Former Team ROCCAT head coach Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann has joined G2 Esports for the upcoming 2018 Spring Split, the organization announced yesterday.
He will be replacing longtime G2 Esports head coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool, who announced his free agency from the organization on Nov. 2. YoungBuck coached G2 to four successive EU LCS titles, two Mid-Season Invitational appearances, and two World Championship appearances, which means GrabbZ has big shoes to fill.
“I am sure that GrabbZ will play an important role molding the new team into a strong fist that will once again smash the opposition in Europe and reach for the international success,” said G2 Esports’ CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez. “I know that Fabian is ready to give his best and we will be sure to give all the tools he needs to lead our new roster to victories.”
GrabbZ originally joined Team ROCCAT in February 2016. The team finished 9th and 10th in the 2016 Spring and Summer Splits respectively, so they had to fight their way through the EU LCS Promotion Tournament twice in a row, achieving qualification each time. GrabbZ then helped ROCCAT achieve two fourth-place finishes in group play of the 2017 Spring and Summer Splits, barely missing out on relegation from the EU LCS yet again.
There will be two familiar faces awaiting GrabbZ on G2’s new roster when he joins the team. Former ROCCAT bottom lane duo Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss and Kum “Wadid” Bae-in joined G2 on Dec. 8, replacing G2’s well-known bot lane duo Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, who moved over to TSM.