G2 secure third consecutive top 4 finish by defeating Vitality in IEM Summer

By topping group A in IEM Summer, G2 will skip one round of the playoffs and continue the tournament in the semi-finals.

G2 swept Vitality 2-0 (16-14 Vertigo, 16-10 Inferno) to advance to the semi-final of the IEM Summer playoffs, while Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and co. will be starting the knockout stage in the quarter-finals against the winners of Virtus.pro - NIP.

The youngest player on the server, Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier, was key to Vitality keeping things competitive (1.35 series rating), but that wasn't enough to keep the Kovač cousins down. "Our confidence is so strong, no one is hesitating to make plays we should make," Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković said in the post-match interview when asked about the win.

huNter- put up another strong performance to ensure G2's victory

After securing G2's third top 4 finish in a row, nexa was asked why his team couldn't get over the hurdle and take the title in DreamHack Masters Spring or Flashpoint 3. "We were so focused on winning the event that we wanted to go the extra step, which cost us because we were overthinking," the Serbian explained, adding that he thinks the title from IEM Summer — which would be the organization's first trophy since 2017 — is within reach.

G2's next opponents will be the winner of Gambit - Evil Geniuses, with the Russian side the overwhelming favorites to advance. "We don't have a great track record against Gambit, but I think we are starting to understand them," nexa added, signing his praise for the team play of Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov and co.

Things started off well for Vitality on their map pick, Vertigo, as they took a 5-0 lead on the offensive side, extending to 6-1 after a 2v5 from Jayson "⁠Kyojin⁠" Nguyen Van and misutaaa. The all-French roster closed out the half 10-5 ahead, but G2 got on a roll after winning the pistol. It was 11-10 for nexa's team in no time, but Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon came up huge in a mixed buy to stop the rot. Off the back of that, Vitality moved on to the edge of victory (14-11), but Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač and Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug saved the map with a 2v4 turnaround, seeing G2 make a late comeback to win the map 16-14.

New boy Kyojin put up strong pit holds to propel Vitality ahead on the CT side of Inferno (5-3), but Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's squad failed to assume full control on the defense as a huNter- - nexa 2v4 on A put them on the back foot. G2 turned things around with strong B hits to start the second half 9-6 ahead, extending the lead after Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač managed to shut down misutaaa's 1v5 attempt in the pistol. Vitality never really got going on the offense, seeing their opponents close out the series with a 16-10 scoreline.

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6th June 2021
Europe
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Vertigo
16
10
Inferno
16
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 36 +13 84.0 1.35
37 - 35 +2 74.7 1.19
35 - 40 -5 70.8 0.92
29 - 43 -14 59.5 0.80
29 - 43 -14 67.0 0.74
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 37 +11 96.0 1.35
41 - 31 +10 70.0 1.23
38 - 38 0 74.2 1.08
38 - 34 +4 72.2 1.06
30 - 41 -11 63.4 0.86
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
262
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1286
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1843
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
824
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
France Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
43
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1807
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
907
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:
1449
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Ez!
2021-06-06 19:42
Apex malding
2021-06-06 19:42
1 reply
2021-06-06 19:50
Zywhoo is washed
2021-06-06 19:43
1 reply
common sense
2021-06-07 10:48
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
GJ huNter! and i guess huNter's cousin too...
2021-06-06 19:43
ezpz4g2
2021-06-06 19:43
veri izi for G2
2021-06-06 19:43
Hunter >>> ZyWoO change my mind
2021-06-06 19:43
1 reply
#50
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Yugoslavia Smooshy_
i mean no. but hunter very stronk
2021-06-06 23:46
zywoo will come back stonger fo sure
2021-06-06 19:44
Zywoo not putting up the crazy numbers he used to. Has he fallen off a bit or has the opponents gotten better at reading his/their plays?
2021-06-06 19:44
8 replies
#18
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France LeMouloud
He's usually underperforming a bit on Inferno, but otherwise he has a 1.27 rating on the year which is not that bad considering how vitality played in 2021!
2021-06-06 19:47
1 reply
+1
2021-06-06 19:51
one bad game (if 1.19 can be considered bad...) and haters are already out. Zywoo has the best rating of the tournament so far.
2021-06-07 10:00
5 replies
it's not only one bad game recently, but fanboys are usually blind
2021-06-07 10:46
2 replies
Hes the top rated player of iem summer tho
2021-06-07 11:08
1 reply
i'm not talking about one tournament though... do you think he is carrying vitality like he used to for the last 2 years?
2021-06-07 20:49
He has been average compared to last year
2021-06-07 11:08
1 reply
What do you mean by average ? He is 1.27 this year , 1.29 last year, it's not that much of a difference... Apart of simple, no one can compare with 1.27 since rating 2.0...
2021-06-07 12:46
G2's in great form lately. Nice to see such a promising roster finally producing the results that are expected of them.
2021-06-06 19:44
Let's go G2
2021-06-06 19:45
What a noob team. G2 disband.
2021-06-06 19:45
4 replies
#16
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India zod1ack
Sleep bro..You must be tired
2021-06-06 19:46
Bot Rain bot cromen bot lnz
2021-06-06 20:35
1 reply
0/8
2021-06-06 20:37
noob
2021-06-06 22:16
apex be like : ALLLOOOOOOOO
2021-06-06 19:46
#15
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United States Rayduh
G2 needs to win something
2021-06-06 19:46
#17
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United States Aggie142
Its gambit-eg not gambit-og hltv editor!
2021-06-06 19:47
3 replies
+1
2021-06-06 19:52
+2 wtf hltv
2021-06-06 19:54
Lapsus, ty fixed now
2021-06-06 19:54
#20
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United States 3manu3l
Whatever #17 said
2021-06-06 19:50
POG SEXA
2021-06-06 19:51
3 replies
Yeah baby!
2021-06-07 12:19
2 replies
so easy for him
2021-06-07 12:19
1 reply
Thats why hes the best men)))
2021-06-07 13:42
Zywh0
2021-06-06 20:03
consistence
2021-06-06 20:08
hunter is soo good
2021-06-06 20:09
#30
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United Kingdom Tnk11
Ez pz Irish Jesus crying in his room
2021-06-06 20:17
#31
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Georgia Megobari
Zywho, kekw
2021-06-06 20:20
ez4g2
2021-06-06 20:22
#33
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Canada TimmyX1985
Hmmm looking good
2021-06-06 20:22
Too ez for kovac brothers
2021-06-06 20:31
Noo((( still a chance for zywoo
2021-06-06 20:32
kennyS was the problem
2021-06-06 20:35
They also went out in every semi I Believe
2021-06-06 20:36
1 reply
#43
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Finland Lamber
Yes, that is exactly what the article was discussing if you would have read it.
2021-06-06 21:41
#40
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Philippines novuki
RIP my fantasy then :( Should have went for G2 players, well atleast I have Amanek. Cheering for gambit for win :D
2021-06-06 20:43
Vitality played great ! GG both teams
2021-06-06 20:52
#42
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Romania sbnz0r
Guys what song do they play from the little mini frag movies during the games or at the end, these are all the lyrics I could catch: "they told me to find my self sidelines I m gonna get my prize don't waste my I gave my life we always moving now the hype is real"
2021-06-06 21:34
1 reply
#45
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Russia pochesun
trash song btw, and who cars.
2021-06-06 22:07
EZ G2
2021-06-06 21:45
Misutaaa has been killing it lately
2021-06-06 22:36
#48
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Hungary szia
Gwho?
2021-06-06 23:37
-ama -jackz go full slav +guardian +STYKO
2021-06-07 01:40
EZ4G2!
2021-06-07 04:23
Team Vitality are not able to utilize ZywOo properly!
2021-06-07 07:24
rip zywoo
2021-06-07 08:50
#56
Took | 
Romania Took
Rpk was the problem kappa
2021-06-07 09:44
#68
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Iceland caverat
vitality is a joke
2021-06-07 19:36
kioShima lets go instead of other japanese crap kiojin
2021-06-08 15:09
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