G2's reputation as the esport organisation that signs their rivals best players is one forged in League of Legends and the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) which they have largely dominated since 2016, winning eight out of 11 potential splits in that time.
And early signs are that their Valorant team will follow a similar model.
After initially dominating the European scene, winning every official tournament except December's First Strike in Year 1, the roster subsequently fell on hard times culminating in their failure to qualify for Masters - Reykjavík. That failure proved to be the final nail in the coffin for much of the original roster with only Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas Colocho and Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi retained as they enter Stage 3.
Joining the team is three highly regarded players - all from other teams on the circuit - with Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas and Auni "AvovA" Chahade joining from Team Heretics and Jose Luis "koldamenta" Aranguren Herrero arriving from Acend Club.
G2's new roster was announced with much fan-fare. (Picture: G2 Esports)
But spending big doesn't guarantee success, and G2's CEO, Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez Santiagos, is learning that today, as his new-look side were dumped out of the LVP - Rising Series European Qualifier by Israeli amateur outfit, Team Finest, who won defeated G2 2-1 in the Bo3.
It is far from the start that the outspoken CEO will have wanted, a fact he made clear in a tweet the morning after the game.
"Imagine spending quadrillion dollars on improving your Valorant team to then lose against Roberto McDrifter and his goon squad," wrote Ocelote to his near half-million followers. "Couldn't be me."
imagine spending quadrillion dollars on improving your valorant team to then lose against Roberto McDrifter and his goon squad— CarlosR ocelote (@CarlosR) June 7, 2021
couldnt be me
In the long-term how his team will respond will prove to be more important than this single result, the Rising Series is small potatoes compared to the riches and prestige on offer when the Valorant Champions Tour rolls around again.
Ironically one such team that had no troubles progressing was Acend Club featuring their new signing, ex-G2 player Aleksander "Zeek" Zygmunt, in their ranks. They defeated Dark Tigers and STAGA HAUS - without dropping a map - to book their place in the main event.