G2 eSports are making a habit of embedding former members of the Schalke 04 eSports squad into their roster. Riot Games’ contract database for the EU LCS shows that jungler Jean-Victor “Loulex” Burgevin has joined G2 ahead of the Summer Split, presumably operating as a substitute for Kim “Trick” Gang-Yu.
Loulex joins G2 after an undefeated regular split with Schalke 04 eSports, devastatingly missing out on promotion after suffering defeat at the hands of Misfits Academy in the European Challenger Series Promotion Final. After failing to secure promotion to the EU LCS, Loulex announced his interest in moving to a new team, along with every other member of the Schalke roster.
.@S04Esports also considering in house LCS sub position, confident i can prove i deserve starter over the split
— loulex (@loulexd) 24 April 2017
Loulex is typically a starting jungler, though he stated in April that he was considering an in house sub position to secure a return to the EU LCS. It is likely that the jungler will act as a back-up for Trick, G2’s main jungler, whose performance at the Mid-Season Invitational earned G2 a second-place finish.
Though Trick performed admirably during the knockout stages of the event, his group stage mishaps caused many fans to question whether the European representatives needed to pursue an alternative option for the position.
Neither Loulex nor G2 eSports are yet to make an official roster announcement. Loulex’s former AD carry teammate at S04, Elias “Upset” Lipp, seems set to remain with the German squad according to Riot Games’ contract database. The ADC temporarily joined G2 to act as the team’s substitute during the Mid-Season Invitational, though he does not appear to be in the team’s long-term plans.
Happy to announce that i will join @G2esports at MSI as their substitute Ad. Really greatful for this oppurtunity and hope they will go far.
— Upset (@EliayLipp) 2 May 2017
A former member of the Unicorns of Love starting lineup that narrowly missed out on the third seed for the 2016 World Championship, Loulex attempted to established his reputation as the ‘pathing god’ of European League of Legends – one of the many memes that came back to haunt the Schalke 04 eSport roster after their failed promotion bid.
My pathing is cold, calculated, surgical.
— loulex (@loulexd) 19 March 2017
Loulex’s move to G2 eSports has split public opinion, with many uncertain that the jungler provides a reliable alternative to Trick. Certainly Loulex presents a different strategic approach to the game than Trick, so whilst he may not be the powerhouse jungler G2 fans may have been hoping for, he offers a legitimate alternative to Head Coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool and the team’s coaching staff.