G2 Jankos Reacts to Xiaohu and Jojopyun Wanting to Meet G2 Esports at MSI 2022
Royal Never Give Up’s (RNG) mid-laner Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao and Evil Geniuses’ (EG) mid-laner Joseph "jojopyun" Joon Pyun had interesting takes on going up against Europe and its representative G2 Esports (G2) at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022. G2’s star-jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski reacted to the comments made by both the pros on his stream.
MSI 2022 is all set to kick off on 10th May in Busan, Korea, and a total of eleven teams from around the world will be competing for a shot at the title and the prize money. The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) was one of the leagues that finished the 2022 Spring Split at the start of April and the winner of the LEC Spring Split, G2 Esports, has been preparing for the MSI 2022 ever since. On the other hand, China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL) and North America’s League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) just concluded their splits on 23rd April and 25th April, respectively.
Notably, G2 Esports from the LEC and LCS’ EG have been drafted into the same group for the MSI this year, making things really spicy for the two regions. The LPL seed, though not in the same group as G2 Esports, is also reportedly looking forward to going up against the European squad.
G2 Jankos reacts to RNG Xiaohu
On Twitter, LPL Fanclub posted a translated quote of what Xiaohu said about G2 Esports and Korea’s T1 and wrote, “Xiaohu is coming for you guys.”
According to the tweet, in a post-match interview after the LPL Finals, Xiaohu reportedly said, “I heard G2 and T1 are going to MSI, So I feel like we are in MSI as well. Time to meet our old friends, time to tell them who is the real boss, time to win the games against them."
This elicited a funny reaction from Jankos who read the tweet on stream. He said, “F*** my life, everyone wants to f*** us. There is not a single friend,” and stormed out of the room.
According to , RNG’s top-laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin also said, “I want to play against T1 and G2 (Esports) at MSI. We will study those two teams as part of our preparations.”
What makes the Jankos clip very funny is the fact that G2 Esports has always had a cordial relationship with teams from China in the past. According to a , G2 is reportedly the number one most engaged and number two most followed team on the social media platform Weibo. The success of the organization is attributed to “G2’s focus on the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) — China’s top-flight league — as well as localized memes.”
What did jojopyun say about Europe?
Right after winning the 2022 LCS Spring Split, EG mid-laner jojopyun , “GOING TO MSI SHITTING ON EU.” He was brimming with confidence while in conversation with James "Dash" Patterson at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after whitewashing 100 Thieves in the fastest LCS final ever. He said, “I mean I saw the MSI bracket, we’re against EU [Europe] so. I mean I think we’re gonna sh** on EU but we’ll have to see. I think we’re just way than them.”
Jankos confidently responded to jojopyun’s take on stream. Jankos said, “I mean it makes sense, right? It makes sense he would say that because he never actually played against international players so he doesn’t understand. But it is fine. We’ll make him understand.”
The rivalry between NA and EU has always been celebrated in esports and in the League of Legends pro scene, it is no exception. It will be really entertaining to watch a relatively new team like Evil Geniuses (EG) from NA take on the EU mammoths - G2 Esports.