G2 got their IEM Cologne campaign off to a great start following a convincing 2-0 win over Complexity in the first round of IEM Cologne’s Group A. Nemanja “nexa” Isaković‘s side were in control for the majority of the series, though they left it late to secure Vertigo after struggling on the CT side, where Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač had a dominant showing (18-8). Nikola “NiKo” Kovač then took over on Dust2, going 27-9 (15-0 only in the second half) to inspire his team to a quick victory.
G2 came out firing on all cylinders and were the better side for the majority of the opening half on Vertigo. They racked up 10 rounds on the T side, but the scoreline could have been even worse for Complexity if it were not for great individual plays from Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer.
The ‘Juggernaut’ came out of the break looking a different side and shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together, but G2 still managed to scrape to a narrow victory on a shoddy buy in the final round after huNter- – who had 18 frags to his name in the half – had put the team on map point with a stunning trio of frags.
huNter- carried his sparkling form into Dust2, where he went 17-8 on the T side as G2 raced to an 11-4 lead after a dominant 8-0 run to close the half. After the break, it was NiKo‘s time to shine: the younger Kovač pulled off an ace clutch in the third round to put a halt to Complexity‘s momentum and inspire G2 to a five-round streak that brought the series to a close.
In the next round, G2 will go up against BIG, who extended their LAN winning streak with a convincing two-map success against Virtus.pro. The German side, who came through the Play-In stage after beating Sprout and OG, took the lead in the series with a narrow win on Dust2, where Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz showed glimpses of his old self on the CT side (1.88 rating, 157 ADR).
The first half of Inferno was a tit-for-tat affair, but then BIG took control of the game after switching to the T side and went on an 8-0 run en route to map point. Virtus.pro tightened up with hopes of pushing the game to overtime, only to lose the map after being caught off-guard by an A fake.