League of Legends

LoL: Listen to the moment G2’s Jankos realized he’s “better” than Faker

Published: 6/Nov/2019 22:37 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 23:36

by Alan Bernal

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G2 Esports’ League of Legends team overcame longtime Korean powerhouse SK T1 Telecom in a thrilling Worlds 2019 semifinals – and Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković was hyped for his jungler.

There’s been a shift of power as to which competitive LoL region stands on top all others. Historically it’s been Korea with SKT’s Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok leading the way, but European and LPL representatives have been putting together stellar performances internationally to contest the top title.

With their 3-1 series win over SKT, the G2 army celebrated another incredible win on their way to the Worlds 2019 Finals led by an MVP performance from Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski.

Perkz has Jankos over Faker

His dominance on the Rift definitely didn’t go unnoticed by his team while on stage, as heard in G2’s peek into the voice comms from the Palacio Vistalegre stage.

Before loading up into what would be the fourth and final game of the series, Perkz was impressed with his jungler so far in the semis.

“Jankos, you want me to say it?” Perkz said looking toward the LEC Summer 2019 MVP to his right. “I’ll say it: You’re literally better than Faker.”

Without a moment’s hesitation Jankos let out a victorious clap before blasting into the mic “Yeah!.”

As good as the G2 lineup is, they’re actually equally wholesome as a team seeing as they’ve all grown quite accustomed to each other.

Colin Young-Wolff/Riot GamesJankos has been having a historic 2019, leading some to believe he could top the best in the world.

Even though the interaction between the two was a charming as any other in Worlds semifinal’s history, Perkz actually touched on a hot topic of debate for many LoL fans.

On every list of the top players at Worlds 2019, Jankos and Faker are consistently featured. While they’re undoubtedly top players in their respective positions, there’s a solid debate on which could actually be the “better” player in the current era.

Though that question doesn’t seem to exist in Perkz’s mind, especially after Jankos led the way on the road to topple SKT and Faker in a best of five. In that series, Jankos had a 3.3 KDA and a 67.8% Kill Participation that kept G2 in the game against a stacked SKT side.

Even though Faker held his own in that series, even his historically dominant Ryze couldn’t stop the G2 army. His 729-day streak without an international loss on the Rune Mage was snapped by G2 after game three of the semifinals. In the four games, Faker was down in CS for most of the series opposite of his G2 counterpart.

For those who still aren’t convinced, Jankos will have another chance to prove himself when the G2 army face off against FunPlus Phoenix in the Worlds 2019 Grand Finals on November 10.

Esports

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

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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.

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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.