By Petar Vukobrat
November 20, 2018
If you thought that the off-season madness came to a halt, or that perhaps Cloud9’s Jensen signing with Team Liquid would be the high point, then you’d be mistaken. According to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, G2 Esports will sign Rasmus “Caps” Winther (of Fnatic fame) and move their current mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković to the AD carry position.
While this roster move does look like the biggest troll of the year, it seems like it’s actually happening. Caps joining G2 feels like the dankest of timelines, but after looking over Perkz’s main League account it’s obvious that he’s been practicing AD carries for quite some time now. He’s been grinding a ton of Ezreal, Kog’Maw, Kalista, Xayah, Lucian, and even a couple of Draven games in between. Furthermore, Perkz showed off his pristine skills on Kai’Sa in the early stages of the 2018 Summer Split back when the funneling meta was in full effect.
It’s evident that he has the mechanical skill and necessary game knowledge to pull off this role swap, and he certainly wouldn’t be the first top-tier player to do so, but it still comes as a huge shock. Especially considering the fact that he’s been synonymous with the mid lane, as well as native European mid talent.
What’ll happen with Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss remains to be seen. Even though he got a ton of slack throughout the 2018 regular season for his somewhat lackluster play, he was still able to clutch things out when it mattered the most — both regionally as well as internationally. It was his staple Heimerdinger pocket pick that allowed G2 Esports to gain an advantage over their adversaries.
If this roster change goes through, G2 Esports will literally have two of the best mid laners in the entire region under their umbrella. While their roster might look insane on paper, it’s still a shame that Caps’ dominant run with Fnatic could come to an end, especially now that franchising is ushering a new era of the EU LCS — now rebranded as LEC (League of Legends European Championship).
Does this move make sense? Not really. Obviously, Caps had his own reasons for leaving (given that this report is true), and how he experienced playing for Fnatic over the last two years could be completely different from what we think. The decision to leave the strongest team in the region in favor of G2 is a questionable one, but without any concrete information, it’s hard to draw any conclusions.
This probably means that G2 is looking to further restructure their roster going into 2018. They already have the best performing top laner in Martin “Wunder” Hansen as well as one of the best junglers in Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski. They’ve reportedly been looking into signing Misfits Gaming’s support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle who’s contract expired just a couple of days ago.
G2’s bottom lane was always their weakest link. They were serviceable, but they were never a real threat. With their star (former) mid laner in the bottom lane and a new native EU support in the line-up as well, G2 could very well challenge Fnatic for the number one spot in the upcoming 2019 Spring Split.