G2 Esports Enter VCT Americas With Former The Guard Roster

23 Sep 2023
Tit Krajnik 23 Sep 2023
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  • G2 Esports return to the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT)
  • The European esports organisation acquired the former The Guard roster
  • G2 Esports are still on a hunt for the final player
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G2 Esports announced its return to the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) on Friday, September 22, by acquiring the former The Guard roster. With that, G2 Esports is set to make an appearance in the VCT after a one-year hiatus after the European esports organisation wasn't picked for franchising in 2022.

On Friday, G2 Esports announced it has signed the majority of The Guard players who earned a spot in the VCT Americas for the next two years after winning the Ascension this year. Despite securing promotions, The Guard didn't secure a spot in the VCT after the organisation failed to meet the requirements set by Riot.

However, after going back and forth, Riot eventually decided to allow The Guard roster to compete in the VCT 2024 Americas if they found a new team to sign them – which they did in G2 Esports.

G2 Esports made its first appearance in Valorant esports in 2020 and quickly left a mark, winning all but one Valorant event the organisation attended in its debut year. That includes WePlay! Invitational, BLAST Twitch Invitational, and First Strike Europe: Playoffs #1. The only event G2 Esports didn't win that year was First Strike Europe, where they crashed out in the semifinals.

In 2021, G2 Esports made its first appearance in the VCT and did more than fine. After a slow start to the season. G2 Esports placed second at VCT 2021: Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1, fourth at VCT 2021: EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, and reached the semifinals of VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin.

The team unfortunately missed out on VALORANT Champions 2021 after exiting VCT 2021: EMEA Last Chance Qualifier in third-fourth place. In its last season in the VCT, G2 Esports hasn't found as much success and again failed to qualify for VALORANT Champions by exiting VCT 2022: EMEA Last Chance Qualifier.

Due to not getting invited to the VCT for the 2023 season, G2 Esports spent this year competing in VALROANT Challengers but haven't won a single event. The closest they've come was at VALORANT Challengers 2023: North America Face Off, where G2 Esports lost the finals.

Now, after one-year hiatus from the VCT, G2 Esports is set to return to the top Valorant esports league with Trent "trent" Cairns, Jacob "valyn" Batio, Jonah "JonahP" Pulice, Michael "neT" Bernet, and coach Josh "JoshRT" Lee, who signed a two-year-deal with the organisation.

The new lineup consists of four of the five ex-The Guard players, excluding Ian "tex" Botsch, who won't keep playing with his former teammates. This leaves G2 Esports with one spot left to fill. However, the organisation has yet to announce who will be the final missing piece of the new project.