G2 edge past Liquid in ESL Pro League playoffs

The North Americans drew first blood in the series but could not close it out.

G2 have booked their place in the second round of the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs following a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Liquid, who have been eliminated in 9th-12th place. The North American side produced the recipe for victory but were ultimately made to pay the price for their inability to win a single pistol round in the series.

G2's fans have Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač to thank for the reverse sweep as it was the Bosnian's spectacular 30-bomb on Vertigo that kept the team in the series after a disappointing loss on Dust2. The final map, Inferno, was a nail-biting affair that almost ended in overtime as both teams put in resolute defensive performances.

"It feels great, it just sucks that we couldn't win Dust2 because we won both pistols and we converted them," Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač said after the match. "It was a really good game by Liquid. When you win two pistols, you need to get like 13 or 14 rounds. They played really well on Dust2.

"We've worked on our pistols, and Jackie is really good at pistols, which helps a lot."

huNter-'s 30-bomb on Vertigo inspired G2's comeback

G2 made a bright start to the series, picking up a 3-0 lead on Dust2, but the pattern of the game changed once Liquid had money in the bank. The North Americans enjoyed a period of dominance - only briefly interrupted by a 1v3 clutch from Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković - before G2 staged a late recovery to keep the deficit to a minimum.

The second half began with nexa and NiKo overturning a 2v3 post-plant situation to restore parity at 8-8. G2 held firm against Liquid's force-buy in the following round, but there was nothing they could to stop the North Americans once they had guns in hand. With Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo leading the charge, Liquid took control of the game and ripped G2's ragged defence apart for a quick end to the map.

On Vertigo, G2 once again started the better of the two, but their grip on the game loosened as the half wore on. Despite a fantastic showing by huNter- (18-13 K-D, 143 ADR and six multi-kills), the international team went into the break down by three rounds after a 7-1 run by Liquid at the end of the half. The Bosnian's dominance continued in the second half, when G2 were far too hot for Liquid to handle. The rounds that Liquid edged out were few and far between as nexa's troops put in a near-flawless T display to secure the map.

François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay opened the action on Inferno with a pistol ace on Inferno to fire G2 into the lead, but their respite was shortlived as Liquid hit back immediately. Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince and Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip picked up 16 frags apiece as the North Americans kept their defence tight to end the half on double-digit territory. G2 came out of the break a revitalised side and kept Liquid's players at bay for large portions of the half, sealing the victory in the final round of regulation after a chaotic end to the game.

G2's players breathed a sigh of relief after narrowly avoiding elimination against a team that had survived the 'Group of Death' with a 4-1 record. They'll be fancying their chances for Sunday's match against FURIA, whom they have already defeated this year (2-1 victory in the BLAST Premier Global Final).

"I think we're going to play better than we did today," NiKo said. "This was a really important win for our confidence. We won all pistols, but the games weren't really convincing.

"We feel confident going up against FURIA, I think we've figured out how they approach the games and we know how to counter it. They've probably improved with junior since they've had a lot of time. It should be a good one."

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Dust2
16
16
Vertigo
12
16
Inferno
14
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 60 +10 88.4 1.23
62 - 52 +10 85.4 1.20
60 - 50 +10 69.0 1.06
46 - 53 -7 60.1 0.92
44 - 62 -18 61.9 0.79
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 53 +11 80.7 1.14
57 - 57 0 75.9 1.04
55 - 54 +1 66.4 1.02
49 - 58 -9 63.0 0.90
48 - 61 -13 70.2 0.88
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1056
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1232
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1390
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1372
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1395
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Oof
2021-04-02 23:25
1 reply
chokers
2021-04-02 23:40
Game of his life from Hunter on vertigo what a fluke win
2021-04-02 23:26
15 replies
G2 will literally disband after this tournament
2021-04-02 23:28
3 replies
Nah they wont. They arent mibr
2021-04-03 08:53
2 replies
what a funny way to spell clown9
2021-04-04 06:19
lmao n1
2021-04-04 06:25
Dont be sad, good luck next tourney
2021-04-02 23:28
Liquid threw it when they had the 4vs5 12-13 on Vertigo. Fallen and Grim decided to regain ramp control which led them to both dying with A site open. Was at least a chance for a comeback but they got greedy.
2021-04-02 23:30
#39
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United Kingdom Triturn
Hunter always flukes against the best of us :(
2021-04-02 23:57
2020 top 20 player has a good game, more news at 11
2021-04-03 00:50
2 replies
+1
2021-04-03 04:28
#83
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Other M@GNU5
+1
2021-04-03 05:21
lmao, hunter was one of the high performing players last year too, so stop crying and accept that your typical na team choked in a typical na style and stop your typical na cry. I havent seen as many nades misses, and idiotic plays in quite a while as liquid showed me yesterday, not to mention fallen prob made only a few bad calls while liquid fuxed themselves even on the right calls.
2021-04-03 07:38
1 reply
#129
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United States broken1i
Where's your typical word.exe team at? Oh right they don't exist KEKW.
2021-04-04 17:28
Cry more lmaoooo it's so enjoyable to see but*hurts
2021-04-03 08:52
#107
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Serbia hitomi79
Sorry you didn't enjoyed the match, honestly it was a fun to watch both teams, I shit you not.
2021-04-03 11:17
You can cry harder Mr. Excuses
2021-04-04 06:25
gg
2021-04-02 23:25
2 replies
bot elige omegalul
2021-04-02 23:25
1 reply
lulracle_1Ti_ana_2 REKT
2021-04-03 08:24
gg
2021-04-02 23:25
Nexa 2smart for NA brain
2021-04-02 23:25
2 replies
#111
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Serbia eliiiiii_
+1
2021-04-03 11:32
ez4nexa
2021-04-04 06:26
#7
JaCkz | 
France SirC44
JACKZ carry
2021-04-02 23:26
so ez
2021-04-02 23:26
#9
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Sri Lanka w7tv
"G2 have BoOkEd a spot in the second round of the ESL Pro" first sentence says it all
2021-04-02 23:26
Elige MIA.
2021-04-02 23:26
-elige +who?
2021-04-02 23:27
2 replies
A mechanical player... Hmmm? Maybe JW?
2021-04-02 23:30
1 reply
Jw best...so yeah
2021-04-02 23:34
#12
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Elige?
2021-04-02 23:28
#13
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Pretty great game of Counter Strike. Liquid throughout lost many crucial clutches which came back haunting and failed to win a single pistol round. The 29th round on Inferno was a pretty great call by Liquid but a gamble stack by G2 paid off huge. Ellige having a pretty bad game didnt work in Liquid`s favor. Was expecting TL to win this one as they were pretty great in groupstage but i see G2 winning over Furia as well now. GGs all around
2021-04-02 23:28
9 replies
A sane person on hltv? what is this? i only expect "LULQUID KEKW" "FALLEN BOT" "LULQUID CHOKO"
2021-04-02 23:35
1 reply
#30
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Pakistan LoOuU2
sane on only sane posts i am that type of guy who does cringy "LULQUID" comments too on their laugh threads. But today i wasnt feeling to cause they were a bit unluko.
2021-04-02 23:45
#32
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Latvia adererror
yeah im guessing fallen will make TL work on pistol very hard because that is 6 rounds + conversions alone lost across the match
2021-04-02 23:48
2 replies
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yep , they are very crucial!
2021-04-03 00:09
1 reply
#84
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Other M@GNU5
it used to be very crucial till the economy update. But ye still important, big amounts of money + a round matters
2021-04-03 05:25
#35
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Austria JKune
+1
2021-04-02 23:50
I agree with you it was really good to watch the match and very exciting in same moment.Definitly one of the best matches in this season of EPL
2021-04-03 02:02
TL great in groups? won to a choking virtus pro and tier 2 teams while losing to the only competition mate
2021-04-03 06:24
Ha, that 29th round on Inferno was insane. If Liquid checked that corner, they probably would have won the match. Talk about close edges.. Great game of CS. I like this G2 roster, lots of firepower. I'd be curious to see how high they'll rank in a year from now.
2021-04-03 08:06
Liquid and EG fans during group stage play: "NA CS is back" Liquid and EG fans as soon as GS ends and playoff kick up: KEWK
2021-04-02 23:28
2 replies
#33
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Latvia adererror
KEWK
2021-04-02 23:49
#85
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Other M@GNU5
LMAO
2021-04-03 05:25
#19
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Serbia XD___
G2 STRONG
2021-04-02 23:31
LULquid
2021-04-02 23:31
ez
2021-04-02 23:34
eblanowski -13 lol sadge
2021-04-02 23:36
NAF choke in the clutch so sad
2021-04-02 23:38
4 replies
Unlucko spray i guess But i dont think he should expect amanek going back to arch side
2021-04-02 23:44
2 replies
was a really good play from amanek, naf got outplayed hard
2021-04-03 00:41
#59
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Brazil Catatauu
Naf did so much noice, it was expected.
2021-04-03 01:06
Naf can only do so much. Only liquid player that came to play today
2021-04-03 01:45
Great series!
2021-04-02 23:40
#28
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Bosnia and Herzegovina filipasas
Strong CT inferno for G2
2021-04-02 23:44
well, one call cost us the game, very unfortunate, but we move anyway.
2021-04-02 23:47
1 reply
#78
NAF | 
Canada Dubsyy
2 rounds should've been won because of 1 smoke that they had... sad
2021-04-03 04:30
Imagine losing to g2 bots omegalul
2021-04-02 23:50
8 replies
#108
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Serbia hitomi79
hold that thought and let us know how that worked out.
2021-04-03 11:19
7 replies
sorry but i didnt understand wtf you mean with this crazy ass reply
2021-04-04 20:47
6 replies
#131
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Serbia hitomi79
did it happen or is it still a fruit of imagination hanging too high for the picking ?
2021-04-04 20:50
5 replies
a serbian guy trying to reply a hltv forum using google translator it cant work out well
2021-04-04 20:59
4 replies
#133
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Serbia hitomi79
keep imagining the things that already happened , then let me know does that work out well ... Just because it's a popular phrase to use , doesn't mean it's not a paradox ... it does not depend on translation but on applied logic and definitely does not depend on my "backwater origin" ... "a serbian guy" - c'mon, I bet you could do better ...
2021-04-04 21:09
3 replies
ok but i really didnt see how it fits on my first reply after all i didnt said serbian guy in a pejorative way, i was pointing some comunication conflits that we had as we are non native english speakers sry if it sounds ofensive
2021-04-04 21:16
2 replies
#135
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Serbia hitomi79
Nah, not offended at all, I'm 42, as a matter of fact I think that it never happened to me to get offended by the discussion, especially when I share the opinion that G2 are genuine bots :D That org destroyed my favourite team :( But, facts,G2 rekted Liquid and then got obliterated by those crazy kids from FURIA A poethic justice, restored cosmic peace and to You sir, I wish a fine afternoon ... with apologies ofc
2021-04-04 21:31
1 reply
i feel the same way about g2 nowdays good afternoon for you too mate
2021-04-04 23:14
Kennys was the problem.
2021-04-02 23:53
#37
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Poland sosiad
Unlucky for liquid
2021-04-02 23:55
#38
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Russia mshkoda
Always check tree when u go b from ct on Inferno guys
2021-04-02 23:56
5 replies
#57
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Germany So_Dumm
How the hell not a single guy of three of them didn’t even take a look at this corner, I mean even I on Lem/Supreme mm do always check this spot...
2021-04-03 01:00
3 replies
When you do 20 second strat its not easy, especially with pressure on 29th round, and nexa baiting them with nades from bombsite they think he is panic throwing them cuz he is alone but he baiting for Hunter
2021-04-03 01:11
1 reply
#106
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Germany So_Dumm
Oh yeah, I didn't notice the lack of time, my bad
2021-04-03 11:16
#109
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Serbia hitomi79
nexa made a confusion..
2021-04-03 11:21
Thank you men. I will check on my next gold nova 1 game.
2021-04-03 05:16
I said before inferno that G2 would win 16-12 and that Liquid would choke. Damn was I close. Sexa failed me on the A retake. Otherwise it'd been 16-12
2021-04-03 00:02
kovacs too stronk
2021-04-03 00:03
GOD STEW
2021-04-03 00:12
JaCKz need to step up
2021-04-03 00:17
GOD NIKO
2021-04-03 00:22
Fúria will revenge NA CS.
2021-04-03 00:22
g2 almost lot to a bottom-fragging elige liquid
2021-04-03 00:37
1 reply
TRUE NOT GOOD
2021-04-03 01:44
Here we go again with the edging wtf
2021-04-03 00:47
#52
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Indonesia cleostar
won by luck at round 29 last map
2021-04-03 00:48
1 reply
What luck?
2021-04-04 06:52
nice
2021-04-03 00:52
nice
2021-04-03 00:58
Lets go G2!
2021-04-03 01:00
Typical ELIGE choking important games as usual. Hes literally the biggets choker ever since joining liquid
2021-04-03 01:04
#60
NAF | 
Canada TonyEd
Sad cuz NAF couldn't deliver! But hey, gg G2 Hope you guys have a deep run!
2021-04-03 01:07
ELIGE used all his energy vs VP omegalul
2021-04-03 01:25
I’m used to a blatant stewie throw in these big games not elige. Wow. Naf couldn’t carry hard enough
2021-04-03 01:44
#67
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Poland SebL
G2 is showing some potential, when they will gain some more chemistry together I think they can be a TOP 10 team. Liquid is showing a little bit of life left in them, if they would invest some money and buy 2 really good players and add them to the core of FalleN, NAF and EliGE, they could be the no.1 team I think.
2021-04-03 01:56
11 replies
#72
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United States K1NGKY
you idiot, what has stewie done ? His role is the hardest and yet he is fragging so much and creating space for his team. go learn some cs!
2021-04-03 02:38
8 replies
#76
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France cedd
he was bottom fragging every game last year cmon
2021-04-03 03:00
5 replies
Because he was the igl too French brain omegalul
2021-04-03 06:16
4 replies
#105
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France cedd
yeah which was clearly a mistake lol they did so much better with nitr0 igl
2021-04-03 11:01
Bipolar Disorder
2021-04-04 06:56
2 replies
Why are you stalking all of my posts get a job weirdo
2021-04-04 16:10
1 reply
Bro your name was enough. You don't have me as a viewer
2021-04-04 17:00
nt StewiFinished2k, burnt in Molotov lul
2021-04-04 06:54
#137
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Poland SebL
Honestly I think I could teach you a lot of things kid.
2021-04-06 20:10
Idk grim has sometimes so little impact, stewie is doing his role great and is great team player, he is not the problem
2021-04-03 07:29
1 reply
#138
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Poland SebL
Stewie is good, he isn't the problem, if I would have to choose I would bench Grim.
2021-04-06 20:11
Twistzz was the problem
2021-04-03 02:02
#70
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Chile cristiaan
EliGE? :(
2021-04-03 02:15
#71
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Russia ToughGuy
Expected if u ask me
2021-04-03 02:20
I love Fallen. But that split b call on round 29 was full retarded.
2021-04-03 02:41
3 replies
#75
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France cedd
agreed lol that was so dumb
2021-04-03 02:59
It was actually not that dumb. They didn't expect the stack at b and thought that they might have rotated
2021-04-03 09:15
1 reply
It was because they didn't have time to clear all corners and they took the awper at A, most of time, the awper stays on the bomb with fewer people, then they got one in ct spawn that should be the guy rotating to cover A, because it's the least protected bomb. This should have sound a alarm bell, but I know it's difficult to get that in a nerve wrecking round and I'm just a salty viewer malding.
2021-04-03 15:48
#74
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Argentina fxzo
they lost cuz EliGE played very bad, hope he step up next games, unlucky for liquid
2021-04-03 02:41
3 replies
#91
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Europe Cirros_V2
There are no more games fir them
2021-04-03 06:56
1 reply
#93
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Argentina fxzo
I know, I was meaning next tournaments xD
2021-04-03 07:20
G2 lost dust 2 cuz everyone playing bad, except niko))
2021-04-03 11:36
kennyS was the problem lmao
2021-04-03 04:37
#80
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Brazil Anarchybr
Very unusual for Elige to have a bad day like this, If He was even on mid form, this would’ve been an easy win from Liquid 2-0 Im not worried at all guys
2021-04-03 04:41
1 reply
That’s all it was tbh. Every winner has to lose some time. Elige had a very rare bad day and it cost them, tough pill to swallow but it doesn’t mean anything bad. He’ll bounce back and Liquid will be fine.
2021-04-03 05:04
#90
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Europe Cirros_V2
Expected
2021-04-03 06:55
If EliGE didn't had a bad day it would ended 2-0 for Liquid.
2021-04-03 07:02
I knew it when elite is not fragging, they're on big trouble.
2021-04-03 07:56
#102
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
KOVACS TOO STRONG
2021-04-03 09:34
1 reply
the koVACs
2021-04-04 07:05
gg, I was entertained. Work harder Liquid!
2021-04-03 11:21
LUL Elige said after VP match that they feel confident and are getting back to 2019 form. Then in first playoff match he doesnt show up and they lose.... R.I.P
2021-04-03 13:04
expected
2021-04-03 13:34
We're getting a shorter liquid vlog sad to say
2021-04-03 14:33
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