The CS: GO roster for G2 is closing out the year strong with a superb performance at the BLAST Premier: World Finals in Abu Dhabi. The team managed to lift the last trophy of 2022 and the $500,000 in the prize. But equally important is that the guys ended the Grand Final curse by winning the major tournament for the first time since 2017. Let’s dive deeper into their recent results of the year before and after this majestic run in Abu Dhabi.
G2 Before Abu Dhabi’s Run
The win for G2 came in what seemed like the darkest hour. The squad hadn’t done anything noteworthy for years and suffered from multiple moves each year.
Poor Performances of G2’s 2022
This year, it didn’t feel like G2 was going to win any major events. The team missed out on playing at IEM Rio Major, after losing to teams like 1WIN and GamerLegion in the Road to Rio. G2 was also knocked out of the Fall Finals before making it to Copenhagen. In addition, the team has had some poor practices according to IGL “HooXi” leading up to the World Finals.
Multiple Roster Changes
As we have said earlier, G2 suffered from multiple roster modifications each year, making team cohesion a roller coaster. The European organization has had four different in-game leaders in 2022 alone, leaving a grand final form nigh impossible to obtain. Along with that, a personal tragedy struck Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen shortly before the start of the event with the untimely death of his father.
That said, the idea that it is darkest before dawn has probably never applied better to any winning team than G2. Let’s see how the squad, in spite of everything, managed to make a Cinderella run in the last major event of this year.
Grand Final in Abu Dhabi
G2 had a slow start at the beginning of the tournament, losing 2-1 to FaZe in the opening round of Group A. After then, the squad made an unbelievable run by taking down Team Vitality in the Quarterfinals and taking revenge on FaZe in the Semifinals. The Grand Final featured a clash between G2 and Team Liquid. Here is what you need to know about this match.
Map 1: Inferno (16-7)
G2 was incredible on their T side during the event and managed to end the first half with 11 rounds under their belt. After the change, the squad did their best to finish the match on Inferno with Justin “jks” Savage starring as the main aggressor, but several times during the second half, they lost rounds. Finally, G2 finished off the first map with a resounding 16-7 score before heading on to Mirage.
Map 2: Mirage (16-12)
Once again, it was Justin doing damage for G2. The Australian has been one of the keys missing for the roster in previous events, but he found his spark in the final round. G2 pushed the first half to 9-6 in their favor despite a spirited defense by Team Liquid. From the CT side, G2 seemed determined to wrap it up as quickly as possible with some truly magnificent frags from Nikola Kovač.
At 16-12, the Etihad Arena erupted as G2 broke the curse and became the team to win a major trophy for the first time since 2017.
G2 After Abu Dhabi’s Run
G2 beat every big player in the scene. For the second time this year, they beat both major winning teams, taking down almost all the other contenders in the process. The CS: GO https://cover.gg/matches/finished page provides the status of each finished match including its past scores. So, follow along to see how Vitality, Liquid, and FaZe suffered defeats at the hands of G2 in the Playoffs of the last BLAST tournament in 2022.
G2 Rises to the Top 3 of the HLTV Ranking
G2’s incredible run in Abu Dhabi is visible on the latest update of HLTV’s ranking. Nikola Kovač and his teammates have risen from 12th to 3rd, only behind Heroic and Outsiders. The European team secured this position after the win at BLAST Premier: World Finals.
The Young G2 Sniper Named MVP
Ilya “m0nesy” Osipov was also the highest-rated player and earned the MVP of the contest. The Russian AWPer won every single 1v2 situation he was thrown into and was an integral shooter throughout the entire event. There were only two occasions where the young sniper went beneath a 1.00 rating in twelve maps. Ilya has been sensational in his first year in competitive CS: GO, and now, he can put a well-deserved MVP award to his name.