Only two teams remain in the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
This year’s historic tournament has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable to date.
For the first time since 2013, the champion is guaranteed to not be a South Korean team. The country that has dominated almost since first entering the game as an international contender was this year eliminated entirely in the quarter-finals, their worst showing ever at a World Championship.
At the end of a gruelling month of competition, just Fnatic and Invictus Gaming remain standing. One will walk away with the trophy, their names immortalized in the game’s history and their champions immortalized with skins in the game itself.
The two are actually meeting for the second time, having faced off in the group stages. There it was iG who drew first blood, but Fnatic responded with a win of their own and another in the tie-breaker to claim the top seed.
The final will begin with an opening ceremony featuring a live performance of this year’s Worlds anthem “Rise”, as well as “several surprises” and a special performance debut of a new Riot-produced son featuring Madison Beer, Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns.
The final showdown between Fnatic and Invictus will take place on Saturday November 3 at the following international times:
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.”