|Coaches:||Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool |
Weldon "MindGamesWeldon" Green
|Analysts:||Christopher "Duffman" Duff|
|Managers:||Christopher "Duffman" Duff|
|Sister Team (Current):||G2 Vodafone|
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- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Team Achievements
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Articles
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Gallery
- 11 See Also
- 12 External Links
- 13 References
G2 Esports is a Spanish team. They were formerly known as Gamers2. They currently compete under the name G2 Kinguin in representation of their sponsor Kinguin.
Spring EU LCS
G2 Esports rebranded from the name Gamers2 in October 2015, after qualifying for the EU LCS. In addition to rebranding, the team changed several positions in their roster: from Smittyj, Kikis, PerkZ, Jesse, and Hybrid as their qualifying roster, G2 Esports moved Kikis to top lane and add Korean players Trick and Emperor. Their roster quickly rose to prominence and recognition in the LCS, consistently tied for first place after each week, sometimes with H2k and sometimes also with Vitality, until the end of the split when they held sole possession of first place with a 15-3 record. With a quarterfinal bye, the playoffs also saw them strong, as they defeated both Fnatic and Origen 3-1 to win the season and secure an invitation to the Mid-Season Invitational.
2016 Mid-Season Invitational
Going into MSI, G2 Esports were seen as a favorite not to win, but to come in second place to the Korean representatives SK Telecom T1. However, the team lost their first four games of the round robin and ultimately finished in fifth place, ahead of only SuperMassive eSports, and out of playoff contention - importantly, this placement meant that Europe would miss out on a Pool 1 Seed at Worlds. In a statement published partway through the second day of play, G2 stated that their players had taken vacation time after a "rigorous Spring Split." Emperor later stated that there had been an internal conflict within the team one day prior to the start of the event.
These several factors - their performance compared to expectations, the far-reaching impact of their result harming the European region as a whole for Worlds seeding, and their statement seeming like a poor excuse - resulted in the organization receiving significant backlash from the community and sparked a debate with varied opinions on the matter from different people.
Summer EU LCS
Looking forward to the Summer Split, G2 announced the acquisition of the former Origen botlane, Zven and Mithy, and Korean toplaner Expect. With a newfound strength in the bot lane, coupled with Trick's MVP-worthy performance, G2 went on to re-establish themselves as the best team in Europe, placing first in the Regular Season with a match record of 10-8-0 in spite of Kikis leaving the lineup between Weeks 6 and 7. They then defeated Splyce 3-1 in the Summer Playoffs Finals, securing their spot in the 2016 World Championship.
2016 World Championship
Due to their poor MSI performance, G2 ended up joining Worlds as a Pool Two team, thus having to potentially face tougher opponents in the Group Stage. They were drafted in Group A along with LCK champions ROX Tigers, NA LCS second seed Counter Logic Gaming and International Wild Card Tournament winner from the CIS region Albus NoX Luna. G2 exited the tournament early in last place in their group, going 1-5 with their only win coming in their final game against Albus NoX.
During the 2016-17 offseason, G2 was one of only two teams along with Splyce to make no roster changes going into the 2017 Spring EU LCS, being placed into Group A alongside Misfits, Fnatic, Team ROCCAT, and Giants Gaming. After dominating the first half of the domestic split with a perfect 7-0 match record, G2 was invited to IEM Katowice to replace Cloud9, who had forfeited their berth. G2 defeated ROX Tigers and Kongdoo Monster of the LCK, along with European rivals Unicorns of Love, to make it to the tournament finals, where they lost 0-2 against the back-to-back LMS champion Flash Wolves.
In domestic competition, G2 held a commanding lead throughout the season, dropping only eight games and remaining undefeated in series until their very last match, losing to the surging Team ROCCAT. G2 finished in first overall with a 12-1 record, earning their third consecutive first-place regular season finish.
- January 2nd, SharkZ joins as assistant coach.
- January 5th, Send0o and Visdom join as subs.
- January 8th, MindGamesWeldon joins as assistant coach.
- April 15th, Visdom leaves.
- April 30th, SharkZ leaves coaching role.
- May 2nd, Upset joins as a sub.
- May 22nd, loulex joins as a sub. Upset leaves.
- May 23rd, Send0o and loulex move to starting roster to sub in for Expect and Trick in Week 1 of the EU LCS Summer Season.
- May 24th, Duffman moves to team manager and head analyst.
- June 2nd, Blanc joins on loan from Paris Saint-Germain to replace PerkZ in Week 1 of the EU LCS Summer Season.
- June 19th, loulex leaves. Hoang joins as a sub.
- January 7th, Tornell and Relinquished join as subs.
- May 18th, Zven and mithy join. Emperor and Hybrid leave. Expect joins as a sub. Tornell leaves.
- June 12th, Expect moves to starting top laner. Kikis moves to sub.
- July 12th, Kikis leaves. Unlimited joins as a sub.
- August (approx.), Relinquished leaves.
- November 22nd, Unlimited retires.
|Expect||Ki Dae-han (기대한)||Top||2017-11-20|
|Trick||Kim Gang-yun (김강윤)||Jungle||2017-11-20|
|mithy||Alfonso Aguirre Rodríguez||Support||2017-11-10|
|Hoang||Michael Tuan Hoang||Sub/Support||-|
|Amin1||Amin Mezher||Jungle||Smittyj||PGL LotR Season 1 - Playoffs|
- 1 Amin subs in as Jungler while starting Jungler Kikis subs in as Top laner for Smittyj.
- 2 Yuuki60 subs in as AD carry while starting AD carry Jesse subs in as Support for Hybrid.
Formerly On Loan
|Blanc||Jin Seong-min (진성민)||Mid||Paris Saint-Germain||EU LCS 2017 Summer Split - Week 1|
|Upset||Elias Lipp||Sub/AD||FC Schalke 04|
|Visdom||Benjamin Larsen||Sub/Support||Team Kinguin|
|Unlimited||Petar Georgiev||Sub/Support||Misfits Academy|
|Emperor||Kim Jin-hyun (김진현)||AD||Longzhu Gaming|
|Tornell||Christoffer Tornell||Sub/Top||Team Empire|
|Jesse||Jesse Le||AD||Team Dignitas|
|Smittyj||Lennart Warkus||Top||Team Dignitas|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
- Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Summer 2017 - Week 2
|ocelote||Carlos Rodríguez Santiago||Founder, Owner, & Chief Executive Officer|
|z1n0||Jamie Bach||Chief Operating Officer|
|YoungBuck||Joey Steltenpool||Head Coach|
|MindGamesWeldon||Weldon Green||Assistant Coach|
|Duffman||Christopher Duff||Team Manager & Head Analyst|
|Luis Mira||Content Manager|
|Krystian Jaroszynski||Head of Business Development|
|Lothar||Jakub Szygulski||Brand Manager|
|Wirtz||Jacobo Ramos||IT Manager & Operations Adjunct|
|Mihai Cojocaru||Graphic Designer|
|Christian Baez||Financial Manager|
|Oravan||Thomas Navaro||Assistant Graphic Designer|
|Sarah Youssef||Sales and Business Development Assistant|
|SharkZ||Alexey Taranda||Assistant Coach||Vega Squadron|
|Canoodle||Nanna Bøgedal||Social Media & Community Manager||North (European Team)|
|kedzr||Daniel Silva||Video Editor|
|JammeH||Jamie Morgado||Operations Manager|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-05-21||2nd||2017 Mid-Season Invitational||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 338,000|
|2017-04-23||1st||2017 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Unicorns Of Love||€ 80,000|
|2017-04-02||1 - 2nd||2017 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||12 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2017-02-26||2nd||IEM Season 11 - World Championship||0 : 2||Flash Wolves||$ 30,000|
|2016-10-06||13 - 16th||2016 Season World Championship||1 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 63,375|
|2016-08-28||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 1||Splyce||$ 50,000|
|2016-08-01||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Round Robin||10-8-0||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-05-08||5th||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||2 : 8||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-04-17||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Origen||$ 50,000|
|2016-03-18||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||15 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
- April 8th, [LoL] G2 Esports' Top 5 Plays from the 2016 Spring Split (2m58s)
- January 1st, Road to Season Seven: G2 Esports by Adam Newell on GAMURS
- March 8th, Kelsey Moser: Weldon Green's troubling G2 Esports training narrative by Kelsey Moser on Yahoo! Esports
- May 18th, The better G2 wins: G2 Esports and Team WE MSI semifinal preview by Kelsey Moser for Yahoo Esports
- May 21st, The illusion of the steep advantage: G2 Esports and Team WE by Kelsey Moser for Yahoo Esports
- April 6th, EU LCS playoff preview: G2 Esports, Fnatic square off for spot in the finals by Adel Chouadria on ESPN
- April 8th, Kelsey Moser's EU LCS Semifinals Preview: The tandem bike and the unicycles by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- April 12th, Guessing at G2’s Chances for Rotterdam by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVPLive
- April 28th, The Long Journey: Ocelote turns Gamers2 The Joke into G2 The Champs by Ryan Tang on GAMURS
- April 28th, G2's journey to represent EU at MSI by Cassandra "Requine" Marshall on LoL Esports
- April 28th, MSI Preview: G2's late game leverage by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- June 11th, EU Bad Boyz: Whatcha Gonna Do When G2 Comes for You? by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVP Live'
- June 19th, G2 Esports seeing return on midseason moves by Adel Chouadria on ESPN
- August 29th, The Thorin Treatment: G2 Change their Story by Thorin on GAMURS
- September 19th, Road to Worlds: G2 Esports by Adam Newell on GAMURS
- September 23rd, The need for a villain: mithy and the elevation of G2's macro game by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- October 8th, No one wants to be G2 Esports by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- March 22cd, Ocelote on G2's international struggles: 'It's really not the end of the world' with The Score Esports
- May 18th, G2 Weldon: ’Whether we do well in the [bracket stage or not, I think that we’ve learned a ton here’] with Yahoo Esports
- The Mid-Season Invitational Power Rankings espn.go.com
- MSI 2016 Power Rankings lolesports.com
- Club statement about MSI 2016 g2esports.com
- G2 Emperor Post on Facebook !! reddit.com
- Soaz regarding reddit criticism on G2 reddit.com
- PerkZ on G2's lack of MSI prep: 'We decided...taking that vacation would be maybe better for us' youtube.com
- MonteCristo on G2's statement about MSI 2016 youtube.com
- Thorin's Thoughts - G2 and the Practice Problem (LoL) youtube.com
- Vacation is over. youtube.com
- G2 agrees to terms with Fnatic for Kikis g2esports.com
- Update on League of Legends team staff g2esports.com
- Weldon joins G2 as Assistant Coach g2esports.com
- SharkZ's Tweet twitter.com
- Upset's Tweet twitter.com
- G2 Esports roster for EU LCS Week 1 g2esports.com
- G2 League of Legends Team Staff Update g2esports.com
- PerkZ last minute replacement in EU LCS Week 1 g2esports.com
- Hoang joins G2 League of Legends squad as a sub g2esports.com
- Vacation is over. youtube.com
- G2 Esports' Tweet twitter.com
- G2 statement on League of Legends team g2esports.com
- G2 agrees to terms with Fnatic for Kikis g2esports.com
- Official Roster Announcement: Changes to our LCS line-up fnatic.com
- Unlimited's Tweet twitter.com
- The Revolution Is Here g2esports.com
- Announcing The Team Dignitas LoL Roster team-dignitas.net
- Jesse's Tweet twitter.com
- G2 agrees terms with Emperor & Trick g2esports.com