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G2 Esports Benched Davidp From Its VALORANT Roster

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G2 Esports, Europe VALORANT scene’s number 1, made a surprising change in its roster. The team officially announced that the Belgian player Davidp will no longer be in the starting line-up. The decision came just after the disappointing result of First Strike: Europe.

In the statement published by G2, they said, “We feel that a change in the direction of the is needed and, having evaluated the desire to deepen our flexibility moving forward has led to this decision.”

G2 Esports was the best team in the world after winning all Ignition Series tournaments in Europe. They didn’t lose even a best-of-three, but everything changed in First Strike: Europe. The team that had nine championships until then, crashed into a wall in the semi-final of the tournament, losing 2-1 against Team Heretics and saying goodbye to VALORANT’s biggest tournament. Even though nobody expected an alteration, after one upsetting result from the European giant, rumors had begun.

Despite moving to the bench, David “Davidp” Prins is still under contract with G2 Esports, but the team allowed him to explore other options. According to the team, if anyone is interested in signing the player, they will still have to contact Danny Engels, the Head of Esports at G2. This means he is not a free agent.

Photo courtesy of G2 Esports

Maik “MaikTurtle” Löffler, the team manager, has shared his thoughts about the move in a statement.

“It’s exactly what they say: It’s harder to stay at the top than it is to reach the top and we will always want to stay at the top, no matter what,” he said. “This requires ambition and energy which will get put into it, but it also requires adaptation and flexibility at times which might seem shocking. David completed our roster a few months ago and we have seen incredible success together. It has been an emotional few months and we are super thankful for the time with David, but as a team, we came to the conclusion to search for additional options and let him explore as well. We will do all we can to support David with his future and are sure that we’ll meet David on VALORANT servers very soon.”

Unlike G2’s professional tweet, Davidp chose an emotional way to express his feelings.

“It brings tears to my eyes to tell you that, from today, I will no longer play with G2.” he said. “The team needs a proper IGL and I respect their choice. I’ve done everything I could to make it work with them. I tried to be the IGL because we didn’t have one and played all possible agents to suit the team. I totally understand their decision and I wish them all the best for the future.”

There is no clue about G2’s new fifth player, but it’s apparent there are a lot of talented players who can fill the European No.1’s gap.

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