G2 advance past BIG at BLAST

A strong 43 kill performance from Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač ensured that G2 took the victory over BIG.

G2 ended the second day of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups with a 2-0 victory over BIG (Mirage 16-14, Inferno 16-9). G2 will face the winner of Natus Vincere versus Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Group C upper final next.

G2 continue their winning ways in 2023 after they ended the previous year as BLAST Premier World Final champions. Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov, the BLAST World Final's MVP, also continued where he left off with 36 kills and a 1.15 rating.

The loss for BIG means that they will now need to win or face elimination as they fall into the Group C Consolidation Final. The German side did not have many positives to look upon in the second map as they only won two rounds on their T-side, but the silver lining was the performance of Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa, who posted a 1.18 rating over the series and had two crucial clutches in the first map.

NiKo led the way for G2 as he dropped 43 kills over the two map series

The series began on BIG's pick of Mirage, where G2's formidable defence led by Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač and Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage gave them the early lead. BIG were continuously shut out of both sites and found themselves 0-8 down until a hero round from Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann followed up by a 1v1 clutch from Krimbo swayed the momentum in their favour. The Germans consolidated their lead until round 14 when G2 stopped their early aggression on the A-site and took a two man advantage. A desperate Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne, trapped in ninja, gave his side a chance by killing the two A players, a chance that Krimbo took as he won another clutch. BIG had clawed their way back into the game by winning seven in a row and only found themselves down by one at the half.

BIG started the second half where they left off in the first, adding another round to their winning streak as k1to got four kills. A 2v3 for G2 turned the tides allowing them to use the momentum to go on another winning streak, 12-8. From there Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische produced multiple strong holds on the AWP to snatch back two rounds, leading to the momentum going back-and-forth and G2 having the lead at 14-13. G2 looked to take control by putting themselves on match point, but BIG dominated the next round to bring the map to round 30. In the final round of the game Krimbo once again found himself in the position to be his teams saviour. The 20-year-old, who had clutched twice already this map, had to win a 1v1 against huNter- to keep BIG's hopes of winning Mirage alive, but he failed the third time around as G2 won the opener 16-14.

On Inferno G2 once again took the early lead, this time off the back of a NiKo 1v3 clutch in the pistol round. The international side continued their early dominance until BIG held true in the fifth round. NiKo, keen to ensure that the round loss was just a blip on the radar, opened up the B site with three clean kills to ensure G2's winning ways continued. BIG's CT side was faltering and once again Krimbo stepped up the plate as became immovable on the A site, allowing BIG to get back into the game. The first half continued to be competitive with G2 narrowly taking the lead 8-7.

jks was determined to ensure that the second half of Inferno would not be as competitive as the first. He acted as an instrumental part of G2's CT side, which included a 1v1 clutch against syrsoN, to extend his side's round streak to five. BIG attempted to fight their way back into the game by stringing two rounds together, but even when G2 only had two rifles in play their defence held strong and they took back their lead at 14-9. Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen's side continued to fire on all cylinders as they shut out their opponents in the final two rounds to win 16-9.

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20th January 2023
Germany
16
Mirage
14
16
Inferno
9
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 34 +9 80.6 1.26
36 - 27 +9 65.5 1.15
39 - 34 +5 82.7 1.14
31 - 32 -1 61.1 1.01
23 - 35 -12 57.9 0.84
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 27 +11 67.2 1.18
36 - 35 +1 74.2 0.97
32 - 41 -9 75.8 0.89
27 - 32 -5 55.8 0.83
28 - 37 -9 60.5 0.82
Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
#1
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Brazil flytw4tp
ez
2023-01-20 20:42
1 reply
#28
 | 
Russia Mag1StRAY
No
2023-01-21 04:12
Good job G2
2023-01-20 20:42
#3
Sego | 
Poland zuriiii
Save Krimbo
2023-01-20 20:44
4 replies
Krimbo sent to German prison (BIG), unfortunate.
2023-01-20 21:32
1 reply
#33
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South Africa Ston3Cold
LOL!
2023-01-21 09:32
Big are such a frustrating team to watch, they always have 1 or 2 players playing well while the others are shit, and it's never the same players
2023-01-21 01:07
Krimbo to peaky blinders
2023-01-21 05:21
BUG wasted spot partnership ruining events
2023-01-20 20:44
1 reply
Organisers are ruining events by choosing a partnership system
2023-01-21 01:08
#5
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Croatia shinebair
we are all in hooxis world
2023-01-20 20:45
Syrson: "I dont give a F*** that I missed my shot 3 times"
2023-01-20 20:46
free elo for monesy
2023-01-20 20:49
#9
 | 
Romania wadd
nice
2023-01-20 20:49
Woot! Go G2!!
2023-01-20 20:55
Syrson online PogChamp Syrson on Lan OMEGALUL 4Head
2023-01-20 21:02
Been following hltv since old 2007/8's and literally decided to register to write a comment how the player with awp from Big on the score 15:14 ruined their come back by getting killed by Monesy. Guarantee that this preasure from that pointless peak won't let him play good whole tournament
2023-01-20 21:06
1 reply
#19
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Bosnia and Herzegovina GiGodbest
+1
2023-01-20 22:03
Hooxi gigachad
2023-01-20 21:13
Even is wrong, should be Spring Groups
2023-01-20 21:17
barely
2023-01-20 21:30
3 replies
wdym barely? Mirage was close but G2 deleted BIG in Inferno. G2 also 2-0'd BIG, it didn't go to a third map. How is that barely beating BIG?
2023-01-20 21:53
#26
 | 
China Tyranthose
W is W.
2023-01-21 02:12
Yeah very rusty cs by both teams
2023-01-21 05:22
g2 era continues
2023-01-20 21:53
lets go
2023-01-20 22:08
nice keep up boys
2023-01-20 23:12
BUGClan without tiziaN and Xantares is nothing. Tier 3.
2023-01-21 02:27
easy for monesY 🎆
2023-01-21 04:53
Barely beating bug clan and Hooxibot being trash as usual. G2 exposed.
2023-01-21 05:36
1 reply
wdym barely? 16-14 on BIG's pick and 16-9 on G2's pick isn't "barely"
2023-01-21 14:44
#34
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Brazil FreeSpeech
Great performance by g2
2023-01-21 11:57
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