After shock Aleksib kick, who may very well be the following G2 IGL?
G2 Esports’ IGL troubles aren’t over but. The crew’s Counter-Strike: World Offensive roster will bench its captain but once more in the hunt for new path.
After middling outcomes for a lot of 2022, in-game chief Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen has been faraway from G2 Esports. The in-game chief’s transfer was prompted by consecutive losses to Movistar Riders and ENCE at IEM Cologne, however was rumored for for much longer than that. G2 Esports has all the time appears to have hassle discovering the correct in-game chief, and the present expertise pool for captains is small. Who can step in and take management of the G2 squad?
In a quick social media publish on July 16, Aleksib introduced his benching from the G2 Esports CSGO roster. The information got here simply hours after a disappointing Twelfth-place end for the crew at IEM Cologne 2022. A tier-two participant for a few years, Aleksib first rose to stardom as a part of the memetic ENCE roster of 2018. He went on to captain OG’s debut crew and landed with G2 in early 2022. He was traded to G2 in alternate for former IGL Nemanja “nexa” Isaković.
Why was Aleksib kicked from G2 Esports?
G2 has not given an specific purpose for why Aleksib was kicked, nevertheless it’s nearly definitely associated to the crew’s current rocky performances and issue with in-game management.
Whereas incomes simply $16,000 of the $1 million prize pool at IEM Cologne is a low level, it’s not G2’s first poor end this season. The roster buckled at IEM Dallas and critically underwhelmed on the Antwerp Main. It’s a far cry from February when the crew earned $180,000 with a second-place end at IEM Katowice.
That is additionally not the primary time G2 has struggled with its captaincy. The crew made the surprising determination to do away with Nemanja “nexa” Isaković simply two months after ending second on the Stockholm Main. Even additional again, the crew unsuccessfully experimented with Richard “shox” Papillon within the driver’s seat.
Followers also needs to keep in mind that G2 Esports has a couple of distinctive traits that complicate roster modifications. Audric “JACKZ” Jug is the longest-standing member of the G2 roster whereas Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač are household and sure not fascinated about being separated. Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov’s buyout is rumored at over $600,000, and G2 administration in all probability desires to get its cash’s value on its younger star. If G2 desires a roster change, the IGL slot is the one wiggle room it actually has.
Who will exchange Aleksib as G2 IGL?
With the departure of Aleksib, G2 is now in the hunt for a brand new IGL. Nevertheless, the market is tight proper now. G2 can both decide up a free agent or poach an in-game chief from one other crew. If G2 chooses the previous, right here’s an inventory of potential candidates.
Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen
The previous captain of Copenhagen Flames may probably get referred to as as much as G2 Esports. HooXi oversaw the crew’s rise by means of 2022 together with a top-eight end in Antwerp. He’s one in every of simply two Copenhagen Flames gamers to not be signed over, and there’s little doubt that HooXi is within the dialogue for G2 IGL.
Alexander “ALEX” McMeekin
Fnatic’s former captain has been quiet since his benching in Could, however he doubtless intends to proceed his profession in CSGO. G2’s IGL troubles may very well be excellent news for ALEX. He directed Fnatic throughout its sizzling streak in late 2021, and his relative lack of fragging energy shouldn’t be an issue with this highly effective G2 roster.
Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov
The controversial captain of Natus Vincere is an unlikely alternative for G2 Esports, however Boombl4 continues to be probably the most embellished IGL not signed to a crew. He proved capable of work with superstars like Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and his distinctive lurking fashion provides an X-factor to his groups. With the sudden exit of Aleksib, there’s now a risk of Boombl4 becoming a member of G2. If he’s not busy pursuing a rap profession, that’s.