League of Legends

G2 Perkz explains why he’s taking a break from LEC

Published: 28/Jun/2020 1:09 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 1:19

by Alan Bernal


G2’s star mid-laner Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković announced on June 27 that he will go on a break from the LEC next weekend, citing issues dealing with stress.

The Croatian ADC had just finished a 25-minute rout of league-rivals Fnatic before going on Twitter to say he wouldn’t be appearing in the lineup for G2’s next outing on the Rift.

“I’ve been having a bit of a hard time dealing with stress so I will be taking a break from competing next week so it feels really good taking a break on a very high note,” he said.

G2’s substitute ADC is Danish player Kristoffer ‘P1noy’ Pedersen, although G2 have yet to say that he will be subbing in. During Spring 2020, mid-laner Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther and Perkz swapped positions for the entire split.

His tweet comes weeks after he also shared the news of his father’s passing. In that same message, Perkz said that he was still planning to participate in the opening match of the LEC Summer 2020 split against MAD Lions, only three days after announcing his loss.

Earlier in the year, he spoke with InvenGlobal about player burnout and the intense workload they would typically go through during a regular season.

“Burnout also comes from your schedule, the way you decide to practice and live your life,” he said at the time. “I think in the past I had been overcompensating in my practice time and not taking care of myself and not having enough free time… In previous years, I was a little bit more stressed.”

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Perkz has lifted many trophies for G2 throughout his career.

The highs and lows of his packed schedule made him feel like he’d “been burned out for the past year and a half.” Fortunately, the seven-time LEC (formerly EU LCS) Champion said that he’s been “learning to balance it, being a little more relaxed” in 2020.

The 21-year-old is set to miss the Friday, July 3 match between G2 (4-3) and Misfits (4-3). The following day, G2 will face off against Excel Esports (2-5).

It’s unknown if next weekend’s games will be the only matches that Perkz sits out. He mentioned how he would be spending his time off, while also sounding enthusiastic about his team’s recent performance in the LEC.

“I will go home and enjoy some Croatian coast with my mother and brother. Really excited to vacation,” Perkz said, later adding. “Also, we are 4-0 being the Baron-less team. How nutty is that?”

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.