G2 sign Hjarnan and Wadid

Hjärnan and Wadid are joining G2 Esports in EU LCS! Can they fill the void left by Zven’s and Mithy’s departure?

by Daniil Volkov

The news that former ROCCAT bot lane of Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss and Kim “Wadid” Bae-in is joining G2 came out in an investigative ESPN article. The duo will accompany Luka “PerkZ” Perković in an effort to rebuild the EU LCS powerhouse and live up to the Kings of Europe name. It’s hard to argue that Hjärnan and Wadid have very big shoes to fill. 

So… can they actually do it?

Rebuilding a legacy

Let’s face it, no European bot lane can fully match what Zven and Mithy brought to the table. Whether it’s mechanical prowess, incredible game sense, or decisive shot calling, Zven and Mithy had it all. Considering that G2 recently parted ways with their coach Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool, the team is going to have some major changes in 2018. Which means there’s going to be even more pressure on Hjärnan and Wadid to deliver. 

That’s not to say they’re destined for failure.

On the contrary, ROCCAT’s bot lane was likely the best (and most stable) part of their team. In spite of ROC struggling in the EU LCS, Hjärnan has a 2.5 KDA, 9.6 CS per minute, and 520 DPM—impressive stats for someone with a 39% win rate. Wadid is in the same boat with a 2.4 KDA of his own. As long as these two can get a strong team around them, they can easily become a top four bottom lane. 

Of course, this brings us to the issue of whether G2 can rebuild. Losing four out of five players is bad enough, but Zven and Mithy were a huge part of the team’s identity. With their departure, the Kings of Europe are left with Perkz as their only superstar carry. Naturally, they have a good chance of finding upgrades in the top lane and jungle roles, but even if G2 manage to sign the best free agents available, it will be a while until they can get their synergy going. 

There’s also no doubt that this move will affect the entire EU LCS. Considering that Zven and Mithy left their region, we expect a lot of star players to try to follow their example. This leaves European teams with a weaker player pool to draft from, so they’ll inevitably have to resort to signing rookies and promising up-and-comers. A new generation of EU LCS players is about to appear. And only time will tell whether it can keep up with the old one.

What do you think about G2 Esports rebuilding their lineup by acquiring Hjärnan and Wadid? Share your opinion in the comments below!

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Daniil Volkov

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