G2 send ENCE packing in Cologne

The world No.3 will be left disappointed by their performance at the last event of the season.

Two top-6 teams crossed paths in an early elimination game in the group stage of IEM Cologne, with G2 mustering a 2-0 win over ENCE to avoid a 13-16th place finish. G2 will be continuing their challenging run in the lower bracket gauntlet of group A where they will need to beat Ninjas in Pyjamas and one more team to secure a spot in the LANXESS Arena.

For ENCE, this result brings a strong season to a frustrating finish, as after a second-place at IEM Dallas and a peak HLTV world ranking, the international squad finished 5-6th at BLAST and were now eliminated from IEM Cologne without a single win. The loss against G2 will leave a particularly bitter taste in their mouth as Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer and co., had good first halves on both Dust2 and Ancient, but ran out of steam after the switch.

NiKo's Ancient demo will be in high demand

A blazing-hot Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz got ENCE off to a spectacular start on Dust2, their opponents' map pick. The Polish AWPer sometimes criticized for his performances against top teams boasted a 12-0 K-D as his team took an 8-0 CT side lead, but ENCE failed to hold on to that momentum. A pistol-buy B hit worked out for G2 and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač followed it up with a 1v2 clutch as his team fought back into the half for a 9-6 finish.

Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen's men won the second pistol, but Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi's Deagle quad kill put ENCE back into the driver's seat, and at 12-7, they looked good to close out map 1. However, G2 would secure 12 unanswered kills across the next three rounds, snowballing into a stronghold of a CT side. Snappi struggled to find holes in the defenses and ultimately ENCE capitalized on Dust2, 16-13.

It was time for NiKo to remind everyone why he is considered one of the greatest CS:GO players of all time as the Bosnian put on a masterclass on Ancient. He secured multikills in the first five rounds and didn't slow down for the rest of the CT half, but ENCE still managed a strong offense, earning eight for their efforts.

With the Bosnian sharpshooter continuing to find impact all over the place, G2 looked unstoppable on the Terrorist side. Six rounds in a row put ENCE on the back foot and fighting for survival in the tournament at 13-8. Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov's quad kill ensured the 14th in a back-and-forth round and made it smooth sailing towards a 2-0 victory.

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Matchpage
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8th July 2022
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Dust2
13
16
Ancient
8
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 32 +21 108.7 1.57
41 - 31 +10 86.8 1.28
42 - 30 +12 73.5 1.24
31 - 32 -1 65.5 0.97
31 - 33 -2 65.1 0.94
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 34 +10 74.4 1.10
35 - 45 -10 79.8 0.92
29 - 41 -12 73.9 0.84
26 - 34 -8 53.4 0.84
24 - 45 -21 65.0 0.74
Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1591
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1634
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
260
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Finland Hekee
Ez4G2
2022-07-08 22:07
3 replies
#8
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Brazil flytw4tp
niko & m0nesy CHAD DUO
2022-07-08 22:08
1 reply
#75
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Denmark baitpolice
+11111 if they can keep it up they can be top 3 team and event contender
2022-07-09 01:34
#83
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Romania ali_nah
Niko doesn t want to lose STRAIGHT GIGACHADING, hopefully they make playoffs now
2022-07-09 06:56
ez
2022-07-08 22:07
Pain
2022-07-08 22:07
impressive
2022-07-08 22:08
#5
 | 
Uzbekistan iDead_asdd
LET'S GOOOO
2022-07-08 22:08
#6
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United States thespecht
goat rifler strikes again
2022-07-08 22:08
#7
 | 
Bangladesh ImpacT_
EZ CLAP
2022-07-08 22:08
#9
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Poland BAN_ANIME
damn snappi malded
2022-07-08 22:08
Proud of you boys #G2ARMY
2022-07-08 22:08
#12
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North America BoDaddy
ggs G2
2022-07-08 22:09
Degster incoming
2022-07-08 22:09
1 reply
#32
 | 
Finland ELEKTRI
to ence?….. no
2022-07-08 22:17
#14
 | 
Romania Pecea
ok niko i apologize for calling you "choko"
2022-07-08 22:09
2 replies
#59
 | 
Russia Pneuma
But it's not playoffs yet
2022-07-08 23:07
1 reply
#90
 | 
Romania Pecea
i was refering to his performance
2022-07-09 14:03
WP G2
2022-07-08 22:09
2 replies
WP to you aswell
2022-07-08 22:09
1 reply
thank you, until next time :)
2022-07-08 22:11
#18
 | 
Serbia Vinnier
Niko is something else, he is the beast
2022-07-08 22:09
4 replies
Good to see him in great form again
2022-07-08 22:12
#31
 | 
Sweden Cveta
+1 goat of rifling is back
2022-07-08 22:17
#38
 | 
Russia DomRemi
The Beast From The East
2022-07-08 22:28
He’s goated
2022-07-08 22:49
bye bye
2022-07-08 22:10
Hunter and niko are wasting their prime playing with jackz and aleksi. If only G2 replaced them with slightly better players G2 could be a consistant top 3 team
2022-07-08 22:11
7 replies
#41
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Russia DomRemi
You didn't watch the game. I'll tell you that Aleksi's call were great in this one, the T rounds were very very solid.
2022-07-08 22:30
3 replies
I did watch, he still bottom fragged the series plus ence has been in a slump for the last several weeks. If he has a good map calling-wise once in every five than that is a problem
2022-07-08 23:05
2 replies
#65
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Russia DomRemi
You need to hate some more. You don't even trying.
2022-07-08 23:33
1 reply
I'm a G2 fan believe it or not, I just think aleksi and jackz both need to go with their 0.95 ratings
2022-07-08 23:48
they won 9 t-side rounds on ancient back to back, aleksi's calling was definitely a major contributor to this
2022-07-08 22:42
2 replies
Sure, but one good map doesn't make up for 5 maps when he doesn't call well, plus when he bottom frags as well. And those maps are more common than the ones where he calls well and frags well
2022-07-08 23:06
1 reply
is that bottom fragging so big deal when they wins and niko takes 30 and monesy came up to server. and aleksi has been great since antwerp and aswell g2 been better.
2022-07-08 23:26
Unfortunately hades has to go -hades +Degster
2022-07-08 22:11
2 replies
#53
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Europe Shiro47
+1
2022-07-08 22:53
#56
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Serbia Vinnier
+1
2022-07-08 22:55
to EZ for them,Ence don t play really good
2022-07-08 22:11
1 reply
+1
2022-07-09 02:05
#26
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Finland AliSabid
Aleksi haters cryin rn
2022-07-08 22:12
4 replies
#52
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North America soduk_db
He still went -2 they should have kept nexa he's more consistent IMO.
2022-07-08 22:53
3 replies
is that so big deal when they wins ? xDD like it doesnt matter who gets those kills in 2-0 win
2022-07-08 23:27
2 replies
#74
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North America soduk_db
Naw but it sure matters when they lose and if you can't even go + winning then I don't know what to say, nexa better fagging IGL.
2022-07-09 01:27
1 reply
yea better at fragging sure but g2 has niko hunter and monesy so it shouldnt be aleksib whos top fragger. aleksi’s aim hasnt even lacked so bad rn. maybe got confidense back
2022-07-09 09:39
#27
 | 
Poland CIHY
How about won crashed round on dust2 that robbed ENCE from first map?
2022-07-08 22:13
3 replies
#39
 | 
Russia DomRemi
XDDDD
2022-07-08 22:29
Unlucky for them but rules are rules. Aleksib's OG got this replay shit twice in 2021, I was mad too
2022-07-08 23:47
#71
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Finland 5way
you say that it was "robbed" only because g2 won the following round after the tech pause. Admins followed the rules by restarting the round
2022-07-09 00:28
I believe they can be in 3-4 place if monEZy will continue to show steady performance. LETS GO G2!
2022-07-08 22:13
Should have given some props to NiKo in that title. He was all ancient.
2022-07-08 22:15
1 reply
freaking 1.95 rating. what a beast
2022-07-09 02:27
#30
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United States ant1pat1c
ez
2022-07-08 22:16
carried by niko on CT half ancient. Well deserved all in all
2022-07-08 22:22
EZ G2 TOP 1
2022-07-08 22:23
best team ever
2022-07-08 22:26
ence deserved, very bad performance, they need change in squad
2022-07-08 22:29
#43
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Thailand new!
bye bye ence
2022-07-08 22:33
Snappi's strats are terrible, literally worst t-side in tier1
2022-07-08 22:35
ESL send ence home
2022-07-08 22:38
What about degster?
2022-07-08 22:39
Niko showing who he is
2022-07-08 22:41
#49
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
goat rifler
2022-07-08 22:43
#51
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Pakistan Xpicyy
save spinx pls
2022-07-08 22:50
there is a rumor that Plopski has diarrhea so yeah... G2 gonna get shit on
2022-07-08 22:54
1 reply
#62
NAF | 
Canada Bak2BED
Flopski negative K/D and rating mark my words
2022-07-08 23:22
#60
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Philippines sijibats
These are the stats everyone's expecting from G2
2022-07-08 23:13
Aww man, this is unfortunate :/
2022-07-08 23:42
#69
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India aslak911
Well Played, one step at a time……. Go #g2army #rotja
2022-07-09 00:09
Aleksib 20000iq T side on Ancient
2022-07-09 00:15
Unlucky for Ence on ancient, just one of those games that players like NiKo has
2022-07-09 00:59
NiKo is a MONSTER. This guy deserves a major. Period
2022-07-09 01:53
NiKo fire warrior GOD
2022-07-09 02:03
This is the NiKo that inspired me to be a rifler. Go G2!
2022-07-09 02:25
People don´t understand how hard it can be to become the IGL of monsters like Niko and Hunter as a new member, Alexi did raise his IGLship to a new level recently and it will get only better. Also his firepower went up from "noob" to...something...better. They need time to gel, that´s all. I heard predictions at the beginning of the year about G2, and they were so spot on, saying that we don´t have to expect big things from G2 this year, which is 100% spot on, and re-mixing the roster again would fk up the next 5 months for sure. Let them play, let them gel, and the machine will roll 100%
2022-07-09 10:58
this was prime G2 performance, everyone did their jobs perfectly, i really hope they can do it more consistently
2022-07-09 11:19
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