Mid-2021 G2 were uncharacteristic. They had reached the Champions Tour's main events before, but failed to progress beyond the top eight in any of them until Stage 3.
Just prior to Stage 3, Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, G2's CEO, went on a spending spree.
He bagged two of Heretics' star players in Auni "AvovA" Chahade and Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas. They traded Aleksander "zeek" Zygmunt for Acend's Jose "koldamenta" Luis Aranguren, who became G2's new IGL, and hired Cista "keloqz" Wassim from Megastitut. Throw in Lucas "LRojo" Rojo, Wygers' former coach, and you have an entirely new squad ready for competition.
The results were immediate.
G2 opened Stage 3: Challengers 1 with a loss to FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Europe Rank #13 , but went on a lower bracket rampage against Rix.GG Thunder Rix.GG Thunder Europe Rank #19 , Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6 , FPX and Guild Esports Guild Esports Europe Rank #9 . G2 lost the grand final 3-1 to Acend Acend Europe Rank #2 , but they had reached the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. It was all they could have wished for.
Due to qualifying in the first Challengers event, G2 secured a BYE in the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. Their first opponent was Oxygen Esports Oxygen Esports Europe Rank #14 ; a swift 2-0 where G2 lost 14 rounds in two maps kept them alive. In their next match, SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Rank #7 dismantled the European squad 2-0. Down to the lower bracket they went — again.
Due to their win against Oxygen, G2 needed only one more win to make Berlin. Their opponent? Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #3 , a team known for dragging games out to the wire. Although this Bo3 lasted nearly three hours, it wasn't rather drawn out. In the end, G2 came out on top 2-1 after a reverse sweep, winning them a slot in Masters Berlin.
G2's run was shot down soon after, with Gambit overcoming them in the lower bracket semifinal. But it didn't matter much. G2 had gone from nothing to everything in a matter of weeks.
Some may argue it's just the team in their Cinderella period. Star player keloqz has a different opinion.
"[We have] very experienced players, like Mixwell. With him, we can go really far and I think we can win Berlin. We just played and we wrecked everyone,” he said. “We're the best team [of EMEA], I think, to be honest.”
The French Jett concluded the interview saying he wants to face everyone in Berlin. “I like to play against good teams. So let's go. Let's go Berlin.”
G2 are placed in Group D of Stage 3: Masters. They'll play the group opener against F4Q F4Q Korea Rank #4 , Korea's "stream team." They'll then play against Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 , a team G2 has exchanged banter with since reaching the EMEA Playoffs. However, Group D has suffered a loss with the withdrawal of Bren Esports Bren Esports Inactive due to visa complications.