G2 Esports bench Hooxi, looking for a new IGL for their CS2 roster

After two long years, G2 Esports have decided to bench Hooxi and look for a new IGL for the upcoming Esports World Cup and other CS2 tournaments.

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G2 Esports has been under some big changes. First, the org benched Nexa who joined the team right before the start of 2024 and now, after two long years, G2 Esports have finally decided to part ways with their gigachad in-game leader (IGL), Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen.

The official announcement came from the official X account for G2 on July 1 alongside a farewell video for HooXi about his time with team members. While the player hasn’t had the most impactful run in the team and has been criticised for his performance by men, he still boasts a big fanbase and is also a meme lord.

During his time with G2, HooXi helped the team to secure some big events including BLAST Premier: World Final 2022, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and Cologne 2023 despite having some ups and downs over the last two years.

At the moment, G2’s 5th man and the IGL is currently unknown. Many suggested adding Perfecto as the new IGL after he was also recently benched by Cloud9 alongside HObbit. However, with the Esports World Cup for CS2 just around the corner, G2 fans are likely to find out the choice very soon.

Back-to-back changes with G2’s roster

This change comes soon after the org signed Mario “malbsMd⁠” Samayoa, from M80⁠ as their replacement for Nexa who was also benched in June. G2 was already dropping hints a day before the official announcement. malbsMd⁠’s performance in the past year has been very noteworthy and even gave the team a hard time at the ESL Pro League Season 19.

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The player⁠ will be competing with the team at the upcoming ESWC. “Super excited for the opportunity of my life, can't still believe this happened, but I'm more ready than ever to grind and become a better player and person than I was before,” he wrote after the announcement.