G2 send FURIA to BLAST Premier Global Final lower bracket

Lucas "⁠honda⁠" Cano impressed on his debut, but Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač was too much of a difference-maker in this series.

G2 are through to the upper bracket semi-finals stage of the BLAST Premier Global Final following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over FURIA. The Brazilians scrapped to a 16-14 victory on Mirage after losing their map pick of Inferno, but they could not complete the reverse sweep as the European side ran out comfortable winners on Nuke.

With this victory, G2 will set up an exciting clash with current world No.1 Astralis in the next stage of the upper bracket. FURIA, on the other hand, will have to play an elimination series against Evil Geniuses, one of their main rivals in North America.

NiKo had a massive impact on all of the maps

honda lit up the server in the opening stages of the series with aces in the second and fourth rounds of Inferno, the first one consisting of four Desert Eagle kills while defending the B site solo. G2 eventually recovered and secured most of the final rounds of the half, bringing the deficit to a solitary round before the break.

G2 were far more dominant once they switched to the CT side and the full-buy rounds started, going on a 10-1 run to lock down the map.

Mirage began with G2 claiming the pistol round and the following three for a 4-0 start. The Brazilians broke that streak with a much-needed force buy in the fifth round and saw Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato secure a 1v3 clutch right after. The rest of the half was highly contested, with G2 coming out on top by the narrowest of margins as NiKo beat Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan in a 1v1 duel in the final round.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the second half of Mirage, and even though Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač had a great game, redeeming himself from a disappointing performance in Inferno, it was honda who shined when it mattered the most. The youngster won a 1v2 clutch to tie the game 14-14 and break G2's economy, paving the way for FURIA to win the map.

The series moved on to Nuke, where honda claimed his third ace, this time in the first pistol round, with five Glock headshots when FURIA were on a 3v5 after-plant. The Brazilians set themselves up for a 4-0 lead, but G2 hit back and went into the break up 8-7.

Despite losing another pistol and the force buy, G2 showed their best T side in the whole series and overcame FURIA's relentless aggression as crunch time began. Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub and NiKo hammered the final nail into the Brazilians' coffin in the 25th round with a 2v4 clutch that left the CT side with limited resources and unable to stop the onslaught.

Europe
Matchpage
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1
19th January 2021
16
Inferno
12
14
Mirage
16
16
Nuke
10
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 50 +20 93.7 1.31
58 - 46 +12 74.6 1.19
59 - 58 +1 72.4 1.06
48 - 49 -1 62.6 1.00
53 - 57 -4 66.0 0.92
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 58 +3 86.8 1.14
56 - 47 +9 76.8 1.14
46 - 55 -9 63.1 0.90
50 - 62 -12 59.0 0.88
44 - 67 -23 60.3 0.73
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
759
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Lucas 'honda' Cano
Lucas 'honda' Cano
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1359
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1820
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
#2
shox | 
India iejesus
ez
2021-01-20 00:55
1 reply
expected from NA
2021-01-20 05:01
Hard for furia
2021-01-20 00:55
#4
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France FanchD
NIKO STRONK
2021-01-20 00:55
#5
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China CNCSLUL
EU>NA/SA confirmed
2021-01-20 00:55
1 reply
#64
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Netherlands Daanhul
was never a question tbf
2021-01-20 10:59
Gj kenny has had crucial moments
2021-01-20 00:56
#8
NAF | 
United States colbert^
Next match honda should use his VTEC more often
2021-01-20 00:56
#9
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United States Killerhawk
ez4g2
2021-01-20 00:56
#10
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Norway Tor029
Lets go
2021-01-20 00:56
Brazil in shambles. The population of 211 mil and no good teams.
2021-01-20 00:57
12 replies
NA talking kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-01-20 00:58
Usa. Population of 328 mil and the only "good" team has a Brazilian. And furia>>>Liquid in 2020
2021-01-20 01:04
what about US? 330mil of population and the best team in NA is a brazilian one KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-01-20 01:05
#20
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Brazil hugoooo
FURIA MIBR EX-MIBR GODSENT
2021-01-20 01:06
6 replies
>good teams >EX MIBR LOL
2021-01-20 01:11
4 replies
#23
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Brazil hugoooo
Yeah, they are not good, they are very good... because in order to beat OG, FURIA and FaZe on bo3 series, you gotta be very good. Now then are even better with HEN1, so, you're right, they are not only 'good'.
2021-01-20 01:12
3 replies
ok
2021-01-20 01:14
2 replies
#26
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Brazil hugoooo
? the team you were thinking about don't even exist anymore: FalleN: Liquid TACO: GODSENT fer: probably will become full time streamer kNg and trk: ex-mibr So yeah, ex-mibr means the last mibr lineup.
2021-01-20 01:17
1 reply
ok
2021-01-20 05:59
#61
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Serbia BiliPiton
i see o good teams
2021-01-20 09:17
+1 they suck
2021-01-20 01:31
8/8 lmao
2021-01-20 12:57
#14
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Spain BlaNcoW
Where is Toyota?
2021-01-20 01:01
ez for subaru
2021-01-20 01:01
The struggle was much bigger than the intended from G2, i dont think in this condition will be enough to beat Astralis tomorrow
2021-01-20 01:03
6 replies
#21
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Brazil hugoooo
With Junior, FURIA probably would've been able to win inferno honda showed great aim, but terrible game sense and made some amateur mistakes.
2021-01-20 01:07
3 replies
don't worry it's his debut, he'll learn from it
2021-01-20 01:26
Great debut but bad at the same time. He needs experience
2021-01-20 01:46
1 reply
he wasn't the worst in game, vini and arT didn't step as they should in Nuke.. Furia can't always deliver in those ct sides, even in a such one-sided map as Nuke, they need more time to work, the year is only starting.
2021-01-20 02:11
classic G2 throw xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2021-01-20 04:20
1 reply
xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2021-01-20 06:00
when will hltv release top2&1
2021-01-20 01:05
1 reply
Today 20/1
2021-01-20 14:49
Niko too strong for furia without junior
2021-01-20 01:15
#27
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Indonesia DioBrando
Art 2.0 LMAO
2021-01-20 01:20
#29
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Indonesia Nuryuky
ArT kkkkkkkk honda kkkkkkkk
2021-01-20 01:27
1 reply
#66
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Brazil pasinato
honda had a great debut in fact he lacks of experiece but art its always the same sometimes he gets good stats and impact the game sometimes not its a hard style of game
2021-01-20 11:51
Is a 0.88 rating impressing?
2021-01-20 01:41
#33
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Europe Vallon4
FURIA when not farming in NA OMEGALUL
2021-01-20 01:42
Honda 2 round era KEKW
2021-01-20 01:48
1 reply
3 LUL
2021-01-20 04:47
#36
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Canada firtlast
pathetic show from g2 all things considered
2021-01-20 02:01
3 replies
whacth your language
2021-01-20 02:15
Stfu Anyone can drop a map here and there
2021-01-20 06:08
Stfu Anyone can drop a map here and there
2021-01-20 06:08
cool
2021-01-20 02:13
Niko POG
2021-01-20 03:25
#46
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African Union mikecool
Close games tbh
2021-01-20 04:02
Honda ... That is not normally.. admin needs to check him pc...
2021-01-20 05:59
kenny is 2nd best performer of G2 since Niko joined. And good to see everyone is fucking contributing. Let's gooooo
2021-01-20 06:09
Unlucko
2021-01-20 07:56
#60
Jame | 
Poland SebL
G2 has potential, they just need to work hard. FURIA looks dead with honda, hopefully it will be better with junior.
2021-01-20 08:47
hunter without jackz
2021-01-20 10:44
Shaky start, hopefully Hnt and nexa pick it up a bit.
2021-01-20 11:44
Expected. Now that everybody knows that Art strategies are horrible, and based on him rushing like a moron, Furia has to rely on individual talent to win.
2021-01-20 12:20
art was right this honda guy is exactly art 2.0 both bottom fragging
2021-01-20 12:46
I think Furia should prefer Vertigo over Nuke. Nuke does not seem to work out for them.
2021-01-20 13:01
#72
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Denmark EY2ZY
art 2.0 kewkewkekwekwwk kkkkkkkkk
2021-01-20 17:52
Art was such a dead weight on the awp but somehow he never gets blamed
2021-01-21 07:31
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