The fact that G2 Esports made no roster changes this season won’t stop them for innovating. To ESPN, G2 CEO Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez confirmed that Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic and Rasmus “Caps” Winther will swap their roles for the LEC 2020 Spring Split.
According to Ocelote, there’s no negative side to the experiment. The Summer Split is still the main path to Worlds and if the role swap doesn’t work out, G2 can go back to their previous composition in the second half of the year. If it works, however, it’s yet another strategy that G2 opponents have to think about, on top of the team’s already unpredictable drafting and niche picks.
“It either doesn’t work at all, in which case that’s great, we have the summer split and they’ll re-swap then. Then we have a mental edge and now the real s— starts. Or then it works and whatever we pick, no one will know where it’s going. That’s the best case scenario,” Ocelote told ESPN.
This won’t be the first role swap for PerkZ. Originally the mid laner for G2, PerkZ moved to the bot lane after his team signed Caps from rival org Fnatic. The role swap not only did not slow down the veteran player, but elevated G2’s form even higher, making them by far the most dominant team in Europe. The “samurai” entered Worlds 2019 as one of the heavy favorites — the first time in LoL history where Western team has had realistic chances of hoisting the cup — and made it all the way through to the finals, where a 3-0 loss to FunPlus Phoenix kept them second.
For Caps, on the other hand, this would be a new experience. The Dane grew to be one of the best mid laners in the world but the switch to bot lane will certainly come with some acclimation time. The opposition in the lane will also be difficult this year, with not just Martin “Rekkles” Larsson leading Fnatic, but Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou also returning to the LEC as part of FC Schalke 04.
“Last year we completely changed the game in regards to what is played bot lane. This year I think we can change the game by what is played and who goes where,” Ocelote added.