G2 outlast Spirit to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Final

The Kovač cousins topped the scoreboard for G2 in a series that went down to the wire.

G2 have booked their ticket to the BLAST Premier Spring Final with their third straight victory in the Spring Showdown’s single-elimination bracket, taking Spirit down in a series that was decided in a narrowly contested decider map.

"I’m just super that happy that we actually managed to pull it off, it has been a long time since we managed to win three games in a row," Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković said in the post-game interview. "I think that was actually our goal coming here, to string a few games in a row, we usually just get two wins and then fall at the last hurdle, but we overcame it this time and, honestly, I feel amazing and I'm so proud of everyone on the team."

To overcome the final hurdle G2 had to come back from a big loss on their map pick, Mirage, which Spirit took 16-6. The Russian squad had set up a potential two-map victory on Dust2, a map they had won nine out of the 10 times they played it this year, but Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and company were able to bring an early deficit to a 16-12 victory to keep the series alive before securing an overtime win on Nuke.

AmaNEk won several crucial clutches for G2 on Nuke

Spirit took the first pistol round on Mirage, G2’s map pick, going up 2-0 before the squad led by nexa could retaliate to keep the early game close, but a triple by Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov in a crucial sixth round put Spirit right back in contention as they rebuilt their economy and went on a seven round tear, taking a 10-5 lead at the half. The Russian squad then scored two entries, one in B apartments and one in mid, before entering the B site to claim the second pistol round, after which they extended their lead to 13-5. G2 then put up one defense with a full buy in their hands, but were immediately taken down the following round as Spirit ran away with the map, 16-6.

François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay and nexa shut down a split B push as G2 cleanly took the first pistol round of Dust2 and the two teams remained close early on, but a triple kill on an A afterplant by Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev in the sixth round once again tipped the scales in Spirit’s favor as they went up 7-3 in the first ten rounds, with mir spearheading his team’s efforts with 14 kills. Down 3-8 G2 took a tactical timeout, after which they cleaned up the half, winning all remaining rounds to bring it back within one. They then took a firm grip of proceedings on the attack, going on to close out the map 16-12 to force a decider.

mir was the highest rated player in the series with a 1.25

Spirit started their offensive on Nuke with a fast ramp rush to B, going up 2-0 before an A stack by G2 in the third round paid dividends as NiKo and company won it with a pistol buy. From there on out Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel’s men dominated the half, closing it 11-4. Spirit kept themselves in the game taking their CT-side pistol round and winning five rounds in a row to 8-11 before a triple by AmaNEk in a 2vs3 B afterplant gave G2 the break they needed. AmaNEk then won a 1vs1 clutch on A two rounds later to keep his team charging towards match point, 13-9, but Spirit hit back by winning a forcebuy. Down 13-15 nexa clutched a 1vs3 afterplant to push the map to its limit, as G2 followed it up to force overtime.

G2 were able to take two rounds on the attack with multi-kills by Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug despite losing the first round of overtime. Spirit tied things up in the second half, but a 1vs1 by clutch win by AmaNEk against Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov gave his team match point. G2 were finally able to close out the map when Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač took out three Spirit players as they executed on A, booking their ticket to the BLAST Premier Spring Final.

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Mirage
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Dust2
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Nuke
17
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 58 +7 86.3 1.19
71 - 60 +11 91.8 1.18
55 - 58 -3 68.5 1.03
46 - 51 -5 58.5 0.95
46 - 67 -21 60.8 0.83
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
74 - 55 +19 90.0 1.25
64 - 54 +10 82.5 1.18
58 - 59 -1 69.1 1.02
54 - 62 -8 77.1 1.02
42 - 55 -13 50.2 0.81
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
876
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
35
Team:
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1066
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:
1242
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1405
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
gg team SPIRIT, we gonna outplay G2 next time..
2021-04-18 19:58
2 replies
no :^)
2021-04-18 21:59
1 reply
G2 wasted spot, furia would 2-0 them
2021-04-18 22:02
-Nexa + AWPer +Niko IGL G2 ez major Finals
2021-04-18 19:59
8 replies
#17
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
when will you understand that he no longer wants to play igl
2021-04-18 20:06
2 replies
When will u understand that its a bait and sarcasm
2021-04-18 21:00
1 reply
when will u understand that HLTV itself is a baiter
2021-04-19 02:58
Nexa won rhis game by 1v3 clutch at 13-15 -jackz +awper
2021-04-18 20:10
1 reply
Jacks won that 2v4 in OT. He is super underrated. Stop sleeping on him.
2021-04-19 14:34
+kennyS
2021-04-18 20:36
+1 Also -MaLeK +YNk
2021-04-18 21:01
Hahahahaha xD Also, -Nexa + GuardiaN, Niko IGL, and -malek + Ynk. G2 major final confirmed, but what happens then ;)
2021-04-18 22:02
#10
cyx | 
Turkmenistan mitt@
wat a game GOD huNter saved my 150$
2021-04-18 19:59
I was watching the ot on my phone while taking a shit, wrong time to get excited lmaoooooo
2021-04-18 19:59
Great game!
2021-04-18 20:01
Ez for Kovac No chance for trash Dogster
2021-04-18 20:07
Why is everyone saying "G2 Lucky"? Lucky already had his chance in G2 and he fucked up, why does everyone want him back now?
2021-04-18 20:08
3 replies
Hahaha
2021-04-18 21:00
#55
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Russia AliasNamer
6/8
2021-04-18 21:13
+1
2021-04-19 04:07
nice G2, unexpected af, gr8 comeback by spirit tho
2021-04-18 20:08
so if some other teams besides gambit will win against spirit they will be lucky! cool guys, very nice!
2021-04-18 20:08
4 replies
can't accept the loss. Typical of them
2021-04-18 20:20
so much flukes and mistakes from spirit at the same time best looking G2 since niko joining ofc its lucky
2021-04-18 20:41
2 replies
#45
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Serbia XD___
its not, stay mad
2021-04-18 20:58
1 reply
#52
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CIS TheBigSAM
g2 did the same mistakes and won less rounds. not mad, dissapointed
2021-04-18 21:03
EZ4G2
2021-04-18 20:11
G2 lucky
2021-04-18 20:11
1 reply
Do u even follow pro co? Lucky is not in g2, he plays fir DBL poney
2021-04-18 21:01
#29
NAF | 
Canada Dubsyy
G2 lucky, undeserved win
2021-04-18 20:13
2 replies
Lucky plays for DBL Poney what are you saying
2021-04-18 20:15
Cry is free
2021-04-18 20:19
#33
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Europe robo1234
Damn, I don't bet but I have said somewhere in this conference before the Showdown started that G2 and Heroic would go through. At the moment I am writing this, the kids from Heroic are down 6-9 in the first map against Gambit.
2021-04-18 20:26
#37
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Russia mshkoda
Gj g2, respect
2021-04-18 20:40
So ez for G2
2021-04-18 20:43
Niko not playing like top 5 anymore. If he starts playing like hunter and be consistent more, sky is the limit for this team.
2021-04-18 20:45
#41
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Portugal dracø
I don't think I've ever seen a team reach a final while having such poor performances. The saving grace has been individual brilliance but as a team they are awful.
2021-04-18 20:48
3 replies
not awful but not great either awful would be navi when they arent on their magic tournament
2021-04-18 20:52
But they're better individually, aren't they? That's all that matters :D
2021-04-18 21:00
1 reply
#53
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Portugal dracø
not really, they won't have anything to fallback when the individual plays fail
2021-04-18 21:10
Chopper choking in last 3 rounds costed them nuke
2021-04-18 20:54
#44
Loh | 
CIS iFiKe
Congratulations to G2, I hope they take their chance and do not fail the Fall Finals. WP to both teams
2021-04-18 20:57
-chopper when?
2021-04-18 21:00
#54
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Russia AliasNamer
So lucky
2021-04-18 21:12
1 reply
#66
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Bulgaria NMvapa
Yep, i feel robbed
2021-04-18 22:22
Good series!
2021-04-18 22:04
It feels good not being disappointed once in a while.
2021-04-18 22:19
2 replies
#65
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Bulgaria NMvapa
Never felt that
2021-04-18 22:22
1 reply
Voyvoda had a good run not too long ago havent they.
2021-04-18 22:24
how much better they would be if everyone fits a slot and everything is strung together
2021-04-18 22:21
#64
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Bulgaria NMvapa
15-13 and 3v1, then 5v3/4v2 in Overtime. Nice way to lose the game. And no, it was not a matchfix, just Spirit throwing a 99.9% won game out of the window
2021-04-18 22:22
#68
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Ukraine IAFNN
well played g2, such an interesting match
2021-04-18 23:45
Degster check paypal
2021-04-19 02:20
So unlucky for Spirit. Chopper screwed up 2 critical rounds that would've won their third map.
2021-04-19 02:46
#74
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
G2 is looking pretty good, they still have problems with adapting with the AWP situation, but when they finally get it done, I think they could be TOP 5 tbh. Spirit has some potential aswell. GL to both teams.
2021-04-19 10:36
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