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Dark backstory for new League of Legends champion teased during Worlds

Published: 14/Oct/2019 2:32 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 3:02

by Isaac McIntyre


The dark backstory behind the next League of Legends champion has been teased during the 2019 World Championship, with Riot Games dropping a riveting cinematic cutscene right into the middle of the tournament’s action.

Following an epic clash between three-time champions SK Telecom T1 and perennial Chinese powerhouses Royal Never Give Up, fans were treated to the first official tease of the next champion to be released in 2019.

Recent rumors and leaks have suggested that players could soon take control of Lucian’s wife, who met her untimely demise at the hands of his arch-nemesis Thresh. With the tease starring both the gunslinger and the Chain Warden, it seems those leaks were right.

Riot Games, TwitchThe teaser released during the Worlds stream showed Thresh claiming Senna’s soul.

The 41-second clip, which dropped unexpectedly on-stream in front of more than 2 million viewers on YouTube and Twitch, shows Lucian remembering his wife’s death, before it cuts to the present in time for him to state that the two character’s ongoing conflict “ends now.”

Considering fans got a good look at the moment where Thresh claimed Senna’s soul with his powerful demonic lantern, and Lucian seems to be on his way to attempt a rescue mission, it seems likely Senna will be appearing in Riot’s MOBA in one form or another very soon.

According to Riot’s champion road map revealed earlier this year, Senna — if the new champion truly is Lucian’s lost love — will be a “very non-traditional marksman,” potentially based around smoke, spirits, and likely close to Thresh in nature.

The idea that Senna could be joining the massive League of Legends roster was further confirmed on August 16, when Riot accidentally uploaded an unfinished splash art piece depicting what appeared to be a spirit-based gunslinger wielding a massive gun.

Riot Games, TwitchIn the 41-second teaser, Lucian promises to “end” his battle with Thresh.

Theories based around the character’s withered right hand, and her shining blue eyes, all led fans to believe this was the first full-art depiction of Senna to appear in-game. Now the Worlds tease may just have confirmed those initial theories.

For fans, the potential appearance of Senna, who was first introduced to the game’s extensive lore back in 2013, has got them on the edge of their seats. Some have even gone so far as to threaten serious action if the tease doesn’t lead to Senna’s addition to the game.

“If this is not Senna I will break my desk with my head,” one particularly passionate fan said, while others praised Riot for the surprise tease drop during the tournament: “Dope to actually see something. Love it when they put stuff on stream unexpectedly.”

Considering this short tease showed nothing of Lucian’s and Thresh’s ongoing conflict, or how Senna is released from the lantern, there’s a good chance more of these rapid-fire videos could be lying in wait during the championship event’s stream.

Keep your eyes peeled — with how short the clip was, and the fact it came straight after a post-match interview, ducking off for a much-needed snack break or grabbing a few minutes shut-eye to combat an early morning start may mean you miss more of the interesting teases.

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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


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.”