Gambit dismantle G2 to set up IEM Summer grand final against OG

The Russian team have ensured their fifth consecutive grand final appearance after a one-sided affair against G2.

Gambit have advanced to the IEM Summer grand final following a swift 2-0 win over G2 in the semi-finals, setting up the first-ever encounter against OG in the best-of-five title decider of the $250,000 event. The Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković-led side have been eliminated in joint-third place as they could not live up to high expectations following a convincing display in the group stage, suffering their fourth consecutive loss to the CIS-based squad since February.

The favorites got their first official taste of Ancient in the semi-final series and showcased a high level on the newest map with a terrifying performance on the CT side. Gambit clearly put in the work to be ready to play the map in case G2 decided to pick it, which Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov confirmed in the post-match interview.

"Big respect and thanks to our analyst and coach, they expected [G2 to pick Ancient]," the Kazakhstani star said, adding that the team did their homework when it came to analyzing how G2 played the map in their group stage affair against FunPlus Phoenix. "I would say it was 60% of anti-strat and 40% of our game."

Gambit's grand final streak continues

Gambit got off to a flying start in the series after opting for Vertigo, their most successful map as of late, securing a comfortable victory on the opener on the back of a near-flawless Terrorist side. G2 looked out of their depth against the slow-paced style of the CIS squad, putting together only two solitary rounds in the first half as they couldn't keep up with Gambit's mid-round calls.

The French-Balkan team kept their spirits high and slowly chipped away at the massive deficit after the second pistol round went their way, but they were ultimately too far behind and their opponents clinched the last few rounds necessary to pick up the series lead.

G2 hoped to catch Gambit unprepared on Ancient, which Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's squad had had yet to play in official matches, but it was just the opposite that ended up being the case. The world's No. 1 team looked more than capable in their debut on the newest addition to the map pool and left their adversaries in the dust after yet another dominant display, this time starting on the defense. G2 didn't give themselves much space to work with after claiming just two rounds in the first half once again, and after some early struggles in the second Gambit went on to clinch a convincing win to make their way to the grand final.

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Vertigo
16
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Ancient
16
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 35 +12 94.3 1.27
32 - 37 -5 70.9 0.94
29 - 36 -7 62.9 0.84
21 - 35 -14 51.1 0.69
21 - 39 -18 56.6 0.69
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 24 +15 81.2 1.35
41 - 34 +7 89.7 1.30
32 - 32 0 76.8 1.15
35 - 31 +4 71.4 1.13
34 - 30 +4 65.2 1.06
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
687
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Expected result NICE GAMBIT! enjoy loss against OG tho!
2021-06-12 23:13
17 replies
Man, this is just really sad. I was rooting for G2 to finally win an event :( Regardless, it's unbelievably insane what Gambit is doing. It's their 8th Grand Final of 2021, and 5th Tier1 GrandFinal IN A ROW. That's next level. No disrespect, but I really really want IEM Cologne to not get shifted to online at the last moment.
2021-06-12 23:14
15 replies
#13
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Finland Cucumber))
Yeah would be so cool to see IEM Cologne on LAN even though it would only be studio environment but still I can really see some teams falling and some teams rising from that
2021-06-12 23:16
I don't understand how people could think G2 was going to win, seems so stupid to me, and I'm a G2 fan they just lack that actual power to win tournaments, they just lack the structure and the mentality to win big events
2021-06-12 23:20
11 replies
#32
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United States GameZ_iwnl
they have the old Na Optic style. they do either terrible or great in these really chaotic situations they force themselves, and honestly for lack of a nice way to say it their teamwork is absolute shit. it feels like an individual game for NiKo and hunter, with the rest left to dry
2021-06-12 23:42
7 replies
The closest thing to "great" I've seen from international G2 is that IEM Katowice run where they got butt fucked by NaVi in the grand final, and even then I felt it was a bit of a fluke with the stupidest of wins against FNATIC. Other than that i think it's been just pathetic close wins against teams much worse than them, and when they face a real team like old astralis or current Gambit they just seem stupid. Yes, their teamwork is literally just flashing for NiKo and Hunter and hoping they get a 3k to win a round, it's depressing
2021-06-13 00:51
4 replies
#54
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United States GameZ_iwnl
when I mean great, I mean a map to map basis. If they 16-0d Gambit then got 16-0d twice in return this series I wouldn't even have been surprised. They aren't a bad team in terms of skill and it keeps them competitive, but past that it's so inconsistent, they can't make these deep runs without it looking like luck
2021-06-13 01:17
2 replies
They can't even beat the top teams with a strong 2-0 score, it's sad because I love to see them play lol
2021-06-13 01:25
1 reply
IEM Summer has been pretty bad in terms of their bracket draw. If the groups got seeded differently I don't think they make playoffs
2021-06-13 17:56
Spot on man,I like some of their players but don't know where "G2's are favourites to win the title" are even coming from either
2021-06-13 11:40
Sorry, but this isnt about teamwork. This one is all in the stupid Ancient pick. Basically you're saying to Gambit that you know you're inferior and need a fking coin toss to win, instead of playing real cs in Inferno or Nuke, idk.
2021-06-13 14:12
1 reply
#99
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United States GameZ_iwnl
they got thrashed on BOTH maps Vitality arguably could've won their series 2-0, it was just a back and forth with G2 literally only looking good as fraggers. I can throw better flashes then them and I haven't touched CS in a week. They almost got 2-0d then 2-1d by FPX, and they literally had Maden carry them through the first map. They almost got beat by some dude from Africa single-handedly. They looked good against ES, the team that in all their EU outings sit 14-21 in maps against CIS and EU teams. That's just IEM Summer. I can go all the way back to last years Katowice on how they've been a consistent shitshow designed around NiKo and Hunter, when until recently Hunter wasn't even performing. Also you're logic is like the same thing as when Astralis started picking Vertigo "play one of the maps every team plays instead of looking for tactical advantages in a teamplay based game"
2021-06-13 17:55
No, g2 is a choker team. Those 3 balkans are specialize in choking. And with 2 ordinary french player they will go nowhere. Kicking major champion lilke kennys is a blunder of the decade tho
2021-06-13 00:23
2 replies
kennyS was given a lot of space to play and the only thing he was able to do was missing easy shots against players peeking him dry, no flashes or anything, just straight peeks and kennyS missed a lot of them at least doesn't slow the team and creates space for them also, if kennyS sucked with the awp, imagine him without an awp, he was horrible. I don't understand how could kennys miss so many rifle sprays with the amount of time he has played the game kennys playstyle is just so outdated it's sad
2021-06-13 00:56
1 reply
si:>(
2021-06-13 11:43
It won't change anymore
2021-06-12 23:41
I got you. But sorry, this time Gambit is better. And they are way better team atm you just have to deal wit it mate
2021-06-13 00:17
Incredible Russian Team , too bad they loose G2 they were in a good shape
2021-06-13 11:55
G2 clowns
2021-06-12 23:12
expcted
2021-06-12 23:13
#4
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Denmark pebblez
GGWP! never stood a chance!
2021-06-12 23:13
#5
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Netherlands Sem0733
Lost in the vetos.
2021-06-12 23:13
disband plz
2021-06-12 23:13
3 replies
top 4 team. disband tho cause u asked them to
2021-06-13 09:14
2 replies
#85
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Germany Chockzz
royling is the best silver 2 analyst tf are u talking about
2021-06-13 10:53
1 reply
oh sorry bro my bad. I didnt know that was the case XD
2021-06-13 12:25
Hopefully Gambit win a final this time
2021-06-12 23:13
8 replies
They already won cis rmr
2021-06-12 23:55
7 replies
well, cis rmr was broken
2021-06-13 00:02
5 replies
Still Navi and VP are stronger opposition than Any EU team bar Heroic
2021-06-13 00:03
4 replies
why tf do u use bar as besides Its the f***ing 30th meaning of it
2021-06-13 00:05
3 replies
bar is actually a common pressure unit.
2021-06-13 00:12
Shorter. Children with single syllabic languages for numbers learn math a year earlier. I even memorize phone numbers in a different language to avoid the two syllable “se-ven”
2021-06-13 03:02
1 reply
#70
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Indonesia segopecel
you learn math in chinese?
2021-06-13 05:47
Oh yeah, but the loss to Navi in dreamhack and heroic in pro league were tough
2021-06-13 07:15
#8
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Luxembourg sendeNC
brutal game hurts as a g2 fan
2021-06-12 23:14
1 reply
it really was expected tho G2 in the strongest of forms isn't even near to Gambit
2021-06-12 23:21
expected from onliners
2021-06-12 23:14
5 replies
#18
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Yugoslavia Smooshy_
gambit 1 major g2 0 major
2021-06-12 23:18
3 replies
another roster
2021-06-12 23:26
2 replies
#27
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Yugoslavia Smooshy_
hobbit 1 major g2 0 major
2021-06-12 23:27
1 reply
Thank you Gambit awakened the Hobbit
2021-06-12 23:40
#69
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Australia Tentathief
gambith 5th grandfinal g2 stucked in sems hehe
2021-06-13 05:35
G2 losing 12-3 on both vertigo and ancient at the first half, ok
2021-06-12 23:15
3 replies
#20
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Yugoslavia Smooshy_
i think it's 322
2021-06-12 23:19
13-2* get your facts straight
2021-06-12 23:39
1 reply
U just got baited by a meme number
2021-06-13 03:04
#12
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Russia mshkoda
Let's go boys
2021-06-12 23:15
#14
shox | 
France Nooel
final ez for gambit
2021-06-12 23:16
Why does the last paragraph say "G2 hoped to catch Gambit unprepared on Ancient, which Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's squad had had yet to play in official matches"??? Uhhh why is VP relevant?
2021-06-12 23:16
3 replies
#21
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Hungary szia
vp has played ancient and neither of these teams did play vp lol. im guessing they just mixed up jame with any of the gambit players as this was gambits first time playing ancient
2021-06-12 23:27
2 replies
that is a weird fucking way to say it, super confusing lol
2021-06-12 23:25
1 reply
#81
kennyS | 
Czech Republic 4DC3
fixed
2021-06-13 09:39
#16
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Hungary szia
boring game
2021-06-12 23:17
Nothing unexpected, just usual Gambit. Think they will show the same performance on Lan events, they have spent so much time on bootcamp, playing against top-tier teams. Now it's just an mm match for them.
2021-06-12 23:17
5 replies
Lan is different.
2021-06-13 00:08
4 replies
How it’s different?
2021-06-13 08:09
#86
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Canada SHL0M
How will LAN be different?
2021-06-13 11:13
2 replies
#94
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Serbia CoVRa
Of course it Will be, pressure from fans and different feeling playing at lan in front of public then peacfully sitting in your waem home. Gambit performance will be different on LAN, well except Hobbit.
2021-06-13 12:39
1 reply
#103
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Canada SHL0M
Fair enough, either ways, can't wait for LAN to be back.
2021-06-13 19:43
EZ4GAMBIT
2021-06-12 23:19
so ez for red machine
2021-06-12 23:20
Expecting more from ancient
2021-06-12 23:30
Expecterino
2021-06-12 23:50
HLTV if you're reading this, give Ax1Le second MVP, he deserves it. If OG somehow manages to win (that would be crazy) flameZ should be contender.
2021-06-12 23:52
#35
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Brazil batcompany
Ez and expected
2021-06-12 23:54
#37
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Iceland caverat
gambit so stronk
2021-06-12 23:57
#38
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Estonia thisba!tes
#GoGoGambit
2021-06-13 00:02
French scene so washed up lol Amanek-10 and Jackz nearing 30 years old with no replacements lol
2021-06-13 00:03
6 replies
Kyojin mens))
2021-06-13 02:18
4 replies
Compare to CIS where theres like 20 guys who are about 20 years old lool besides Kyojin and Misuuta who else is there.
2021-06-13 04:33
3 replies
Ok no scene
2021-06-13 07:05
1 reply
Italy talking about no scene lmao
2021-06-13 07:32
Xi Wu alone is good scene
2021-06-13 14:41
we all switched to valorant
2021-06-13 14:58
G2 top3, uhm yeah...
2021-06-13 00:23
expected, G2 never achieve something with current roster and roles
2021-06-13 00:28
It’s hilarious that people think G2 actually had a chance they’ll never be better than a top 10 team
2021-06-13 00:37
2 replies
Its more funny these same people say g2 are 100% locked in to win the major hahaha
2021-06-13 02:17
with an egomaniac like ch0k0 - yes
2021-06-13 08:53
nt sexa!
2021-06-13 00:38
nt to that guy saying we're all sleeping on G2 on this match and that the odds are skewed by Gambit fanboys LOL!
2021-06-13 00:39
Niko choking as always .
2021-06-13 01:31
Expected
2021-06-13 01:59
Expected that Niko shits the bed
2021-06-13 02:17
when you pick ancient, and your enemy suddenly did the homework.
2021-06-13 02:22
so many salty kids in here that can't give credit where credit is due. it's a new era, accept it. every other sports does the same thing, it changes every 4-5 years.
2021-06-13 03:16
I hope Gambit plays like today in the final and not choke like vs navi Gj gambitgods
2021-06-13 04:36
#67
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Australia Beard43
Gambit are so good right now, it's really fun to watch.
2021-06-13 04:44
G0-2 Choko xd dude should just sign coldzera back if he wants to stay relevant.
2021-06-13 04:52
Team of one tournament) ) ) )
2021-06-13 06:16
Just imagine if Gambit Esports lose yet another Grand Final, this time against OG. It will become a meme.
2021-06-13 06:30
Will it be easy sor gambit? Or will it be hard for OG?
2021-06-13 07:47
1 reply
#82
kennyS | 
Czech Republic 4DC3
probably both
2021-06-13 09:42
just a bad day for the g2 squad. Many events to come tho so no worries
2021-06-13 09:19
-nexa when? G2 needs some changes if they want to actually win some titles....
2021-06-13 09:59
1 reply
The Egomaniac just need to stop insisting on wanting to (try to) igl lol …
2021-06-13 10:29
#87
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Expected :)
2021-06-13 11:19
suprise
2021-06-13 11:47
#92
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Namibia ALLAHTARES
DISMANTLED
2021-06-13 12:14
Gambits firepower is just something crazy, everyone can take the game on his shoulders, it's incredible, but I think OG is going to surprise them in the final. G2 has some potential, but they are not on the level to challenge Gambit yet.
2021-06-13 15:58
DISMANTLE lol
2021-06-13 19:36
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