G2 Esports is a European esports organization that fields teams in a number of esports titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends, and more. The organization was established in 2013 when it was named Gamers2. The League of Legends team was created two years after along with a rebranding to G2.
G2 has been a dominant force ever since its first performance in the EU League of Legends Championship Series 2016. The team fought for first place from the start of the season. With a 15-3 record, G2 had no problem taking its first EU LCS title just as soon as it joined the scene.
But the dominance couldn’t be translated to an international stage. At the Mid-Season invitational 2016, the team finished fifth, leaving many fans disappointed. A similar situation repeated in the summer split. With Luka “Perkz” Perković mid and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen bot, G2 won the regular season but only placed 13th at Worlds 2016.
Despite the bad run at Worlds, G2 didn’t made any roster changes for 2017 since the team was getting better with experience. EU LCS 2017 Spring resulted in another regional title, and this time around G2 proved itself at MSI, falling only behind T1 for a second-place finish. The team then qualified for Worlds 2017 with another EU LCS win.
However, it still wasn’t enough for G2 to make it to playoffs at Worlds. After managing to take only half of their games in groups, the team was out. For the new season, there were roster changes to be made revolving around G2’s mid lane star, Perkz.
The new roster had a varying performance in the EU LCS 2018 Spring. But an 11-7 standing was enough for it to take the second place. Although still a great result, it was the first time G2 hasn’t been on top of the region since it joined the league. That slot was taken by Fnatic. In the summer split, the team started losing its advantage. After finishing the regular season fifth, G2 still qualified for Worlds 2018 by winning the regional finals.
As the third seed, G2 had to make its way out of play-ins at Worlds, and it did so by placing first in its group. The team then went on to finally make playoffs at the most important event of the season. In the quarterfinals, the team clashed with Royal Never Give Up and secured itself a spot in the semifinals with a 3-2 win. Being stopped by Invictus Gaming in the semifinal, G2 finished tied for third at Worlds 2018, which was their best Worlds performance thus far.
Starting 2019, G2 was one of the ten teams Riot Games partnered with for the rebranded League of Legends European Championship (LEC). Perkz decided to step down from mid lane and switch to bot so as to give his former spot to the best mid laner in Europe, Ramus “Caps” Winther. And the roster change paid off.
G2 was back at the top of Europe, and back to being close to the top of the world. The team won yet another LEC season, as well as an international tournament at MSI 2019. On the Worlds 2019 stage, the performance was kept on point. The team lost only in finals, where they were swept by FunPlus Phoenix. The second-place result was G2’s best Worlds result so far.