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MonteCristo reveals what it would take for him to return to LoL

Published: 5/Jun/2019 7:57 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 9:29

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles has revealed the circumstance under which he would consider a return to working in League of Legends.

Though MonteCristo has commentated in multiple esports titles, prior to joining the Overwatch League he was best known for his time in League of Legends, during which he and commentary duo Eric ‘DoA’ Lonnquist were the main voices for South Korea’s LCK.

During his time in League of Legends, MonteCristo had several run-ins with Riot Games. Working primarily for OGN, rather than for Riot directly as most commentators in the NA or EU LCS did, MonteCristo was often willing speak out against the developers.

It was the handling of the controversy surrounding his own NA LCS team, Renegades, that ultimately led to MonteCristo departing League of Legends for good, however.

The former LCK commentator held an ownership stake in Renegades in 2015 when his business partner, Chris Badawi, was banned from the LCS. Badawi had been responsible for operating the organization due to MonteCristo spending most of his time in South Korea.

Blizzard EntertainmentMonteCristo and DoA now work as one of the commentary pairs for the Overwatch League.

The official ban was for attempted poaching, although other accusations levelled against Badawi included mistreatment of Renegades players. MonteCristo himself was not accused of any wrongdoing.

In May 2016, however, a new competitive ruling announced that Renegades would be forced to sell its LCS spot on the basis of an alleged agreement between MonteCristo and Badawi to allow the latter to return to his ownership position when his ban was lifted. MonteCristo denies these allegations and claims not to have been provided with the supposed evidence by Riot, nor has such evidence been made public.

Given such a bitter end to their working relationship, it’s hard to imagine a world in which MonteCristo appears on a Riot Games broadcast again. While visiting the LCS, however, he was interviewed by LocoDoco, and when asked whether he’d consider returning to League of Legends in the event that the Overwatch League ended, revealed the terms under which he might.

“I would do it potentially if Riot made public apologies to me about everything that happened, but I really have no reason to work for a company that treated me like shit and if they acknowledge they did that maybe it can happen again.”

MonteCristo also reiterated that nothing short of a public apology would suffice, given the significance of public perception to him as a public figure.

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MonteCristo was a popular figure in League of Legends, responsible for multiple highlight moments both in the LCK and on international broadcasts – perhaps most famously the ‘SKT hype train’ at the Season 3 World Championship – so fans might be pleased to hear that there is a world in which he could return to the game, even if the circumstances for such a return seem quite unlikely.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.
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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.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“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.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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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.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

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.”