G2 Esports Sign Snax

03 Jul 2024
Tit Krajnik 03 Jul 2024
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  • G2 Esports finalised their roster rebuild with Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
  • The 30-year-old joins G2 Esports after a 10-month stint with GamerLegion
  • Snax replaces Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen, who was benched on July 1
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
G2 Esports finalised the Counter-Strike lineup on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 with the signing of a veteran player Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski. The 30-year-old joins the team as a replacement for Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen, who was benched from the team on Monday.

The arrival of snax sees G2 Esports field a complete roster for the first time since June 17, when the European esports team benched Nemanja “nexa” Isaković from the lineup following an early exit from BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024.

G2 Esports Complete The Roster Rebuild

G2 Esports have undergone a turbulent period over the last couple of months, filled with inconsistent results and roster issues. However, while G2 Esports haven’t reached the expected heights, they have accomplished a lot this Counter-Strike esports season.

In March and April, G2 Esports reached the semifinals of PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 and Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024 but suffered an early exit from ESL Pro League Season 19. In Malta, G2 Esports placed fifth-eighth, far below the expectations.

At IEM Dallas 2024, G2 Esports had to play with Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip as a stand-in for their in-game leader HooXi, yet despite the handicap, won the tournament. This accomplishment sparked the debate about potential roster changes and the departure of HooXi. But that didn’t happen until one month later.

First to go was nexa, who was benched from G2 Esports’ CS roster on June 17 and replaced by Mario “malbsMd” Samayoa on June 28. Three days later, on July 1, G2 Esports shocked with another announcement, benching in-game leader HooXi.

Snax’s arrival wasn’t expected either, however, it sees the Pole reunite with Wiktor “TaZ” Wojas, with who he played at Virtus.pro in 2013-2018. The duo have won numerous titles together, including ESL Major Series One Katowice 2014.

Some Puzzles to Solve

The arrivals of malbsMd and snax leave G2 Esports in a tricky spot. There are some unanswered questions about the roles within the new-look roster. While snax could replace HooXi, that sounds unlikely. 

At the same time, malbsMd’s usual role in his previous Counter-Strike teams clashes with Nemanja “huNter-“ Kovač and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. 

Even though G2 Esports will likely solve the puzzle, they don’t have much time, as they’re set to attend Esports World Cup 2024 in two weeks.

Esports World Cup 2024 is set to kick off on July 17 and will welcome 15 Counter-Strike teams, who’ll compete for the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.