G2 Esports have reached the end of the road in Valorant Champions Tour, after getting eliminated in the VCT: EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Although it’s unfortunate they won’t be attending Valorant Champions 2021, they will, however, be jumping into the VCT: Game Changers series with their new all-women Valorant squad.
G2 Esports signed the former The Originals women’s Valorant squad who were competing without an organisation. Until recently, the majority of this squad was signed by XSET as a part of their CS:GO lineup. Now, they’re a part of the G2 army and will be representing the organisation in the upcoming VCT: Game Changers tournaments under the name of G2 Gozen.
G2 joining the women’s Valorant scene is no surprise, as many other Valorant organisations did the same. It’s a really smart move considering the scarcity of Valorant events outside of Valorant Champions Tour.
The new G2 Gozen lineup will feature the following players:
- Julia “Juliano” Kiran
- Zainab “zAAz” Turkie
- Petra “Petra” Stoker
- Michaela “mimi” Lintrup
- Anja “aNNja” Vasalic
The leadership of G2 Esports was proud to present the new team. The Founder and CEO of G2 Esports, Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez, said the following:
“To me they aren’t a female team, they are our VALORANT team. At G2, we build teams and bring in players based on skill and brand fit. These are amongst the best female players in the world and we’re proud to have them. We’ll support them all the way, as we support all our teams, and look forward to seeing them grow and kick some ass as part of the G2 army.”
The G2 army has welcomed the team with open arms and are excited to see how they’ll perform in their next tournament.
A New Chapter
G2 Esports had a rough start in Valorant Champions Tour. They were one of the best Valorant teams coming into 2021, so it’s no wonder that all the Valorant betting odds were pointed towards them at the time. However, things didn’t turn out as expected.
In the early stages of the event, G2 Esports was struggling. No longer were they the top dogs everyone perceived them to be. Slowly, over time, they were overshadowed by the newcomers.
It was during VCT: Stage 3 that G2 Esports mounted a comeback. They secured a runner-up spot in the VCT: Stage 3 Challengers 1, which snowballed into even more victories. They finally made an appearance in the final VCT Masters event in Berlin where they finished in the 3rd-4th spot. More importantly, they were the first team to beat Sentinels in a LAN event.
G2 Gozen presents a new opportunity for G2 Esports. This is a chance for the organisation to explore new Valorant frontiers and potentially establish themselves as the top squad in women’s Valorant. The scene is still fresh and developing, so the timing couldn’t have been better for G2.
We’ll see how the new team will fare in the upcoming VCT: Game Changers tournaments, and whether the new G2 banner will inspire them to reach new heights.