G2 Esports have officially benched Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas, the team’s captain and last remaining member of the original roster.

G2 Esports have officially benched Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas, the team’s captain and last remaining member of the original roster.

After a disappointing end to the challengers 1, the failure to qualify losing to Vitality and Alliance prompted roster moves. G2 owner announced that Cista “keloqz” Wassim would get the start over the longstanding G2 Captain Mixwell. The move meant the last remaining vestige of the former G2 roster was officially being benched. 

New Era of Valorant G2 Esports

Mixwell was one of the catalysts to the early game success for G2. At the launch of Valorant, the founding G2 roster was considered the best in Europe and by a wide margin. The team dominated events but as soon as the Riot sanctioned events kicked off and more teams were introduced, the skill difference started to fall off. 

In the course of a year, the entire founding roster has been disbanded. However, Mixwell, as the sole duelist on the team prior to Stage 3, survived a wide array of changes before eventually being ushered out. The keloqz signing forced him onto the flex role – one where he showed mild comfort and struggled to make an impact. The switch back to duelist showed his limitations and the disappointing results made the switch inevitable. 

BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 10: G2 Esports’ Cista “keloqz” Wassim arrives at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters on September 10, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Now the European powerhouse begins a new era, bringing in a mix of the former Heretics and Giants Gaming rosters. Keloqz, in his first event with the team, filled the duelist role nicely, showing more aggressiveness as an entry fragger and putting up big kill numbers. As a result, G2 Esports qualified out of winners for the EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Event. Both keloqz and Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas finished in the top 10 of ACS. 

Mixwell’s Future

As for Mixwell’s future, his announcement tweet states he’s available to receive offers from other interested organizations. With Mixwell being centrally located in Spain, another European team would make the most sense as his next move. Nonetheless, any team looking for a high powered Jett main could make an offer. It’s rare a player with his level of experience hits the open market and could make a major difference for a tier two team looking to ascend.

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Blake Van Poucke is a Valorant writer at esports.gg. He found esports through the early days of MLG and the Super Smash Bros Melee scene. He's been competing and writing about esports dating back to 2008. He has written for several publications and wishes to return to in-person esports events in 2022