G2 break a five year curse

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: G2 Esports, NiKo

Do not adjust your set. Do not pinch yourself. Do not go back to sleep assuming this is a dream.

G2 have won a trophy. A real, LAN, trophy.

No, seriously. Whether a curse was lifted when Carlos martyred himself on behalf of Andrew Tate or Aleksib/JACKZ/AmaNEk/kennyS was the problem all along, it’s all immaterial now. On the same day Messi finally won the World Cup, G2 finally won something.

It’s been five years since G2 won a tier one event, and three years since they last won any event on LAN. It’s been a tough time to be a G2 fan; though that can be said about most periods of history. Especially in the early 2000s, when they weren’t yet born.

You can put as many caveats on it as you want, but we saw m0NESY pick up his first — of presumably many — MVPs for G2. That $600k doesn’t seem so ridiculous now, does it?

With a 1.24 rating, m0NESY was the highest rated player at the event — despite putting up his worst career performance in the opening series. A 0.29 map against FaZe was followed by 34-16, 22-4 and 24-5 scorelines. Talk about a bounce back.

He didn’t do anything ridiculous in the grand final, which is something we’ve come to expect from the teenager, but he was quietly solid. In truth, he didn’t need to be spectacular as Liquid capitulated, as they so often do.

YEKINDAR, who’d been Liquid’s star player all event, dropped a stinker. Though we don’t really fancy running straight at NiKo, huNter-, m0NESY, and a reinvigorated jks either.

Oh, and HooXi. Who managed to go negative as G2 zipped up Liquid. Never change, boss.

The fact that jks stood tall in the semi and the grand final, that huNter- was the best player in the semi-final, and that m0NESY got the MVP seems symbolic; that even without NiKo at his peak, G2 can win.

Or, perhaps, only without NiKo “carrying” can they win. Food for thought, at least.

December 18, 2022

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