G2 have taken the radical step of benching two of their starters, Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux and Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans.
Veterans SmithZz and Ex6TenZ Droolans were removed from the lineup. Replacing them in the G2 starting five are Audric “JaCkz” Jug and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang.
The new G2 duo makes the move from 3DMAX where they spent around half a year. Most recently, they helped their team secure an ESEA MDL Season 29 Global Challenge spot. In addition to that, 3DMAX is a win against Virtus.pro away from making the jump into the ESL Pro League for its ninth season. Unfortunately, they will have to find a way around the Poles without JaCkz and Lucky.
Though SmithZz’ removal has been long anticipated by the community, getting rid of Ex6TenZ brings up some questions. The Belgian has never been a heavy fragger but he is still regarded as one of the better in-game leaders around. With him gone, Richard “shox” Papillon will likely step into the role – one that hasn’t been too kind to his stats and his team’s success in the past.
One thing is for sure, whether these moves turn out to be great, alright, or an outright failure, they were needed. G2 had stagnated since the players’ break and given the veteran nature of their squad, bringing in a different style of player like JaCkz and a 20-year-old prospect in Lucky is an experiment worth trying.
The new-look G2 will be seen in action for the first time later this week when DreamHack Open Winter kicks off.