After returning from WESG World Finals in China, it has been announced that the Spaniard player will be joining G2 Esports on a trial basis with other changes.
He will be replacing Richard “shox” Papillon, who will soon be undergoing wrist surgery.
This move is one of the drastic change the French team has ever made. G2 said in the announcement “Shox suggested a more drastic team change and we [G2] would like to explore more moderate options before implementing any major roster switches.”
Shox led them to victory at two premier international tournaments but they were largely overwhelming and often struggled in the playoff stages of big events with many ups and downs in 2017.
Nathan “NBK” Schmitt will be replacing shox as the in-game leader of G2 Esports. Whereas, Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux has stepped down as the team’s coach to be replaced by Jerome “NiaK” Sundries, as Dubourdeaux looks to resume his playing career.
The team has different visions internally of how the performances could be improving and after speaking to each member individually and all of them together, it was agreed that NBK- for now will try to take the lead, as he was always curious to test his leader ability.
shox suggested a more drastic team change and we would like to explore more moderate options before implementing any major roster switches. Team’s performance and dynamic in the upcoming months will be a primary criterium deciding the future starting five of G2 Esports CS:GO squad, potential NBK-’s leadership or shox’ return.
However, According to the Press release, Shox and SmithZz will remain contracted to the team during this trial basis and could return as part of a more drastic change if the NBK and mixwell experiment doesn’t work out.
G2 Esports lineup after changes –
- Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt
- Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire
- Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub
- Alexandre ‘bodyy’ Pianaro
- Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas (trial)
- Jérôme ‘NiaK’ Sudries (coach)
- Richard ‘shox’ Papillon (backup)
- Edouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux (backup)