The move comes after the team endured a string of underwhelming placings in late 2020 and early 2021, which saw them go out early at three consecutive BLAST events at the brink of the year and most recently miss out on the playoffs at IEM Katowice.
kennyS has struggled for individual form in that time, averaging only a 0.98 rating across the four tournaments G2 has attended since the team decided to keep François “AmaNEk” Delaunay over JaCkz in the main roster following Nikola “NiKo” Kovač‘s addition.
The star AWPer leaves the active roster after a four-year stint. He was part of the French “superteam” G2 put together in early 2017 by combining two members of their former squad, Richard “shox” Papillon and Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro, with the Envy core featuring kennyS, Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt, and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire. Since then, the 25-year-old has been the centrepiece of G2 as he was the only one to remain amid several big changes over the next two and a half years.
With kennyS out of the roster, the rest of the team is bound to undergo some key role changes, with NiKo taking up sniping duties. This, according to team coach Damien “maLeK” Marcel, will provide “more flexibility within our game and the current meta.”
“Kenny is a pillar within G2 and a legend in the scene,” G2 maLeK said. “We all all feel that, though difficult, a new home for him will be a great opportunity to remain at the top. We are excited to have JACKZ return to the team, bringing his flair, creativity and a new balance to the team.”
JaCkz returns after a three-month stint on the organization’s bench. While on the sidelines, the 28-year-old was seen playing with the mix team DBL PONEY alongside former G2 teammates bodyy and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang in various tournaments, including the ESEA Winter Cash Cups 5 and 6, in which they placed second and first.
With these changes, G2 now have:
Damien “maLeK” Marcel (coach)
Kenny “kennyS” Schrub (benched)