This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event. The Minors’ Champions have been discussed already, it’s time to talk about the Krakow’s Fallen.
G2 Esports has been in the top 10 of the rankings of the best CS:GO teams in the world for what seems to be forever. It is a streaky team that can win a tournament out of nowhere or enter the server and seem unlike themselves.
When the current iteration of the roster was created in the third French Shuffle, the success of this French super team depended on how well he team’s two stars, Richard “shox” Papillon and Kenny “kennyS” Schrub, would gel in game. Having teamed up on Feb. 3, 2017, G2 players have had plenty of time to find their groove.
It’s almost inconceivable that they would fail to make it to the Group Stage of ELEAGUE Major Boston. After that? A Playoff appearance is definitely in the cards, especially if they get a bit lucky in their matchups and don’t have to face stronger teams like SK Gaming and FaZe Clan one after the other.
There’s nothing new on the G2 Esports roster, the team still features shox, kennyS, Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt, Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire. A lot will depend on the shape they show up in. If the pre-Major bootcamp goes well and shox can show up with a skill level close to their ceiling, the sky’s G2’s limit in this tournament. If not? They are still better than all but the very best teams in the tournament.
Out of the 201 maps G2 Esports played with the current roster in 2017, the team won 122, had a draw and lost 78 maps, which is honestly quite solid. They did it with a K/D Ratio of 1.06 with 18,716 kills to 17,727 deaths.
Inferno and Cobblestone are their two most popular maps with 42 times played on Inferno and 39 appearances on Cobblestone. On Inferno, they have the record of 24-18 while on Cobblestone, their record is 25-14.
Despite playing them less, G2 Esports were even more successful on all other maps but Overpass. Their Cache record is 19-14, Overpass is 16-16, Nuke 21-6, 11-8 on Train, and 5/1/2 on Mirage in 2017.
G2 Esports have played in practically every big tournament over the last year. They’ve won ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals but then placed 5-6th in ECS Season 3 Finals, they ended up in 9-11th place at PGL Major Krakow 2017 but then did better in ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, finishing in 5-8th place and EPICENTER 2017, where they placed 3rd.
Their most recent results seem to be suggesting subpar form because they placed 9-10th at IEM Oakland and failed to make it to the LAN Finals in EPL and ECS.