NIP eliminate G2; set up battle for playoff spot with MOUZ

The Swedish side edged out a win in three maps to keep themselves in contention for a spot in the LANXESS Arena.

Ninjas in Pyjamas have advanced to the Group A lower bracket final at IEM Cologne, sending G2 home after a lengthy three-map series that consisted of one-sided first halves across the board. The teams traded each others map picks, Ancient and Nuke, to force an Inferno decider, where Ninjas in Pyjamas were initially dominant before putting a halt to a comeback effort from G2 to close out the series.

With the win, Ninjas in Pyjamas are through to the lower bracket final of Group A, where they will have the chance to qualify for the playoffs as they take on MOUZ on Sunday at 16:00 . For G2, the elimination ends their tournament season on a sour note, with the team having struggled in the final months ahead of the break with early exits at PGL Major Antwerp, IEM Dallas, and now IEM Cologne.

NIP will face MOUZ for a spot in the quarter-finals

The series had little to write home about as the CT sides dominated for the first two maps, Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov leading the way for G2 on Ancient as he found crucial impact throughout the first half with six multi-kill rounds. When it wasn't the 17-year-old stepping up, Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač was finding impact, with both players combing to help the European combine dominate 12-3 by the break. That lead began to dwindle some following the side swap as Ninjas in Pyjamas put up a solid defense of their own, but the large deficit ended up proving too much to fully overcome as G2 eventually closed things out, 16-11.

Nuke unfolded much the same, although there it was Ninjas in Pyjamas who were the dominant force for the entirety of the first half. G2 looked a shadow of themselves and were unable to gain entry to bombsites round after round as the Swedes cruised to a stellar 13-2 scoreline at halftime, shifting over to the attack.

In almost identical fashion to Ancient, the script was entirely flipped, and suddenly it was G2 who assumed firm control of the proceedings as a comeback effort got underway. Just when it seemed they would tie up the score though, Ninjas in Pyjamas secured their fifteenth round, and despite a back-and-forth the Swedes managed to edge out victory and force an Inferno decider.

Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser's men remained in control as they set the pace on the T side of the final map, running rampant over the G2 defenses as they won nine rounds in a row in a blowout start. It was only at the end of the half that G2 showed some life, picking up five rounds to keep themselves competitive heading into their own attacking effort, which they kicked off in style with a pistol victory to remain in control.

Quickly, the gap between the teams began to close, and G2 even briefly pulled ahead 12-11; however, Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to tighten up their defenses and struggled their way over the finish line, a defuse inside smoke in a 1vs2 situation bringing things to a solemn end for Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's side in Germany.

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Ancient
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Nuke
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Inferno
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 Ninjas in Pyjamas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 56 +4 83.3 1.19
65 - 56 +9 84.8 1.16
60 - 55 +5 68.3 1.03
46 - 46 0 54.2 0.96
40 - 54 -14 61.2 0.87
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 55 +8 83.0 1.18
66 - 46 +20 72.6 1.15
53 - 58 -5 69.3 0.96
42 - 59 -17 69.3 0.91
43 - 54 -11 58.3 0.84
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1474
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1367
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1637
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
263
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
#1
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India Pranav3112
Wow G2, when can we see changes in this roster?
2022-07-10 00:23
5 replies
#47
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Denmark baitpolice
poor monesy carrying pls -niko
2022-07-10 01:52
#48
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Europe JMFG
-jACKZ +degster
2022-07-10 01:55
3 replies
and -Aleksib + BoombL4
2022-07-10 07:40
2 replies
+(1)
2022-07-10 09:07
+1
2022-07-10 12:12
rip g2
2022-07-10 00:23
#3
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Argentina fribergoat
ez4nynjasdefuse
2022-07-10 00:24
#4
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Brazil Vicmar
Expected, EZ4NIP
2022-07-10 00:24
how do nip always pull something like this off
2022-07-10 00:24
21 replies
#9
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Sweden sn1pie
because we have es3tag with insane impact
2022-07-10 00:26
17 replies
is true he is the danish device
2022-07-10 00:26
16 replies
#13
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Belgium NBy_
Device is also danish
2022-07-10 00:27
12 replies
that's crazy
2022-07-10 00:29
Legit?
2022-07-10 00:37
Naah fr?
2022-07-10 01:23
Stop the nobel price ceremony, we have a new winner!
2022-07-10 01:59
1 reply
Lol
2022-07-10 12:24
Really?!
2022-07-10 03:20
damn bro
2022-07-10 04:40
you're Sherlock Holmes in the flesh
2022-07-10 05:16
Nooooo is it?
2022-07-10 08:01
fr?
2022-07-10 09:13
#96
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Pakistan LoOuU2
That's cap
2022-07-10 12:35
#102
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Finland 5way
fr bro??
2022-07-10 14:02
N1
2022-07-10 00:27
Nip had solid retakes, better comms and strats
2022-07-10 00:28
1 reply
Better aim and movement as well
2022-07-10 14:35
Because nip is a functional team.
2022-07-10 00:58
Es3tag is like a god this year in cologne
2022-07-10 12:15
Tbh it was at best a 50/50 for G2. Not sure why so many ppl overrate them.
2022-07-10 12:58
Ez for noobs in pit
2022-07-10 00:25
RIP BOZO
2022-07-10 00:26
1 reply
+1 G2 got ripped to pieces
2022-07-10 11:06
#10
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Belgium brapbrap
Tough one. The brutality of the IEM Cologne format is hard too tell if your team isn't working.
2022-07-10 00:26
#12
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Australia rationale
Amazing how NiP managed to win while playing 4v5. Plopsky basically wasn't present on the last map at all.
2022-07-10 00:28
8 replies
Brollan??? Literally a top fragger in this match
2022-07-10 00:27
Brollan? es3tag and Plopski are so far behind the other 3.
2022-07-10 00:28
#23
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Sweden muinimula
brollan was missing? lol
2022-07-10 00:28
Brollan? Their top rated player and second biggest ADR, for less than 2 damage What Oh, ok, edited
2022-07-10 00:30
m
2022-07-10 00:38
Sick edit
2022-07-10 03:43
1 reply
#106
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Australia rationale
Took too much time to show up unfortunately. Sorry :-(
2022-07-11 19:44
Brollan? Are you kidding?
2022-07-10 11:05
#14
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China Rynaki
Aleksib > Niko confirmed
2022-07-10 00:27
Guys, leave hltv pls, i want to be alone.
2022-07-10 00:27
1 reply
Ok
2022-07-13 15:16
es3tag one match era
2022-07-10 00:27
1 reply
Eztag!
2022-07-10 11:05
G2 is just too bad lmao
2022-07-10 00:27
EZ
2022-07-10 00:28
ez 4 mouz
2022-07-10 00:32
Insane performance from Nikola Kovač
2022-07-10 00:35
2 replies
The kovac cousins hahhahahaahaha
2022-07-10 01:00
1 reply
+1
2022-07-10 11:04
Niko all time great choke artist
2022-07-10 00:36
2 replies
Also all time tilter right?
2022-07-10 11:04
1 reply
not as highly ranked in that category but still very high
2022-07-10 11:20
but aleksbi is the problem right
2022-07-10 00:41
1 reply
No, neither was he ever a solution. He is an over praised average IGL, in no way an improvement over Nexa.
2022-07-10 13:05
Really hard top say which team is the worst let down between these two '' revamped '' G2 and Vitality sides. i'd incline toward Vitality but G2's roster cost them a lot more so you also have to account that...
2022-07-10 00:43
8 replies
G2 at least looks like it could be fixed (-Jackz) but I am not sure what options Vitality may have left for them. Everything just seems broken.
2022-07-10 00:50
5 replies
-niko would be priority - jackz is necessary.
2022-07-10 01:00
4 replies
They would never kick niko they just signed him to a deal, jackz is definitely on the chopping block.
2022-07-10 02:38
i would agree as a NiKo fan. This team is dogshit and he will never win anything playing with them...He needs 2 top 10 playrs like s1mple to win major
2022-07-10 09:38
1 reply
So they can carry him going 0.9 rating?
2022-07-10 13:07
They need a real tier 1 IGL
2022-07-10 09:45
#79
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Argentina fribergoat
Ye but vitality defeat g2 on last tournament semifinals, and Navi destroyed NiP, future not looking for g2, if the gap is so huge between nip and navi
2022-07-10 10:29
1 reply
Neither's future looks promising, but at least G2 are consistently showing firepower which isn't Vitality 's case apart from Zywoo
2022-07-10 11:47
#33
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Algeria Crashwow
LOL
2022-07-10 00:48
#35
REZ | 
Trinidad and Tobago r41
EZ Clap
2022-07-10 00:51
#36
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Hungary szia
why do people STILL bet on G2?
2022-07-10 00:53
1 reply
Who did? Can’t imagine anyone doing that
2022-07-10 11:03
#38
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United States Bjbrix
-jackz +yekindar
2022-07-10 00:59
1 reply
#98
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Finland LIPISMIES
This
2022-07-10 13:05
G2 disband please
2022-07-10 01:19
Huehuehuehue
2022-07-10 01:20
#44
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Brazil Jonatan155
niko was off? hahaha
2022-07-10 01:33
Overrated AleksiB. LOL.
2022-07-10 01:35
#46
nexa | 
Serbia Xajgyk
- jackz when? Guy on inferno on 12-12 throws moly on triple and goes like a headless chicken to check ruins?!?! Helloo?! Guy is the biggest bot of cs. Against MR stays alone on A inferno and goes agro short, insta dies and loose site. He is to agro for an anchor and as an entry he is running too much ahead of everyone. Just bad fit for baiting mentality of some of a g2 players. In moments you can see nice team plays, when they play of each other, you can see how better Monesy holds awp when a bit more passive in temple etc… lot of work has to be done but one is for sure… PLEASE KICK JACKz
2022-07-10 01:37
1 reply
#49
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Argentina Saazu
Maybe they tell him to do that mate. Go check for info. Hard to tell without the comms.
2022-07-10 01:56
Typical G2 when NiKo doesnt perform Time to spend another millions for relevant IGL
2022-07-10 01:56
HAMPUS GOD
2022-07-10 02:16
#54
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Brazil ImReverx
G2 KEKW
2022-07-10 03:00
#55
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Finland ELEKTRI
kick aleskip
2022-07-10 03:18
#57
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Italy Skye620
When will G2 realise this roster just won't work? And it's not as simple as a revolving door of IGL or +yekindar.
2022-07-10 03:26
Jackz is the team spirite. He was always cheerful. Him and M0nesy is like father-son. Well. Tough luck this time. Good luck next time.
2022-07-10 03:47
Not even G2nd anymore, disband please. Don’t waste more time. Buy Yekindar, maybe different IGL, something has to change.
2022-07-10 05:20
Choko cannot deliver in the important games
2022-07-10 05:35
Both Vitality and G2 will make roster changes from now own. They had so much time.
2022-07-10 06:40
Get plopski out
2022-07-10 06:55
This team makes me drink
2022-07-10 07:06
i wased expected that
2022-07-10 07:17
Just should've kept nexa when was bringing m0nesy
2022-07-10 07:33
-AleksiB +Boombl4
2022-07-10 07:40
that g2 vs nip game was such a shitshow
2022-07-10 09:42
Why is no one naming that fact that G2 maybe needs a real Tier 1 IGL.. look at Astralis no expected them to go to playoff but hats off to Glave who calls the strats.. AlexiB is just not good enough
2022-07-10 09:48
4 replies
How do you call the strats when one guy demands to play matchmaking? Niko has burned now 4 igls. When is he going to take some blame? Im not saying that he isnt a great player but it is obvious that he does not play well when the game isnt like he wants to play.
2022-07-10 12:27
3 replies
Sure, Niko is an issue, but AlexeiB was never a solution, he is in no way even an improvement over Nexa. Just an average at best IGL with a rabid fan base that over hype him.
2022-07-10 13:11
2 replies
A sensible argument.
2022-07-12 08:58
1 reply
Wow, a mature response on HLTV, now I’ve seen it all! Props to that!
2022-07-12 11:05
Pls announce the departure of Aleksib
2022-07-10 10:44
Ez for the pyjamas wearing vikings doing it ninja style!
2022-07-10 11:03
Can we finally get the Vitality/G2 suffle so Choko can go play unstructures CS to Vitality? It would be waaay better for both teams. I knew that Aleksi with his IGL style didnt fit in a team with Niko. Their game are like day n night.
2022-07-10 12:09
Bring back malek as 2nd coach and u will win something
2022-07-10 12:12
#104
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Pakistan kixarc
I honestly think G2 is cursed, no way a powerhouse like it could have such a performance.
2022-07-10 15:20
Making a G2 a cis/slavic roster with +booombl4 and Yekindar looks like an instant fix
2022-07-10 16:16
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