G2 announce AmaNEk signing
The 25-year-old will be stepping into the shoes of Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro, who will be moved to the bench after the WESG World Finals, his last event with the team.
The announcement follows G2's New Legends stage exit at the IEM Katowice Major with a 1-3 record after picking up defeats to Natus Vincere, MIBR and ENCE - three teams that would go on to reach the playoffs.
bodyy has been with G2 since April 2016, when he was recruited from LDLC White as a replacement for Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans. He played an important role in the team's victories at the ECS Season 1 Finals, the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 but has struggled for form in the last 12 months, ending just one of the last eight Big Events that he has attended with above-average ratings.
"We have a very clear vision of how we wish to evolve and refine our CS:GO team in 2019," G2 coach Damien "maLeK" Marcel said in a statement. "This is a process that is evolving and developing as we review our performances, identify and reinforce our strengths and improve upon our weaknesses.
"Alex has contributed greatly to our recent development, engaging fully with the team and by making significant progress. That said, we still feel that greater changes are needed and as a result, have decided to move Alex to our bench.
"This has been done in good spirits and following discussions with the team and we will be actively looking for a new home for Alex with his full support.
"Nevertheless, we are incredibly excited to have AMANEK as a part of the team. We believe François will adapt very well to our system and will allow other players to readjust and grow higher and better. We can’t wait for it to show in the server."
AmaNEk has been a free agent since the start of the year, when he parted ways with LDLC. He averaged a 1.23 rating on LAN with the team, whom he helped to first-place finishes at the PMU Challenge 2018 Finals and the ESL Pro European Championship, and to a playoff run at IEM Chicago.
The former Misfits member will make his first LAN appearance for G2 at Charleroi Esports, a $113,000 tournament will be held from April 12-14.
With these changes, G2 now have:
Damien "maLeK" Marcel (Coach)