Ocelote explains why G2's Perkz and Caps are role-swapping for LEC 2020 - Dexerto
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Ocelote explains why G2’s Perkz and Caps are role-swapping for LEC 2020

Published: 17/Jan/2020 4:53 Updated: 17/Jan/2020 5:16

by Isaac McIntyre

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After months of speculation over G2 Esports’ bold new role swap, it’s official – Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther and Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković will be changing places heading into the new League of Legends season.

On paper, the decision to take two of their strongest pieces and send them through a Freaky Friday loop maybe be a strange one, especially considering the European champions made it to the World Championship final with their current lineup.

According to G2 owner Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodríguez, however, there are only upsides to the two stars changing between mid and bot lane, especially considering Perkz played four of his five years with the roster in the team’s center-piece role.

Perkz celebrates at the Mid-Season Invitational
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G2’s founding star Perkz is returning to his original mid lane role after a year at the bottom of Summoner’s Rift.

That’s not to say it will automatically be a success in the same vein as the Croatian’s move to ADC in 2019, Ocelote added. Perkz will be settling back into his old position, but Caps is unproven alongside Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle in the dual lane.

“It can go both ways,” the G2 owner told ESPN at the LEC’s 2020 media day. 

“It either doesn’t work at all, in which case that’s great, we have the Summer Split and they’ll re-swap then, and we have a mental edge and the real sh*t starts. Or it works, and whatever we pick, no one will know where it’s going.

“It working, and giving us that extra boost, is the best-case scenario. Last year we completely changed the game in regards to what is played bot lane. This year I think we can change the game by what is played and who goes where.”

Caps and Perkz standing on the Worlds final stage
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G2 made the 2019 Worlds final with Perkz in the bot lane, but now they’re making another bold change.

G2’s coup signing of arch-rival Fnatic’s young star Caps played a key role in their resurgent campaign last year. After watching their LEC opponents claim back-to-back titles, and fall just short in the Worlds final, G2 made their daring move.

That shock acquisition, and Perkz’s surprising strong performances in the bot lane, rivaling even legendary AD carry Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson, meant G2’s gamble paid off. They took control of drafts, and brought “controlled chaos” to the Rift.

While Ocelote is certainly reaping the benefits of the strange, and ultimately right, decision to overhaul how they approached bot lane, he admits it wasn’t his call. He pointed at Perkz, and the rest of the team, as the reason they had shone last year.

“This game, and honestly, I take no credit here, is to the players’ credit at how LoL is played,” he explained, and said he was excited to see even more ‘chaotic’ variation coming out of the championship roster after the new role swap.

“I think if this team keeps together, and stays motivated to be together, we will see every single year that the game becomes more and more loose, and there are no roles. Everyone goes everywhere, and it’s chaos. Controlled chaos.”

Carlos and Sjokz at the Worlds grand final
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G2 founder Carlos says he has faith Perkz and Caps know what they’re doing.

Now, it’s just a matter of seeing how well Caps takes to his new role. He made consecutive appearances in the Worlds decider playing mid lane, and now has to settle into a late-game carry rather than the explosive playmaker he was before.

From the sounds of things, it’s already going well.

“Caps just smashed Rekkles in scrims today,” Perkz revealed on Twitter on January 13, potentially goading his Fnatic rival. “Gonna be a great year.”

It may be a while before fans are treated to the Rekkles-Caps matchup that has been teased since G2’s Danish star first revealed his move to bot “to beat Rekkles in his own lane,” however – the two champions don’t meet until Week 3.

G2 has an interesting path to that Fnatic meeting too, starting off with Mad Lions and SK Gaming on January 24-25. They then play Team Vitality and fellow title contenders Origen, before finally reaching the dynamic third week.

On the other side of the rivalry, Fnatic being their 2020 campaign with new-look jungler Oskar ‘Selfmade’ Boderek against Origen and Misfits in the opening round, before coming face to face with Schalke and SK in February.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.