The penultimate roster announcement of the LEC offseason has come through. G2 Esports revealed its lineup for the 2023 season today, filling the three gaps left by departed 2022 players.
G2 reunites two former teammates in the bot lane. After spending one year at Excel Esports, support player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle returns to G2, with whom he won four LEC titles and an MSI trophy from 2019 until 2021. A familiar face accompanies him on the bot side of the map. Steven “Hans sama” Liv crosses the Atlantic Ocean once again, following a two-split stint at Team Liquid. Mikyx and Hans sama played together on Misfits Gaming in 2018.
To round out the roster, G2 puts its trust in Swedish rookie Martin “Yike” Sundelin. Yike spent 2022 playing for LFL team LDLC OL and won both the Spring Split and the Summer Split with the team, as well as a silver medal at EU Masters’ Spring Split edition.
From great start to disappointing end
G2’s overhaul comes after a year of mixed results. After a disappointing 2021, the team entered 2022 with a drastically revamped lineup that only saw mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski remain on the roster. Initially, the 2022 squad did well. They won the Spring Split with an impressively dominant run through the lower bracket of the playoffs. Their success extended into the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational in South Korea. The team dominated up until the halfway point of the Rumble Stage before being eliminated by T1 in the semifinal.
But the team bounced back well in the Summer Split. G2 was the first organization to lock in its ticket to the 2022 League of Legends World Championship and showed impressive strength in the playoffs yet again, albeit in the upper bracket this time. They swiftly defeated Rogue in the upper bracket semifinal. However, everything fell apart on the big stage during the grand final in the Malmö Arena in Sweden. Rogue had come back with a vengeance and dethroned G2.
At Worlds 2022, G2 continued to flounder. The team managed to pick up only one win in the Group Stage, and returned home swiftly in shared last place of their group.
The new G2 lineup takes to the stage on Saturday, Jan. 21st, on the first day of the LEC Winter Split.