe
No. There is nothing to be ashamed about. Look at the bright side. They basically played a 4v5 with a stand-in, no coach, and no igl against a really good tier1 team. They were are at disadvantage. Rain performed so good. I like Faze and I am proud of their performance. 👍 they made it to quaterfinals by beating vitality. Dont forget!! They beat zywOo
2020-11-19 18:21
5 replies
#94
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Argentina Caitofaze
what is disappointing is that they themselves lose the games. The others do not earn it ... they lose themselves.
2020-11-19 18:26
4 replies
#95
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United States 1nsaneMe
There I agree with you. They choked on dust2.
2020-11-19 18:27
1 reply
#103
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Argentina Caitofaze
Faze should have won dust 2 ... knowing that mirage started g2 of ct and mirage is a ct map. Therefore to faze if he did not win many rounds of tt then playing as ct was going to go downhill already with the adverse result
2020-11-19 18:42
That is what a good IGL and coach will help FaZe with, moving forward. Avoid making the same mistakes over and over again
2020-11-19 18:37
1 reply
#107
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 exactly
2020-11-19 19:13
#67
device | 
Denmark JKTP
WoW, KennyS didn't bottomfrag in a game?
2020-11-19 18:12
7 replies
#70
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United States 1nsaneMe
Device didn't perform much better this year either. Both are barely consistent this year.
2020-11-19 18:13
6 replies
#75
device | 
Denmark JKTP
hltv.org/stats/players/7592/device?start.. hltv.org/stats/players/7167/kennys?start.. though to be fair Kenny did better than i expected. But if you check against top 10 it really shows it's cracks. Kenny rating is 1.01 and Dev1ce is 1.17
2020-11-19 18:17
3 replies
#87
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 sorry about my claim.
2020-11-19 18:22
2 replies
#89
device | 
Denmark JKTP
Dev1ce stats for lifetime is 1.16, this year it's 1.18. Maybe he is too consistent?
2020-11-19 18:23
1 reply
#92
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United States 1nsaneMe
It's just that using eye-test, I thought device was sort of in a slump but I was wrong. Good luck on Astralis vs Navi. It's starting in few minutes 👍
2020-11-19 18:25
Please at least do some research before making bs claims
2020-11-19 18:16
1 reply
#90
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United States 1nsaneMe
Yeah I didnt do any reasearch. I only said from my memory. I didnt see device fragging as hard as 2018 or 2019 so i thought he didnt perform. My bad!!
2020-11-19 18:23
#73
device | 
Denmark JKTP
:D
2020-11-19 18:16
1 reply
But also look for that device is kinda player that likes to play with rifles when kennyS is player that plays around 80% of the map with the AWP. Occasionaly when it demands he grabs m4/ak or seldom with the scout.
2020-11-19 18:21
gj kenny =]
2020-11-19 18:22
Even too I really like JackZ (aswell as a perso - as far as I know him from interviews - and as a player) I really strongly believe that amanek will be a better choice for G2 in the futur and that for several points : * He clan play under big pressure (Hey man, if Jackz performs better then you, you are out of our team). * He has huge clutch abiltiies * He seems to be a very calm person who don't let himself led by his own emotions. * He has a special skill set which is difficult to reproduce for other players then himself. Thoughts?
2020-11-19 18:25
3 replies
+1
2020-11-19 20:23
I too love jackz but amanek offers much more than him imo
2020-11-19 20:24
#120
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United States KadamJ
I feel like Amanek brings more in a pure support player role, though I've always liked Jackz more. It's hard to argue how much better Amanek was in the previous event. The big advantage of Jackz as I see it is his relationship with KennyS. Kenny is a very emotional player and the two are really close. Kenny went from bottom fragging every match last tournament and throwing multiple rounds to being top of the table now. Overall I think that Amanek is the right choice for a 5th player, but I wish there was a way to keep Jackz around for Kenny and for content because he's a really fun personality.
2020-11-19 21:05
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer 27 - 44 -17 53.5 0.74 yikes
2020-11-19 18:31
1 reply
Faze clan fan think he s the goat LOL
2020-11-20 02:17
#105
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Turkey yeeGeT
Niko haters don't reply to this. So that I know many of us exist :)
2020-11-19 18:56
Goats2
2020-11-19 20:01
Lmao, all the noobs saying that rain is a monster and underpeformed only because of niko after the first half of the first map. He drops a 0.55 rating on the second and remind us all why he's been a t3 player 2 years.
2020-11-19 20:06
#111
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Poland SebL
G2 is looking pretty good, with small changes they could be a TOP 5 team even. And for FaZe it would be better for both players and org. to go seperate ways, this team is dead unfortunately.
2020-11-19 20:17
Lul so ezzz
2020-11-19 20:22
Not bad tournament end in top8 when your main player leave team before tournament and with almost retired half year not played standin olof in team and with no coach :) GG to G2
2020-11-19 20:25
#117
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Brazil Roufas
gg
2020-11-19 20:30
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