Perkz set to defect to LCS after Cloud9 agree to G2 Esports star’s whopping $5m buyout - Dexerto
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Perkz set to join Cloud9 after LCS team agree to G2 Esports’ $5m buyout

Published: 12/Nov/2020 23:53 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 0:24

by Isaac McIntyre

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Luca ‘Perkz’ Perković is set to become the latest European superstar to swap the LEC for the cashed-up North American LCS, with reports confirming G2 Esports’ mid laner will join heavyweights Cloud9 ahead of the 2021 season.

Perkz is regarded by many as one of the greatest European stars to ever play League of Legends. His move away from G2 ⁠— revealed in late October as a shock possibility ⁠— has been the must-watch saga of the 2021 offseason thus far.

Last week, reports had Cloud9 as frontrunners for his signature, ahead of LCS rivals Evil Geniuses, TSM, and 100 Thieves. Team Vitality and Misfits were also in the mix, for a time.

The race to acquire League’s hottest ‘free agent’ appears to now be over; Perkz is set to join Cloud9, according to Jacob Wolf. The 2020 deal is expected to be signed and stamped on Nov. 16, when the free agency window officially opens.

Perkz has played for G2 Esports since 2015, when they were still Gamers2.
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Perkz has played for G2 Esports since 2015, when they were still Gamers2.

The $5m acquisition also leaves Cloud9 with two star mid laners. As far as Dexerto can confirm, C9 will now put Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer on the LCS trade block.

Perkz’s impending transatlantic swap will leave G2 Esports without a bot laner heading into their impending LEC title defence; they will now dip into the open market. The rest of their roster is contracted through to 2022.

While with G2 Esports, Perkz won eight European titles, and claimed the MSI trophy in 2019. He was named Rookie of the Split in 2016, and made the European All-Pro Team four times. He first joined G2 — then called ‘Gamers2’ — in 2015.

Perkz has played more than 300 games of League of Legends under the G2 Esports banner.
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Perkz has played well over 300 games of League of Legends under the G2 Esports banner.

Rumors about potential G2 Esports replacements have already begun swirling behind the scenes too. The hottest tip is the LEC champs will look at their direct rivals, Fnatic, again; Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson is currently a free agent.

Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp is another reported frontrunner. The German bot laner has one year left on his contract with Astralis, but may be allowed to leave as the rebranded LEC organization looks to cut costs.

Cloud9 are expected to announce their superstar signing on Nov. 16. Perkz will reunite with former G2 bot laner Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen when he signs. Afonso ‘Mithy’ Rodríguez may also be in line to join Cloud9 as an assistant coach.

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How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 15:50

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3, however, as of writing, start times for the broadcast and matches are yet to be confirmed. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results

Thursday, December 3

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals TBD TBD TBD TBD
Renegades vs TSM TBD TBD TBD TBD

Friday, December 4

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Sentinels vs FaZe TBD TBD TBD TBD

Saturday, December 5

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Semifinals TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Sunday, December 6

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Grand Final TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!