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G2 kick off ESL Pro League run with victory over NIP

G2 prevailed in their first official match since bringing JaCkz back into the active roster following the benching of star AWPer Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub. Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel’s men took the Swedish squad’s map pick, Inferno (16-11), before securing the series on their own pick, Mirage (22-19), with François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay and Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač sharing AWPing duties.

Despite the win, maLeK was cautious in his post-match statements, saying that “we are never satisfied, specifically in the last six months. If we look at the big picture, it has been a hell of a ride. A lot of changes, trying things, and a lot of losses, to be honest. I’m really happy that we won, but I’m really far from being satisfied.”

The French skipper also talked about NiKo‘s new role and how he won’t necessarily be bound to the AWP in the long term but it’s necessary in the team’s short term needs, stating that “if he [NiKo] wants to play the AWP he can AWP and if he wants to play with AK he can play with AK. He’s going to be really free in this team, we just need to figure it out. I just know he should be treated as a real star player and this is what you will see in the future.”

As for NIP, who got great results right after bringing on Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson at the beginning of February but have since been unable to replicate the early victories and are currently on a four match losing streak, they will have a chance to bounce back from their opening defeat when they go up against ENCE at 12:00