G2 oust Virtus.pro from DreamHack Masters Spring, advance to quarter-finals

The Kovač cousins starred for their team to help G2 clinch a playoffs spot.

G2 have eliminated Virtus.pro from DreamHack Masters Spring following a 2-0 victory in Group A's lower bracket final, securing a spot in the quarter-finals. In the first round of the playoffs, the Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković-led side will face the losing side from tomorrow's Group B upper bracket final between Astralis and Heroic on Friday.

Virtus.pro took control of Vertigo early on, courtesy of triples from Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev and a 2v4 retake on the B bombsite spearheaded by Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis, but despite the CIS-based side amassing an 8-1 lead on the CT side the map wasn't quite as decided as it would seem.

G2 are through to playoffs at DreamHack Masters

nexa's 1v2 clutch and a couple of close afterplant round wins gave the French-Balkan squad a way back in, and after halftime they went on to dominate on the CT side, where Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug denying Qikert a 1v3 attempt helped G2 drive the map home late.

nexa's squad put together another impressive defense when the series turned to Inferno, with Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač's triple in the pistol round and François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay's 1v2 clutch helped deny Virtus.pro early ground. Two more clutches from nexa soon saw G2 claim a 13-2 half and secure the series after some early struggles in the second half.

Matchpage
0
2
1st May 2021
Europe
12
Vertigo
16
8
Inferno
16
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 39 +2 74.5 1.11
39 - 32 +7 67.8 1.06
36 - 41 -5 81.2 1.02
26 - 36 -10 59.3 0.85
25 - 43 -18 58.4 0.73
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 36 +18 113.2 1.52
44 - 32 +12 85.1 1.27
34 - 37 -3 74.7 1.09
31 - 32 -1 64.9 1.00
27 - 30 -3 49.9 0.89
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1085
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:
1261
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1073
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
916
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
882
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
EZ
2021-05-01 22:32
Ez
2021-05-01 22:32
#3
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France Terapiah
Strong NiKo and Hunter tonight
2021-05-01 22:32
4 replies
#8
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Russia DomRemi
The force is strong in this two
2021-05-01 22:34
Nikola and Nemanja too stronk
2021-05-02 03:31
2 replies
Love your name!
2021-05-02 09:16
Not a G2 fan but i gotta agree with your name, Hunter is gonna be top 10 this year if he keeps playing like this
2021-05-02 16:05
Ez
2021-05-01 22:33
EZ4GODNIKO
2021-05-01 22:33
#6
s1mple | 
Sweden SiNiS
Finally onliners are being put to their place
2021-05-01 22:33
9 replies
+1
2021-05-01 22:48
#22
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Russia DomRemi
Don't say like that, VP had some flamboyant enjoyable games.
2021-05-01 23:00
??? Respect previous major finalists
2021-05-01 23:01
1 reply
#40
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Serbia XD___
no adren = no major
2021-05-02 00:17
Yekindar had bad day. That's all
2021-05-01 23:08
2 replies
Yekindar is looking way too good, that's why they are getting these results rn, and he is able to play like that cuz it's online, same with shiro and nafany and axile on gambit
2021-05-02 09:50
1 reply
I think sh1ro and ax1le are a different case than yekindar. They play kinda smart. They remind me of s1mple and electronic.
2021-05-02 15:15
#41
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Portugal W!LDF1RE
That Core was on a major final as AVANGAR
2021-05-02 00:17
1 reply
Yeah but back then they didn't have a player called yekindar emerging from fpl to look like prime Niko x2
2021-05-02 09:49
113 avg adr on 2 maps, NiKo is back baby
2021-05-01 22:34
Hopefully G2 can win some tournaments now
2021-05-01 22:37
#10
arT | 
Brazil logzera
Oust?
2021-05-01 22:37
2 replies
#62
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United States 7hai
verb: drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.
2021-05-02 08:06
1 reply
#65
arT | 
Brazil logzera
Thank you, kind sir!
2021-05-02 08:39
Only star player with no baiting required. Niko, still the best rifle
2021-05-01 22:37
3 replies
Elige also same huge adr and impact without bait
2021-05-01 22:49
1 reply
Yeah true Elige <3
2021-05-02 08:37
Elige >
2021-05-02 03:16
Love to see G2 doing well
2021-05-01 22:38
#13
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Italy NotNew
yekindar exposed
2021-05-01 22:39
1 reply
#14
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Pakistan LoOuU2
His hyper aggressive playstyle was gonna be figured out sooner or later
2021-05-01 22:40
#15
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Serbia XD___
g2 stronk
2021-05-01 22:41
6 replies
5 replies
Didn’t even need to click to know that link Shame they removed the original with that accordion guy
2021-05-01 22:49
3 replies
#43
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United States Shr3y
What shame? Some disgusting right wingers were writing awful comments celebrating nz mosque attacks, so yt did the right thing.
2021-05-02 00:42
2 replies
Fk off disgusting censorship is never the right approach to a problem
2021-05-02 00:53
1 reply
deplatforming hate speech is easily the best solution to that problem
2021-05-02 05:20
#29
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Peru SaintCloud
+1
2021-05-01 23:11
veri nyas
2021-05-01 22:42
no nexa no party
2021-05-01 22:47
NiKo GOAT rifler so fucking ez
2021-05-01 23:03
So sad for YEKINDAR, those haters really made him lose his confidence.
2021-05-01 23:04
9 replies
If a pro player starts to lose confidence just coz of some random haters online, then it's a shame. Dont worry he only had a bad day.
2021-05-01 23:10
What happened?
2021-05-01 23:17
3 replies
During Katowice and after, he was getting spammed in twitter replies with cheating accusations.
2021-05-02 00:58
2 replies
Maybe he stopped cheatinkk?
2021-05-02 00:59
1 reply
i dunno, if sometime it will appear as truth, i'll never follow that kid. But, he was insane at the beginning of the year.
2021-05-02 01:01
why blame "haters"?? he just had a bad game zoomer spotted
2021-05-01 23:27
#48
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
No, it's just a bad game, everyone has them. Look at s1mple ZywOo occasionally. You don't need to make excuses when none is necessary.
2021-05-02 00:55
2 replies
Recent results are slumpy for VP, because YEKINDAR stopped making those entry frags that he was making consistently. I wish he returns his beast form, it was pretty fun to see all those triggered Liquid-Astralis kids accusing him cheating.
2021-05-02 01:02
1 reply
#53
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
I completely agree with you but we have no idea if YEKINDAR's occasional off games are directly related to these accusations; as like you stated, it's hilarious seeing how daft some of the witch-hunts are. If you are so good you get accused of being a cheater in a more direct fashion, that is a mark of pride, not a mark of sorrow. Yes, different pros will handle it differently and YEKINDAR is still young but if YEKINDAR knows he isn't cheating, he has nothing to prove and therefore shouldn't react personally to this. Until we have more resolute answers, I don't think the slump in form is directly related to this, friend.
2021-05-02 02:02
EZ!
2021-05-01 23:10
#32
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Brazil Vicmar
Ousted
2021-05-01 23:31
#34
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Serbia LtN))
ez
2021-05-01 23:41
n00bs destroyed n00bs and onliners
2021-05-01 23:42
Yekindar;(((((
2021-05-01 23:42
Yekindar not fragging it's an auto lose for vp. They rely 100% on him.
2021-05-01 23:55
ez
2021-05-02 00:01
#39
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Brazil hugoooo
The Bosnian duo carry G2 SO HARD!!
2021-05-02 00:04
#44
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Denmark Vespurr
Yekindar is not good anymore
2021-05-02 00:43
Wtf I went to friends when VP was winning 8-2 or something on Vertigo, wtf happened
2021-05-02 00:50
#47
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
This is the G2 we've been waiting to see.
2021-05-02 00:53
1 reply
JONTYYYY I'VE BEEN WAITING TO SEE YOU
2021-05-02 05:20
Hope Yekindar can recover !
2021-05-02 02:48
Leeeetsgooo! Edit: Have a good day!
2021-05-02 03:07
I hope they upset stronger teams in play-offs. #G2Army
2021-05-02 03:32
Nice
2021-05-02 07:50
#63
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Denmark twinseN
G2 back on track good to see :)
2021-05-02 08:08
Let's go G2. the koVACs doing the usual shit.
2021-05-02 10:37
Poor yekindar, if he don't get multiple entrys then virtus lose
2021-05-02 10:54
niko & hunter are dangerous !
2021-05-02 13:44
Well G2 still struggless a lot with the lack of an AWPer, but win is a win, GJ by them. Idk. what's going on with VP but they lost the thing that was working for them, getting map control early on and then slowing down, now they get countered, they make a lot of mistakes, and it just doesn't work.
2021-05-02 15:40
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