G2 defeat NAVI 2-1; set to face Vitality in ESL Pro League semi-finals

The European squad continues their resurgence under Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen's leadership.

G2 defeated Natus Vincere in a three-map series to secure a semi-final place at ESL Pro League Season 16. They narrowly lost the first map of Dust2 (13-16), before coming back to win Inferno (16-9) and Mirage (16-9). Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov were the stars of the show, combining forces to shut down Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, who was the only Natus Vincere player to finish with a positive rating.

G2 lost their first map in ESL Pro League during the series against Natus Vincere, but will now move on to face Vitality in the semi-finals after the victory. Natus Vincere's focus now switches to their upcoming RMR campaign which starts on October 4 against Illuminar.

NiKo outshone s1mple in the series

G2 started Dust2 with a pistol-round win, which gave them a lead that they kept throughout the first half. Natus Vincere came close, however, but lost against a full eco to put the scoreline at 5-3 and let G2 get to eight rounds. Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage had several impressive holds on the B site, which gave his squad confidence to move around the map more freely, but a late resurgence by Natus Vincere meant the half finished 9-6.

A triple-kill by s1mple in the second pistol round set up Natus Vincere for a good start to the half, eventually tying up the scores at 10-10. They took the lead after an impressive retake on the A site with several of their members on low health, before a 1vs1 clutch by s1mple against m0NESY put the scoreline at 13-11. G2 almost tied up the game, but m0NESY ran out of bullets in his M4A1 to allow Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy to complete the defuse, putting Natus Vincere up to match point, which they converted at the first attempt.

Inferno began with a hot start by G2, they won and converted on the pistol round to get an early lead. Just as Natus Vincere started to claw back at the deficit, jks came up huge with two 1vs3 clutches which gave his team an 8-3 lead. Natus Vincere's economy stabilized after that and G2 only managed to tally one more round in a half that ended 9-6 in their favor.

A dominant pistol round win for G2 set the tone of the second half, with Natus Vincere getting just three rounds on their Terrorist side. Every member of the G2 squad had their moments, with HooXi particularly impressive on the CT side to close out Inferno with a 16-9 scoreline, moving the series on to the decider map.

G2 put together another stellar defense on Mirage, overturning Natus Vincere's pistol conversion to go on an eight-round streak. While the CIS squad got two more rounds on the back of s1mple's 1vs1 clutch, they simply looked outmatched as the half finished 10-5.

Once the sides switched, Natus Vincere quickly found success in the early exchanges to reduce the deficit to two rounds, but m0NESY stepped up to the plate and clutched a round that put Natus Vincere's economy at breaking point. That enabled the HooXi-led team to once again run away to a five-round deficit, which proved too much for Natus Vincere to overcome as G2 closed out the map 16-9.

Europe
Matchpage
2
1
30th September 2022
13
Dust2
16
16
Inferno
9
16
Mirage
9
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 51 +12 99.7 1.31
65 - 44 +21 80.1 1.29
55 - 45 +10 74.0 1.16
41 - 48 -7 66.7 0.97
46 - 52 -6 54.8 0.88
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
69 - 45 +24 85.6 1.27
49 - 53 -4 65.9 0.96
43 - 58 -15 70.0 0.87
39 - 55 -16 60.8 0.82
39 - 61 -22 62.5 0.81
Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
821
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.68
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
484
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1660
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1595
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
286
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
Seems like G2 needed to kick Carlos to start winning.
2022-09-30 23:43
25 replies
They did 5-0 in EPL groups and passed to Blast finals with him. Its just HooXi effect.
2022-09-30 23:46
15 replies
#25
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Aruba defoliant
id say its jks effect, people still cant realize it was the best transfe of 2022.
2022-10-01 00:07
7 replies
#30
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Morocco shamsG2
finaly someone said it. jks was a much needed upgrade from jackz. if they has jks in katawice they would of won.
2022-10-01 00:16
I agree, Jackz was the real rpoblem in G2, he was never a T1 player. jks is huge upgrade over him.
2022-10-01 01:17
4 replies
#62
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Serbia C1kos
He has spirit and good energy, but jks is a huge upgrade for sure.
2022-10-01 02:24
He was when he needed to frag when lucky was still on g2 with kenny etc.. but he really fell down:( kept his aim but the rest he didnt;(
2022-10-01 03:30
2 replies
Yeah but hasn't the over all skill ceiling gone higher since?
2022-10-01 05:14
1 reply
#114
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Aruba defoliant
true, it did. Jackz never evolved though.
2022-10-01 12:44
clap clap , i agree.. jks played anchor very well.
2022-10-01 01:52
#29
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Poland miedzianek
5:0 in group, but what real t1 teams in group? only faze
2022-10-01 00:16
6 replies
still 2-0´ed the #1 team lol
2022-10-01 00:36
1 reply
#47
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United States HeroSh1Ma
And just 2-1d the #2 lmao
2022-10-01 00:48
#51
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Ireland Niko10
Pls. dont deny faze is a strong team rn but g2 is much stronger
2022-10-01 01:01
#63
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
Outsider (vp)
2022-10-01 02:29
2 replies
nah their not t1, more like t1.5/t2
2022-10-01 17:02
1 reply
#127
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
but they make playoff so have t1 potential
2022-10-01 17:03
G2 will be a skinsuit within a year. Carlos was the heart and soul of the company. We can't replace a guy like him. His attitude and his experience added so much to eSports as a whole.
2022-10-01 00:55
6 replies
#90
device | 
Germany Ann3
Exactly what - except some memes on social media platforms? I mean what did you saw directly that he "added so much" that non of the other CEOs add in esports? Im just curios.
2022-10-01 06:29
4 replies
#96
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World Noldi_alb
He is just saying generic stuff that he has read on social media. Doesnt know the guy at all and still talks like he is friends with the guy.
2022-10-01 08:48
People just like to be delusional, imagining things. He's probably saying this just to criticize Carlos getting cancelled, because he's probably a Tate fan.
2022-10-01 10:49
2 replies
I dont know this Tate. I also dont care if Carlos gets cancelled or not (or already got). But people talking that a CEO cant be replaced is utterly bullshit. It happens everyday in companies around the world. Just because he is shitposting on twitter doesnt mean he is good or bad at his job. We literally didnt saw anything of it - like in every big company, its behind closed doors. Its not like he says "we buy m0nesy" and it instandly happens. Was I surprised that he got actually "cancelled"? Yeah, of course. He got a big mouth on social media platforms and i really tought he will stand his ground and not apologize and step away for whatever reason (even if it was only for saving the company and not being actually sorry about it).
2022-10-01 15:03
1 reply
Yeah, I agree with you on that 'irreplaceable CEO god' praise and shit. I only pointed out a possible reason behind that guy licking Carlos' balls
2022-10-01 18:00
Carlos leaving was the best possible outcome for G2, actually. They just need to make the right decisions now and implement someone brained.
2022-10-01 09:48
i want to see Karlos if now G2 take a trophy :P
2022-10-01 01:07
#60
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Other Perrrrkele
UA flair, cringe take, every single time
2022-10-01 02:08
bring back boombla and -sdy
2022-09-30 23:44
7 replies
Unfortunately it’s impossible
2022-10-01 00:02
#59
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Russia selil
Dont bring boomich back pls, he is out of his mind since the navi kick. Just find a good replacement for sdy
2022-10-01 01:57
3 replies
What do you mean he is out of his mind?
2022-10-01 11:42
2 replies
#110
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Russia selil
quite literally insane. have you heard of him losing in random amaetur tournament wih buster's team? he is doing one wrong move after another and i dont think he is in right mindset for competitive cs right now
2022-10-01 12:16
1 reply
i guess he needs money
2022-10-01 12:32
#89
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Romania ali_nah
HOXXI GIGACHADING EVERY SECOND G2 A REAL CONTENDER NOW
2022-10-01 06:08
no pls god no,
2022-10-01 12:27
HOOXI CARRY
2022-09-30 23:44
1 reply
hoox1 #1 in the name, #1 in the game.
2022-10-01 14:47
ez money ty sdy
2022-09-30 23:44
#Hooxisworld
2022-09-30 23:44
1 reply
we're just background characters
2022-09-30 23:59
#6
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Spain gonzalocaba
HooXi will bring to NiKo their first Major.
2022-09-30 23:44
1 reply
At that moment, I will completely lose my sanity. It's hard to be a g2 fan but we always believe.
2022-10-01 05:45
Great game by G2
2022-09-30 23:44
ez
2022-09-30 23:44
Nice, g2 wins major next
2022-09-30 23:44
#10
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i think its time NaVI bites the bullet and calls back the Big Boom cause Elec is looking clueless now
2022-09-30 23:44
20 replies
nah they're still as good as before it's just that new, better teams have emerged
2022-09-30 23:46
19 replies
#14
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Pakistan LoOuU2
they are definitely got good as before, other teams have improved for sure but NaVi have stagnated as well
2022-09-30 23:46
lol no they're nowhere close to how good they were xd
2022-10-01 00:35
17 replies
they would've lost against this G2, the roster is now mature
2022-10-01 00:52
16 replies
They wouldnt. 100% impossible to say wether they would or would not, but judging on how na'vi used ot play, they wouldnt.
2022-10-01 04:19
4 replies
you judged the old navi versus their old opponents, ofc they're gonna look better
2022-10-01 04:25
3 replies
I judge by the way they played compared to now. what are you judging on?
2022-10-01 04:26
2 replies
but the way they play depends on how their opponents play
2022-10-01 04:27
1 reply
Not entirely, Surely they change their approach and behavior depending on opponents, but they usually still have the same main ''thing'' goign for them, For example furia always plays extremely aggressive, no matter what team, etc.
2022-10-01 04:30
Always interesting to argue with people on hltv, First you state ''you have no idea if they wouldve lost against this G2 with boombla'', which is correct, impossible to know. But then you proceed to make the claim ''They would've lost against this g2'' You contradict yourself instead of trying to make sense, I recommend you start using your brain a bit more next time instead of flipping and turning the rules where you think it fits lol
2022-10-01 04:20
10 replies
The fact that you have no idea whether they would've lost doesn't contradict the fact that i think they would've lost
2022-10-01 04:26
9 replies
So your opinion = superior? Clueless.
2022-10-01 04:27
8 replies
nah, just that one thing is about knowing with reasonable and explainable certainty and the other about guessing if you put a gun to my head and tell me to bet on old navi versus new g2 and kill me if i'm wrong, i'd bet on new g2
2022-10-01 04:32
7 replies
''Certainty'' but thats just obejctively wrong? YOu have absolutely 0 clue? all you're doing is acting like ur opinion is superior??? xd
2022-10-01 04:32
6 replies
i have no certainty, i was just saying you don't either when i said "you have no idea" my "they would lose" is a guess
2022-10-01 04:33
5 replies
Exactly what both me, and a couple of others, are trying to say, but when doing so, you try to counter-argue with the statement of ''you have no idea if they wouldve lost against this G2 with boombla'' Then someone tells you : But i think they would Then you go ''They would've lost against this g2'' Which is the the exact definition of contradicting yourself, lol.
2022-10-01 04:35
4 replies
What do you do when you speak in real life since you can't end with "lol"?
2022-10-01 10:21
3 replies
Ironic, isnt it? ''lol at praising KAST'' Hmm, would u do the same irl?
2022-10-01 16:16
2 replies
How is that ironic? I would indeed laugh at the person who said that. You seem to laugh nervously after everything you say.
2022-10-01 23:58
1 reply
Whatever you say, chief!
2022-10-02 00:02
#11
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United States tahawus
Carlos was the problem lmao
2022-09-30 23:46
Navi fell off
2022-09-30 23:48
idk if players care about epl that much and perceive this tournament as a rehearsal before the major, but with navi and faze being eliminated, for me, the beauty of this epl rn is that i cant 100 % tell who is gonna win in finals.
2022-09-30 23:55
9 replies
saving strats for major moment
2022-10-01 00:03
s1mple seemed he cares today
2022-10-01 00:18
5 replies
Even if its a ''chill'' tournament, everyone always wants to win, ofcourse, lol.
2022-10-01 00:36
4 replies
this is what i mean and i dont think this is a chill event. This event was grand slam chance for faze and even faze is eliminated. Which means every team as cares as faze.
2022-10-01 00:42
#97
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India Hikkiee
Epl is only behind majors and katowice + cologne. How is it a chill tournament?
2022-10-01 09:05
2 replies
Cus it would be extremely dumb to show your whole textbook 5 days before the major, thats why.
2022-10-01 16:05
But as i stated, everyone wants to win, so obviously its not a tournament where everyone plays with 3 fingers lol
2022-10-01 16:09
+1, G2, Vitality, C9, Liquid I don't care which team wins EPL but i hope all matches are fire
2022-10-01 04:26
1 reply
+11
2022-10-01 09:28
hu xi effect
2022-09-30 23:51
Hooksi 40 bombs pog
2022-10-01 00:00
1 reply
#115
Petra | 
Poland 138|
across 3 maps xd
2022-10-01 12:51
I see a more confident and happy Monesy after Hooxi joined G2. Finally we will see the wonderkids full potential.
2022-10-01 00:02
GIGACHAD HOOXI is on
2022-10-01 00:11
Top G2
2022-10-01 00:13
You have electronic o e of the best players in recent years thinking of the macro and not focusing on what he is going to do. Which is affecting his play. This is why igl’a can’t be one of the best on the team. They have to sacrifice for the team and let the others shine. And as it stands it seems that electronic and navi are suffering because of it.
2022-10-01 00:13
2 replies
#34
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Argentina nymeros
the thing is that there is no one capable of, neaLaN? Jerry?. Agree tho, think the same when ppl want Magisk to igl, such a waste
2022-10-01 00:25
intresting
2022-10-01 02:19
Good job G2!
2022-10-01 00:22
#33
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Sweden zZzlatan
monesy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s1
2022-10-01 00:25
hope its not just honeymoon tournament as it was with aleksi and G2 will be consistent top team
2022-10-01 00:28
jks was a monster both with his anchoring and clutches today
2022-10-01 00:29
#37
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Brazil nt_prodka
Hooxi is GOAT IGL
2022-10-01 00:33
#41
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Lithuania Litva2k
shiet
2022-10-01 00:41
Gigachad Hooxi
2022-10-01 00:41
#44
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Brazil Anarchybr
The the apprentice surpassed the master Gg g2
2022-10-01 00:43
jks best addition in 2022.
2022-10-01 00:48
fgs liquid please win this tournament
2022-10-01 00:52
#55
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Ukraine SwissRolls
everyone besides s1mple under 1.0 rating jesus christ
2022-10-01 01:22
Unexpected tbh
2022-10-01 01:29
S0mple fans malding xD
2022-10-01 01:49
Sdy is nervous about the 1 year contract he signed. It's like probation. They better do a good job in RMR...
2022-10-01 03:09
1 reply
Looks like
2022-10-01 05:17
G2 is looking monsterious 🙂 🌟
2022-10-01 03:34
#68
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CIS I_D_R_C
damn hooxi what a gigachad.
2022-10-01 03:51
its cuz no skin = no skill
2022-10-01 04:14
#78
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North America Zer0Smokes
Faze and Navi rivalry is over, its the era of Team Liquid, C9, and G2 now
2022-10-01 04:28
4 replies
+1 Three of the four semi-finalists are top of their respective groups, carrying over their good form to the knockout stages
2022-10-01 07:51
Lol ok 😂😂😂
2022-10-01 08:43
You mention Team Liquid but not Vitality? You do realize Vitality is much better than Liquid, and are slightly better than c9?
2022-10-01 10:33
#116
Petra | 
Poland 138|
NPC comments be like
2022-10-01 12:52
#84
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United States AuRoarA
G2 is looking good. Really hoping for G2 vs Liquid final
2022-10-01 04:46
G2 was clearly better on all maps Na`Vi should be nothing to be proud of in this match up today. b1t off, sdy not navi material.
2022-10-01 04:47
JKS stepped up and showed he’s an upgrade for jackz
2022-10-01 06:56
1 reply
He is also the reason why niko is better on what hes good at. Spot on transfer really.
2022-10-01 08:33
#98
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France Guilsz_
G2 about to do the same overhype run they did at the beginning of the year Qualify for BLAST finals Play great CS the tournament after Playing shit the rest of the season
2022-10-01 09:28
NiKo better than s0mple
2022-10-01 10:24
expected after watching the toxicity of s1mple
2022-10-01 10:24
#106
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
m0nesy really stepped in mirage after choking d2
2022-10-01 10:45
ez
2022-10-01 11:54
Even after s1mple has +24 diff, I think navi's fail was due to his bad preparation + mood inside the team. He must review his behaviour and improove his soft skills... Sadly to see such navi :(
2022-10-01 13:07
hltv on g2 be4 hooxi : omg wtf, why hooxi he's bad *lots of crying* hltv on g2 after hooxi : best team ever
2022-10-01 15:20
Gg
2022-10-01 18:47
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