After missing the League of Legends World Championship for the first time in organizational history, G2 Esports has confirmed it is making sweeping changes to its League of Legends European Championship roster before the start of 2022. The announcement was made by G2 Esports owner Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez Santiago in a video via his Twitter account, which stated that multiple members of the G2 squad were not only benched, but on the chopping block.
Reports have pointed towards G2 Esports being the busiest team of the offseason so far after missing Worlds for the first time this season.
Based on reports from multiple sources, it looked as if the only untouchables on the team were jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski and mid laner Rasmus "Caps" Winther.
This has been confirmed by ocelote in the video above, stating that top laner Martin "Wunder" Hansen, AD carry Martin "Rekkles" Larson, support Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle, head coach Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann and strategic coach Sng "Nelson" Yi-Wei have been benched and are on the trading block.
It looks as if G2 Esports is making sweeping changes to rebuild around the jungle-mid batter of Jankos and Caps and return the organization to the level of its peak performance in 2019. In the entirety of G2's 2019-2021, the only player changed within that time was Luka "Perkz" Perković, who was transferred to Cloud9 at the end of 2020 following the bot laner's desire to return to his position of origin in the mid lane. Rekkles was signed in Perkz's place for the 2021 season.
Nelson Sng was signed by G2 Esports following the team's failure to qualify for the finals of the 2021 LEC Summer Playoffs. Sng was brought in to establish some convention to a previously intuition-run G2 roster, but with long-tenured head coach GrabbZ on the way out, it looks like G2 would rather rebuild its coaching staff from scratch alongside the roster it will be rebuilding around Jankos and Caps.