G2 eSports’ 2017 World Championship is over and, once again, the ‘Kings of Europe’ have failed to progress through to the knockout stages.
Though the squad leave the event with their heads held high, it may prove to be the last time this iteration of the G2 eSports roster plays together on stage.
After a final hurrah, including the long-awaited Yasuo pick from mid-laner Luka “PerkZ” Perković, G2 exited the stage to the sound of a roaring Wuhan crowd.
Just hours earlier, the very same venue had been reduced to a whisper as G2 defeated the local favourites Royal Never Give Up to seemingly keep their World Championship hopes alive.
One game later and the dream was dead, as Samsung Galaxy closed out the game to end G2’s World Championship run prematurely.
The EU LCS champions completed their Worlds fixture list with a carefree celebratory win over 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports.
But, as PerkZ later revealed via social media, the team may well have been celebrating more than just the end of the Worlds campaign, but their time together as a roster:
so fucking sad
not only because we lost but because we might never play as 5 again and it's just so sad
— Luka (@G2Perkz) October 13, 2017
Founder of the organisation, Carlos “Ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, quickly replied to the emotional Croatian, comforting – but seemingly also validating – that changes were on the horizon for G2 eSports.
Regardless of how the future looks, this team has achieved greatness and the western world is proud of you.
Head up. You'll be back soon.
— Carlos – ocelote (@CarlosR) October 13, 2017
The future of the heavyweight European organisation has been a topic of much discussion, given the format changes set to be implemented in North America and the decline of the EU LCS.
G2 eSports admitted to having applied to join the North American League of Legends Championship Series via the franchise application process earlier in the year, seemingly prepared to abandon Europe in search of pastures new.
It is widely reported that G2 eSports may well have secured themselves a spot in the NA LCS for the Spring Split, in which case, only two members of the current roster would be allowed to remain given the imposed rules on imports.
To combat the theory of G2 eSports impending move to North America, many fans are pointing towards what they consider to be overdue roster changes.
Following the team’s Mid-Season Invitational heroics and subsequently Summer Split revival, jungler Kim “Trick” Gang-Yu has been highlighted as a weak spot on the roster.
Though his performances at the World Championship were by no means catastrophic, there is certainly a case to be made for replacing the Korean in the off-season – perhaps this was the roster change PerkZ was alluding to?
The off-season is set to be a dramatic period for many eSports organisations, with the future of the G2 eSports brand and League of Legends roster likely to be a major talking point ahead of the 2018 Spring Split.