G2 Esports Travel to BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024 Without Star AWPer

10 Jun 2024
Tit Krajnik 10 Jun 2024
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  • G2 Esports announced that Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov will not compete in the upcoming tournament
  • Coach Wiktor “TaZ” Wojats will step in at BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024
  • The news got revealed a day before the tournament kickoff
Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov
On Monday, June 10, 2024, G2 Esports announced that their star Counter-Strike player, Ilya “m0NESY” Ospiov, won’t be travelling with the team to BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. As his replacement, coach Wiktor “TaZ” Wojats will step in.

Set to take place on June 12-16, the BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024 will welcome some of the world’s top Counter-Strike esports teams, competing for the lion’s share of the $425,000 prize pool and direct invite to BLAST Premier: World Final 2024. 

Unfortunately, G2 Esports will head to OVO Arena Wembley weakened – missing their star player, m0NESY.

As confirmed by G2 Esports, the 19-year-old AWPer won’t be travelling with his teammates due to visa issues. Since the news came at short notice, the team decided to call in coach TaZ, who will step in and fill in the gap.

The news comes shortly after G2 Esports managed a heroic run to the Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2024 title while playing with a stand-in Jake “Stewie2K” Yip – who replaced the absent Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen. Even with a stand-in, G2 Esports emerged victorious, beating some of the world’s best teams en route to their first S-Tier tournament title of 2024.

A lot of the success G2 Esports had in Dallas can be attributed to m0NESY who claimed the MVP award, posting the tournament’s highest individual rating at 1.35 over 16 maps played. Unfortunately, despite his incredible performance in North America, m0NESY will have to wait a bit longer to re-enter the arena.

As his replacement, G2 Esports called in TaZ, who played his last professional Counter-Strike match in March 2023 under HONORIS. The Polish CS veteran retired from pro play shortly after and transitioned to coaching.

As confirmed by G2 Esports, HooXi will be available to participate at BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024, leaving G2 Esports with one missing piece again.