HooXi holds court

Harry Richards
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Illustration by NovaH Source: G2

After posting less than a 1.00 rating for 13 maps in a row upon joining G2, the narrative around HooXi threatened to turn toxic.

But then, something strange happened: G2 started winning. m0NESY began to look like s1mple’s second coming. NiKo was only just behind him. jks was… better than JACKZ.

In 10 maps of ESL Pro League, G2 won all 10. They even 2-0’d FaZe.

HooXi was reborn from the ashes as the Gigachad himself, with copypastas and memes as his throne and sigil.

For the blind, He is the vision. For the hungry, He is the chef. For the thirsty, He is the water. We all know the script by now.

It’s a marketing miracle for G2. Not only does HooXi seem like a good IGL, he’s taking the jokes well. So well, in fact, that he even did an AMA on G2’s Reddit.

He revealed his diet tips (Red Bull and Pringles), how he “made NiKo shut up” (the answer will shock you!) and what his mum thinks about all the gigachad memes.

Amidst the memes, the mighty HooXi even gave us some meaningful insight. Adapting to an international team is “equally hard” inside and out of the game, a challenge made worse by the loss of roej and Vorborg as his right-hand men.

But, so far at least, it’s working. We were pretty harsh on G2’s pick up of HooXi but so far he’s proving everyone wrong.

He’s a real throwback, from the pronax and Ex6TenZ era of when an IGL in the red correlated with trophies. And you can see how he’s won over NiKo and huNter- — he just seems like a stand-up good bloke.

So who’s arsed if he gets 15 kills a game? He’s a perfect fit for G2’s loose playstyle and — just as importantly — their social media. G2 are jetting off to cloud nine on a feel-good honeymoon for the ages.

What happens after the honeymoon? Don’t worry about that, sweet summer child. Winter isn’t here yet. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

September 19, 2022

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