After losing their first three matches at the Mid-Season Invitational, G2 Esports have released a statement regarding the players taking a break after winning the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split.
In the statement, G2 said that they sought to explain the reasons behind why the team decided "to take a break following our championship win in Rotterdam."
"For the record, while our players did post some unfortunately worded tweets following a devastating defeat against SK Telecom T1 yesterday, it is not our intention that this statement serves as an excuse for poor play, but rather an explanation as to why we allowed our players to take a break when they did."
The tweet that G2 is referring to comes from Luka "Perkz" Perković, who cited lack of practice as the reason the team lost their first match to Flash Wolves.
"Yes, players did go home on break, but they all kept their mechanics on par by practicing individually before heading to Shanghai," G2 said. "There simply weren’t any LCS level scrim partners in Europe ready to practice against and staying in Berlin would’ve been a very poor use of time."
"Instead we allowed our players to take some time off, see their families and go to MSI re-energized and with high motivation to do good. Obviously our results throughout the first two days of MSI didn’t attest to that fact, but rest assured that we will do everything in our power to come back stronger as the group stage progresses. We had a couple of days of good scrim results here in Shanghai before Day 1 and we hope that level of play translates into our upcoming games."
At the end of Day 2, G2 sits at the bottom of the group stage standings, with an 0-4 record.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.