After winning the EU LCS in its first split but having a disappointing Mid-Season Invitational, G2 Esports has made a sizable move to try and maintain its spot on top of Europe. Origen's star bottom lane duo of Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen and Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez will be joining G2, replacing Kim "Emperor" Jin-hyun and Glenn "Hybrid" Doornenbal.
G2 announced the move at the end of a cute video playing off the team's vacation controversy.
This is a no-brainer move for G2 that instantly upgrades the weakest point of the team. Even though Hybrid showed strong play in the Spring Split, Emperor had a very poor MSI. Zven and Mithy are both arguably the best players at their positions in Europe, and have success (two straight EU LCS finals, a Worlds semifinal appearance) and experience playing together.
Zven and Mithy will join a starting lineup that already includes EU LCS MVP Kim "Trick" Gang-yun, EU LCS Rookie of the Split Luka "PerkZ" Perković and EU LCS veteran Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek.
G2 said farewell to its former bottom lane on Twitter.
We'd like to wish @HybridLoL & @EmperorLoL_ the best of luck. You're two amazing players and people ♥ Thanks for all pic.twitter.com/R7juW9kuJm— G2.Kinguin (@G2esports) May 18, 2016
Origen announced Zven and Mithy would be leaving in a statement Tuesday.
It is a sad situation, because two comrades are leaving, and hard because we had no time to find two really good players to replace them.
Lest you think the quality of replacement players will be low, Origen also said "we are sure that you will like our new players."
With the new signings, G2 will probably be heavy favorites to repeat as European champions. Other likely contenders will be Fnatic (yet to miss a European final with YellowStar on the team), Vitality and H2K, with Origen potentially in the running as well depending on whom they sign to replace Zven and Mithy.