| 30. September 2021

VALORANT – G2 Esports to sign women’s roster

Reports this week suggest that European giants G2 Esports have acquired a women’s VALORANT roster, with the team being made up by former CS:GO professionals. The org doubled its presence in the VALORANT scene in doing so, with G2 also competing in League of Legends, CS:GO, Rocket League and Rainbow Six, among other titles.

The new G2 VALORANT team will compete in the VALORANT Champions Tour: Game Changers scene, which was established by Riot Games in an attempt to “foster an inclusive environment. The competition also aims to ensure that women play without “feat of identity or gender-based harassment”.

Who makes up the G2 female VALORANT roster?

G2 are believed to have acquired the majority of the ex-XSET CS:GO roster, which is currently competing in the Game Changers EMEA Qualifier, under the banner of The Originals. The team only recently made the switch to VALORANT, however it has taken them little time to grab the attention of the region’s biggest org.

Arguably the best-known member of the roster is Julia “juliano” Kiran, who will team up with CS:GO veteran Zainab “zAAz” Turkie, as well as Michaela “mimi” Lintrup and Petra “Petra” Stoker. Of the former XSET lineup, it is only Anastasia “kr4sylya” Khlobystina who will not be part of the new setup at G2.

The roster is completed by Anja “aNNja” Vasalic, who has already made her mark in the VALORANT scene, having competed for British org RixGG’s female roster, before being benched back in August.

Can G2 make an impact in VALORANT game changers?

G2 will be hoping to make an instant impact in the VALORANT Game Changers scene, with their team currently battling it out to qualify for the first series in the EMEA region. With a prize pool of over $23,000 being up for grabs here, G2 will also be hoping for an immediate return on their investment.

It has been an indifferent period for G2, with the org’s male VALORANT team having recently reached the semi-finals of the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 Masters Berlin. During the event earlier in the month, G2 and Stage 2 Masters winners Sentinels traded series during the group stage before they overcame KRU Esports with ease. However, they were ultimately eliminated by Gambit Esports, who went on to win the tournament, following a 2-0 loss.