G2 Shuffles CS GO Roster to Create a French “Superteam”
G2 Esports have signed Nathan “NBK” Schmitt, Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, all former members of Team EnVyUs, and have released both Cédric “RpK” Guipouy and Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom. Eduoard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux has been moved over into a coaching position, and former EnVyUs analyst Niclas “enkay J” Krumhorn will be assuming the analyst position with G2.
“The CS:GO community has been very kind and supportive to G2 Esports and we feel grateful that many of you have chosen us as your flagship team,” said Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, G2 Esports founder and CEO, “In light of your support and the continued growth of CS:GO as an esports game we decided to increase our commitment in our CS:GO roster significantly with the signing of this superteam.”
It’s a massive shuffle for both teams, there’s no doubt about that. NBK, apex, and kennyS had all been a part of Team EnVyUs since 2015, with apex and kennyS coming to the organization a swap with Titan eSports in July. Every one of the players was considered to be some of the best in the Counter-Strike scene, which translated to a nearly unbeatable lineup on paper, their performances on stage did little to showcase their skills. In what can only be described as a hot-and-cold string of competing, nearly half of the premier-level events saw Team EnVyUs rank un an undesirable 5th-8th place, or even further downwards. Strangely, the other half of their events were finished with a respectable top four placement.
G2 had not fared much better, unfortunately. After picking up their now-former roster in February of 2016 it seemed like they would perform well against their competition, qualifying for major events with ease, things quickly turned south for the roster as they soon began to fall in the bottom ranks of premier events like ELEAGUE Season 1 and 2, where they placed 11th-14th and 9th-12th respectively.
It was clear that both teams needed a major change if they wanted to turn things around, and G2 team captain Richard “shox” Papillon believes that this will be what propels them forward.
“Despite a promising start at the ESL Pro League finals and ECS, it became apparent at the end of the year that something was missing in the team for it to be consistently at the top,” wrote shox in a statement posted to the G2 flagship, “This resulted in a delicate situation. … With a team and a coaching staff of this quality, our objectives are clearly to win, and especially to remain strong when we come across adversities. We have the ambition to put an end to the lack of stability of the French scene. We think we have the best elements to achieve our goals, and our hard work will help us along this journey.”
Shox went on to praise SmithZz for the “difficult and honorable” decision to step away from the forefront of competitive gaming to take on the mantle of team coach. This will be SmithZz’s first attempt at coaching since diving into competitive Counter-Strike an impressive eleven years ago, when he joined 1pL in 2006.
Team EnVyUs promised to release a statement that discussed their future in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive later this week but, at present, their lineup now only consists of Vincent “Happy” Cervoni and Christophe “SIXER” Xia. G2’s full roster is as follows:
- Richard “shox” Papillon
- Alexandre “body” Pianaro
- Nathan “NBK” Schmitt
- Dan “apEX” Madesclaire
- Kenny “kennyS” Schrub
A certified weeb that passionately live-Tweets his reactions from esports events, Sian is one of those people that hasn’t seen the sun in weeks. You can find him on Twitter @FriendlySenpai