FORG1VEN already ranked top 10 in Challenger ahead of League of Legends pro return - Dexerto
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FORG1VEN already ranked top 10 in Challenger ahead of League of Legends pro return

Published: 8/Apr/2019 12:11 Updated: 8/Apr/2019 15:04

by Joe O'Brien

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Former H2k AD Carry Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou has returned his focus to League of Legends, and is already proving that he’s still got what it takes to play at an elite level.

FORG1VEN is one of the most infamous players European League of Legends has ever produced, a phenomenally talented AD Carry whose single-minded drive for success has at times seen him labeled as “toxic” for his uncompromising manner.

FORG1VEN hasn’t played in the EU LCS – now the LEC – since the 2016 season, but within two and a half weeks of his return to playing on the ranked ladder he’s already broken the top ten of Challenger on the EU West (EUW) server, at the time of writing, sitting at eighth.

As the Spring season comes to a close and teams evaluate their positions ahead of the Summer split, and with FORG1VEN having announced free agency, it seems he could very soon be back to competing at the highest level.

Riot GamesFORG1VEN is one of Europe’s most notorious AD Carries.

Why did FORG1VEN take a break from League of Legends?

Unfortunately for his League of Legends career, as a Greek national, FORG1VEN is subject to compulsory military service.

The subject of FORG1VEN’s military duty first came up in the 2016 Spring split while he was competing for H2k, during which he announced in an emotional post-game interview that he might have to leave the team prematurely.

Fortunately, FORG1VEN was able to defer his service and complete the 2016 season, ultimately attending the World Championship with H2k and making a run to the semi-finals, at the time matching the best result for European teams in the modern Worlds format.

Since then, however, FORG1VEN’s looming military duty has kept him out of the upper echelons of competition, only appearing as a one-off for Origen in the European Masters Spring 2018 tournament, which the squad won.

As of April 3, FORG1VEN has since completed his service, and is now free once again to pursue his career in League of Legends.

Riot GamesFORG1VEN was one of the driving forces behind H2k’s semi-final run at Worlds 2016.

Will forgiven get a spot on an LEC or LCS team?

For most players, two years out of the top tier of competition would likely make returning to a team in one of the major leagues quite difficult.

Such is FORG1VEN’s talent, however, that he seems to be having little difficulty in dominating ranked play, and this display of retained skill in combination with his reputation and resume make him an enticing prospect for teams looking to upgrade at the AD Carry position heading into Summer.

While FORG1VEN has only ever competed in Europe, his statement of free agency specifically noted that he is open to offers from all regions, and so moving to a team in North America’s LCS could also be a possibility.

There have been speculations that FORG1VEN could be an option for Rogue, a move that would simultaneously address the team’s bot lane struggles and reunite FORG1VEN with his former support Oskar ‘Vander’ Bogdan.

Historically, FORG1VEN has expressed an interest in only joining teams he feel can be championship contenders – a prospect Rogue, the last-place finishers in Spring, seem a fair way off right now – but it’s possible that a teammate he enjoys playing alongside and the chance to prove himself once again in Europe could sway him.

While FORG1VEN’s destination, if any, is the subject of pure guesswork at this stage, whichever team does pick him up will undoubtedly be watched with great interest at the start of the summer split.

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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.”