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“We will not be blocking any trades”, G2 bench Wunder, Rekkles, Mikyx; support staff to be replaced

In a video announcement released on Twitter, G2’s CEO, Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez has confirmed the organisation’s intentions to replace Wunder, Rekkles and Mikyx and the whole support staff, including Grabbz and Nelson.
While rumours have abounded that major changes were coming to G2’s LEC roster fueled by Carlos himself, we now finally have confirmation of who will be leaving the organisation. Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle are all intended to be traded or benched, alongside coaches Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann and Sng “Nelson” YI-Wei. The entirety of the support staff are set to be replaced as well.

In the video announcement made to his personal Twitter account, Carlos said it was “really tough” to come to this conclusion, and applauded their work with the team as “incredible” and “not only their work in game, but also… the content they’ve done with us.” He also made reference to G2’s impressive results over the years, calling back to their victories in the LEC and their 2019 win at MSI in particular.

Importantly as well, Carlos made it clear “we [G2] will not be blocking any trades. Simple as that.” Considering the controversy around former star-player Perkz allegedly having any moves to Fnatic blocked, and more recent rumours (that have since been retracted) around Rekkles being blocked from moving to Vitality, this is a serious declaration of intent from G2. Whether it will clear the air with fans is another matter of course.

It was supposed to be another coup over Fnatic, but Rekkles addition to the G2 lineup didn’t bring the success G2 hope for (Picture: LoL Esports)
It was supposed to be another coup over Fnatic, but Rekkles’ addition to the G2 lineup didn’t bring the success G2 hope for (Picture: LoL Esports)

The roster moves were all but inevitable after G2 failed to reach Worlds for the first time in the organisation’s history. Since qualifying for the then EU LCS in 2016, G2 have been one of EU’s most dominant teams, culminating in an MSI victory in 2019. The core of the roster that won that MSI will now be leaving. Only Caps and Jankos are set to remain. As for who will be replacing them? The jury’s still out, but Carlos and G2 are adamant “fans should be excited” for what is coming in 2022.

A big promise from Ocelote regarding Worlds. (Picture: Riot Games)
A big promise from Ocelote regarding Worlds. (Picture: Riot Games)

In the end, Carlos says, “Winning Worlds is still in the cards. Winning Worlds is still our main goal - and winning Worlds is what we’ll do.” Breaking down their all-star roster to do so is a risk G2 is willing to take.

 

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