G2 Esports have reached an agreement to sign 16-year-old AWPer Ilya ‘m0NESY’ Osipov from NAVI, where he played for their academy team, the org announced on January 3, 2022.
Following a report from Dexerto’s own Luís Mira in November that revealed Russian org NAVI were open to offers for their prodigy m0NESY, the AWPer has now officially closed in on his new home.
M0NESY is now officially a member of the Berlin-based org, with G2 CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodríguez announcing the signing via a tweet.
ALRIGHT FUCK IT
— CarlosR ocelote (@CarlosR) January 3, 2022
G2 are in a transitional period with their team. Long-time coach Damien ‘maLeK’ Marcel departed the squad in November with Jan ‘Swani’ Müller filling in on a temporary basis, and it’s rumored that they’re also interested in OG’s Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen.
A report from 1pv on December 10 states that the agreement between G2 and NAVI saw approximately $600,000 exchange hands, with clauses and bonuses bolstering the price tag.
It’s not yet known who m0NESY has replaced on the G2 roster, though the most likely candidates are either François ‘AmaNEk’ Delaunay or Audric ‘JaCKz’ Jug.
The Russian player is averaging a 1.36 HLTV rating and 1.42 Impact in 2021, and helping NAVI Junior to a second-place result at the WePlay Academy League Season 2 Finals only increased the demand for him among the top tier of the esport.
His stock only rised further after he helped NAVI Junior to a runner-up finish at the WePlay Academy League Season 2 Finals, which were held on LAN.