G2 Esports has bid farewell to its longest-standing League of Legends player. Jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, who represented G2 for five years in the LEC, has left the organization.
On Twitter, G2 commented, “From superstar jungler to LEC legend. (…) Thanks for an incredible five years filled with highlights and memories. Farewell First Blood King, take care.” Jankos himself added, “Most fun years of my career so far. Will miss you guys. Good luck in the future.”
G2 on top of the world
When Jankos joined G2 for the 2018 EU LCS season, he was already considered a veteran in the scene. Nevertheless, it quickly became clear he still had to reach his peak. Though G2 did not win a title that year, the team reached the Spring Split final. Jankos and his peers also fought their way to the Worlds 2018 semifinal, where they were defeated by eventual champion Invictus Gaming.
Jankos’ true ascension came shortly after. In 2019, G2 dominated global League of Legends. The role of Jankos on the lineup was clear: enable the team’s carries. An easy concept on paper, but the lineup played the game so freely that the strategies were ever-shifting. Jankos made it work though, and G2 climbed almost every ladder it faced. The team pocketed two LEC titles that year. More impressively, they became the first-ever European champions of the Mid-Season Invitational. For the first time, a European team counted as one of the favorites to win the world championship. G2 reached the grand final, but ultimately fell just short and lost to FunPlus Phoenix.
Jankos as leader of G2
The results oscillated for Jankos and G2 in the subsequent years. Though the lineup did not change in 2020 and G2 won both LEC titles, it was a far more difficult road. Still, Jankos reached yet another Worlds semifinal. That offseason, G2 split with team captain Luka “Perkz” Perković and brought in Martin “Rekkles” Larsson to replace him. It was a swing in the miss. MAD Lions dethroned G2 in 2021 and the team failed to qualify for the world championship altogether.
G2 overhauled almost its entire roster for the 2022 season. From players to supporting staff, everyone but Jankos and Rasmus “Caps” Winther were removed. The new lineup took some time to come together. But with Jankos as the veteran voice controlling the team, G2 scooped up the 2022 LEC Spring Split title—the fifth LEC trophy for Jankos on the team. G2 continued to show impressive dominance at the start of the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational but collapsed in the later stages of the tournament. The 2022 Summer Split went well for a long time, and G2 reached the grand final again. There, however, Rogue overpowered G2. G2 had a tough time at Worlds 2022 and lost all but one game in the Group Stage, resulting in elimination from the tournament.
Jankos has not yet revealed which team he will be joining next.