A couple months ago at MSI a new meme was born: G2-8. The overall opinion was back then that G2 Esports’ performance was not representative of the EU region as a whole and the completion was stifled.
Fast forward to the 2016 World Championship. Europe’s first seed – once again, G2 Esports – were assigned to group A, alongside Korean Champions ROX Tigers, North America’s second seed, Counter Logic Gaming, and a wildcard team: Albus NoX Lun,a coming from the CIS region.
After the first week of games, for me, the answer to the big question why G2 fell apart once more at the international stage and are currently 0-3 is quite simple: disrespect, cockiness. The main reason for this happening is the lack of a coaching authority. Take a look at Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool during a draft, he looks scared and he has nowhere near the same influence as Tony “Zikzlol” Gray or Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun do, for example. This situation is not seen in Korea or North America. The only major region with a similar problem is China, but it looks like they have learned from last year.
Let’s take it game by game: versus CLG, G2 left Olaf open, first picking Elise. That was their first mistake. TSM for instance, banned Olaf in all 3 games against CLG in the NA LCS Summer Split semi-finals. When we also take into consideration that Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin (you know, that guy who had Olaf as a pocket pick for at least a year and a half) was boot-camping with CLG in order to improve their understanding of the jungle, it obviously had an impact on the champion’s priority for if Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, which lead to him picking Olaf against G2.
Against RoX, that baron was atrocious to say the least. Arguably the worst play so far at this Worlds. When you are about 6k gold ahead, have a huge numbers’ advantage (5 against 2) and still go for a 50-50 Baron is somewhat disrespecting for the opponent jungler.
Finally, against Albus NoX, the draft was simply a disaster: Leaving Anivia and Brand open when you clearly cannot deal with them is a beginner’s mistake. The team should have been more prepared, especially since NoX won the early game against the Tigers, and beat CLG by respecting the strange pocket picks (Brand support now in your friendly neighborhood ranked games)
Disclaimer: I am not saying G2 are the best team since Samsung White, or that they would’ve won the games if they didn’t commit these errors, but overall, those are essential mistakes that should not be happening under any circumstances, especially for a team who arrived in the United States willing to fight for the Summoners’ Cup itself.
“They are good but they are not half as good as they think they are.”
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