Entering the second Major of 2016, ESL One Cologne, G2 was on a huge upswing, following their 2:0 victory against SK Gaming (Luminosity at the time) in ECS Season 1 Finals. Their leaders, shox and ScreaM where playing like gods, the teams confidence was higher than ever. And then, G2 got seeded into Group D. Fnatic, SK Gaming, and FaZe. With two teams moving on to the playoffs from each group, one of the top 5 teams was destined to not make it out of groups. As it turns out, that team was G2 Esports. Despite that, they lost vs. two teams which played in the semi-finals of the tournament. They are by no means weak. Their skin and weapon preferences are interesting. Especially when their loadout is slightly different from the one seen commonly.
Usually, USP-S is used by all members of the team. Rarely, one member gets a P2000. G2 had two of them in their matches vs. SK Gaming and fnatic. Cédric “RpK” Guipouy used it with the Imperial Dragon skin, while Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro had StatTrak Ivory. Moving on to the usual USP-S, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux had StatTrak Orion, while Richard “shox” Papillon used Kill Confirmed.
Two copies of the most common Glock skin among professionals, Fade, were used by shox and SmithZz, while ScreaM, RpK, and bodyy went for something different with varied success. ScreaM used StatTrak Dragon Tattoo, RpK was the first pro I’ve seen so far with Wasteland Rebel, while bodyy was teetering on the border of originality with his StatTrak Grinder.
Reasonably varied, G2’s loadout included two P250 | Muertos. ScreaM had a StatTrak one, while bodyy used the same skin without StatTrak. Going on, shox preferred P250 | Nuclear Threat, RpK used Asiimov, and SmithZz went with Valence.
ScreaM used StatTrak Kumicho Dragon, while shox liked his StatTrak Conspiracy more, and bodyy chose StatTrak Naga. Rounding up the loadout for Deagles, RpK used Meteorite, while SmithZz had the pro-favorite Blaze.
G2 Esports is a strange team in that all of their members share a preference for their Tec-9/CZ75/Five-SeveN dilemma. The team’s answer to the pistol question is simple – Tec-9 and Five-SeveN. For Tec-9, RpK and bodyy use StatTrak Isaac, SmithZz and shox have Nuclear Threat, while ScreaM goes against the grain with his StatTrak Titanium Bit. For Five-SeveN, ScreaM and SmithZz like Monkey Business (StatTrak in ScreaM’s case), RpK goes with StatTrak Retribution, shox with Triumvirate, while bodyy has Forest Night.
Some teams don’t use M4A1-S at all or switch between the two M4s according to the map played. G2 doesn’t fit either of these cases. Of course, it might be due to the fact that G2 only played two maps in the tournament, however, they had three players buy M4A1-S exclusively. ScreaM used M4A1-S | Hot Rod, RpK had Mecha Industries, and SmithZz bought Icarus Fall, though he actually didn’t shoot a single bullet with it, only dropped it for a teammate.
Moving on to M4A4, shox uses StatTrak Asiimov, while bodyy prefers Desert-Strike.
G2 Esports’ AK-47 skins are weird. None of the players use Fire Serpent. ScreaM has a StatTrak Redline, shox – StatTrak Fuel Injector. RpK prefers Frontside Misty, Vulcan is used by SmithZz, and bodyy likes Aquamarine Revenge the most.
With two maps played, I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough rounds played to have all players buy an AWP at least once. Thankfully, RpK bought it for shox and bodyy donated to SmithZz. Once. In two maps. Bodyy didn’t use a skin, while RpK had Safari Mesh. ScreaM didn’t make it a habit to drop the AWP for his AWPers, showing his AWP | Hyper Beast once, while G2’s primary AWPer SmithZz had his weapon skinned with StatTrak Asiimov, and shox with Elite Build.
As a whole, some teams like to have a pair of knives for different sides. G2 is not one of them, as four out of five players only use one knife. The one who jumps out is ScreaM with his two differently colored M9 Bayonet | Doppler knives. RpK uses Butterfly Knife | Slaughter, shox prefers M9 Bayonet | Crimson Web, SmithZz has an M9 Bayonet | Doppler, while bodyy also has M9 Bayonet, only with StatTrak Urban Masked.