G2 Esports are Reportedly in Talks With malbsMd

13 Jun 2024
Tit Krajnik 13 Jun 2024
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According to recent reports, European esports organisation G2 Esports, are in talks with M80 about signing Mario “malbsMd” Samayoa. The 21-year-old is the current top-performing player of the North American Counter-Strike team, who he might leave to join G2 Esports soon.

According to the reports, M80 are resigned to lose their star player, malbsMd, who has been averaging the roster’s highest 1.32 performance rating this year. The North American team is said to have already started the process of finding a new player to replace malbsMd albeit no official signings have been announced yet.

While G2 Esports’ interest in malbsMd was confirmed, it remains to be seen what G2 Esports’ plans with the roster are and who malbsMd will replace.

G2 Esports have recently won Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2024 with Jake “Stewie2K” Yip as a stand-in for Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen. The latter has returned to the team for BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024, and while some of the community members expect G2 to replace HooXi after winning their first event without him, that change seems unlikely.

MalbsMd made his professional Counter-Strike esports debut in 2018 with Team Jaguar. He has since played for numerous teams in the region, including Infinity Esports, Team oNe, 00 Nation, LOS, and in July 2023, he joined M80.

With M80, malbsMd has yet to win a significant event, but he has made appearances at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 in February, placed top-eight at PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: American RMR, and in April, he competed at ESL Pro League Season 19.

Even though malbsMd’s success with M80 was limited mostly to lesser regional tournaments, he has left a positive mark with his individual performances, averaging a 1.32 rating since the turn of the year. Even in bigger events, his performance didn’t drop.

At ESL Pro League Season 19, where M80 didn’t make it far and crashed out in 17th-20th-place, malbsMd averaged the tournament’s sixth-highest 1.28 rating. That includes a 1.27 performance rating in M80’s 0-2 loss to G2 Esports in the lower bracket of Group B.

More information about the potential transfer should be available after BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024, which concludes on Sunday, June 16.