|Coaches:||Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool|
|Sister Team (Current):||G2 Vodafone|
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Team Achievements
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Articles
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Gallery
- 11 See Also
- 12 External Links
- 13 References
G2 Esports is a Spanish team. They were formerly known as Gamers2. They currently compete under the name G2 Kinguin in representation of their sponsor Kinguin.
G2 Esports rebranded from the name Gamers2 in October 2015, after qualifying for the EU LCS. In addition to rebranding, the team changed several positions in their roster: from Smittyj, Kikis, PerkZ, Jesse, and Hybrid as their qualifying roster, G2 Esports moved Kikis to top lane and add Korean players Trick and Emperor. Their roster quickly rose to prominence and recognition in the LCS, consistently tied for first place after each week, sometimes with H2k and sometimes also with Vitality, until the end of the split when they held first place with sole possession. With a quarterfinal bye, the playoffs also saw them strong, as they defeated both Fnatic and Origen 3-1 to win the season and secure an invitation to the Mid-Season Invitational.
Going into MSI, G2 Esports were seen as a favorite not to win, but to come in second place to the Korean representatives SK Telecom T1. However, the team lost their first four games of the round robin and ultimately finished in fifth place, ahead of only SuperMassive eSports, and out of playoff contention - importantly, this placement meant that Europe would miss out on a Pool 1 Seed at Worlds. In a statement published partway through the second day of play, G2 stated that their players had taken vacation time after a "rigorous Spring Split." Emperor later stated that there had been an internal conflict within the team one day prior to the start of the event.
These several factors - their performance compared to expectations, the far-reaching impact of their result harming the European region as a whole for Worlds seeding, and their statement seeming like a poor excuse - resulted in the organization receiving significant backlash from the community and sparked a debate with varied opinions on the matter from different people.
G2 revamped their roster for the 2016 EULCS Summer Split, adding superstar bottom lane Zven and Mithy, as well as adding Expect in the Top Lane after Kikis' departure. In the regular season, G2 went undefeated finishing in 1st place with 10 wins and 8 draws. Entering the 2016 EULCS Summer Playoffs as the heavy favorite, G2 defeated Unicorns of Love (3-1) in the Semifinals and then the massively improved Splyce squad (3-1) in the Finals to win their second EU LCS title in a row. This would also qualify them for the 2016 World Championship as Europe's #1 seed.
G2 was then drawn in Group A along with LCK champions ROX Tigers, NA's second seed Counter Logic Gaming and IWCQ winner Albus NoX Luna. The team, however, failed to make it out of the group stage, finishing the Worlds run with a 1-5 standing.
Despite the massive failure the team had at Worlds, the organization still chose to re-sign the entire squad for the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split. The team also added Team SoloMid's former Coach, Weldon Green, as the Assistant Coach.
G2 continues to dominate the EU LCS throughout the 2017 Spring Split, losing only to Roccat in Week 10. With a 12:1 record, they were directly seeded into semi-finals where they faced off Fnatic. They closed out the series 3:1 fashion and moved on to the finals to play against Unicorns of Love. As expected, G2 won their third consecutive European title and earned the right to represent EULCS at the 2017 MSI.
At the 2017 Mid-Season Invitationals, G2 went 4-6 to rank third in the Group Stage phase. This ensures that EULCS teams get first tier placement in the upcoming 2017 World Championship. In the Playoffs, they first faced WE where they defeat them 3:1 to advance to the finals. Against the reigning champion SK Telecom T1, G2 was only able to take one game off of them. Still, they redeemed themselves in the eyes of their fans, having performed poorly at the previous MSI.
Entering into the 2017 Summer Split, the team was placed in Group A along with Fnatic, Roccats, Misfits, and Ninjas in Pajamas. Though throughout the summer split the team was still considered a strong team, it was clear they were no longer dominant like they were in 2016, especially against Fnatic who was quickly establishing themselves as the best team in Europe. This was especially apparent in the inaugural Rift Rivals Red when the team performed dismally by securing only a single win against Cloud9 in the group stage; though to be fair, only Unicorns of Love made it out of the group stage to compete against Team Solomid in the Rift Rivals Finals. After the Rift Rivals, the team's performance slid off a bit more, ending their summer regular season in 2nd place in their group to secure a quarter-final bye in the 2017 EULCS Summer Playoffs.
In the quarter-finals, the team narrowly beat Splyce in a five game series to advance to the next round. In the semi-finals, they faced off against H2K and this time they were able to close off the series in a convincing 3-0 fashion to automatically qualify for 2017 Worlds by points alone. In the finals, they faced Misfits who was able to eliminate Fnatic in the semi-final in a surprising 3-1 fashion. Though their opponent was able to put up some good fights in the finals series, G2 dominated the finals without losing a match to secure their fourth EULCS championship, thus securing a first seed status for the European region in the 2017 Worlds Championship.
- January 7th, Tornell and Relinquished join as subs.
- May 18th, Zven and mithy join. Emperor and Hybrid leave. Expect joins as a sub. Tornell leaves.
- June 12th, Expect moves to starting top laner. Kikis moves to sub.
- July 12th, Kikis leaves. Unlimited joins as a sub. 
- November 22nd, Unlimited retires.
|Wadid||Kim Bae-in (김배인)||Support||-|
|Amin1||Amin Mezher||Jungle||Smittyj||PGL LotR Season 1 - Playoffs|
- 1 Amin subs in as Jungler while starting Jungler Kikis subs in as Top laner for Smittyj.
- 2 Yuuki60 subs in as AD carry while starting AD carry Jesse subs in as Support for Hybrid.
|Expect||Ki Dae-han (기대한)||Top|
|Zven||Jesper Svenningsen||AD||Team SoloMid|
|mithy||Alfonso Aguirre Rodríguez||Support||Team SoloMid|
|Trick||Kim Gang-yun (김강윤)||Jungle||bbq Olivers|
|Emperor||Kim Jin-hyun (김진현)||AD||Longzhu Gaming|
|Tornell||Christoffer Tornell||Sub/Top||Team Empire|
|Jesse||Jesse Le||AD||Team Dignitas|
|Smittyj||Lennart Warkus||Top||Team Dignitas|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
|ocelote||Carlos Rodríguez Santiago||Founder/Owner/CEO|
|z1n0||Jamie Bach||Chief Operating Officer|
|Lothar||Jakub Szygulski||Chief Gaming Officer|
|YoungBuck||Joey Steltenpool||Head Coach|
|Sharkz||Alexey Taranda||Assistant Coach|
|Duffman||Christopher Duff||Head Analyst|
|sarah||Sarah Youssef||Sales and Business Development Assistant|
|MIRAA||Luís Mira||Content Manager|
|krys||Krystian Jaroszynski||Head of Business Development|
|Writz||Jacobo Ramos||IT Manager|
|Canoodle||Nanna Bøgedal||Social Media & Community Manager|
|Mihai||Mihai Cojocaru||Graphic Designer|
|Christian||Christian Baez||Financial Manager|
|JammeH||Jamie Morgado||Operations Manager|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-09-03||1st||2017 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 0||Misfits||$ 100,000|
|2017-08-12||2nd||2017 EU LCS Summer Round Robin||8 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2017-07-08||6th||2017 Rift Rivals Blue||1 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2017-05-22||2nd||2017 Mid-Season Invitational||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 338,000|
|2017-04-23||1st||2017 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Unicorns Of Love||€ 80,000|
|2017-04-01||1st||2017 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||12 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2017-02-26||2nd||IEM Season XI World Championship Katowice||0 : 2||Flash Wolves||$ 30,000|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-10-06||13 - 16th||2016 Season World Championship||1 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 20,937.50|
|2016-08-28||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 1||Splyce||$ 50,000|
|2016-07-31||1st||2016 EU LCS Summer Season||10-8-0||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-05-08||5th||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||2 : 8||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-04-17||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||Origen||$ 50,000|
|2016-03-18||1st||2016 EU LCS Spring Round Robin||15 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
- April 8th, [LoL] G2 Esports' Top 5 Plays from the 2016 Spring Split (2m58s)
- April 19th, King Nothing: G2's Paper Crown by Nick Geracie on HOWLA eSports
- April 6th, EU LCS playoff preview: G2 Esports, Fnatic square off for spot in the finals by Adel Chouadria on ESPN
- April 8th, Kelsey Moser's EU LCS Semifinals Preview: The tandem bike and the unicycles by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- April 12th, Guessing at G2’s Chances for Rotterdam by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVPLive
- April 28th, The Long Journey: Ocelote turns Gamers2 The Joke into G2 The Champs by Ryan Tang on Gamurs
- April 28th, G2's journey to represent EU at MSI by Cassandra "Requine" Marshall on LoL Esports
- April 28th, MSI Preview: G2's late game leverage by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- The Mid-Season Invitational Power Rankings espn.go.com
- MSI 2016 Power Rankings lolesports.com
- Club statement about MSI 2016 g2esports.com
- G2 Emperor Post on Facebook !! reddit.com
- Soaz regarding reddit criticism on G2 reddit.com
- PerkZ on G2's lack of MSI prep: 'We decided...taking that vacation would be maybe better for us' youtube.com
- MonteCristo on G2's statement about MSI 2016 youtube.com
- Thorin's Thoughts - G2 and the Practice Problem (LoL) youtube.com
- Riot Contract Database
- Vacation is over. youtube.com
- G2 Esports' Tweet twitter.com
- G2 eSports and Kikis Part Ways "g2esports.com"
- The Revolution Is Here g2esports.com
- Announcing The Team Dignitas LoL Roster team-dignitas.net
- Jesse's Tweet twitter.com
- G2 agrees terms with Emperor & Trick g2esports.com