Group A concludes: G2 through to semis, Gambit and VP to quarter-finals

A nail-biting finish to the upper bracket final saw G2 secure their first-ever victory against the current No.1 team.

G2 have earned a direct ticket to the IEM Cologne semi-finals after clinching a 2-1 victory against Gambit in a thrilling Group A upper bracket final series. Meanwhile, Virtus.pro have advanced to the tournament's quarter-finals after eliminating BIG from the event on the back of two overtime triumphs in the group's lower final.

The CIS side has completed an impressive recovery from a poor start to the tournament, in which Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali & co. conceded a narrow opening series to BIG and came within one round from elimination in their match against Complexity in the first round of the lower bracket.

Coming back from the dire situation, Virtus.pro went on to clinch a comfortable win over NIP before taking revenge on the German side in another close battle in the lower bracket final. It took overtime on each map for Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis's team to bring down BIG in their second affair at IEM Cologne, with the Latvian star leading from the vanguard to help his team turn a 6-13 deficit around on Inferno.

NiKo's last-fraction-of-a-second defuse pulled G2 over the line on Inferno

Over in the upper bracket final, G2 took Gambit by surprise with well-timed and consistent aggression on the defensive side of Mirage to put together a commanding performance on the opener. Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's team replied in kind with a cruise on Vertigo but ended up coming short by the skin of their teeth on Inferno.

G2 looked in control after winning forcebuy wars on the decider until it was 13-8, when the CIS side began to mount a comeback. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković & co. withstood the pressure when it came to the last few rounds, managing a couple of close retakes before it all came down to Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's last-fraction-of-a-second 1v1 clutch in the 30th round.

"I'm really glad that we managed to overcome this mental barrier that we always had playing against Gambit, and always not being able to bring our A game," nexa said on the broadcast following the nail-biting finish to the series, which saw G2 break their losing streak against the world's best team with their first victory in five series this year.

Matchpage
1
2
11th July 2021
Europe
13
Mirage
16
16
Vertigo
10
14
Inferno
16
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 47 +16 77.9 1.20
63 - 51 +12 78.5 1.20
66 - 59 +7 86.5 1.19
45 - 60 -15 61.3 0.92
38 - 52 -14 51.4 0.77
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 51 +6 71.5 1.10
56 - 56 0 74.5 1.06
58 - 58 0 72.9 0.99
52 - 56 -4 66.7 0.96
45 - 56 -11 57.4 0.87
Germany
Matchpage
0
2
11th July 2021
15
Dust2
19
16
Inferno
19
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 46 -3 66.2 1.02
42 - 44 -2 61.4 0.95
42 - 49 -7 72.7 0.94
39 - 49 -10 77.3 0.90
41 - 51 -10 74.7 0.87
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 45 +11 91.6 1.25
49 - 44 +5 82.7 1.20
42 - 32 +10 63.6 1.15
51 - 45 +6 74.3 1.01
38 - 42 -4 56.2 0.90
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1049
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1135
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1474
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
G2 the true #1 team.
2021-07-11 21:03
12 replies
Gamers2 #1
2021-07-11 21:04
#4
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Portugal cyaaa_in_10
GtooLucky
2021-07-11 21:04
8 replies
#19
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India zod1ack
Cry is free
2021-07-11 21:31
7 replies
forsaken country , lol
2021-07-11 21:33
6 replies
Forgotten Country , lol
2021-07-11 21:35
5 replies
XD
2021-07-11 21:39
#28
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India zod1ack
Ahahahaha
2021-07-11 21:41
lel
2021-07-12 00:53
Nails it
2021-07-12 03:43
#42
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Asia M@GNU5
2021-07-12 05:15
BIG go home, oh wait
2021-07-11 21:04
1 reply
Back to Berlin
2021-07-11 21:07
nice
2021-07-11 21:03
Wow amaken top fragger
2021-07-11 21:04
#7
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United States Rayduh
So easy for AMANEK BEST PLAYER ON G2
2021-07-11 21:04
#8
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Sweden wyv0
RiP online ERA
2021-07-11 21:06
that was a banger
2021-07-11 21:06
#10
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Estonia R3dFen
G2 TOP 1
2021-07-11 21:07
#12
NAF | 
Norway phrogcs
ok
2021-07-11 21:10
EZ4G2 GUMBOT ARE BEING PUT WHERE THEY BELONG
2021-07-11 21:13
LETS GOOOO G2 TOP 1 in the world
2021-07-11 21:17
#15
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Hungary szia
I am in a whole lot of pain
2021-07-11 21:19
4 replies
how much
2021-07-11 21:21
3 replies
#26
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Hungary szia
no Im not some braindead gambler. just hurt to see big go out like that :(
2021-07-11 21:40
2 replies
+1
2021-07-11 22:00
+1
2021-07-12 14:21
G2 win cologne??? Gambit Navi gonna brawl in semis, and G2 should make it to finals fairly easily, thus hopefully G2 can win a trophy
2021-07-11 21:21
3 replies
#20
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India zod1ack
+1
2021-07-11 21:31
We hope so, but it will be still hard. G2 played well, cos everyone in the team played well. They need to keep it up for next matches. Grand Final (if they make it) will be very hard, cos of more maps played. Gambit still a candidate for making the final. Great game today, GG Gambit!.
2021-07-11 21:35
calm down they only beat gambit one lmao next time gambit will destroy them, navi will leave them no chance, 3-4 place just like always
2021-07-12 10:27
never doubted the VP guys always know SANJI will be godlike on LAN
2021-07-11 21:22
RIDICULOUS HOW GAMBIT WAS SUPERIOR ON EVERY MAPS/ and halves besides Mirage first half. The amount of LUck2 had was ludicrous. Hope they get rucked in the semis. Luck should be translated as G2 in the dictionaries. Gambit #1 trashluck2
2021-07-11 21:41
7 replies
#31
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CIS _p0int
n00bie
2021-07-11 22:31
Cry is free gambot fan
2021-07-12 00:11
1 reply
+1
2021-07-13 15:54
#38
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Israel uffiez
+1
2021-07-12 01:26
cry
2021-07-12 05:04
#43
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Asia M@GNU5
2021-07-12 05:16
#47
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Europe squallp
Gambit is my 2nd best team after g2 but yeah you are silver and you think this mach was luck.
2021-07-12 14:14
It is starting to be confirmed that teams or players from online are getting worse offline than that they delivered online
2021-07-11 22:09
nahh rip big(( they looked so good
2021-07-11 23:08
G2 world no. 1 soon...
2021-07-12 00:24
G2 3-2 against navi in the final
2021-07-12 00:54
1 reply
#44
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Asia M@GNU5
hope so, they need to get through that Semi-final/Grand finals curse
2021-07-12 05:17
#37
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Russia Kirillqa89
glglgl
2021-07-12 01:06
Nice!
2021-07-12 04:04
#46
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Kazakhstan garrin4a
Would be CIS final
2021-07-12 11:54
2021-07-12 14:40
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