G2 eliminate Astralis from DreamHack Masters Spring

With a 2-1 victory, the French-Balkan squad advanced to the semi-finals of DreamHack Masters as well as earned a spot at the IEM Cologne group stage.

The first playoff game of the tournament saw G2 take down Astralis in three maps, with Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač standing out for his team, posting a 1.35 rating. G2 proved to be the better team Train and Vertigo, securing them with 16-7 and 16-8 scorelines, respectively, and only Nuke went the way of the Danes as Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen shined.

"It is a really good feeling, it is really important for us to win a couple of games in a row," Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač said about eliminating Astralis in the post-match interview. "Now we need to prepare for Gambit to try and get our revenge." G2 lost the group stage bout against Gambit 2-1 and will be hoping to put up a better showing against the No.1 team on Saturday.

The game had wider implications than just this tournament, however, as the victory over Astralis saw G2 surpass Spirit in the ESL Pro Tour ranking. Due to that, NiKo and co. have grabbed the last invite for the IEM Cologne group stage, ESL's flagship event which is planned to take place as a studio LAN event in July.

NiKo was the highest-rated player for G2 on all three maps

A second-round force-buy by Astralis countered G2's clean pistol round win on their map pick, Train, and set up the Danes for an early 3-1 lead. A strong T side from the French-Balkan team followed, though, seeing NiKo and co. finish it 8-7 ahead after back-and-forth action. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's double in pop put G2 in position to claim the CT pistol, with the in-game leader showing up with multikills in the following two anti-ecos to fill the gaps for his team. From 11-7 up, G2 rode the momentum to close out the game with a flawless CT side, 16-7.

G2 looked poised to close things out on Nuke as they built an 8-4 lead on the defensive side, NiKo and François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay shining for the team as they locked down the late-round situations. However, as the half-time neared, Astralis got back into it thanks to great plays from Bubzkji (8-7), and equalized the score with a 1v4 from Magisk in the CT pistol. Nothing was decided yet, though, as turnarounds, clutches, and eco wins filled the second half, but Astralis managed to close out at the final moment, 16-14.

Apart from an early CT side streak, Astralis struggled to find a footing on the defensive side of Vertigo, the decider map for the series. Strong trading and post-plants ensured NiKo and co. a massive lead heading into the break, 10-5. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's squad weren't going to go down without a fight, claiming three rounds early into the offense to make it 12-8. The comeback attempt was stopped by two multikill rounds from nexa, who alongside a stellar NiKo pushed G2 towards a 16-8 victory.

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Matchpage
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7th May 2021
16
Train
7
14
Nuke
16
16
Vertigo
8
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 40 +27 83.7 1.35
54 - 51 +3 83.4 1.19
54 - 46 +8 69.8 1.10
49 - 49 0 73.6 1.05
44 - 44 0 57.9 1.01
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 54 -4 76.6 1.00
51 - 51 0 69.9 0.96
44 - 55 -11 65.7 0.87
43 - 56 -13 66.5 0.85
42 - 53 -11 63.2 0.83
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1088
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1494
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1264
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1250
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1427
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
shit went from 0 to 100 like 413 times during the match
2021-05-07 20:36
9 replies
how can you comment so fast
2021-05-07 20:37
7 replies
Lulstralis fans used to lose
2021-05-07 20:40
i was refreshing the page every 10 seconds, and i copy pasted what i wanted to say.. sad life :(
2021-05-07 20:42
4 replies
i feel your struggle young man!
2021-05-07 20:45
Not sad, you are the winner!
2021-05-07 21:06
2 replies
sad that i was refreshing the page every 10 sec
2021-05-07 21:20
1 reply
It’s ok, i can respect the commitment
2021-05-07 21:43
#48
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Belgium Woke!
xaxaxaxax
2021-05-07 21:51
lmao nice
2021-05-07 21:14
nice
2021-05-07 20:36
Why so ez for me?)
2021-05-07 20:36
6 replies
But not so ez for Spirit.
2021-05-07 20:40
4 replies
Neither for OG
2021-05-07 20:50
3 replies
I mean that G2 overcomed Spirit in Road to Cologne rankings and took the last spot on the main event.
2021-05-07 20:51
2 replies
I was memeing wtfmens
2021-05-09 18:56
1 reply
Okay, sorry friend.
2021-05-09 19:09
#49
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Belgium Woke!
hard for drunrusskibett0r
2021-05-07 21:51
#5
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Denmark Xyp3x
najsssssssu
2021-05-07 20:37
ez
2021-05-07 20:37
Poggers NiKo & Hunter
2021-05-07 20:37
2 replies
Best POG duo
2021-05-07 21:15
why furia flair?
2021-05-08 01:21
#8
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Poland sosiad
good luck
2021-05-07 20:38
#9
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France SpAKstor
Kenny still missing ngl
2021-05-07 20:38
3 replies
Amanek hits more shots than kenny.
2021-05-07 20:42
2 replies
funny but true
2021-05-07 20:46
Stop spitting facts pls
2021-05-07 20:58
#10
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Russia 0ak_
unlucko for spirit
2021-05-07 20:38
Who need Awper right now ???? I think KennyS is good player in role Awper for Astralis right now 🐧
2021-05-07 20:39
1 reply
#50
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Belgium Woke!
kennys speak danish
2021-05-07 21:52
#14
ZywOo | 
India aR__
JackZ is better than I thought
2021-05-07 20:40
2 replies
Jackz is the goat
2021-05-07 20:42
His entries are out of this world
2021-05-08 03:16
Now NiKo can go bowling with his cousin.
2021-05-07 20:41
Astralis really needs a roster change
2021-05-07 20:41
3 replies
agreed.. -xyp9x is NEEDED right now
2021-05-07 20:52
#32
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Liberia rationale
Yeah, its name is "disband", they need Disband.
2021-05-07 20:53
#44
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Pakistan LoOuU2
getting Esetag soon , dont worry.
2021-05-07 21:22
Astralis lmao
2021-05-07 20:44
My name checks out
2021-05-07 20:46
Was a fun matchup to watch
2021-05-07 20:47
#25
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Denmark JKTP
Well, it went about expected Atleast they where competitive
2021-05-07 20:47
1 reply
#34
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Liberia rationale
Barely.
2021-05-07 20:54
jackie <3
2021-05-07 20:50
1 reply
#51
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Belgium Woke!
audric
2021-05-07 21:52
Gg:( hope Dupreeh can get used to the awp more
2021-05-07 20:51
6 replies
#52
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Belgium Woke!
he will then astralis 8 majors mens))
2021-05-07 21:52
5 replies
if he will be as good at awping as he is at entry )) and deag ofc
2021-05-07 22:10
4 replies
#57
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Belgium Woke!
niko deag = dupreeh deag >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all other deag
2021-05-07 22:11
3 replies
Lekro??? S1mple??
2021-05-07 23:20
2 replies
#64
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Belgium Woke!
s0mpole lekr0
2021-05-08 00:47
1 reply
Nt 👏👏
2021-05-08 01:39
without my dev1cinho I can't
2021-05-07 20:51
lets fuking goooooooooo
2021-05-07 20:53
koVAC esports
2021-05-07 20:54
Hardly a surprise. Losing a stable hand like dev1ce is a big blow to Astralis. Xyp9x is not doing well. dupreeh is OK at best with the OP. Bubzkji has the aim but no game sense. gla1ve is slowly becoming karrigan with some YOLO aggressive play to compensate for the lacking of teamwork.
2021-05-07 20:58
9 replies
#53
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Belgium Woke!
ok
2021-05-07 21:52
3 replies
OK. Do you have anything to say or just randomly posted an OK? OK is the only word you know perhaps?
2021-05-08 03:04
2 replies
#77
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Belgium Woke!
Ok
2021-05-08 04:41
1 reply
rekt
2021-05-08 14:46
With the what?
2021-05-08 01:02
4 replies
Did you even read the comment properly?
2021-05-08 03:03
3 replies
What is op
2021-05-08 03:06
2 replies
AWP
2021-05-08 16:40
1 reply
Lol
2021-05-08 16:41
Dupreeh to faze. Xyp retire. Glaive to mousesports... Magisk to vitality
2021-05-07 21:14
7 replies
And device to India XD
2021-05-07 23:21
1 reply
I am very sad with device for going to NIP :*(
2021-05-08 07:33
#84
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Europe Filip11122
bro are you retarded
2021-05-08 08:07
1 reply
So you are looking for some logic on hltv. I think you are.
2021-05-08 09:04
All washed up trash to FaZe? Lol
2021-05-08 09:15
#87
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Other M@GNU5
hello ur computer has virus
2021-05-08 09:16
1 reply
Yeah thats why i dont like to hide in OTHERS
2021-05-08 20:12
lest gooo nashee
2021-05-07 21:20
#45
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Russia TorToroych
Rip spirit dream
2021-05-07 21:29
internet explorer
2021-05-07 21:47
#54
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Belgium Woke!
ez for astralis
2021-05-07 21:53
Down she goes. It was fun while it lasted boys!
2021-05-07 21:54
1 reply
Yeah time for all danes to change flair to heroic. XD
2021-05-07 23:22
Remove vertigo!
2021-05-07 22:12
#62
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Brazil Anarchybr
Damn Jackz is better than I thought
2021-05-07 23:30
finally niko was able to take down Astralis, dude has been losing for so much time haha
2021-05-08 00:16
Ez 4 g2. Lulstralis era is over
2021-05-08 01:10
Astralis will be back..........idk when but they will
2021-05-08 01:11
1 reply
they will be top 5 but will never be as dominant as they were in 2018 again.
2021-05-08 14:50
#70
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Brazil Aim_K1ng
where's the dupreeh smile now ?????????????? hahahahaha without dev1ce without victories ... where are you with your smile now ??????????? Astralis RIP 2019-2021
2021-05-08 02:10
1 reply
a pretty solid era tbh
2021-05-08 14:48
#70
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Brazil Aim_K1ng
where's the dupreeh smile now ?????????????? hahahahaha without dev1ce without victories where is the dupreeh with his smile now ??????????? ... Astralis RIP 2019-2021
2021-05-08 02:13
#72
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Brazil Aim_K1ng
: ) Hahahahah
2021-05-08 02:13
ASTRALIS era gone
2021-05-08 04:55
Decent result for Astralis, one roster move and they'll be back to top1!
2021-05-08 05:11
This should have been 2-0 if niko did not entered bot mode T_T on Nuke
2021-05-08 06:04
clips.twitch.tv/HeartlessHotRedpandaTBTa.. Xyp9x reaction to getting one tapped by JaCkz lmao
2021-05-08 06:11
G2 eliminate Astralis from CS:GO.
2021-05-08 06:40
Thats embarassing Imagine losing to these G2 bots, they are complete joke
2021-05-08 17:37
#94
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Poland SebL
G2 is actually looking pretty good. It's seenable that Astralis has got problems with this new AWP situation.
2021-05-08 17:38
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