G2 Esports was the number one team before the Valorant Champions Tour was unveiled. At the time, the Valorant scene was still shaping up and the game wasn’t enjoying the level of popularity that it does today.
G2 were seen as the ultimate Valorant squad, but once VCT Stage 1 began, things quickly started falling apart. Finally, after months of subpar performance, G2 Esports have returned and claimed the runner-up spot in the latest VCT Stage 3 Challengers 1.
Challengers Playoffs Secured
The G2 squad have faced a series of setbacks during the first two stages of the Valorant Champions Tour. The fans were expecting G2 Esports to enter the tournament and simply blow everyone out of the water, but none of that happened.
They were clearly struggling and simply couldn’t find the way to overcome the obstacles they were facing at the time.
After several months, and two VCT stages, G2 finally made a move that seemed to have changed everything. They released ardiis and paTiTek, two members of the original G2 Valorant squad, and also zeek, who came on board at the beginning of the year in January.
The three new members who replaced them were koldamenta, who took the leadership role, nukkye as a Duelist, and AvovA as a support. We now know that this was the turning point that led G2 from being at the bottom of the barrel of Valorant teams, all the way up to the top.
They have now secured a spot in the upcoming VCT EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, which is just one step away from Stage 3 Masters in Berlin.
The G2 Esports Challengers 1 Run
The VCT EU Stage 3 Challengers 1 was a real roller coaster. Fnatic and Team Liquid were the favorites for this event, so all eyes were on them. The fans of G2 Esports were hoping they would finally awaken from their slumber, but after G2 got demolished in the first match against FunPlus Phoenix, it seemed that all hope was lost.
G2 quickly eliminated Rix.GG Thunder and made their way forward.
To everyone’s surprise, Fnatic dropped down after getting defeated by Guild Esports in the Upper Bracket. It was believed that this would be the end of the run for G2, now that Fnatic was their opponent, but then something amazing happened. G2 took a clean 2-0 win, and to the delight of their fans, proceeded into the Lower Bracket Round 3.
In the meantime, FunPlus Phoenix were bested by Acend, and we now had a Lower Bracket rematch. This time, G2 Esports were confident and took a convincing 2-1 win.
Lower Bracket Finals arrived, and we now had a match between G2 Esports and Guild Esports. What was probably one of the most exciting matches of the event, eventually ended with a 3-2 win for G2 Esports and they suddenly found themselves in the Grand Finals facing Acend.
This is where their luck ran out and Acend finished the event with a 3-1 victory and secured the first spot. Even though G2 didn’t manage to win this event, second place is still an incredible accomplishment. Nobody expected G2 Esports to make it here after seeing that first match against FunPlus Phoenix, but they managed to pleasantly surprise everyone.
G2 is finally back. They have a great lineup with a lot of heavy hitters, and it seems like they managed to find the synergy they needed during the recent Challengers 1 event. We can’t wait to see how they’ll do in the Challengers Playoffs, but the Valorant odds have now certainly shifted in their favor.