After the disgrace of the Mid Season Invitational, European fans really didn’t need another reason to hate G2 eSports – the number one seed from the EU LCS gave them one anyway. For all the trash talk after the group stage draw, G2 were outclassed by the team that finished fourth in North America, Counter Logic Gaming.
Twenty minutes into the game and you might have been forgiven for checking you weren’t watching a re-run of MSI. Despite picking up an early kill in the top lane, G2 once again failed to capitalise on their early advantage and completely capitulated as the opening World Championship match headed into the mid game.
Initially, European fans were dismayed to discover that the entirety of the opening fixtures would take place throughout the middle of the night, but after watching G2’s pathetic opening performance, Riot may well have given EU a valid excuse for not tuning in…
— Eefje Depoortere (@sjokz) 30 September 2016
NA is too good this year, gg #Worlds
— Marcin Jankowski (@Jankoslol) 30 September 2016
Pretty much nothing worked for G2, right from pick and bans. G2 mid laner, Luka “PerkZ” Perković’s performance was notably poor, having acquired the contested Syndra pick – to miss so many skillshots in and out of lane, left CLG mid, Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun to scale up on the Vladimir – later wrecking teamfights. Perkz’s positioning was straight-up dreadful, his pathing during roams – equally disappointing. Disappointment is fast becoming synonymous with both Perkz and G2 eSports.
Damn g2 is getting owned by the 4th place na team.
— Andy Dinh (@TSMReginald) 29 September 2016
From a CLG point of view, what a turn up for the books. Their picks for Huhi and Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha in the top lane were unfavourable, but the NA outsiders were still able to stay in touch with their lane opponents. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black turned on the style in the bot lane, whilst Jake “Xmithie” Puchero ran the show from the jungle.
As Perkz flashed his team logo – knowing his fate was sealed – in the same instance, so too was the fate of the G2 eSports. What EU fan wouldn’t dislike G2 at this point? As if MSI wasn’t enough reason for their own region’s fans to turn against them, sandbagging the opening tie of the World Championship, against Europe’s biggest rival no less, really felt like the icing on the cake.
For a team that’s supposed to represent Europe’s strongest hope, to fail at seemingly every international event, after having two EU teams reach the semifinals last year, G2 eSports’ defeat is a crushing disappointment.