And then came the Split. It quickly became apparent that the team could surpass expectations – even those of the players themselves – and mount a serious challenge in the league. After a 15-3 regular season, we went all the way, defeating fnatic and Origen to win the European crown, becoming the first-ever team to do so after coming straight out of the Challenger Series.
Why the changes, then? After the end of the Split, we discussed our short and long-term goals, and one thing was very clear: we wanted our team to be as strong as possible to have a realistic shot at the World Championship, at the end of the year, and, this time, represent Europe in an appropriate manner. After carefully analysing our roster and the options available, we reached an agreement with Origen to sign their bottom lane, made up of AD Carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Support Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriquez.
This meant that we had to part ways with two of our players Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal and Kim “Emperor” Jin-hyun. This obviously was a decision that was not made lightly, but it was one that we believe will make our roster stronger in the end. Everyone at G2 would like to thank Glenn and Kim for their contribution and wish them the best with Origen and Longzhu Gaming, respectively.
But that is not all: we are pleased to welcome Ki “Expect” Dae-han into the team as our substitute top laner. The Korean player, known for his time in Midas FIO, will be living at our Berlin gaming house, where he will help our team to prepare for the upcoming Split with his competitive experience and mechanical prowess. He joins Swedish AD Carry Joel “Relinquished” Fjellström as our substitute players for the Summer Split.
G2 Esports’ CEO, Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, gave the following statement about the changes to the League of Legends roster:
“It would be unfair not to thank Glenn and Kim (Hybrid and Emperor) for their great efforts in helping us achieve success by winning the spring split, as it would be unfair not to thank Jesiz and Smitty for helping us qualify for the LCS, or Gilius, Eika, Hiiva and Jebus for keeping us in the Challenger Series… For that reason, thank you.
“This is all part of a consistent chain of events that have happened and will keep happening in order to help make G2 Esports the greatest club we can be. We are doing our best to apply this same principle to every team and segment of this company – to be the best we can possibly be in all areas.”
Our mid laner, Luka “Perkz” Perković, also shared his thoughts on the new players on the team, saying:
“Personally, I am really looking forward to playing with mithy and Zven, not only because of their skill but also because of the motivation we share towards one common goal – be the best. The six-man roster with Expect will make us more versatile, which will pay off in the long run. I do not expect us to start super strongly, but by the end of the Split I expect us to be one of the best, if not the best team.”
Practice is already underway at G2’s gaming house, in Berlin, as the Summer Split will kick off in little over a week! So keep checking our website and social media channels as we will bringing you all things G2 and much, much more!