As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Will Whittingham takes a look at reigning European champions, G2 Esports.
Mateusz ‘Kikis’ Szkudlarek has had mixed reviews since moving to G2 Esports from Unicorns of Love. The ex-jungler has found himself as a veteran player on the top rated team in Europe while sometimes seeming inconsistent and liable to error (especially highlighted at MSI). While there is no doubting that Kikis is an active player there are many claims that we are yet to see the best out of him since his move. Only time will tell if Kikis will improve to the levels his team has reached or if he will remain a background player.
Kang-yoon ‘Trick’ Kim has been one of the great finds for Europe this split, coming in from CJ Entus at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split. An aggressive and controlling jungler, Trick commanded respect and helped to propel G2 Esports to the number one spot in Europe. With a dominant team around him, Trick could have faded into the background but was able to step up and lead the team with impressive performances and excellent mechanical skill.
Luka ‘PerkZ’ Perkovic has come as one of the great surprises this split after joining up with G2 Esports from Millenium. PerkZ helped the team qualify for the LCS and has since looked adept and confident in the mid-laner role. Tackling the best Europe has to offer has left PerkZ as a contender for the best mid-laner in Europe and his eyes will surely be turning to the world stage to see what challenges he can overcome next.
Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen was one of the big new stories when he moved from Origen to G2 Esports after the 2016 Spring Split. The highly talented marksman always looked sharp at Origen but the teams failure to achieve the number one spot in Europe tempted Zven elsewhere, and G2 Esports was just the team needed to push his career forward. Joining his support Mithy at his new team will undoubtedly help Zven to settle quickly, but replacing the South Korean star Emperor will likely prove to be a tough task for the superstar and the pressure will be on.
Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez made headlines by moving to G2 Esports from Origen alongside Zven. While a very talented support Mithy has always been in the shadow of Zven in the duo lane but has proved he is an important part of the partnership. Now he is in the top team in the region and looking to cement another spot for himself and his squad at the end of season world championship.