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G2 Perkz explains why returning to the mid lane has been “easy”

Published: 11/Feb/2020 13:01

by Kamil Malinowski

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G2 Esports veteran Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković explained how his transition back to the mid lane has been “easy” as the team got off to a flying start in the LEC. 

G2 surprised fans with a role swap in 2018 when star mid-laner Rasmus ‘Caps’ Borregaard Winther joined the team, shifting Perkz to the bot lane – a position he had never played before competitively.

However, it worked out amazingly, with the team reaching all-time highs and cementing themselves a place as one of the best LoL squads in the world. 2019 was a record year for the team as they dominated the European region, took home the Mid-Season Invitational, and made it to the final of the World Championship.

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G2 had a great 2019, but chose to switch it up yet again in 2020, with Perkz heading back to the mid lane.

Most fans thought the team would continue as is into 2020 and build on their success, but they were shocked yet again as Perkz and Caps swapped roles at the start of the year.

So far the team is 6-0 in the LEC and shows no signs of slowing down, and Perkz has even claimed returning to his original position was “easy” in an interview with Riot Games.

“It’s been pretty easy. I thought it was going to be hard to learn new champs like Akali, Qiyana, and Sylas because I didn’t play them, but I played Sylas a lot on my alt last Spring when he was released. I had like 50 games on him because I thought he was so fun.”

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Akali is one of many Champions that Perkz had to practice to get back into the mid lane.

He then added that he even feels that he has an advantage with some champions due to his extensive experience and has been practicing hard with a few key picks.

“I played Akali back in 2018… in 2019, people got good on her, so I spent around 100 games on her during the off-season and a bit less on Qiyana, but she’s easier to play. I think I’ve already caught up on those champions, and on the others, I should have an edge because I have so much experience on them” he said.

Clearly, the Croatian pro isn’t afraid of his opponents and will be looking to build on the success of the team as he was able to quickly learn the newest mid-laners.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.