Faker and Doublelift go on hilariously awkward "date" at LoL MSI - Dexerto
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Faker and Doublelift go on hilariously awkward “date” at LoL MSI

Published: 17/May/2019 8:36 Updated: 17/May/2019 9:02

by Joe O'Brien

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SK Telecom T1’s Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok and Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng met up for a “date” at the League of Legends 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

When SKT won LCK Spring, Faker stated that he hoped to meet Doublelift at this year’s MSI. Following Team Liquid’s own victory in the LCS finals, Doublelift responded by saying “Faker asked me out on a date last night in LCK, so I have to do that.”

With both players advancing to the MSI playoffs, that “date” finally happened, in a meeting that Doublelift described as “the most awkward thing I’ve ever done in my whole life.”

During the meeting, Faker and Doublelift were asked a series of questions for which they had to give their answers simultaneously. Things were going well for the pair until they were asked which key they have Flash bound to, with Faker answering “F” and Doublelift “D”.

Faker has previously been known to describe players who use Flash on D as being destined for a rank of Silver, the lowest on the ladder. Doublelift admitted “I’m not proud of it”, while Faker said “shame on you.”

Riot GamesSKT won both of their group stage games against Team Liquid.

The pair also disagreed on whether they’d rather finish with a score of 10/0/0 and lose, or 0/10/0 and win, with Faker proving more focused on his own stats.

Faker and Doublelift ended by saying they each hoped to meet the other in the MSI final, although Doublelift’s request for Faker to “go easy on me” was met with a flat-out “no.”

If Faker and Doublelift are indeed to meet in the MSI finals, they’ll first have to go through their semi-final opponents.

Team Liquid are set to face reigning World Champions Invictus Gaming on May 17, who have been in dominant form at the event so far, losing only a single game – their last of the group stage, to SKT.

SK Telecom T1, meanwhile, will face G2 Esports on May 18, who beat them in both of their matches during the group stage. With SKT appearing to ramp up towards the end of the groups while G2 began to waver, however, their semi-final could very much go either way.

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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

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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.”