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Who is Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov?

The Russian AWPer has proved himself to be one of the best players in CS2.

Name: Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov
Age: 18 (Born May 1st, 2005)
Nationality: Russian
Role: AWPer
Nickname: The Flash
Team: G2
Previous team: NAVI Junior
Total winnings: $438,731

At the tender age of 16, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov found himself thrust into the limelight when G2 acquired him for a substantial reported fee of $600,000. This marked a significant milestone for the young Russian, formerly of NAVI Junior, who had been a dominant force in the Tier-2 Counter-Strike scene, particularly excelling in the WePlay Academy League. Despite his prowess in lower tiers, he lacked experience at the highest level of competitive CS.

During his inaugural year with G2 in Tier-1 Counter-Strike, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov boasted an impressive average rating of 1.17. The year culminated in a triumphant moment for G2 as they secured their first major trophy in five years by winning the BLAST World Finals 2022 in Abu Dhabi.

The subsequent year, 2023, proved even more successful for both G2 and Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov, as they clinched victories in two of the most prestigious tournaments outside of the Majors: IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne. Additionally, G2 made deep runs in events such as the BLAST Premier Spring Final, Gamers8, and IEM Sydney 2023. During this period, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov maintained an impressive average rating of 1.18 and was recognized as the fourth-best player on HLTV's top 20 players of the year list.

Big pressure and expectation from the start

The anticipation surrounding Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov's arrival at G2 was palpable, with rumors circulating towards the end of 2021. While the community was abuzz with excitement over this promising newcomer, one of his former coaches from NAVI, Andrij "B1ad3" Ghorodensjkyj, expressed doubts about the young AWPer's readiness for the big stage.

- He is really nervous in important matches," remarked B1ad3 to before m0NESY's transfer from NAVI to G2 was finalized.

In his first English interview, when asked about B1ad3's statement, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov responded, "It is not true. I don't feel nervous before big events. Maybe B1ad3 is just trying to put pressure on me before tournaments."

Almost 20.000 hours on the server!

A dedicated player, Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov has accumulated over 19,900 hours on the Counter-Strike server by the age of 18. This staggering figure equates to playing Counter-Strike for approximately eight hours a day for 2487 days or almost seven years.

In 2024, the G2 AWPer has continued to shine. At the PGL Copenhagen Major, he emerged as the highest-rated player with an impressive 1.37 rating, leading G2 to the semi-finals before falling short against NAVI. As of 2024, he stands as the second-highest-rated player, surpassed only by Danil "donk" Kryshkovets.

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