G2 Esports released legendary AWP member Kenny “kennyS” Schrub from their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, with Nikola “NiKo” Kovač stepping into his place and Audric “JACKZ” Jug returning to the squad in general.
Since moving to G2 in 2017, KennyS’s talents have guided the team to several victories. However, according to Danny Engles, team leader of sports, they could no longer appeal to the unique needs of KennyS despite being a legend in CS:GO.
“This is achieved with a heavy heart and respect for his legacy and creativity,” Engles said in a Twitter post. G2 coach Damien “maLeK” Marcel continued that considering the memories the team had with KennyS, both parties decided that it was time to step in a different direction.
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— G2 Esports (@G2esports) March 4, 2021
Trouble began with KennyS’ position on the G2 as he struggled to guide the squad to win the Champions Cup in 2019. Though G2 won a few regular seasons along the way, they came second in the events that counted the most.
The relationship between KennyS and G2 wasn’t quite so rocky. When he left Team EnVyUs to join G2, his AWP skills (despite daily nerves) led the team to crucial wins, including Dreamhack Malmo in 2017. After all, Kenny’s history with Counter-Strike goes all the way back to the days of Source.
Though KennyS is still under negotiation, Engles made it clear that teams involved in purchasing it should contact the G2 official directly. It is not clear which teams, if any, will draw on the player’s AWP potential in time for the first CS:GO major in two years, but G2 said they were sure they would move forward without it.
NiKo will make his debut with the revamped G2 squad as the team plays its first match on 13 March for the ESL Pro League Season 13.
Source: Daily Esports