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G2 Esports bench Nexa for the second time

G2 Esports bench Nexa for the second time

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
17 Jun
Kaustavmani Choudhury

G2 Esports released a heartwarming tribute video on their X (formerly Twitter) account, announcing their decision to bench Serbian Counter-Strike player Nemanja "nexa" Isaković.

Widely regarded as one of the best Serbian players in the history of Counter-Strike, nexa's journey with G2 has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

A Rocky Journey

Nexa first joined G2 Esports alongside teammate Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač. They acquired the duo from CR4ZY to replace Richard "shox" Papillon and Lucas "Lucky" Chastang. Nexa's initial stint, lasting just under two and a half years, saw varied results. The most notable being a second-place finish at IEM Cologne 2021.

After G2 traded nexa to OG in exchange for Finnish in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen, both parties experienced limited success. In November 2023, G2 reacquired nexa to replace Justin "jks" Savage. His second tenure was marked by a major victory at IEM Dallas 2024, G2's first piece of silverware in almost a year.

Despite the success at IEM Dallas, nexa's individual performance came under scrutiny, culminating in a 0.85 rating at the event. This trend continued with his performance at the BLAST Premier Fall Finals. Where he ended with a 0.81 rating, ultimately led to his removal from the active roster.

G2's decision to part ways with nexa was a difficult one, but it highlighted the importance of maintaining competitive excellence in the high-stakes world of professional Counter-Strike.

Looking Ahead: What's Next for G2 and nexa?

While G2 Esports has moved nexa to an inactive position on the roster, they have expressed their commitment to finding him a new team. Thus ensuring that the Serbian star can continue his career in Counter-Strike 2.

As for G2, the future remains uncertain. The team may potentially reinstate inactive member jks, who helped G2 clinch victories at both IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne in 2023.

However, recent standout performances by North American Major winner and stand-in Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip have sparked speculation. Fans are now speculating about his possible full-time addition to the roster. But as of now, no official decision has been announced.

Featured Image Source: G2 Esports on X (@G2CSGO)

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