League of Legends

Fnatic’s Rekkles speaks out about Caps leaving for chief rivals G2 Esports

Published: 8/Feb/2019 11:18 Updated: 8/Feb/2019 11:55

by Joe O'Brien


Fnatic League of Legends star Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has given his perspective on the shock departure of his former mid-laner Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther.

Caps’ departure from Fnatic was arguably the most surprising move in any region during the League of Legends off-season. Fnatic were coming off a historic finals finish at the World Championship, hailed by many as the best Western team of all time, and having won both splits of the EU LCS in 2018.

Despite that immense success, Caps chose to leave the team, replacing his chief domestic rival in the mid-lane – Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, who himself role-swapped to AD Carry – on G2 Esports, Fnatic’s biggest rival organization.

During a recent stream, Fnatic AD Carry Rekkles gave his perspective on the move. Though he was originally very frustrated with Caps’ decision, particularly as Caps didn’t discuss it with him beforehand, he now recognizes that Caps was correct in some of the issues he identified with Fnatic when making the decision to leave.

Riot GamesCaps’ dominance has been a big factor in G2’s flawless run in the LEC so far.

“Nowadays I’m not salty any more.,” Rekkles said. “After seeing which problems we have now, and the fact that he left saying that there were problems, makes it seem that he just wanted to win rather than going for another reason.

“But I still feel a bit bad about the fact that he didn’t talk to me, I just thought we were closer friends than that.”

In the opening weeks of the LEC, the results so far seem to have vindicated Caps. G2 Esports stand as the only undefeated team in the league, while Fnatic sit in ninth place with just a single win to their name.

Fnatic and G2 Esports are set to clash for the first time on Saturday, February 9, as the final match of the LEC Spring Split’s fourth week.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.