Hylissang to ink new Fnatic deal, Rekkles future still in doubt - Dexerto
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Hylissang to ink new Fnatic deal, Rekkles future still in doubt

Published: 16/Nov/2020 0:25

by Isaac McIntyre


Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Galabov will be a Fnatic star for at least another year, with the Bulgarian signing a new contract extension, but it may be without lane duo Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson; the Swedish ADC has yet to settle on his LEC future.

Fnatic’s offseason has been rife with question marks. The organization’s League of Legends roster had a mixed 2020 season, crowned by a scintillating 3-2 slugfest against Worlds faves Top Esports in the sudden-death Shanghai quarter-finals.

Bot lane power-combo Hylissang and Rekkles are both off-contract on Nov. 16, and have been in negotiations since Worlds ended. 

Fnatic has also been looking to move on mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek, with Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer a likely replacement.

At least one half of Fnatic’s bot lane ⁠— widely regarded as one of the best pairings in League of Legends—will remain in orange and black for 2021 at least; Hylissang has reportedly inked a one-year contract extension.

The new deal will see him remain with the team until at least Nov. 2021, though he will again hit the League of Legends player market at the end of next season.

Fnatic fans will be hoping Hylissang and Rekkles stay together heading into 2021.
Riot Games
Fnatic fans will be hoping Hylissang and Rekkles stay together heading into 2021.

Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau and Oskar ‘Selfmade’ Boderek have also signaled intentions to see out the final years of their Fnatic contracts.

This leaves just Rekkles yet to settle on his future in the LEC, or abroad. His long-term rival Luca ‘Perkz’ Perković has defected to North America to join LCS heavyweights Cloud9, a switch that leaves G2 Esports without a bot laner.

Rumors behind the scenes in Europe’s top-flight league is Rekkles could be G2’s number-one target. The move would be similar to their acquisition of Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther in early 2018.

Slotting the Swede into G2’s bot lane with Mikyx would be a straight upgrade for the eight-time LEC champs, and weaken arch-rivals Fnatic at the same time.

It would be a shock swap; Rekkles has been very vocal about his desire to retire at Fnatic. He said after Worlds he was “very interested” in “running it back” with the team in 2021. “We got a taste of how good this team can be.”

Rekkles becomes a free agent on Nov. 16, and has yet to re-sign with Fnatic.
Riot Games
Rekkles becomes a free agent on Nov. 16, and has yet to re-sign with Fnatic.

In other League of Legends signing news, Counter Logic Gaming has picked up Broxah and Finn to lead their new-look LCS roster.

100 Thieves are also making moves; Nadeshot’s LoL roster is reportedly adding Golden Guardians duo FBI and Closer in a major signing coup.

Perhaps the biggest LCS switch outside of Perkz joining C9, however, is TSM signing PowerOfEvil to replace star-turned-coach Bjergsen; that deal will be locked when the League free agency trade window opens on Nov. 16.

Keep up with all the LoL offseason roster moves in Dexerto’s dedicated trade tracker.

Call of Duty

Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.