G2 overcome OG to progress to BLAST Premier Spring Showdown semi-finals

The French-Balkan team relied on an influential performance from Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač to get them over the line.

G2 are through to the semi-finals of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown with a 2-1 victory over a stubborn OG and now need just one more tournament win to book their place in the Spring Finals. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković’s team will face the winner of Dignitas and Spirit in the all-important match on Sunday at 18:30 .

The French-Balkan side won Nuke in a 25-23 thriller but collapsed on their own map pick of Dust2, overwhelmingly losing out 16-3 to an unrelenting OG. G2 recomposed heading into Inferno and took the map 16-12 off the back of a standout performance from huNter-, who posted a 1.18 KPR and numerous multi-kills to be the difference-maker.

"Honestly, I think we need to work a lot more and we need some more time to see who fits on which role the best because we are still improvising, we are still trying to improve our game," huNter- said in the post-match interview. "We are trying our best to be in the best shape as soon as we can".

G2 move on to the semi-finals

OG kicked off their map pick of Nuke promisingly on the T side, with a Shahar "⁠flameZ⁠" Shushan 1v2 clutch and subsequent multi-kills helping the team to a 5-1 start. However, after trading a round apiece, nexa and co. took control of proceedings to run away with the half 9-6 off the back of a seven-round streak, with François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay finding consistent impact with the ‘Big Green’.

The French-Balkan squad set to work on the offence looking to close out the map promptly and won four out the five opening rounds to reflect their effort, but OG regrouped and tightened up their CT setups to reduce the deficit, ultimately forcing overtime after denying G2 four map points. The two teams couldn’t be separated for a while as three nail-biting overtimes went by before G2 eventually overcame OG 25-23 and a red-hot flameZ, who posted a 48-31 K-D and 104.6 ADR over 48 rounds.

Dust2 was a completely different story. After a 2-2 start to the map, OG ran riot. G2 could find no holes in their opponent’s defence and were pulverized on the way to a daunting 2-13 halftime scoreline. nexa won a 1v2 in the second half pistol, but OG hit straight back to comprehensively close out the map 16-3, with the in-game leader Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen posting a 2.05 rating.

An Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug triple kill on the T pistol briefly gave G2 the lead before OG responded with a series of rounds, including a 1v2 clutch from Aleksib, for a 5-1 advantage. G2 went on to enjoy a period of success, racking up five consecutive rounds to pull ahead by one, but it was OG who went into the break smiling after winning the majority of the remaining rounds. Yet another JaCkz pistol round 3K levelled the score when suddenly a lengthy technical pause occurred. After an extensive break from the action, huNter- was unleashed. The Bosnian rifler stamped his authority on the defence to spearhead his team to a 16-12 victory with a 126.1 ADR to his name.

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Matchpage
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16th April 2021
Europe
23
Nuke
25
16
Dust2
3
12
Inferno
16
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
85 - 60 +25 95.5 1.34
70 - 55 +15 72.7 1.20
58 - 53 +5 77.3 1.18
65 - 59 +6 76.7 1.11
65 - 66 -1 62.4 0.95
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
83 - 73 +10 98.5 1.24
53 - 67 -14 64.5 0.90
53 - 65 -12 57.3 0.87
52 - 68 -16 58.4 0.82
51 - 70 -19 65.8 0.80
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
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Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1063
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:
1239
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Israel Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
258
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
880
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
#1
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Japan kitzune
STOP THE ROUND!
2021-04-16 20:47
3 replies
#5
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Reunion Esquinox
lmao
2021-04-16 20:47
lmao
2021-04-17 15:59
can somebody explain to me what happened this game? I heard something about it in blast overtime and now here but I don't exactly know what happened.
2021-04-20 18:52
EZ
2021-04-16 20:47
#3
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Finland EnceIsSoBad
nt flamez
2021-04-16 20:47
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
rip og
2021-04-16 20:47
#6
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Brazil CR0CR3
UNDESERVED
2021-04-16 20:48
3 replies
Cry
2021-04-17 04:02
#108
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United Kingdom _nzf_
Cry more loser
2021-04-17 15:33
2021-04-18 03:50
EZ4G2
2021-04-16 20:48
nt flamez
2021-04-16 20:48
G2ARMY!
2021-04-16 20:48
LMAO OG beat Astralis only to lose to G2 HAHAHHAHAH
2021-04-16 20:49
6 replies
G2 > Astralis
2021-04-16 21:54
Astralis since 2020 is trash
2021-04-17 01:50
4 replies
i wouldn't call trash but inconsistent more precisely.
2021-04-17 07:18
3 replies
#96
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France heiwa
Are you really asking for nuanced opinions on HLTV ? :')
2021-04-17 08:46
2 replies
One can always dream...
2021-04-17 08:53
it's better than no one has ever tried mate
2021-04-17 09:13
#11
Jamppi | 
Finland 5way
ggwp
2021-04-16 20:49
The better Kovac triumphing again , imagine buying the best rifler out there and putting him into awp or secondary awp roles. Ome Galul
2021-04-16 20:50
9 replies
Who's gonna awp if not him then ?
2021-04-16 23:48
8 replies
get an actual awper and cut Jackzz. I like the guy alot but you need to let NiKo get unleashed with the rifle and let an actual awper do the job. Dont handicap the Bosnian.
2021-04-17 00:25
6 replies
#87
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Australia kaos0002
Niko wants to awp hence why he kicked kwnny anything for Bosnian bully
2021-04-17 03:21
1 reply
Ch0ko ruining teams as always, can't expect anything else from him really.
2021-04-17 12:31
Didn't Amanek awp for G2 instead now?
2021-04-17 03:36
1 reply
Niko and Amanek share. None of the both is set primary awper, they keep switching and Amanek actually does a better job than him.
2021-04-17 12:32
so stupid
2021-04-17 09:01
1 reply
No, what's stupid is forcing the best rifler to give it up for a glass cannon just because other top players are awpers too.
2021-04-17 12:34
#99
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Portugal W!LDF1RE
Tbf AmaneK awped pretty well today, but ye, G2 need to buyout S1mple Asap
2021-04-17 09:00
Big nt
2021-04-16 20:50
flamez too hot for og apparently
2021-04-16 20:51
Decent performance by OG on this tournament. flameZ is a great addition. But niko a little bit disappointed me, especially on Nuke vs G2. GG G2, nice match, was a pleasure to watch this game. *Applauses*
2021-04-16 20:53
2 replies
honestly, amanek have to go full awp, i've some incredible flicks
2021-04-16 23:13
1 reply
niko slowly crawling to the top 1 with awp XD but seems like its still far away
2021-04-17 06:10
#16
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Finland EZekt
I'm not here to defend OG or to say G2 didn't deserve the win. I like G2 as well a lot and OG's playbook with the new roster just isn't deep enough yet and seemed to run out of ideas at the end. But Blast Premier not having clear enough rules that there even could be a debate for an hour about them during a match is horrible. Completely ruined the hype for the match and makes them look amateurish I'm very disappointed in an otherwise pretty high quality TO. The rules need to be so clear that referees can re-watch the round one or two times and make a clear decision. Considering the situation, the analyst desk was doing the best they could and I applaud them for that, but a discussion about ZyWoo and S1mple was not what we tuned in to watch.
2021-04-16 20:53
17 replies
#18
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Finland Nollegee
+1 Well said mens, couldn’t have said this myself any better.
2021-04-16 21:01
Blast is a horrible event organiser. I have watched that jumping computer for tons of hours in their competitions over the years. Its just unprofessional and sloppy to have over 45 mins techicals everyday.
2021-04-16 21:01
10 replies
Was the problem on their end? I thought it wasn’t
2021-04-16 21:07
7 replies
I dont know about this time, but in every blast tournament ever there has been so many long technical pauses there has to be huge problems in the blast organization. In other tournaments there is only some short technicals now and then, cant even compare
2021-04-16 21:10
6 replies
So you’re blaming it on blast??? What if it was someone’s pc doing weird, or steam... That’s not their fault, blast is a great TO.
2021-04-16 21:11
5 replies
I just wont believe blast is unlucky enough that in all their tournaments players just have like 10 times more technical problems than in other tournaments. Other than having ties as possibility in bo1 tournament couple of years back i have nothing bad to say about blast as a TO, but their technical pauses are just something else.
2021-04-16 21:16
3 replies
i dont get where you get the info from that there are a lot of technical problems, i dont think there are a lot...
2021-04-16 21:22
2 replies
I watch a lot of pro cs from tier 3 to tier 1 and blast is dominating the technical pauses durations, by a lot. I dont take any data but i have never seen 45 min technicals in other tournaments.
2021-04-16 21:36
1 reply
cool because i watch a lot of pro cs from tier whatever to tier 1 too! and i think ur talking poo!
2021-04-16 21:40
#97
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France heiwa
If I understood correctly it took literally 45 minutes to check if the restart was legit or not.
2021-04-17 08:52
#29
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Finland EZekt
I think ever since they rebranded their competition as Premier, they've increased in quality and generally I'm happy with their tournaments(I hated the format of Blast Pro, but production quality has always been fine). A long tech pause is justified if it is a player having issues with ping or hardware because those are difficult to predict issues and nobody can be faulted for it. However, in an unclear situation like this, the rulebook should be solid enough so that a referee can make a clear decision quickly.
2021-04-16 21:15
1 reply
+1 (last time i got banned for commenting "+1" lets hope it wont happen this time)
2021-04-16 21:24
Hey I've seen vldyslava's tweet about the rulebook... What happened ?
2021-04-16 23:49
#80
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United States Fyyara
+1
2021-04-17 00:22
+1
2021-04-17 05:08
+1 I turned it off after 15m of waiting. I'll be honest I don't even know how the casters keep a straight face talking up sycophantic shit about zywoo and simple 24/7. like, do they think 90% of their viewers are tryhard groupies? Idk man.. I've watched cs for the last 3 years and those 2 players never impressed me. Especially since their teams make the mistake of building around them to their detriment.
2021-04-17 06:25
1 reply
if you legit aren't impressed by those players, i don't know what players do impress you.
2021-04-20 19:11
#17
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Germany Nachofish
nt nt
2021-04-16 20:54
It has been proven, niko>Niko🙂
2021-04-16 21:06
5 replies
clown of the day goes to you
2021-04-16 21:07
4 replies
mmm mm ee me eee me???? 😳😳😳😳 im honored
2021-04-16 21:24
3 replies
you should be
2021-04-16 21:27
1 reply
yes 😳😳😳 thank you so much clown_2k 😳 <3
2021-04-16 21:28
Lmao
2021-04-17 05:09
#21
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Finland Jutila
Gg! Even tho OG lost they showed a real potential
2021-04-16 21:06
#24
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
Undeserved win from G2, not because of the tech.
2021-04-16 21:08
5 replies
Why so salty
2021-04-16 21:52
3 replies
#52
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
Oh no I'm not salty. The match was amazing and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire match. I just don't think G2 deserved that win AND I don't want them to win because this structure clearly doesn't work for them and I want MaLeK to see that.
2021-04-16 21:54
2 replies
THey are improvising alot from what i have heard in their interviews, they seem to still not know what is the best way to play cs atm, good showing from og btw i am a big fan of this team, but you know i have g2 in my heart :D
2021-04-16 22:10
1 reply
#57
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
:D thanks, kind G2 fan!
2021-04-16 22:12
#101
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Portugal W!LDF1RE
G2 was the deeper team in the 2 Maps they won. OG showed great potential, and in Maps like D2 that aren't hard to adapt to, they showed both against Astralis and G2 that they are capable of beating the best. But both on inferno and Nuke they ran out of Ideias, and tbf, if G2 weren't serial chokers and didn't loose to pistols, Nuke wouldn't have OT's
2021-04-17 09:06
To be honest i think OG played better and they proved it on DUST 2 , but still i want G2 to win something cus they didn't won anything for a long time
2021-04-16 21:09
OK BLLLAST
2021-04-16 21:10
OG with flameZ and niko is looking great, some time and they could get a really good results. and change my mind but if the match wasnt stopped for so long OG could of get the W with hunter playing PRIME Zywoo niko and s1mple combained.
2021-04-16 21:16
5 replies
Very well said, really seems FlameZ will take them to another level. He's top notch and really seems to fit in well. I'm definitely not the person to bash anyone personally, however I do feel that OG might need to consider swapping NiKo for someone who's able to achieve a high level consistently. Valde is alright, Aleksi is doing good numbers for an IGL, mantu is fragging along nicely, just seems that if they'd have someone instead of NiKo who'd have more firepower that would take OG into the top 5.
2021-04-16 21:28
4 replies
As always, kick support because low fragging, i bet it should be + sunny “firepower” kemppi
2021-04-16 21:38
its niko bro, NiKo is the real one
2021-04-16 21:57
Niko is one of the best riflers out there brother,not everyone from the team will have +KD all the time,he has the worst roles and still delivered pretty well this series(65-66).
2021-04-16 22:50
FlameZ showing already why picking him up wasn't a bad idea. Will be expecting more of the same in the future from him
2021-04-16 23:16
#33
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Portugal dracø
Imagine taking almost an hour to decide if a round is replayed or not lul blast plz
2021-04-16 21:23
3 replies
#43
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United States Shr3y
What happened can anyone explain?
2021-04-16 21:36
2 replies
#67
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Portugal dracø
g2 player dropped before damage was taken, g2 asked to reset, OG didn't want to do it. It took the admin 45++ mins to decide if it should be replayed or not. It ended up fucking OG's momentum so it serves them right, but it's retarded that they don't have clear rules in place for this situations lol
2021-04-16 23:11
1 reply
+1. Having players influence these kinds of decisions id braindead. Too much potential for controversy. Have clear set rules and enforce them consistently. Then there is no favoritism.
2021-04-17 03:21
nt flamez
2021-04-16 21:25
#40
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Israel shade175
honestly OG played 10 times better than G2 this game so underserved and huge plays from FlameZ /
2021-04-16 21:32
2 replies
#66
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Serbia XD___
no they didnt
2021-04-16 23:05
no they didnt
2021-04-17 00:05
so unfair they destoyed heroics momentum
2021-04-16 21:33
Sorry, not saying this because i am a fan, but OG was way better. G2 got carried by Hunter on last map.
2021-04-16 21:34
Undeserved for G2.... OG were clearly better tbh :/
2021-04-16 21:39
2 replies
cry, clearly werent as good if they lost
2021-04-17 00:05
1 reply
You dont understand, I like g2 but this game was kinda sad and wonky from them. Im happy they made it through the tournament tho!
2021-04-26 18:16
#48
fnx | 
Brazil Cidd
Easy
2021-04-16 21:42
Hopefully they qualify.
2021-04-16 21:43
#50
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Finland H0rnPub
GG hunter was banging
2021-04-16 21:51
undeserved
2021-04-16 22:00
bro look at the ratings without context and tell me G2 didnt lose
2021-04-16 22:15
1 reply
Fr man how hunter pulled this off on his own
2021-04-16 22:26
It literally was hunter vs og😭
2021-04-16 22:26
Title should be "OG ruined my bet after fluke win vs Astralis"
2021-04-16 22:33
2 replies
Stop betting then
2021-04-16 22:50
1 reply
It was only 3 euro man lmao
2021-04-16 23:38
good job G2 well played guys
2021-04-16 22:45
Wow. Tough match.
2021-04-16 23:27
#72
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Indonesia cleostar
g2 always won undeserving tbh
2021-04-16 23:47
hunter is goated
2021-04-16 23:49
#76
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Ukraine TeamBet
Bad
2021-04-17 00:01
Why was there a big technical problem? Can somebody explain. Didn’t watched the whole match because I had to make dinner.
2021-04-17 00:07
#81
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Latvia Dettheroc
It's interesting that you can lose more rounds in cs but still winn the matchup
2021-04-17 00:24
great game for both G2 and OG, but the stopped killed the momentum man.
2021-04-17 00:37
OG should work a lot on inferno.. Feels like they don't really feel the map. But was a good game tho
2021-04-17 01:41
ch0k0 getting carried so hard by his cousin
2021-04-17 08:14
#102
tarik | 
Romania zawn
look at stats.
2021-04-17 09:09
#107
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
G2 is showing some potential, they still need to figure out the situation with AWP and stuff, but when they do it, I think they can be a TOP 10 team. OG has potential, they just need time.
2021-04-17 13:10
FlameZ looking good
2021-04-17 20:01
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