Caps was considered by many to be the best mid-laner in Europe this season, winning playoffs MVP in Summer and being placed at 9th
on the 2018 Worlds Top 20, the second-highest ranked mid-laner in the tournament.
Perkz shone in the mid lane for G2’s incredible upset over Royal Never Give Up.
Perkz has played in the mid lane for G2 Esports since their formation, the only common factor across a number of line-ups in a history that includes four back-to-back EU LCS titles, a finals appearance at the 2017 MSI and a semi-finals run at this year’s World Championship that included a best-of-five win over pre-tournament favorites Royal Never Give Up.
It was recently officially confirmed that both G2 Esports and Fnatic will return to the newly-rebrand LoL European Championship as one of ten franchises in 2019.
With the off-season having officially begun as contracts across all regions came to an end on November 19, major roster news is already surfacing, with confirmation of Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s future and big moves for NA LCS champions Team Liquid already being announced.
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.”