We are pleased to announce that the wait is over and that we can finally share with our fans more news about our roster for the 2016 LCS Spring Split. We are aware of the difficulties that lie ahead in what will be our first LCS term as we will go up against very experienced sides. That is why we spent the last months carefully assembling a strong team that we believe can not only maintain our spot in the league but also gradually make its mark in the upper echelon of European League of Legends.
After conducting several trials, we are ecstatic to announce that we have agreed terms with Jungler Gang-yun “Trick” Kim and AD Carry Jin-hyun “Emperor” Kim pending approval from Riot. The South Korean duo will join Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, Luka “PerkZ” Perković and Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal, who make the transition from the team who qualified from the Challenger Series. This means, as most of you know by now, that we have parted ways with Lennart “Smitty” Warkus and Jesse “Jesiz” Le”, whom we would like to thank for their contribution to G2 and wish the best of luck for the future.
Trick burst onto the professional scene in December 2014, when he joined CJ Entus as a substitute player. During the year he spent on the team, he found playing opportunities very limited, but whenever he was called into action he rose to the challenge. Now on a starting roster, the 20-year-old is eager to prove that he can play at the highest level week in, week out and face the strongest opponents!
Emperor is regarded by many as one of the highest mechanical players in the world. He rose to fame in 2013 after joining CJ Entus, with whom he would win the World Cyber Games later that year. In December 2014, he left the South Korean team and tried his luck abroad, playing for Keyd Stars and Team Dragon Knights. Known for his mastery of Lucian, Emperor brings much firepower to the team, and he will certainly be one of the players to watch in European LCS.
Along with these changes, we would like to announce that Kikis will be manning the top lane for our team from now on. Role swapping is often perceived as a bad thing, but we are confident that the Polish player will shine in the top lane just like he has in the Jungle and that he will face his LCS peers head-on.
Joining G2 Esports as LCS Head Coach is Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool, who brings with him a wealth of experience from his playing career, when he represented teams such as mousesports and Copenhagen Wolves. We believe that, with his playing background, which includes multiple LCS season appearances, he is the right person to unlock the roster’s potential and to improve individual performance and team synergy. He will be living with the team at our Berlin Gaming House, where he will help the players to prepare for the matches ahead.
YoungBuck gave the following statement about joining G2 Esports as Head Coach:
“I’m very excited to be a part of G2 this season! With my experience I hope to bring a lot to the table in their rookie split, and I see immense potential in what the line-up is capable of achieving.”
G2 Esports Chief Gaming Officer, Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski, also commented on the new LoL squad, saying:
“I am really excited about our roster for LCS. We had quite a few changes and we are going for an experimental lineup that can be a big surprise for our opponents. I am confident that G2 will prove once again that we cannot be taken lightly, just like we are doing in the CS:GO scene, with our new roster. I have the same tingling feeling about our LoL crew. Good players, perfect coach and fierce motivation, that is something you will see the next season.”
We will be following our team every step of the way throughout the Split, bringing you regular content from Berlin, so keep an eye on our website and social media platforms for all the latest updates about the team! We would also like to thank our partners and fans who have supported us during this amazing journey. LCS, we are coming!