For G2 Esports, the last year has been a rollercoaster. Despite dominating EU LCS in both splits, it has not all been sweetness and light for the team as it has struggled to replicate its regional form while competing at international events.
The start of the 2017 season saw G2 keep the same roster and invest in an improved infrastructure, and the results are there for all to see: a perfect 7-0 record in EU LCS, which puts G2 as the only team still undefeated in the West. So as we discuss the upcoming IEM World Championship with Luka “Perkz” Perković, it is impossible not to touch on the topic of the team’s mental strength and the impact of the two new Assistant coaches, Alexey “Sharkz” Taranda and Weldon Green.
“I can only speak for myself, but I believe that the experience I gained last year will be very important for me in this tournament and all tournaments to come,” he said. “On top of that, the improved infrastructure will definitely be important, too.”
The team’s first opponent in Katowice will be Flash Wolves, who sit at the top of LMS with a 5-0 record. Memories from the Taiwanese team – to whom G2 twice lost at the Mid-Season Invitational – are not exactly good, but Perkz is confident about his side’s chances of getting off to a good start.
“I have not watched too many of their games, I just know they are the best LMS team and that they have very strong players in the middle and jungle roles,” the Croatian noted. “But we should be able to match that and win through better teamplay.”
When asked about the team’s preparation for IEM, the Croatian played down the fact that they were a late invitee; “I do not think it matters at all, since we usually practice to play against the best in the world. We should have good performances off of that only.”