The ‘kings of Europe’ G2 Esports have reclaimed their domestic crown in Spring 2022, profitable the League of Legends European Championship right after a impressive Playoffs operate. In accomplishing so, they certified for the Mid-Year Invitational – an international tournament that pits the very best groups from regions around the globe versus every other.
Seeking at the Group draw, it is really good to say that G2 Esports have a truthful likelihood of advancing to the Rumble, as they facial area opponents from the North American LCS (Evil Geniuses) and Australia’s LCO (Order). But how will the European champions fare from China’s Royal Under no circumstances Give Up and South Korea’s T1? Let’s recap G2’s performances in past MSI tournaments to give us some clues.
G2 Esports 1st capable for MSI in their debut year in 2016, but, unfortunately, they failed to make it earlier the Team Phase. The roster in 2017 fared improved, on the other hand, clearing the Group Stage and struggling with Chinese squad Team WE (previously Earth Elite) in the semi-finals. G2 managed to make it out of this match as the victors, reaching a dominant 3-1 final result. In the final, G2 faced the League of Legends Championship Korea’s (LCK) juggernauts SK Telecom T1 (now regarded merely as T1) and fell brief regardless of a valiant effort and hard work, taking 2nd place overall.
In 2018, the group narrowly skipped out on a place at MSI, but G2’s ideal-at any time performance at MSI would be the next year. In 2019, G2 started out their campaign in South Korea with a bang, defeating Taiwan’s Flash Wolves. Their upcoming two matches would consequence in losses in opposition to the LPL’s Invictus Gaming and the VCS’ Phong Vũ Buffalo, but G2 did not enable these failures break them. Their fourth match would see them lock horns with T1 again, but G2 did what some imagined was impossible this time. The crafting was on the wall when Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković bought that all-essential To start with Blood on Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong, and G2 finally obliterated T1, proving that even legends like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok are not immune to the powers of the ability of Europe’s best.
Just after this inspiring win, there was no halting G2. With assurance and momentum, G2 took down North American hopefuls Team Liquid in the final match of the team phase. This landed them with a 5-5 total document, in third place at the rear of T1 and Invictus. G2 met their Korean rivals after again in the Knockout Phase for an rigorous best-of-5. Both equally sides fought tricky, but thanks to some inventive drafting, G2 managed to conquer their demons and soundly defeat the LCK champions at the time all over again.
The only thing that stood involving G2 and the trophy was LCS reps Group Liquid. After yet again, the team’s drafts had been on-level, but even far more outstanding was their synergy in group fights. The duo of Rasmus ‘caPs’ Winther and Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle was deadly in the mid lane, when Perkz was a one particular-person army in the bot lane. Just after two decisive wins, G2 set an conclusion to the match in Game 3 with a triumphant ace-in-base. With this clean up sweep, G2 Esports became MSI champions.
Right after two yrs absent from MSI – the tournament was cancelled in 2020, and Europe’s place in 2021 went to MAD Lions – G2 is searching to reclaim their crown on the worldwide phase. Two associates of that 2019 successful roster will return this year – namely midlaner caPs and jungler Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski. They will be joined by toplaner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik, botlaner Victor ‘Flakked’ Lirola and support Raphaël ‘Targamas’ Crabbé.
Only Damaged Blade has prior worldwide experience, possessing been to the League of Legends Globe Championship in 2020 all through a stint in North America, but these gamers have verified to be adaptable and perfectly capable of getting down whoever stands in their way. We’re energized to see how they improve up their activity for foes from farther afield.
This line-up has by now proven by themselves on the LEC stage immediately after a beautiful lower bracket run at the LEC 2022 Spring Playoffs, the place a disappointing begin to the match led to absolute domination of the competition. G2 took down Group Vitality, Misfits Gaming, Fnatic and Rogue in their bid to win the Playoffs devoid of shedding a one sport pursuing their drop to the decreased bracket. If they can retain up that momentum into MSI, followers will witness an amazing display of motion on the Rift.
Regardless of G2’s stellar kind in the latter element of the LEC Spring Period, it has been 3 extended yrs because the workforce acquired an international title, but they are entering the competition with the momentum to pull out a thing distinctive to recapture the glory of 2019. Returning to South Korea, G2 will very likely deal with their outdated rivals T1 at the time once again on their home soil. Will they have what it normally takes to defeat them again? We are going to uncover out when MSI 2022 kicks off later on today.