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Pobelter makes surprising return to LCS as CLG mid laner

Published: 20/Feb/2020 13:25

by Joe O'Brien


League of Legends pro Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park is set to return to the LCS as the starting mid laner for Counter Logic Gaming.

Pobelter will be taking the place of Lee ‘Crown’ Min-ho, starting with CLG’s matches against Cloud9 and FlyQuest in week five of the LCS.

The change comes as CLG sits in last place after four weeks of the LCS spring split, having won only one of their eight matches so far – two fewer than their closest competitors, with three teams currently tied at a 3-5 record above them.

Pobelter is one of the LCS’ more veteran players, competing in the league since 2014. His most notable achievements came with Team Liquid in 2018, winning both Spring and Summer titles before being replaced by Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen ahead of the 2019 season.

Team Liquid League of Legends pose at LCS finals 2018
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Pobelter won both LCS titles with Team Liquid in 2018.

He played the 2019 season with FlyQuest, but in the offseason ahead of 2020 was left out of the roster moves. He originally took up a position as a coach for Team Liquid, but was almost required to step into the squad as a Jungler after both Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen and Shern ‘Shernfire’ Cherng Tai, the team’s intended LCS and Academy junglers respectively, suffered visa delays.

With Shernfire arriving just days before the start of the Spring split, however, Pobelter did not end up representing Team Liquid, but he will now return to play in his proper position for Counter Logic Gaming.

With his return to play, Pobelter becomes the only North American-born player competing as a starting mid laner in the league, with all other teams fielding players who are either filling an import slot, or who were originally counted as imports but have earned NA residency, such as Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg.

Pobelter’s first test in LCS Spring 2020 will be a tough one, as he’s set to make his debut against Cloud9, the only undefeated team in the league. His second match will be against FlyQuest, who are tied for second place with a 5-3 record.

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Cloud9 sign LoL star Perkz following G2 Rekkles transfer

Published: 20/Nov/2020 20:08 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 21:24

by Theo Salaun


Confirming weeks of rumors, G2 Esports’ Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic is officially leaving the LEC for the North American LCS, as the legendary Western mid laner joining Cloud9’s League of Legends roster ahead of 2021. 

Known to many as one of Europe’s greatest LoL players ever, Perkz was G2’s longest-serving player, but appeared destined to move on as he sought a return to his preferred role in the mid lane. Earlier in November, reports suggested that Cloud9 paid up for the $5 million buyout and would be signing Perkz when the market opened on November 16.

Some days past that point and just as Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson was announced as a star signing and replacement for G2, Cloud9 have officialized their newest addition and have quickly become early favorites in NA.

The team was particularly complimentary of Perkz in their announcement, making sure fans know exactly how prestigious this signing is (and why he cost so much to acquire): “We are bringing the most accomplished and most impactful Western player in the history of League of Legends to C9LoL.”

As for their new star’s expectations for the team and himself, he was also very clear about what a big deal this should be: “I’m not coming here to retire. I’m coming here to dominate and absolutely demoralize my opponents and to take this region higher than it’s ever been before. So, watch me.”

Having played in the LEC for his entire career, Perkz comes with a stacked mantle, as he led G2 to eight European championships during his time there. From rookie awards to All-Pro nods and an IEM MVP selection, the veteran midlaner is as established a Western star as can be, and he hopes to return to that success in his first North American foray.

It was a weird finale to his time with G2, as Perkz was believed to have wanted the mid role to himself, but the presence of Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther made that all but impossible. Instead, the two parties opted to part ways (amicably, if Perkz and team owner Carlos ‘ocelote’ Santiago are to be believed), with G2 bringing in the renowned Rekkles and Perkz getting to play the role he prefers on Cloud9.

So far, Perkz appears to be as excited about the change in scenery as C9 fans are. In a follow-up to his announcement tweet, the star made a bold challenge to himself and his team: “2021 will be the first year NA places higher than EU.”

If that’s to be the case, then Perkz will have to prove that his reunion with Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen is more than wholesome, but an actual threat to the LoL standings.