Yesterday, G2 Esports swept Origen to win the 2019 League of Legends European Championship Spring Playoffs in record time.
With this victory, G2 established their preeminence over the rest of the LEC, positioning themselves to potentially bring home Europe’s first-ever Mid-Season Invitational gold next month. But due to the ongoing wrist troubles of G2 support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, there’s a chance that G2 will be unable to field their playoff-winning team at the MSI.
The injury first flared up in March, when G2 benched Mikyx in favor of Hampus “promisq” Abrahamsson in order to allow the Slovenian player to rest his wrist.
“I had some kind of pain around this area and the bottom of my thumb,” said Mikyx in a March interview with The Shotcaller, gesturing towards his lower forearm area. “It’s like on both hands, and I’ve had it since I got home from last year.”
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Though Mikyx participated in G2’s playoff victories, he revealed that he continues to suffer from wrist problems in a post-victory interview with Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere. “It kind of sucks if we’re going to go to Korea and boot camp. I won’t really be able to play solo queue or scrim against the good teams. It’s bittersweet, I guess,” said the player.
This year’s MSI is beginning to look like the LEC’s best shot at mid-season victory since G2’s second-place run in 2017. But with Mikyx potentially facing more time on the bench, the team’s momentum may run out before they make it to Vietnam.
As for Mikyx, he remains optimistic about both his and promisq’s ability to fill G2’s support role.
“Even if my hands fall off in the finals,” he told InvenGlobal in a Friday interview, “[promisq will] still do fine if he needs to sub in.”