G2 eSports released an official statement regarding the drama surrounding them and their participation in the Mid-Season Invitational. G2 has been scrutinized for being the only team not to prepare for MSI as intensely as the other teams in the tournament. G2 stated “Following a rigorous Spring Split with practice, scrims and official games for 10+ hours a day, 6 days a week for 3 months straight, it was important for the mental state of our players to be allowed to take some time away from the game, visit their families and reset for MSI and the following Summer Split.” There’s no easy way for them to explain this truthfully, but they did just that. Although they’re getting a ton of backlash you have to commend G2 for handling the situation professionally and explaining their exact reasoning why their team showed up looking extremely lackluster.
G2 eSports has performed very poorly two days into the Mid-Season Invitational, with a key loss to CLG, North Americas representative in a match where G2 was considered the favorites. CLG however did not take a break from preparing, while G2’s players did. G2 has plans of once again representing Europe in 2016 World’s stating “Between the final day in Rotterdam and the start of the summer split the team have 23 days. 12 of those are before MSI, so spending that time practicing against Challenger level teams would have been detrimental towards our level of play for MSI, leading into to the Summer Split and the ultimate challenge; the World Championship.” Unfortunately for G2 there’s a strong feeling that they will not winning Europe this Spring, especially with Fnatic potentially adding YellowStar back to their lineup.
The most captivating quote of the entire press release, which can be seen here, is the focus on the players mental health which is not something you hear about often in the eSports world.
“It was important for the mental state of our players to be allowed to take some time away from the game.”
Sitting in front of a computer for 10+ hours a day, as stated in the release from G2, can be straining especially when it’s your job and you must take ever minute of it seriously. Mental health is something not to be messed with, but if the players decided they’d rather play and prepare for MSI than that would have been the right thing to do. No matter what the fans of any eSports team will look at this as a lack of effort or laziness but if the players on G2 felt they needed head space then good on the organization for taking care of their players. Good on you, G2.