2015 has been a memorable year for G2. From a small club to a household name in Esports, with top teams and players competing in the biggest games, in just 12 months is something that many deemed unrealistic, but we have never been afraid to think big, and here are the rewards! Obviously, we would not have been able to reach these heights without the amazing support of our fans, so our success is yours, too!
As the year draws to a close, we have chosen the most memorable pictures from the past 12 months. Scroll down this page to find 10 pictures that tell the story of G2 throughout 2015.
1. Lukas “PRAWUs” Ganczewski, the manager of our previous CS:GO lineup, watches on as the team plays at the main qualifier for ESL One Katowice, the first major of the year. Sadly, things did not go our way as defeats against CLG and PiTER spelled the end of the road for our boys, who could not get a spot in the $250,000 tournament.
2. Alejandro “Inven” Martin cheers on his team at the Gfinity Call of Duty Pro League Finals, in London. This picture perfectly captures the passion and the intensity in Esports, and it is certainly one of most impressive photos of the year from a professional tournament.
3. Our former Call of Duty team celebrates the victory at the season finals of Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP), which took place at Gamergy. Despite some internal issues, our team managed to stay at the summit of the Spanish scene and won this title in convincing fashion.
4. Our League of Legends team looks as composed as ever after securing qualification for LCS in a dramatic match against SK Gaming. Our boys went into the promotion stage as the underdogs, facing one of the most storied franchises in LCS history, but they gave a fantastic account of themselves and defied the odds.
5. Thijs “ThijsNL”Molendijk lifts the Hearthstone European Championship trophy after a fantastic run. The Dutchman, who was playing his first tournament under G2, cemented his credentials as one of the finest players in the game, beating Neirea 3-1 in the final to be crowned European champion and secure a $10,000 payout.
6. Our Heroes of the Storm team flies the flag for Poland at the European Championship. The eight best teams in the continent met in Prague for the chance to secure a spot at the World Championship, and our players gave a great display throughout the tournament as they finished in a respectable 3rd-4th place.
7. Thijs “ThijsNL”Molendijk finished 3rd-4th at the World Championship, at BlizzCon. Our Dutch talent came into the tournament as one of the favourites and he managed to live up to that billing, reaching the semi-finals of the tournament before being defeated by Ostkaka, who would go on to win the title, in a five-game thriller.
8. Our CS:GO team takes DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca by storm. Fort he first time, G2 was represented at a Counter-Strike major, and we could not have asked for a better display from our team, which exceeded expectations and broke into the top four. We were a mere round away from reaching the final, but the disappointment of not being able to contest the title does not take away the merit of this tremendous campaign!
9. A proud Dima “Rdu” Radu lifts the insomnia56 Truesilver Championship trophy. The Romanian player survived a dreadful group stage, having come through a nail-bitting tiebreaker, and went on to show his true colors in the playoffs, beating teammate Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy and two more opponents to get his hands on the highly-coveted trophy.
10. Our Vainglory team poses for the camera at the Vainglory International Premier League photoshoot session. It was a memorable experience for our players, who had the chance to live in South Korea for a month and compete in a showcase tournament. Even though results fell below expectations, the team took positives from this competition as they look to dominate the scene in 2016.