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G2 Esports announce new roster

Posted by Aleksei "Aleksei.L" Louchnikov at 03 February 2017 19:48

Following numerous rumours of a French shuffle it turned out to be true, with G2 Esports securing a strong French roster.

It has been revealed that Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub will be joining G2 Esports effective immediately, replacing Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux. The future of the prior two players is to be announced, as per Team EnVyUs' tweet, whilst Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux will be transferring to a coaching role on G2 Esports, working on the tactical aspect of the team with G2's head analyst, Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn. 

Following the signing founder and CEO of G2 Esports, Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez Santiago expressed:

The CS:GO community has been very kind and supportive to G2 Esports and we feel grateful that many of you have chosen us as your flagship team. In light of your support and the continued growth of CS:GO as an esports game we decided to increase our commitment in our CS:GO roster significantly with the signing of this superteam.

Team captain of G2 Esports, Richard Papillon said:

In April 2016, I took up the roles of captain and ingame leader, which I have taken to heart and has represented one of my biggest challenges in terms of personal investment. Despite a promising start at the ESL Pro League finals and ECS, it became apparent at the end of the year that something was missing in the team for it to be consistently at the top.

This resulted in a delicate situation. The level of CS increases every day, I am a competitor and I will never be satisfied with second place. To win today, we must work with rage and passion on a daily basis, and always seek to excel, especially in difficult times. And we lacked these qualities in the second half of 2016.

With a team and a coaching staff of this quality, our objectives are clearly to win, and especially to remain strong when we come across adversities. We have the ambition to put an end to the lack of stability of the French scene. We think we have the best elements to achieve our goals, and our hard work will help us along this journey.

I want to praise the difficult and honorable decision made by SmithZz. He is a great person and an extraordinary player who competed at the highest level for 10 years. SmithZz is a legend, and I am honored to have him behind us. This is also the first time that I get to play with kennyS. I am very glad to have him by my side, and I have no doubt that we will do great things together.

I am happy to be part of the #G2ARMY that I now consider my second family. Thanks to everyone who has supported us. Our journey will be long, but let’s write history together.

Following the roster changes, Team EnVyUs is left with two members - Christophe "SIXER" Xia and Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer. The organisation has expressed that it will post an announcement in the near future regarding developments within the roster, as per the following tweet:

G2 Esports is now composed of the follow five individuals:

France Richard "shox" Papillon
France Nathan "NBK" Schmitt
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro

Images courtesy of G2 Esports

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