Worlds semifinalists and four-time European champion G2 Esports is changing up its roster from last year, by moving its star mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perkovic to the bottom lane and picking up Rasmus “Caps” Winther from fellow LEC team, Fnatic, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. The team is also adding former Misfits player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle at support.
These moves come as a shock for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most surprising part of the announcement is that Caps would leave Fnatic, after the team ended the year as Worlds finalists in order to move to G2 Esports. Similarly, Perkz, who was considered by many to be one of Europe’s best mid laners will now be an ADC, though it remains to be seen whether or not he can continue to perform at a high level in this new position. This move gives G2 Esports a bit of a monopoly on European mid lane talent, isolating the two best players in the region onto the same roster, and both as starters.
Also joining the team is former Misfits support Mikyx who enjoyed a strong, though not dominant year in the EU LCS last year with Misfits. Prior to his time with Misfits, Mikyx was on Splyce where he attended the 2016 World Championship, where Splyce went 1-5 in the Group Stage.
These moves comes just on the heels of the announcement that the EU LCS would be franchising and re-branding with the new LEC name, two moves that should help create a more stable environment for teams, players and organizations.
Over the course of the region’s history, no two teams have dominated the league as much as G2 and Fnatic who share nearly all of the region’s titles between themselves. While G2 Esports have been the reigning champions for much of the last two years, when they officially entered European competition, Fnatic fought back last year and reestablished themselves as a top team, due in no small part to the talent of Caps. This appears to complete the 2019 roster for G2 Esports.