G2 part ways with shox

G2 have announced that they have mutually parted ways with Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon to "allow him to pursue other opportunities."

The 27-year-old was reportedly benched after the team's disappointing showing at the StarLadder Major, where the French side placed 9th-11th after missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a 2-3 record in the New Legends Stage.

The move came at a point when rumors spread around about G2's plans of going international with signings of Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač from CR4ZY as part of a restructuring of the team, which would also include the benching of Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang.

shox's time with G2 is at an end

For the time being, Lucky remains a part of the team, who are currently in New York, set to compete at the ESL One stop kicking off later on Thursday with Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey standing in for the squad.

shox had been a part of G2 for over three-and-a-half years, since the organization signed the last iteration of Titan featuring Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans, Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy, Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux, and Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom.

He was the only player of that roster who stayed with the organization throughout multiple periods of restructuring, including the early-2017 combination of Envy and G2, the return of SmithZz and Ex6TenZ in mid-2018 and their subsequent departure in late-2018, when G2 created the core of the current team with the signing of Audric "⁠JACKZ⁠" Jug and Lucky.

Under the G2 banner, shox won several international titles including ECS Season 1 Finals, ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017, and remained one of the few players to compete in every top-16 stage of a Major to date.

“It’s been almost four years already… a player’s career is made up of highs and lows, indescribable joy and deep despair. In the nearly four years that I’ve spent with G2, I’ve experienced all these emotions. The road was never easy, the teammates I had along the way numerous, and I won’t forget any of them.

"I may not have always made the right decisions, not received the support I’d hoped for, but I’ve always been guided by the same principle – my love for this game and the vision I have for it. Thank you to everyone that has followed and believed in me, and even to those who didn’t, but followed me anyways," shox said to g2esports.com.

Now, the legendary player is reported to be on his way to Vitality as a replacement for Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt, who was benched following the StarLadder Major.

G2 currently have:

France Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub
France Audric "⁠JACKZ⁠" Jug
France Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang
France François "⁠AMANEK⁠" Delaunay
France Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey (stand-in)

France Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel (coach)

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
930
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
France François 'AMANEK' Delaunay
François 'AMANEK' Delaunay
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
36
Team:
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
754
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
458
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
France Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
586
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Poland cinos
unlucky
2019-09-26 15:25
9 replies
unlucky
2019-09-26 15:25
6 replies
#22
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
hah flag checks out
2019-09-26 15:26
4 replies
expected
2019-09-26 15:26
3 replies
#44
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Germany AdiZen
shox to heretics confirmed
2019-09-26 15:29
2 replies
Vitality*
2019-09-26 15:57
1 reply
Papilloned
2019-09-26 16:14
lucky?
2019-09-26 15:26
You beat me mens :( gg mon ami
2019-09-26 15:26
#25
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United States fade4182
Thoigjt everyone mnew this, vitality shosx
2019-09-26 15:26
#2
 | 
Canada CharizoMC
Expected
2019-09-26 15:25
Lol
2019-09-26 15:25
#4
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United States Stoplight91
Not first
2019-09-26 15:25
dsa
2019-09-26 15:25
FRENCH SCENE IN 2K19 LUL
2019-09-26 15:26
8 replies
Well kebab scene OMEGALUL
2019-09-26 15:34
2 replies
PepeLaugh
2019-09-26 16:22
well curl scene HYPERLUL
2019-09-26 16:35
SHUT UP
2019-09-26 15:35
Rip spacesoldier
2019-09-26 16:08
France is currently ranked #5, #13. Heretics just outside at #32. Two teams in top 30 looks pretty solid to me. What about Turkey? Just realized that your best team is ranked #82 and that a french player is helping the squad. Omegalul, what a tool you are.
2019-09-26 17:27
2 replies
French scene could have potential if they didn't recycled the same 6-7 players every month or so
2019-09-26 18:17
1 reply
Won't deny that. There's plenty of talent but equally plenty of ego. Zywoo is nothing but a lucky coincidence.
2019-09-26 19:28
nice
2019-09-26 15:26
good choice
2019-09-26 15:25
#9
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Malaysia Suno[t]
oh no
2019-09-26 15:25
LEGEND
2019-09-26 15:25
#12
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Greece NaviGuy
why mens((
2019-09-26 15:25
lul
2019-09-26 15:25
"allow him to pursue other opportunities."
2019-09-26 15:25
1 reply
Yep, that's a good euphemism of saying "We want to get rid of this overpaid, undedicated burden."
2019-09-26 17:37
Wow
2019-09-26 15:25
L0l
2019-09-26 15:25
#17
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Europe mikoko123
RIPPO
2019-09-26 15:25
Welcome to Vitality!
2019-09-26 15:25
k
2019-09-26 15:25
#20
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Slovakia Pepo))
POG
2019-09-26 15:25
#23
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Chile nachooww
sorry bra:(
2019-09-26 15:26
#26
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Sri Lanka KalleWoW
Finally
2019-09-26 15:26
Still one of the best riflers around.
2019-09-26 15:26
6 replies
In your dreams maybe
2019-09-26 17:35
5 replies
Shox is one of the best minds and most skilled players in the pro scene and is a legend ! Nobody can deny this ! Whoever it is
2019-09-26 23:12
4 replies
Who gives a shit about the past currently he isnt even top 40 but of course flag checks out
2019-09-27 01:18
2 replies
expected from an american ! flag checks out too
2019-09-28 17:36
1 reply
Ohh nooo actual opinions created by facts and not random bullshit i must be so american
2019-09-28 18:20
honestly i'd love to see him play with zywoo they have very similar playstyle and skill level
2019-09-27 09:01
expected
2019-09-26 15:26
So he joins Vitality for free?
2019-09-26 15:26
3 replies
lmao no
2019-09-26 15:29
1 reply
It sounds stupid, but "mutual agreement" sounds like it.
2019-09-26 15:54
400k$ approx
2019-09-26 15:34
#31
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Spain BlaNcoW
Welcome to Vitality shox
2019-09-26 15:26
hello vitality
2019-09-26 15:26
#33
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Hungary malomkarom
What a surprise, absolutely hasn't been known for like 2 weeks at all.
2019-09-26 15:27
:( Vitality confirmed
2019-09-26 15:27
1 reply
So sad :(
2019-09-26 15:54
Welcome +nexa and +hUnter
2019-09-26 15:27
#36
roeJ | 
Germany L1lK1M
shox pretty sick player... I'm curious how the new VItality will look like!
2019-09-26 15:27
bye shock
2019-09-26 15:27
ie?
2019-09-26 15:28
1 reply
he was still in org with contract
2019-09-26 15:28
kioShiMa Pog
2019-09-26 15:28
#41
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Myanmar xdcc
unexpected wow
2019-09-26 15:28
Pls win New York G2..don’t want lucky kicked :(()
2019-09-26 15:29
1 reply
Not very well engaged :(
2019-09-26 18:03
Didn't see this one coming yes
2019-09-26 15:29
WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY!
2019-09-26 15:30
3 replies
Its called roster changes. And they happen after every major lol.
2019-09-26 15:31
2 replies
That's right,don't teach me buddy.It's just weird that all these changes are happening in the same day
2019-09-26 15:39
1 reply
"It's just weird that all these changes are happening in the same day" Not really. And it isnt exactly millions of changes. NRG (EG) obv announced this since they play ESLNY in a few hours. G2 announced Shox leaving just before as well & will probably use Kio on trial for a few events. Coldzera joined FaZe which also was expected from several days since photos came out etc, and obv same here, they had to announce it since they are playing vs EG in a few hours.
2019-09-26 15:45
g2 top 1
2019-09-26 15:30
*Pretends to be shocked* Well, it was expected for a while now.
2019-09-26 15:30
sure . GO LEGEND
2019-09-26 15:30
#51
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Europe LoookATme
noob g2 lmao
2019-09-26 15:31
#52
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United Kingdom LFX
"Other Opportunities" lmao obviously Vita
2019-09-26 15:31
See u in Vitality)))
2019-09-26 15:31
1 reply
yes)))))))))
2019-09-26 16:08
Rip shoxie
2019-09-26 15:32
#56
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Indonesia kenztar12
ScreaM to G2
2019-09-26 15:32
welcome to Vitality
2019-09-26 15:33
#58
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Poland SebL
I mean, -shox +kio isnt an upgrade, but it isnt a big downgrade aswell.
2019-09-26 15:33
2 replies
#121
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Brazil TonimSan
They should bring NBK and AZK to form powerful 3-letter-K-finished trio with RPK.
2019-09-26 16:19
1 reply
#126
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Poland SebL
Hahahahhaha
2019-09-26 16:25
kenny should have left and search for a better team instead of shox
2019-09-26 15:34
#60
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Sweden Trkmag
Lotta moves now
2019-09-26 15:34
Kioshima joins xd
2019-09-26 15:34
Thank you Shox !
2019-09-26 15:34
#67
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France cedd
god damn i love vitality so much more with shox <3
2019-09-26 15:36
Pepehands
2019-09-26 15:38
#70
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Serbia Ch11co
Dumbass move shox was the 2nd best if not the best player
2019-09-26 15:38
15 replies
+1 all they needed is to kick Lucky and sign k1o
2019-09-26 15:41
12 replies
#81
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Serbia Ch11co
Yeah
2019-09-26 15:47
shox won't play with k1o.
2019-09-26 15:54
10 replies
Yeah just like s1mple won’t play with guardian right? Cuz they had a conflict like 2 years ago lmao
2019-09-26 16:12
9 replies
s1mple says "there are no conflicts between us, we always shake hands with each other" Did k1o/shox said smth like that?
2019-09-26 16:15
8 replies
And did they say opposite? No, exactly
2019-09-26 16:15
7 replies
They still didn't play in a same team since 2015 :)
2019-09-26 16:16
6 replies
Nice logic So if s1mple never played with coldzera in the same team it means they have a conflict?
2019-09-26 16:20
5 replies
You don't get it. Everybody knows there's a conflict between shox and k1o, that COULD BE the reason they don't play with each other. s1mple had a conflict with a coldzera, week later both of them stated they're fine.
2019-09-26 16:22
4 replies
Yeah just like everybody “knew” there was conflict between s1mple and guardian which was complete bs
2019-09-26 16:33
3 replies
Everybody had a conflict with each other in Na`Vi back in 2017. That's fact.
2019-09-26 16:34
2 replies
You’re still not saying anything relevant
2019-09-26 16:55
1 reply
What's the point of your reply then?
2019-09-26 16:56
He was third at best Kennys >>> Amanek >>
2019-09-27 01:20
1 reply
#165
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Serbia Ch11co
Tbh amanek is good but doesnt step up when its needed
2019-09-27 01:42
#72
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Brazil ttt19
Faze is real madrid of csgo so Faze.Shox incoming
2019-09-26 15:40
2 replies
#99
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Romania silksz12
Only if broky doesn t perform
2019-09-26 15:54
To be real madrid faze needs to actually win majors = champions league)))
2019-09-26 18:18
wtf nooo
2019-09-26 15:40
#75
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Portugal joaosenra
Vitality Shox confirmed xp 100%
2019-09-26 15:41
Vitality: +Shox G2: +Kioshima +NBK -Lucky
2019-09-26 15:43
2 replies
#84
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Mongolia Sythapilla
-console bot_kick Lucky bot_add_G2 NBK
2019-09-26 15:48
1 reply
At least they will have some structure with decent IGL.
2019-09-26 15:49
Good luck out there sir, you will always be a legend.
2019-09-26 15:44
#78
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France Il_padrino
Expected But sad AF
2019-09-26 15:44
#80
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Argentina Chief02
Expected
2019-09-26 15:45
Pog
2019-09-26 15:48
#83
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Canada ASH1
GL Richard
2019-09-26 15:48
#86
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Finland rolezK1
Imagine if Vitality actually fails to improve with shox and G2 improves now that Shox is gone LUL
2019-09-26 15:49
2 replies
#91
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Chile strong221
i think both are gonna improve
2019-09-26 15:53
1 reply
#95
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Romania silksz12
G2 for sure
2019-09-26 15:54
#87
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Poland dreamShow
GL in Vitality Legend <3
2019-09-26 15:49
no mens what a surprise
2019-09-26 15:52
#89
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Chile strong221
vitality is gona shine G2 is gona shine too with this changes good times coming for the french scene
2019-09-26 15:52
G2 without their best player LULW
2019-09-26 15:52
#92
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Thailand hahahoha
shox was the reason people care about G2. its like Cavs without LeBron, or Warriors without Curry
2019-09-26 15:53
2 replies
true
2019-09-26 15:56
#155
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Greece Petsos
Shox and kennyS are the people that made g2 likeable .now the one is gone
2019-09-26 18:41
I guess it's a perfect time to retire
2019-09-26 15:53
#94
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Romania silksz12
Finally
2019-09-26 15:53
Don't tell him
2019-09-26 15:54
#103
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Romania BCallen
Shox---->Vitality
2019-09-26 15:57
shoxie :(
2019-09-26 15:57
Pretty wierd that they got rid off him before Lucky..
2019-09-26 15:57
welcome to vitality
2019-09-26 15:59
+nexa +hunter
2019-09-26 15:59
good luck, shoxiejesus!!!!
2019-09-26 15:59
dont like french scene but still i think shox is one of the all time greatest
2019-09-26 16:00
#110
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Norway Flick_
shoxilon
2019-09-26 16:02
#111
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Spain elskio
lolol
2019-09-26 16:07
#115
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Poland insomnia_
so sad :(
2019-09-26 16:14
expected
2019-09-26 16:18
Vitality announces shox tmr
2019-09-26 16:24
he should replace olof in faze
2019-09-26 16:28
2 replies
0/8
2019-09-26 16:52
Not really applicable since shox dont speak english that well.
2019-09-26 18:06
#128
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France taykah
Four hundred k
2019-09-26 16:28
Legend
2019-09-26 16:33
RIP
2019-09-26 16:36
The Will regret it
2019-09-26 16:45
Shox to Vitality, -RPK +kennyS and ZyWoo to rifling. Ez french superstar team.
2019-09-26 16:54
He'll join Vitality
2019-09-26 17:06
Good for him. gl shoxie
2019-09-26 17:35
expected
2019-09-26 17:39
#147
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France stell__02
WTF "mutually part ways" mean not any more contract so no tranfert fee no?? was supposed to be around 400k
2019-09-26 18:10
#148
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France Uexo
Vitality Shox
2019-09-26 18:13
God shoxieYellow
2019-09-26 18:30
Goodbye my legend:(
2019-09-26 18:31
New team: Shox ScreaM SmithZz Ex6tenz Kio Maybe under 100T or idk TSM
2019-09-26 18:41
#154
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Poland Adisky
bad choice for G2
2019-09-26 18:36
Really sad to see shox apart from G2 and kennyS. True legend and the goat of the game <3
2019-09-26 20:19
Vitality will win the next major with shox Mark my words
2019-09-26 23:13
That's the shocking news!! What happened they were good team!!
2019-09-27 11:12
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