G2 Esports Sign Leaf To Its Valorant Roster

26 Oct 2023
Tit Krajnik 26 Oct 2023
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  • G2 Esports announced the signing of Nathan "leaf" Orf
  • The start duelists is the final piece of G2's new Valorant lineup
  • With leaf, G2 Esports have its VCT 2024 roster ready
Nathan "leaf" Orf
On Thursday, October 26, G2 Esports announced the signing of Nathan "leaf" Orf, who joins the team as the final missing piece of G2's Valorant Championship Tour (VCT)  roster. The former Cloud9 superstar will be the primary duelist on G2's Valorant roster as he joins the ex-The Guard roster who won the Ascension last year.

By signing leaf, G2 Esports finalised its VCT roster for the 2024 season after the European esports organisation signed the ex-The Guard core, which was supposed to debut in the VCT next year but was denied a spot after the organisation didn't meet the requirements.

This led to a huge controversy, as Riot decided that no team from Ascension would be promoted to VCT Americas next year. However, after the community backlash, Riot decided to allow The Guard players to compete in VCT if they find a new organisation that would sign them, and G2 Esports quickly jumped on the opportunity to acquire the roster and signed the entire lineup except for Ian "tex" Botsch, who left for Leviatan.

To fill in the final spot, G2 Esports acquired fomer Cloud9 superstar leaf, who left Cloud9 in September 2023 after placing third at VCT 2023: Americas Last Chance Qualifier and missing out on VALORANT Champions 2023.

However, while G2 Esports made a big signing, the organisation was not too long ago still deciding who would be their no.5. This Valorant offseason offered G2 Esports many opportunities to sign big names such as Alexander "jawgemo" Mor, Erick "aspas" Santos, Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker, and Max "Demon1" Mazanov, who are all looking for a new home for the 2024 VCT season.

Ultimately, G2 Esports decided on signing leaf, who left Cloud9 after three years and has, over that stretch, accumulated heaps of experience competing at the top level. On the other side, Cloud9 replaced leaf with Anthony "vanity" Malaspina and two former G2 Esports members in Maxim "wippie" Shepelev and Francis "OXY" Hoang.

G2 Esports will debut its new Valorant roster today, on Thursday, October 26, in a showmatch against a rival esports organisation, Sentinels.