G2 Esports has experienced one of the worst episodes in its history by not being part of the new system of the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT). Riot Games decided to deny the entry of the samurai -when they had already agreed on their arrival in North America- after the controversy between Carlos Rodríguez «Ocelot» and Andrew Tate. However, the European organization would be interested in continuing in VALORANT and could do it with a visible face: Shahzeb Khan «ShahZaM«.
As Álvaro Távora has pointed out on Twitter «Lembo«, Giants content creator, ShahZaM has recently done live broadcasts in offices that could be G2 Esports. The in-game leader (IGL) could be one of the new G2 players after his departure from the Sentinels, a club he has been a part of in VALORANT since his arrival in electronic sports. The North American club has recently confirmed that of the 2021 players, only Tyson Ngo “TenZ» will continue in the starting five.
LEAK? ShahZaM has spent the last two days playing US ranked on his streaming.
Interestingly, the setup looks VERY similar to the G2 offices in Berlin, is his signing confirmed in G2 Valorant for VRL NA? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/1msP8Hepk3
—Lembo (@Lembo006) December 3, 2022
Last October George Geddes, a journalist for Dot Esports, revealed G2 Esports’ interest in continuing within the competitive VALORANT scene. G2 would be part of the circuit challengersthe new second division, in order to be promoted to VCT next year. With the new format of VALORANT, Riot Games plans to incorporate a new team per year until 2027. With the change of region, if the goal is confirmed and achieved, the samurai will share a league with North American and Latin American teams.
ShahZaM could be the first player for the new G2 Esports, but the club would already have its first signing closed. According to Geddes, G2 would have signed Ian Harding “Immi”, Version1 coach, to lead the new samurai project. Immi has managed to classify Version1 by masters of Reykjavik in 2021 and has trained players like Anthony Malaspina “vanity» or Jordan Montemurro «Zellsis«. Also, both the trainer and IGL have experience in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).