After a disappointing exit at Worlds 2022, G2 Esports need to make one other set of modifications.
Ever since their worldwide runs in 2018-19, particularly after their win at MSI 2019, G2 Esports has been synonymous with success in LEC. They’ve been the group European followers usually look to when Worlds time got here, however the tides have been altering within the final yr or so. In 2021, the group made some sweeping modifications as they parted methods with their long-time star Luka “Perkz” Perković and signed Carl Martin Erik “Rekkles” Larsson to kind what many thought-about a superteam.
After failing to win LEC for 2 splits in a row and in addition not making Worlds 2021, that roster was disbanded with Rekkles leaving. As well as, two extra members of G2’s MSI profitable roster, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and Martin “Wunder” Nordahl Hansen had additionally left the group, signaling a semi-rebuilding course of. G2 began out the 2022 season with the including Sergen “Damaged Blade” Çelik, Victor “Flakked” Lirola Tortosa and Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé. This youthful roster managed to win the LEC Spring 2022, represented EU at this yr’s MSI, after which made Worlds 2022, even after shedding within the Summer season Finals, 0-3 in opposition to Rogue.
Disappointment on the worldwide stage
Regardless of G2 being the 2nd seed of Europe, they’d some excessive expectations going into Worlds 2022 because the group had a wonderful worldwide displaying at MSI, they usually nonetheless had veterans like Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Rasmus “caPs” Borregaard Winther. Sadly for the followers, Worlds didn’t go properly for G2. The group solely discovered one win of their six video games, in opposition to LCS’s Evil Geniuses, and misplaced all 4 of their video games in opposition to LPL and LCK groups, by which they didn’t look good.
And now, coming recent out of Worlds, rumors about roster modifications have already began to floor. In keeping with a tweet from Upcomer’s Brieuc “LEC Wooloo” Seeger, G2 Esports has allowed Flakked and Jankos to discover their choices for 2023.
[Sources] Bot laner Flakked ?? and Jungler Jankos ?? have been allowed to discover their choices as they won’t be part of G2 Esports roster subsequent yr. pic.twitter.com/b3pRPg0FYD
— LEC Wooloo ?? (@LEC_Wooloo) October 19, 2022
Whereas parting methods with Flakked won’t be a giant shock because the younger ADC has been a giant goal for criticism in G2’s losses in LEC Finals and Worlds, Jankos’ departure shocked the followers because the jungler has been a giant a part of not solely G2 roster but additionally the model for thus a few years by now.
Jankos joined G2 Esports in December 2017, after discovering success within the EU and on the worldwide stage on H2k-Gaming. Throughout his tenure with G2, Jankos turned one of the profitable Western gamers, ever. Jankos received 5 LEC titles with G2, 4 of them back-to-back-to-back-to-back, and received 2x EU MVP titles within the Summer season of 2019 and Spring of 2020.
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