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Europe’s G2 Esports have won the Valorant WePlay! Invitational tournament, beating fish123 2-0 in the final series. This is G2’s second major Valorant tournament win. The WePlay! Invitational was the third of the Ignition Series, an introductory string of 20 Valorant events produced by developer Riot Games in collaboration with other global esports brands.
The whole tournament was somewhat of a sweep for the talented G2 roster. They won all three matches in the group stage. That included a 2-1 win over fellow esports big-name Ninjas in Pyjamas, or NiP.
From there, G2 didn’t drop a game in the two knockout matches on the way to victory, paving their way as the Valorant WePlay! winner.
This Ignition Series tournament win leaves G2 with a 13-0 record in professional play. The squad are quickly staking out their claim as one of the world’s best teams in the emerging Valorant scene. That’s despite only forming last month.
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— G2 Esports (@G2esports) July 19, 2020
G2 Valorant squad: Who are they?
The current G2 Valorant roster consists of:
- Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho
- Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks
- Patryk “Patitek” Fabrowski
- David “davidp” Prins
- Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi
The team members are all previously high-level professional Counter Strike players. Mixwell and pyth in particular have previously played for some of the world’s best CS:GO teams, including Optic Gaming and NiP respectively.
The whole team performed well to sweep only their second professional Valorant tournament together. However, ardiis made a few highlight reel plays on the Sova and both Patitek’s Omen and davidp’s Sage looked super clean in their last matches. Together the two of them racked an impressive 38 kills against fish123 in the final.
The victory may have been even sweeter for ardiis however. The Latvian-British player previously played with the unsigned fish123 from April 2020, until he signed with G2 in July. Ardiis’ exit from fish123 was marked with some controversy, after reports emerged that he had previously been in contact with a team of CS:GO cheaters and hackers.
However, the player firmly denied any actual impropriety in a tweet, and no substantiated evidence was supplied in the report either.
Clearly neither he or the team has let that effect them. Since beginning his Valorant career, ardiis has yet to lose a professional best of 3.
Regardless of any past controversy, ardiis and his G2 teammates can celebrate a well-deserved win in the Valorant WePlay! invitational.
Together they took home $25,000 for the win.
When will the squad be in action next?
Well, you can expect to see G2 Esports dominating some more Valorant (online) at the Mandatory.GG x Ignition Series Valorant cup, on July 31, 2020.