G2 edge out Astralis to reach first grand final with NiKo

The European team are one step closer to clinching their big first title with the French-Balkan core.

G2 have advanced to the IEM Cologne grand final following a nail-biting finish to a thrilling three-map series against Astralis. The Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković-led side have reached their first title decider since they finished runners-up at DreamHack Masters Spring in June 2020, and their first following Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's arrival a few months later.

G2 will lock horns with the winner of the second semi-final between Natus Vincere and FaZe in the best-of-five bout for the trophy, on Sunday at 16:00 . The grand final will see the French-Balkan squad attempt to break another curse as they look to secure their first big title since the organization decided to go international in late-2019.

Finishing just shy of a grand final appearance, Astralis leave the tournament in third-fourth place with their heads held high after making their first deep playoffs run at a tournament since the shocking departure of star AWPer Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz earlier this year.

The Kovačs' 2v4 turnaround from pit helped G2 seal the deal on Inferno

The opening rounds of Nuke might have had you thinking that it would be a closely contested affair, but the messy start on the first map quickly turned into a show of dominance from G2. A couple of last-second bomb plant denials, one in their eco and one up against a scary low buy from Astralis, put nexa's team in an early lead, and from there on it all fell apart for the Danes.

With a near-perfect defense spearheaded by François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay, G2 secured a 12-3 half despite losing the opening pistol, and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač's 1v2 clutch in the second all but sealed the deal for his team, who went on to clinch a comfortable win.

huNter-'s pistol form carried over to Dust2, but it did him or his team little good as Astralis quickly grasped the momentum on the CT side with a second-round forcebuy. Staggered by the Danes' utility, G2's struggles for time saw them opt for measly executes late and rounds wins came few and far between, and by the end of the half they were down 4-11. A last-ditch effort saw the French-Balkan team close the gap early into the second half and start pressuring Astralis, but Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander & co. remained ahead thanks to a couple of successful executes and equalized the series at 16-12.

The Danish powerhouse got off to a strong start on Inferno on the back of another second-round forcebuy win but began to lose steam towards the end of the half, when G2 were able to catch the bomb in open positions in a couple of key rounds to bring the half back to an even keel. 8-7 in favor of the European combine in the end meant that G2 would reach double digits first after huNter- and Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug pulled off big clutches in the first two rounds on the offense, but Astralis would not back down.

Well-timed aggression had Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen & co. fighting back for control on the CT side, and breaking their opponents' economy twice Astralis regained their lead at 14-13. Under the immense pressure, NiKo and huNter- stepped up to the plate and turned around a 2v4 situation as they defended the bomb from pit, with G2 then opting for a quick A halls pop for the 15th round and locking down the series against just pistols in the final round of regulation.

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Nuke
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Dust2
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Inferno
14
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 49 +12 75.4 1.17
57 - 51 +6 70.6 1.03
51 - 54 -3 82.2 1.02
48 - 51 -3 69.3 0.95
41 - 50 -9 55.5 0.89
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 55 +5 77.1 1.09
58 - 53 +5 75.5 1.08
43 - 48 -5 66.2 1.00
49 - 47 +2 65.6 0.99
43 - 56 -13 69.6 0.91
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1314
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1821
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1722
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
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France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1138
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
935
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:
1477
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
#1
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India Da_to
EZZZ
2021-07-17 19:58
31 replies
#8
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Austria Ostmark
+1
2021-07-17 19:58
15 replies
Undeserved. 3 clutches, a lucky 2v3 and still 16-14
2021-07-17 19:59
14 replies
Yes. Deserved G2-0
2021-07-17 20:02
They had lucky moments, you are 10000% right. It was truly unlucky for Astralis
2021-07-17 20:08
10 replies
Luck is when you are not suppose to get kill and still get kill like astralis were getting with their utility and continues smoke spam
2021-07-17 21:07
9 replies
you know when something keeps happening, maybe it's not just "luck".
2021-07-17 22:29
6 replies
like Astralis getting hammered every tournament nowadays
2021-07-17 22:43
5 replies
every online tournament* missed a word there
2021-07-17 23:00
I wouldn't call getting to the semifinals without an awper "hammered".
2021-07-17 23:36
3 replies
Amanek ain't a real awper just like dupreeh and they ain't complaining. Also you only count this tourney? Lame.
2021-07-18 01:59
2 replies
The only thing that lame is you and your excuses. They just made a huge roaster change and they needed some time to practice and figure things out.
2021-07-18 10:02
1 reply
Keep crying but i'm the only one pointing out facts instead of whining like a sorry ass baby for your team
2021-07-18 15:57
#75
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Portugal jsousa941
that was not luck , bruh ast been doing that for ages
2021-07-17 22:50
1 reply
You just proved my point g2 has been placing top4 for so many events its not lucky clutches they are just built different :))
2021-07-18 03:48
Cry
2021-07-17 20:14
winning is winning, the rest is excuses cope is free
2021-07-18 00:01
Gg
2021-07-17 19:58
nt astralis, came really close and is in very good form on LAN. Easily a top5 team.
2021-07-17 20:03
7 replies
Imagine if they had an awper oml Also, Bubzkji is too inconsistent. And Magisk can't seem to find his form since he played as an IGL. The core of Dupreeh, gla1ve and xyp with zonic is still world-class. Any org that gets a hold of them can literally create another era.
2021-07-17 20:09
6 replies
Yeah, tbh it feels like Envy would be a match made in heaven since the CEO wants to throw money around in CS
2021-07-17 20:21
bubzkji doesn't have the positioning/awareness and timings of a t1 pro, just imo
2021-07-17 21:04
I would be glad to see kennyS in Astralis, but if they take him They will have communication problems(
2021-07-17 21:54
i think magisk is playing fairly well maybe a few missed shots but still fragging out
2021-07-17 22:58
Magisk best player on astralis and best form too
2021-07-18 12:42
If you honestly believe xYp is or was ever world class then I suggest you open your eyes He’s not even remotely close to being world class
2021-07-18 15:57
G2 shouldn't have won inferno, too many lucky situations and I hope they get completely destroyed in the grand final because the win against Astralis wasn't deserved.
2021-07-17 20:04
4 replies
#67
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China emperorxm
u hope they get destroyed is just cuz u think navi will be their enemy, shame for u
2021-07-17 21:47
#79
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Serbia KaLuOP
Cry
2021-07-17 23:06
if it wasnt undeserved then they wouldn't have won sorry but nobody "deserves" anything - you win or you lose g2 won astralis lost. the rest is extra engineering that only serves as coping
2021-07-18 00:02
#96
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India Rav3nEz
Astrails had so many lucky chances in past too, so stop crying, stfu and enjoy finals :)
2021-07-18 15:37
WP G2 and NT Astralis! Let's now hope for a G2 vs FaZe final now! #FaZeUp #G2ARMY #ToTheStars
2021-07-17 20:06
#2
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Czech Republic radosinho
fgvc
2021-07-17 19:58
#3
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Latvia De1Co
Easy
2021-07-17 19:58
Nice
2021-07-17 19:58
Nice
2021-07-17 19:58
#6
NAF | 
Finland tpsa
nice
2021-07-17 19:58
#7
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United States FoxNews
ez
2021-07-17 19:58
gg ez noobs
2021-07-17 19:58
Faze next?
2021-07-17 19:58
ez
2021-07-17 19:59
Nearly choked hajahahhahahah
2021-07-17 19:59
1 reply
Actually they were choking but niko and hunter saved them with that 2v4. That was a game changer round at 14-13.
2021-07-18 02:31
GG G2 vs FaZe in the finals????? AmAGOD with the carry :D
2021-07-17 19:59
1 reply
G2 vs NaVi
2021-07-17 20:03
#16
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Czech Republic xANUx
sadge
2021-07-17 20:00
Well played astralis. CT sides are good as usual. Just fix t sides by reducing overthinking and burning down the clock and the awp looks disconnected from the system. Win the next one :)
2021-07-17 20:00
#18
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United States MemeCrea
G2 vs FaZe
2021-07-17 20:00
gg wp
2021-07-17 20:00
Hunter niko 2v3 of the century
2021-07-17 20:01
2 replies
that was sick, I was like ok, they planted they will have a buy at 15 13 its not over, I was giving them almost 0 chance to win that with that low HP
2021-07-17 20:03
1 reply
When I saw the bomb was halfway before they were even close i knew it was over. Astralis got scarwd of the KoVAC cousins Lets go for a Faze v G2 final
2021-07-17 20:06
Luck
2021-07-17 20:02
2 replies
#64
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France kNRD^
Luck is when you are not suppose to get kill and still get kill like astralis were getting with their utility and continues smoke spam
2021-07-17 21:35
1 reply
+1
2021-07-18 02:32
Fantastic from G2. Respectable game from Astralis too. Nobody expected them to do even decently in this tourney and they almost made the damn final. Credit where it's due.
2021-07-17 20:03
Honestly i am quite impressed with Astralis. I expected bigger beating from G2. This is battle of the losers anyway.
2021-07-17 20:03
if astralis still had device even in this form that they are i don't see anyone beating team, g2 struggled against a weak side and barely made it trough
2021-07-17 20:03
2 replies
Agreed, Astralis wasn't looking too sharp, the other top teams will eat them alive
2021-07-17 20:05
Yea with device they would probably be the favourites to win it alongside NaVi
2021-07-17 20:16
ez for godmanek just as hampus said best g2 player
2021-07-17 20:05
Amanek made a new role in CSGO: MAC-10ner Best Mac-tener in the world
2021-07-17 20:07
First match watching CS after a while and hands down better than you know what.
2021-07-17 20:08
Expected
2021-07-17 20:10
#40
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Chile cristiaan
sad
2021-07-17 20:11
Cringe every time I read the word Balkan, better off saying European mix.
2021-07-17 20:12
2 replies
why cring
2021-07-17 20:49
#85
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Bosnia and Herzegovina filipasas
+1
2021-07-18 00:41
last few rounds Astralis like a noob team
2021-07-17 20:15
I disagree with 28 & 31. Both teams played well and it could have gone either way. Congratulations G2
2021-07-17 20:15
#46
chrisJ | 
Germany k4nt
bubzkij lowbob
2021-07-17 20:19
with device they probably would have won the tournemant
2021-07-17 20:20
1 reply
-1
2021-07-18 13:15
Amanek is the key to g2’s succes
2021-07-17 20:20
1 reply
#55
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Romania wadd
+1
2021-07-17 20:37
Nice
2021-07-17 20:32
#51
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Australia Beard43
WP both teams, entertaining stuff! Congrats G2
2021-07-17 20:34
#52
evil | 
Europe phonex
Impressive showing from both teams!
2021-07-17 20:35
#54
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Romania wadd
GODMANEK too good
2021-07-17 20:37
Astralis is back! G2 numbA 1
2021-07-17 21:00
today NiKo and huNter were like zzzz not try and i was like ;( but amanek ÜwÜ just go pew pew and i was like :) and astralis go like :( because amadaddy too good
2021-07-17 21:34
1 reply
:DDDD
2021-07-18 08:00
Mfff niko is nobody … hunter the man
2021-07-17 21:38
Not deserved, no NiKo, massive lucky, but 2 vs 4 very low hp Kovacs made it, I dont like G2 but today they saved my day. Congrats anyway but in The finał navi will win 3-1 max, also amanek was Good today
2021-07-17 21:52
#70
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Montenegro IzAlaN
ez 3-0 for shitnavi
2021-07-17 21:57
Man that was sad(
2021-07-17 22:48
#76
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African Union mikecool
Could've went either way, ggz tho. Very entertaining series.
2021-07-17 22:51
Gg's!
2021-07-17 23:36
#90
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Indonesia ivanovky
Amanek very sharp awping, almost no miss shot and astralis like scare on the spot where amanek is, on the astralis side i think better Glaive become primary awper instead dupreeh, even i am astralis fans, G2 deserved this winning, astralis will be suffer vs Navi with simple performance, can't wait amanek perform vs navi
2021-07-18 06:34
well done
2021-07-18 14:12
They won blast finals with KennyS
2021-07-19 05:08
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