Worlds 2018: Exclusive interview with G2 Esports

After breaking through to the Quarterfinals of Worlds 2018, and before their RNG upset, we asked each member of G2 Esports about their tournament so far.

by Brandon Ridgely

(Image Credit: Riot Games)

How do you feel about your Play-In opponents and performance? If you had 3 words to describe each, what would they be?

Grabbz (with team input): Performance was good if inconsistent. We were able to take advantages through playing the map better than opponents. Too many mistakes at important parts of the game made it harder than it had to be for us. 

Our opponents all had their own strengths on the map, so it was important to play with those in mind and we did so well.

After playing against each, their 3 words probably be:
– Ascension: Aggressive Top / Jungle
– Supermassive: Good Bot Lane
– Infinity eSports: Strong Mid / Jungle

How do you feel about your Group Stage opponents?

Grabbz (with team input): Our group stage opponents are much better rounded. Although they also have their strengths, they won’t be beaten by such big margins through macro play. Our group has 4 teams that are capable of taking games off of each other, so every game is going to be very important.

How has the Korean boot camp experience gone? Do you consider this practice time more valuable than in EU? Why?

Grabbz (with team input): Our bootcamp has given us a lot of practice that we never got in Europe. It’s given us the chance to play against some better opponents and also given us a chance to play against teams with different approaches to different parts of the game. It’s valuable to test your assumptions against teams that evolved differently from your region, as your assumptions are based off of your regions patterns, and they might be weaker against
regions that come to a different conclusion.

What is the biggest threat to G2’s success?

Grabbz (with team input): The biggest threat to G2’s success is our inconsistency. While one game we can play very clean and controlled, another game we can throw away some leads due to impatience.

If we can remain patient and play to the game plan, then that will cover a lot of our mistakes in competitive games.

How does this team differ from your previous coaching experiences? How are you adjusting your role for the World Championship? 

GrabbZ: My role in G2 shifted to a more supportive role as compared to my years in ROCCAT. With four experienced players, I tried to be more of a mediator role to facilitate discussion between the team members and make sure everyone can bring their ideas across. I felt this was especially important was we were a mix of 4 different teams coming together, so everyone should feel encouraged to bring the positives of their previous environments with them. In ROCCAT I had to deal with rookies more often, so there I had a more ‘active’ role for sure, coaching ‘top down’. 

My role during worlds didn’t shift really much, the supporting staff just had to be extra careful that we do not take wrong conclusions from rougher stretches which are bound to happen in a different environment scrimming vs the world’s best teams. It’s important to make sure that players view champions/plays objectively and are not guided by the winrate.

Your champion pool from the 2018 Spring Split to the 2018 Summer Split has changed more than perhaps any other player in the league. What has driven these changes, and how have they impacted your performance on the Rift?

Perkz: My champion pool has changed mostly because of meta, I wanted to have more impact than I did in spring playoffs and that resulted me on focus more on my own mechanics once again.

The 2018 Summer Split gave you an opportunity to bring your Heimerdinger to the LCS stage. Did you like the influx of bruisers and mages in the bot lane? What are your thoughts on the current state of the bot lane meta?

Hjarnan: yes I like playing different champs then other adcs but I always enjoy playing adc champs more than playing mages.

At this point, you’ve spent four EU LCS splits playing with Hjarnan. Do you think there is something special about your bot lane that makes you play well together? What does it mean to finally qualify for Worlds as a duo?

Wadid: We just know that being on the same page as bot duo is hard and that’s why we want to keep staying as duo if is possible. We don’t have that special relationship like ppl think but still it means a lot that we are on the same page.

In the past, the jungle was often overhauled at the end of every season. And while that’s no longer the case, season 8 had you going from Braum and Tahm Kench to picks like Olaf, Skarner, and Taliyah. Is it difficult to adapt to such sweeping changes? What would you advise to junglers that are trying to keep up with the meta?

Jankos: I feel like being able to adapt to the meta is for sure one of the perks of being a good player. That being said, I didn’t mind it at beginning. But at some point I felt like since we played a lot of funnel, I got a little bit crippled by it. I couldn’t play as well with carries. I don’t think it’s difficult to adapt but at the same time it’s hard to be good at everything. I would just recommend thinking about it and playing a lot

You’ve always had the reputation of a carry-oriented top laner, but you really made your presence known in season 8. Is there something about G2 that set you up for success? How does the atmosphere differ from the team dynamic you had on Splyce?

Wunder: Since I haven’t played with a lot of different rosters in my career, joining a team with 4 completely new players with their own perspectives on how the game is supposed to be played I feel like I learned a lot and way quicker than I did towards the end on Splyce. On Splyce I feel like we had the same kind of team dynamic as in G2, but on G2 we just have more knowledge overall.


Brandon Ridgely

US Editor - Covering all things sports with a bit of everything else. Current favorite games: NBA 2K21, Madden 21, and Football Manager 2020.