It’s time for the announcement you’ve all been waiting for!— G2 Esports (@G2esports) September 30, 2019
Please join us in welcoming @G2hNt and @G2nexa to our #CSGO roster, as #G2GoesGlobal! 🌍
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The departure of shox saw G2 attend ESL One New York with two-time Major winner Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey as a stand-in and secondary caller while Lucky knew of his imminent benching from the team. Despite the makeshift lineup, G2 managed a respectable top four finish after falling to eventual champions Evil Geniuses.
While accusations of 'poaching' from the CR4ZY CEO and reports of huNter- and nexa joining G2 had been circulating for some time, the news was made official ahead of DreamHack Masters Malmö this week where G2 will join fifteen other teams fighting for $250,000. FURIA will be their first opponent, having recently made a roster change themselves despite the lineup signing five year contracts earlier this year following a bout of success at an international level.
This marks the first return to an international roster for G2 since 2016, when their European mix team containing Mikail "Maikelele" Bill, Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, Håvard "rain" Nygaard, Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Philip "aizy" Aistrup were transferred and became the first FaZe Clan CS:GO team.
Another change for the team as a result will be the internal switch from French to English for communication. While François "AmaNEk" Delaunay spent time in North America playing for Misfits and gives frequent interviews in English, Audric "JaCkz" Jug has spent his entire career in French-speaking teams and has fewer than 100 FACEIT Pro League games under his belt where English communication is expected. This could be the crucial factor for G2, as relaying information quickly and efficiently is often the difference between winning and losing a crucial round.