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StarCraft issues touching tribute to Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson

Published: 22/Jul/2019 21:54 Updated: 22/Jul/2019 22:14

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard’s official StarCraft Twitter account posted a touching message on the passing of former pro turned commentator Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson on Monday, July 22. 

The post reads, “thank you for everything, Geoff. StarCraft won’t be the same without you.” 

A graphic with more information was attached. It reads: “We are heartbroken to see the news about Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson. Between playing, streaming, casting, and hosting, he touched most everyone who follows StarCraft with his wit and passion.” 

The post concluded, “He’ll be sincerely missed and forever part of the legacy of the game. Our deepest condolences to his family.”

Blizzard does have a history of honoring respected community figures within their games. It’s possible they’ll be doing something similar for iNcontrol as they did for Dennis “‘Internethulk’ Hawelka when he passed away. 

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On the Eichenwalde map in Overwatch, the words “I *heart* D H” were added to a crusader poster. Considering Internethulk was from Germany, the tribute made sense on this map.

Overwatch League also has an award in his honor given to the player who had the most positive impact on the community at the end of each season.

The company could immortalize iNcontrol in some form, but nothing has been officially announced

Late on Sunday, July 21, it was announced that iNcontrol unexpectedly passed on Saturday, July 20 after suffering from a sudden illness.

He was only 33. 

iNcontroliNcontrol was a former StarCraft player and commentator

The statement on his social media page read: “With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements.”

“Geoff is deeply loved across many communities and we’re all working to make sure his affairs are in order as he’d want,” the post concluded. 

iNcontrol was a StarCraft 2 Protoss player before moving onto commentary where he worked events such as season one of North American Star League and the 2012 DreamHack Open: Stockholm. 

The cause of death has not been disclosed and Robinson’s family has asked for privacy at this time. 

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.”