Ever since G2 Esports signed Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac from FaZe Clan which according to them was “one of the biggest signings in CS:GO history” everyone knew that one of the two French riflers Francois "AmaNEk" Delaunay or Audric "JaCkz" Jug would have to depart the organization. Today, G2 Esports finally made that “difficult decision” of returning to a five-player lineup as they announced the benching of JaCkz over AmaNEk.
G2 Esports Bench JaCkz Over AmaNEk
As revealed by NiKo earlier in an interview G2 Esports was trying out both the French riflers with the rest of the team, trying to find out who fits better with everyone and according to their Team Manager - Jerome “NiaK” Sudries “we quickly realized that our system benefited more from Francois’ (AmaNEk) qualities.”
The reason was simply that AmaNEk had the right balance and energy with the other members of the team and this was the combination of players that worked the best for G2 Esports on the server. He played with the team in two CS:GO tournaments, BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020 and DreamHack Masters Winter 2020, while JaCkz only played with the team at IEM Beijing 2020 Europe where they placed 3rd - 4th overall.
JaCkz Emotional Farewell To G2 Esports
After being benched from G2 Esports, JaCkz released a personal statement from his side which was a bit emotional as he thanked everyone who supported him on this journey while also announcing that he was now a free agent.
JaCkz in his statement said that “Since the beginning of this adventure I have been guided by a passion to explore the stage at the highest level and I have become aware of the love and sacrifices that people around you can make to create a healthy environment for the development of esports in the future.”
He further said that he has grown a lot personally and professionally in his time with the organization in the last two years and that is the reason behind him being the player that he is today. JaCkz especially thanked Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub calling him a “little brother” and announced that he ready for the 2021 season.
While concluding he mentioned that his performance had suffered lately because the loss of his childhood friend had impacted him unconsciously and he simply “refused to accept it”. He stated that this was not an excuse of any kind and that he just felt like sharing it with everybody.
“I am ready for a new chapter! Thanks to G2 for trusting me during these years as well as to the fans and the whole community for supporting me”
JaCkz was the second-longest serving member of G2 Esports having joined the organization more than two years ago on November 2018. Along with the team, JaCkz has gone on to win Good Game League 2019 and Champions Cup Finals while also achieve a runners-up position at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe, ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe, IEM Katowice 2020, and ESL Pro League Season 9 - Finals.
Though he is still under contract with the team, G2 Esports has given him the freedom to explore his options. The French rifler does have a lot of experience under his belt and it will be interesting to see which team decides to pick him up for the next season.