G2 Esports had an abysmal showing at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship and it seems like the org is already making big changes to their roster.
The League of Legends World Championship has come to an end for some teams and they've gone on planes back to their home towns. This means it's rebuild time for many and rumours have already started floating around about specific teams and their rosters for the 2023 season.
G2 Esports had a pretty bleak showing at this year's World Championship with a record of 1 - 5 in the groups stage, even losing to Evil Geniuses in the second week. It seems that the team is looking to make some major changes after the embarrassing finish to their 2022 season.
[Update October 24, 2022]
Jankos Reveals He is Leaving G2 Esports
Over the weekend Jankos posted a video on his personal YouTube channel in which he talked about his four-year tenure on G2 Esports as their jungler. He also confirmed that he will be looking for a new team in 2023.
In the video he explained that he'd like to continue to play at his best. In a recent Twitch stream he also explained that he felt it was better to play on a decent LCS team and make worlds than to be on a bottom tier LEC team. Let's see where he ends up in 2023, eh?
We wish Jankos all the best in his next year. Hopefully we see him on a great team once more. Many fans have already speculated whether we'll get FNC Jankos in 2023, making a meme of it, not that Carlos has left the org.
Face of G2 Esports LoL Team Could be Leaving the Org
According to Brieuc Seeger, who is known to have the inside scoop on all the upcoming player trades, two players have been allowed to look at their options for the 2023 LEC season. One of which is the team's bot laner Victor "Flakked" Lirola Tortosa who joined at the start of the 2022 season.
But what might come as more of a shock is that it seems like G2 Esports jungler, Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski will also be leaving the squad in November once free agency is open. Jankos has been a part of G2 Esports since 2017 after leaving H2K Esports.
Jankos has become a fan favorite and is one of the most decorated players in Europe. A G2 without Jankos? It's hard to imagine, but according to Bireuc, "they will not be a part of [the] G2 Esports roster next year."
Well... the thumbnail aged poorly, but did the video?
Former G2 Esports Player Perkz Speaks Up For Jankos
Once the rumours were announced regarding Jankos' leaving G2 Esports, fans flooded social media to discuss the situation and some have even stated that he was at fault for the bad showing of G2 at the World Championship. In swoops none other than Former G2 player Perkz to defend Jankos while streaming.
It’s easy to look bad in the jungle when your lanes are losing, isn’t it? Surely you guys would do much better if your bottom [lane] was 0/6, or if your top lane counter picks and gets a solo kill in a top lane matchup
Jankos posted a 2.6 KDA at the tournament, which is 1.6 points lower than his average this season. According to Games of Legends, he was also only ahead in one of six games when it came to CS. So his numbers didn't speak for him, but as Perkz said, it wasn't just Jankos, but the team as a whole falling apart that caused the record of G2 Esports at Worlds.
Free agency will kick off mid-November. Until then, we will have to keep an eye on the rumours surrounding the LEC squads. The World Championship is also still underway with the only LEC representative left, Rogue, facing JDG in the quarterfinals on October 20, 2022 at 11PM CEST (5PM EST).