Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov
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G2 Esports has announced that Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov will not participate in the upcoming BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024, scheduled for June 12–16, due to visa issues.

Wiktor “⁠TaZ⁠” Wojtas, the team’s coach, will replace him.

This news is a significant blow to G2, who recently celebrated a victory at IEM Dallas with stand-in Jake “⁠Stewie2K⁠” Yip.

m0NESY, who was the MVP at the event, expressed his eagerness to share the experience with his teammate Rasmus “⁠HooXi⁠” Nielsen, but he will now have to wait until after the Counter-Strike player break.

The Russian superstar has been a key player for G2 throughout 2024, earning one MVP and three EVP awards, and averaging a 1.31 rating across 90 maps.

His absence is particularly impactful, given his dominant performance and influence within the team.

Replacing m0NESY is TaZ, a Polish legend who last played professionally in March 2023 under the HONORIS tag before retiring.

Despite his extensive experience, his return to top-tier competition after a significant hiatus will be challenging.

G2, placed in Group B, will face Team Spirit in their opening match on Wednesday.

The team will have to rely heavily on Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, both capable secondary snipers, to compensate for the loss of m0NESY’s firepower.

However, replicating his 1.31 rating will be a daunting task.

Fans had speculated a return for Stewie2K, but the team opted for TaZ, who brings veteran savvy and a calming influence.

Despite this, G2’s path to success has become significantly more challenging, as they will miss the strategic and in-game leadership m0NESY provides.

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