Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, one of the best and most accomplished supports in LEC history, still hasn’t found a team for the 2022 competitive season and will, therefore, wait things out on the sidelines and focus on streaming. What a truly crushing bit of news and, as is so often the case, G2’s CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago might have something to do with it.
Mikyx is as revered a player as they come, and even though his performance took a hit in 2021, the same can be said for G2 as a whole; it’s quite impossible to accurately judge whether he — as an individual — regressed, or if there were some serious, underlying issues with the entire team (which, in turn, affected his play). Based on all that we’ve seen, we’re definitely leaning towards the latter.
The fact that Mikyx, with all his trophies and medals, couldn’t find a team to call home is mighty disappointing. Heck, that’s putting it mildly! This is a monumental loss for the LEC as a whole, even though there’s no doubt he’ll eventually mount a “comeback.” Now, we know for a fact that multiple teams were interested in signing him.
So what exactly went awry is anyone’s guess. In the end, as is so often the case, the player got the shortest end of the stick.
If you thought that G2 Esports were done generating drama, think again. As always, an element of (potential) foul play is present, which makes this whole kerfuffle all the more interesting. Right after Mikyx made his (involuntary) hiatus official, ocelote took to Twitter to shed some light on the matter.
“We lowered [the] price three weeks ago to 250,000€, but could not find anything. Hopefully we can find something nice for him for Summer Split,” Carlos said. “In the process between the initial 1.5M request, the very quick drop to 500k (by first days of November) and the subsequent final drop to 250k, we gathered interest from 5+ Western orgs, which Mikyx did not show interest in nor entertained. We did all we could and have peace of mind.”
Now, all of this sounded perfectly rational and “by the book” — until Mikyx responded, that is.
It didn’t long for G2’s CEO to share his rebuttal:
“That’s a straight lie. We have dozens of G2 employees with visibility on all off-season dealings. All interest in full was communicated to your agent, who responded that you were not interested in any of those opportunities. You should be honest and stop going for brownie points,” said Carlos.
Who’s in the right here still remains to be seen. As always, it’s best to not pick a side and await for the situation to further develop before jumping to any conclusions.
With that being said, it’s fair to say that Carlos’ reputation took quite a big hit this off-season. It was never really in perfect standing, but things have somehow gotten from pretty bad to downright appalling in just a few weeks. Playing the role of a “heel” is always fun (especially for the spectators), but there’s a fine line that mustn’t be crossed — ever.
But leave it to ocelote to push the boundaries and divide the community. Love him or hate him, you gotta give to the man: he knows how to generate buzz and get an incredible number of eyeballs on his organization (if for all the wrong reasons).