• Anthony Vitale

Shuffle Season Synopsis: G2 Esports

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro at DreamHack Open Tours 2017 (Image Credit to DreamHack)
Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro at DreamHack Open Tours 2017 (Image Credit to DreamHack)

An unsuccessful French scene has been itching to return to its former glory, and this is the move that G2 Esports look to make that happen with, losing longtime member Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro for esteemed fragger François “AmaNEk” Delaunay.

G2 Esports: -bodyy; +AmaNEk

G2 Esports was intended to be the “French Superteam”, loaded with all the best talents from the region to create a once more dominant team. Since it’s conception, players have come and gone in an attempt to make things work. The original lineup was the closest the organization had come to recreating a legendary success story of your Major winning LDLC or Team Envy lineups. As time has gone by, bodyy has been on the chopping block for some time, and the day of his replacement has, unfortunately for him, come.

+ François “AmaNEk” Delaunay

The most apparent change that comes with this move is the fact that bodyy had acted as a supportive element for quite some time, whether it be to the benefit or detriment of the team. AmaNEk, however, is a player with much more hunger to frag, as he has proved to be a driving force in winning rounds for his former teams like the North American Misfits core and, more recently, LDLC. A 1.21 LAN rating over the course of 2018 through the good and bad of LDLC’s runs is an impressive feat, considering his teammates at the time struggled to keep up with him even remotely.

Through all this, he has not lost any motivation to keep improving and building his way up in the scene, earning a name for himself when temporarily migrating to North America in 2017. During his time there, he managed to place top 4 in the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, win the CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series, and reach the New Challengers stage of the ELEAGUE Major in Boston in early 2018. Since then, his most notable achievement had to have been overcoming the likes of the Renegades, North, and NRG Esports at IEM Season XIII in best-of-threes with LDLC, not to mention taking Team Liquid to a third map in the quarterfinals after nearly defeating them 2-0.

AmaNEk is undoubtedly an upgrade to bodyy as an individual, but it is to be seen if any aggression he dishes out puts the remainder of the team in an uncomfortable position or not. On the other hand, playing a more passive role and tactically baiting his teammates for frags may be an intelligent move for the roster. He is more than capable of beating almost any player in heads-up aim duels, so having that information to work with before taking those fights may put he and his team in an advantageous spot. It has to be assumed that a younger, more versatile player like Audric “JaCkz” Jug will have to take on a supportive role in the lineup, seeing as Lucas “Lucky” Chastang is more suited to a superstar-esque style, which he has excelled in now and in the past. As time goes on, the younger members of the team will need to develop into more versatile, expendable players going forwards in their careers to fill in cracks in not only their current team but any team they may become part of in the future.

Looking to the Future

While G2 is currently attending the WESG 2018 Global Finals with boddy, they attend to move forward into the remainder of 2019 with AmaNEk. Unluckily for G2, they are to sit out this online season of ECS, but will be able to get back into action with edited LAN format of the 9th season of ESL Pro League coming in mid-April. Other than EPL and an invitation to Charleroi Esports, also in April, there are yet to be any upcoming major LAN events containing a G2 invite or means of qualification. However, it is unlikely that they do not find their way into an event or two in the near future.

Moving forward, G2 Esports is:

Richard “shox” Papillon

Kenny “kennyS” Schrub

Lucas “Lucky” Chastang

Audric “JaCkz” Jug

François “AmaNEk” Delaunay

Damien “maLeK” Marcel (Coach)


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