Can G2 Esports succeed in ESL Pro League Season 16?

With the end of Group A in ESL Pro League Season 16, Group B will begin. G2 Esports is the team we will focus on today in the Group B competition, which will start on October 7.

We will take a look at G2 Esports' recent performance, roster changes, and their chances at ESL Pro League Season 16.

G2 Esports has not been performing well lately

G2 Esports was among the top CS:GO teams in 2021. With their recent performances, they don't look like that anymore. While they still have a pretty strong roster, they're definitely not the first team that comes to mind when the best is mentioned.

Their biggest recent achievements are runner-up at PGL Major Stockholm 2021 and IEM Katowice 2022. Especially in ESL Pro League Season 15, they had a terrible performance, placing 17th-20th. They also had an unsuccessful performance at the PGL Major Antwerp 2022. 9th-11th is not a very good ranking for them in our opinion. They should do better than that.

IEM Cologne 2022 was another tournament where they were not successful. They finished 9th-12th. They also finished BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022 3rd-4th. Finally, in BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022, they were 4th-6th.

In short, we are facing a team that is far from their glory days, but they definitely have the power to turn this around.

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G2 Esports' recent roster changes

JACKZ and former team captain Aleksib left G2 Esports in August, while jks and HooXi are the two new entrants. HooXi is currently the new captain of the team. Both players are actually quite experienced.

HooXi last played for Copenhagen Flames. His biggest achievement was the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 quarterfinals as he achieved this amount of success while at Copenhagen Flames.

Jks was last playing in Complexity Gaming. While he was inactive on Complexity's roster, he managed to win IEM Katowice 2022 with FaZe Clan. Such an experienced player will definitely add value to the roster of G2 Esports.

It is a matter of curiosity whether G2 Esports will be able to return to their glory days with the new changes.

What can G2 Esports do in ESL Pro League Season 16?

Looking at Group B, the biggest threat to G2 Esports is FaZe Clan. Honestly, I don't think G2 Esports can get ahead of FaZe Clan no matter what they do.

Second place seems very likely for them, and although BIG and Outsiders pose a threat to them, they have a better quality roster than these rivals. We don’t expect them to struggle against MIBR and FTW Esports.

Even if either team gets ahead of G2 Esports, they will not lose much as they will still be third. If they finish the group behind both teams, it means they did not perform well enough to qualify for the playoffs.

In short, we think G2 Esports will finish second in the group stage. At worst, they will advance to the playoffs in third place. Their progress in the playoffs depends on the teams they face. However, I think the highest level they can reach will be the quarterfinals. Together with jks and HooXi, maybe they can surprise us and go further.

We will see if G2 Esports can surprise us or if their downfall continues. If you are curious about the answer, you can find out the answer by staying on Luckbox.