If you’re a fan of G2 Esports Valorant or you’re someone interested in placing some Valorant bets on them, you’ll be glad, and a bit confused, to hear that Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho is returning to the active G2 lineup. This, of course, means Wassim “keloqz” Cista is once again out of the picture and will be warming the bench for the foreseeable future.
What’s Going on With G2 Esports?
G2 Esports seem to be hell-bent on making sudden roster changes that, from an outsider’s perspective, make no sense whatsoever.
When they suffered a loss against Team Vitality in the first VCT EMEA Closed Qualifies 1, they removed mixwell from the roster and brought back keloqz. The in-game leadership role was passed on to nukkye and keloqz assumed the role of an aggressive duelist the team badly needed.
The change seemed to bore fruit as the team managed to clear the following qualifiers and landed into the first VCT EMEA Challengers.
So far they’ve fought two matches – losing 2-1 to Fnatic in the first match and then winning 2-0 against SuperMassive Blaze. They’re in the fourth spot in group B, right behind Acend.
Why Was the Change Reversed?
Since mixwell was replaced with keloqz, the team won all their matches except the first VCT EMEA Challengers match against Fnatic, and even that one was really close. So why did the organisation feel the need to reverse their previous decision if things were going well?
Well, this isn’t actually something new to fans of Valorant. We recently saw 100 Thieves bench two of their new players and there were countless other examples of teams ditching players after a single bad match or a tournament. It has become common practice in Valorant esports nowadays.
The loss against Fnatic could have rattled them and sent them into panic mode, resulting in this change. The more plausible reason would simply be them insisting on bringing back mixwell at all costs, especially now they’re not in imminent danger of getting disqualified.
In any case, it seems as if keloqz was never meant to stay long-term and was just used to get the team back on its feet.
Since Mixwell is G2 Esports’ captain, he’ll probably assume the in-game leadership role once again. Since his removal from the active roster, this role fell on his teammate Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas, who was doing a pretty good job so far.
Also, Mixwell will probably play Jett again, and we know that’s not the ideal scenario. He’s a capable Jett, but not even close to the top when compared with some other Valorant Jett pros.
All these back-and-forth changes in G2 could backfire and cause instability in the team. And that’s not something the team needs right now when the stakes are so high. There’s still three weeks of VCT EMEA Challengers: Group Stage left to go, so we’ll see how the team will do.