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Team Vitality’s coach Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam will sign with G2 Esports in 2022, according to a report from 1pv.fr. A previous report by this same source indicated that XTQZZZ, along with Richard “shox” Papillon and Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van, were leaving Vitality in the new year. They are to be replaced by the former Astralis trio in Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif and coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen.
Vitality players have all but confirmed that their roster will be splitting apart in the new year, often accepting the “Last Dance” moniker that was applied to their runs at Intel Extreme Masters Winter and BLAST Premier: World Final.
G2 are in need of a coach, as their own Head coach Damien “maLeK” Marcel parted ways with the roster in November. They are also in the midst of a more comprehensive roster overhaul. Previously 1pv.fr reported that Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov, the Natus Vincere Junior sniper, is also headed to G2.
The final piece in G2’s 2022 roster may be Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, the in-game-leader of OG Esports, according to the recent report. While talks with G2 are still ongoing, the 24-year-old Finn could end up replacing Nemanja “nexa” Isaković.
Both XTQZZZ and Aleksib have a pedigree of success. Under XTQZZZ, Vitality have won important events like IEM Beijing Online: Europe, BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 and, most recently, IEM Winter. They have consistently been the best French team for the past couple years. Aleksib’s trophy cabinet is no less decorated. Notably, during his time on ENCE, the Finn placed second at the IEM Katowice Major 2019, losing to Astralis in the grandfinals.
If all the deals go through, G2’s 2022 roster would be as follows:
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač
Audric “JaCkz” Jug
Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov
Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen
Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam (Coach)
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.