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Blizzard honors legacy of iNcontroL with free in-game StarCraft items

Published: 21/Oct/2019 20:54 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 21:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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StarCraft 2 players will be getting a new commemorative bundle to honor commentator Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson who passed away earlier in 2019. 

The bundle, which includes Robinson’s Announcer Pack, will be free for all players on October 22. 

Announcer packs are a neat StarCraft addition in which a character or personality takes the place of the standard game announcer. This can often times be played for laughs such as the announcer pack which featured Overwatch’s D.va – who in the game’s lore is an established StarCraft player. 

It’s unclear what lines the company will use for iNcontroL, but given his expansive coverage, there shouldn’t have been any shortage of clips to use for his announcer pack.

The company praised Robinson in its commemorative bundle announcement writing: “Here at Blizzard, there are a lot of Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson fans. (Understatement.) The StarCraft team wanted to do something permanent to commemorate him in-game.”

According to Blizzard, “Geoff’s Announcer Pack, Portrait, and some additional items we’re creating in his honor—will be granted to every player on log-in, for free, forever.”

“It’s a small gesture, and it can’t come close to capturing how much he meant to us, but we hope it will show some fraction of how we feel,” they added. “We’d like to believe that StarCraft was important to Geoff. But what we know, beyond any doubt, is that Geoff was important to StarCraft.” 

Patrick Strack/ESLiNcontroL transitioned into commentary after his career as a StarCraft player.

Robinson was Starcraft 2 Protoss player and a highly popular figure in the competitive gaming community from both his playing days and further career in broadcasting.

Prior to casting, Robinson was a Protoss player who notably finished 4th at MLG Pro Circuit Dallas in 2011.

As a commentator, he worked major events such as season one of North American Star League and the 2012 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.

iNcontroL passed away painlessly on July 21 due to a blood clot in his lungs.

While he was only 33, his legacy will live on.

League of Legends

Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”