David "DavidP" Prins has been benched from the active G2 roster, the team in which he helped win all seven of Europe's Ignition Series tournaments, as the team continue their search for a natural in-game leader (IGL).
Davidp was the last official signing of that all-conquering roster, that is all-conquering until First Strike EU when the team came up against Heretics in a nailbiting semi-final in which they would lose.
In a statement posted to the Belgian's Twitter he thanked the team and staff at G2:
"I had a great time with the team. We won all of the Ignition Series in Europe (7/7) and I'll never forget that. I'll always remember the victorious and crazy moments that we shared together," wrote Davidp. "Sometimes you have to say goodbye to people you like. That’s life, you can’t do anything about it."
Benched from G2 Esports.— G2 Davidp (@G2Davidp) December 18, 2020
Davidp has had an up and down year, from dominating European Valorant to the death of his father, a fact he learned during a match against FunPlus Phenoix during August's Valorant Allied Esports Odyssey, it's a year on reflection he describes as the "most difficult and emotional" of his life.
"Since my father’s death, I plunged myself into work. I spent my time making myself busy to forget what happened because I refuse to accept it and I can’t let it go," Davidp said.
Davidp stated his intention to continue in Valorant, and says he is open to offers from both North American and European teams.
"I'll be back for 2021 I can tell you that
G2 will be looking to bring in an IGL a role that DavidP was thrust into due to the lack of one on the roster, with the team clearly feeling they need someone who can do the roll to a higher level.