The LEC and LCS champions are set to face in an EU vs NA final at MSI 2019, following League of Legends landscape has shifted over the past few months from the usual dominance of the Korean and Chinese rosters at international events, to a more balanced and competitive environment.
Off the back of Team Liquid’s incredible win over the reigning world champions, Invictus Gaming, which saw them secure their place in the final, the matchup between G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 became highly anticipated to see who would join alongside them.
G2 Esports are representing Europe at MSI 2019 following their win at LEC Spring playoffs.
The competitive series between G2 Esports and SKT T1 managed to go the distance in a five game back and forth, which was made even more dramatic with a series of pauses and technical issues during the early stages of the matchup.
Ultimately, it was G2 Esports who came out on top with an impressive team performance against Faker and the rest of the SK Telecom T1 lineup, winning the series 3-2 overall.
G2 Esports have now made history by taking their place alongside Team Liquid after edging out SKT T1, in what will be the first ever EU vs NA grand final at a major international League of Legends event.
With the international competitive gap closing among the major regions, many fans are interested to see which team will come out on top and claim their share of the $250,000 prize pool.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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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.”