Richard ‘shox’ Papillon, the former in-game leader of G2 and a former CS:GO Major Champion, could be making a return to the team with an all-new lineup in a surprise move.
Shox, who is now well on the road to recovering from a recent operation on his wrist, has been part of the G2 Esports organization since February of 2016 and spent a large portion of that time as the in-game leader.
However, in March he was surprisingly benched following some internal disagreements about the direction that the French team was going in.
Shox wanted to kick two members of the team, Nathan ‘NBK-‘ Schmitt and Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire, and replace them with Edouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux and Kévin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans.
G2 eventually decided to side with NBK- and apEX when Alexandre ‘bodyy’ Pianaro did not want to go along with these new changes, despite the fact that Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub liked the sound of it.
The team then picked up Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas but the initial results have not been promising and on May 8th flickshot.fr broke the news that G2 are completely reconsidering their stance on shox’s project.
The team would be the same as the one that shox originally proposed, minus bodyy. Who the new 5th would be is currently uncertain but there should be options out there with Envy’s current struggles or Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut finally reaching the end of his education.
The big stumbling block comes in the fact that G2 would lose their guaranteed spot at the FACEIT London Major due to the fact that they would only have two members remaining from their ELEAGUE Boston roster.
According to flickshot, this factor could mean that NBK- gets an offer to stay on the team as part of the new roster. However, his previous statements about not agreeing with Ex6TenZ’s in-game leading style make this seem unlikely.
The proposed roster would consist of:
- Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans
- Richard ‘shox’ Papillon
- Édouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux
- Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub