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LoL: Jankos admits he’s worried about G2 Esports’ chances at Worlds

Published: 7/Oct/2019 4:19 Updated: 7/Oct/2019 5:38

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends World Championship, and admitted his team had been struggling to defeat the ‘f*cking good’ teams in recent scrims.

Many League of Legends fans count LEC champions G2 among the favorites for Riot’s major tournament after the star-studded European squad won the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Team Liquid in Taipei earlier this year.

Because G2 and TL both defeated star-studded Eastern teams in the semi-finals of the last international — world champions Invictus Gaming fell to the NA squad 3-1, while G2 pipped SK Telecom T1 in a five-game series — there are rising expectations for similar results in Europe.

Riot GamesJankos was crowned LEC most valuable player for his outstanding Summer Split.

Contrary to that general view, Jankowski, who experienced the full might of the Eastern teams in recent scrim sessions, revealed to his fans during his October 5 broadcast that G2 may have underestimated the LCK and LPL rosters a bit before the tournament.

“Everybody says the Western teams can beat the Eastern teams, like G2 can beat Korea and China and some of those teams, but we did scrim some Asian teams and guys… oh my god, they are actually good at the game,” he said, laughing uncontrollably.

“We were so cocky, and we thought they were not good at the game, but they’re actually so fucking good at the game. Oh my god,” the G2 star said, before adding a kicker that suggested he may be hamming it up a little. “Yeah, it’s fine though, there’s always 2020.”

Jankos’ viewers had more confidence in the Summer MVP, telling him via donations that he and his team would absolutely win Worlds. He took on a deep voice and agreed with them: “Yeah, yeah! Don’t worry, we are the chads, doing the chad things. We got it.”

Riot GamesJankos shared a laugh with his fans regarding G2’s chances at the World Championship.

Jankos’ assessment of the Eastern superteams descending on Berlin for the competition’s group stage on October 12 comes just days after Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther delivered a resounding, and comedic, message to his former Fnatic teammate Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson.

Rekkles has often struggled to find his footing against Royal Never Give Up’s Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao, recently losing 3-0 at MSI in 2018 and 3-1 in the 2017 Worlds quarter-finals, and G2’s mid laner thought he could lift his spirits ahead of the do-or-die group fixtures.

“Tenth time’s the charm,” Caps joked during G2’s group discussion video. “This is a really important match, I believe in you guys, you have to bring the whole team to bot lane and fight them, maybe pull out some mages. Rekkles, play recklessly.”

G2 and Fnatic begin their Worlds campaigns on October 12. G2 will face Cloud9 and Griffin in Group A, while Fnatic will play RNG and SKT in Group C. Both will also have a Play-In roster added to their groups following the qualifying knockout round this week.

Follow all the action from the 2019 World Championship at our live tournament hub.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.