It is with incredible excitement that we are proud to announce a change to the G2 Esports line-up for the League of Legends European Championship and beyond. 2018 was certainly a history making year for us on the Worlds stage, as we achieved an organisation first by reaching the Semifinals and finishing Top 4 in the world. However, though we enjoyed success internationally, our domestic performance did not meet the high standards we set for ourselves. As an organisation, we look to succeed both regionally and internationally and are constantly looking to grow and progress, in order to get closer to these goals. With the roster we are unveiling today, we are confident in being able to reach greater heights in 2019 and beyond.
Following his dominant career in the mid lane, Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković will transition to the ADC starting position for G2 Esports. With 4 LCS titles and a Worlds 2018 Semifinal finish on his mantle, Perkz has established himself as one of the world’s top mid laners. For this new era within the LEC, he is looking for a fresh start and will vacate his throne in the midlane to expand his kingdom to the bottom lane.
Speaking about the transition, Perkz commented:
“This year has been a rollercoaster, from our disappointing results during the regular season to skyrocketing through the gauntlet and Worlds. That said, this was the best year for my own personal development and I’m also incredibly grateful for the run at Worlds. From all of these experiences, I feel like I know more about myself and how to deal with everything around me better. Now, it’s time start a new journey in my career that I want you all to follow. I want this to be a journey you will never forget and also to make all of my fans, my organization, my teammates, and myself proud. I made the decision to change to the ADC role myself and though G2 and Carlos support me fully, this is a decision I take full ownership of. I love League of Legends and I love my job. I’ve never been more motivated. I want to win every tournament – not just in Europe, but beyond and to enjoy the process. With this change. I feel like we can accomplish anything we put our mind to.”
To assist him in this quest, we’ve recruited Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle, formerly of Misfits, as his laning partner and support. Since making his debut, Mikyx has established himself as a force to be reckoned within the European scene. Now he’s looking for something more – he too wishes to be a king. With Perkz as his partner in the botlane, there is no doubt he will earn his crown, both in the LEC and beyond.
Speaking about joining G2 Esports, Mikyx said:
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I’ve wanted to play with either of these players for some time now, so you can imagine how excited I am to have both on my team! I am very happy to be playing with this roster and believe we can be the best.”
But who will take the vacant throne in the mid lane? Only another king is truly worthy of joining the G2 Army as our midlaner and it gives us great pleasure to welcome two time LCS champion and World’s 2018 Finalist Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther to our ranks. Over the years, Perkz and Caps have challenged and pushed one another for the top spot of the best western midlaner. Now, they are putting aside their rivalry and uniting their strength to become truly unstoppable and accomplish greatness.
“Last year was a great year for me. Though I might not have won Worlds, I certainly made my mark at the top and enjoyed much regional success. With teams upgrading for the LEC, there are going to be even more challengers to my throne and I want to keep my crown. This has led me to join G2 to create this incredible team. I have never been more excited to compete and can’t wait to begin!”
Perkz also added:
“Please give a warm welcome to my new teammates, Caps and Mikyx. Both are insanely good players. I hope you will show Caps the same love and support you’ve given me as our new midlaner (yes, it is weird for me to say) and for Mikyx as my laning partner. G2 fans, I have been gifted with the honor of playing mid for you for almost four years, and now it is time for me to show you how insanely good I can be in botlane. I’ll make you proud. Ready to make history. #G2ARMY!”
Please note: Both players are still pending official Riot approval
This announcement marks the beginning of a new dynasty in European League of Legends, but it also marks a changing of the guard. Since joining us from Roccat in 2018, Hjarnan and Wadid have proven their status as top players in League of Legends. They not only took down the award for Best in the West at Rift Rivals, but also helped us reach the Worlds Semifinals by taking down RNG and legendary ADC, Uzi. We couldn’t be prouder of them for their accomplishments, especially for Wadid who had the honour of proving himself in front of a hometown crowd in Korea. However, after careful deliberation and thorough discussion internally, we concluded that we wish to try a new approach for the LEC for 2019. One that we are confident can guarantee us domestic success and can achieve our aim of number 1 in the world. Therefore, we have decided that both players will no longer be holding starting positions. We bid a fond farewell to Wadid, who will be joining fellow LEC team Rogue. As for Hjarnan, we will continue exploring his current and future options for him and are determined to provide him with the best possible outcome, whether with us or with another team. From us and from entire G2 Army, we wish to thank both players for their commitment, performances, and for all the fond memories. We’d also like to thank Rogue for their excellent professionalism and help in ensuring a speedy process.
Speaking about this exciting roster announcement, G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez had the following to say:
“One of the most rewarding experiences as a fan is knowing that your favorite team values retaining its best talent, attaining competitive success, and entertaining the community over generating profits. For us, competition is all about the thrill of the matches and the drama and entertainment around them. For this reason, we’ve never been as excited about a lineup as we are about this one. No risk, no fun. Time to entertain you. #G2ARMY”
A move like this has never been done before in League of Legends. But at G2, we pride ourselves on forging our own path and reaching new heights in esports, as we did with our back-to-back LCS titles. We cannot wait to take to the Rift for the first League of Legends European Championship season and we look forward to your continued support in 2019. As always, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch and YouTube.
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