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Rekkles reportedly signs with G2 Esports after declining Fnatic contract

Published: 18/Nov/2020 21:28 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 22:29

by Alan Bernal

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Swedish ADC Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has reportedly joined G2 Esports hours after declining a new contract with his longtime team, Fnatic.

It’s the end of an era for the orange and black. After G2’s ADC slot opened up with the departure of Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, speculations arose of Rekkles making his move to the LEC Champions.

On November 18, Fnatic announced that they had offered him a lucrative deal that would include “a long-term plan for his future after his playing career,” but were notified that Rekkles would not re-sign with the team.

The decision ends Rekkles’ eight-year stint with Fnatic, and will now join regional rivals G2, according to Esportmaniacos’ Pablo Suárez.

The face of Fnatic’s LoL team is set to join the G2 Army ranks. Fnatic are now actively looking for Rekkles’ replacement after the surprise announcement now leaves them with a void to fill.

“This marks the culmination of negotiations towards his new contract, and the end of his eight years and almost 600 games in the black and orange,” Fnatic wrote. “Martin had previously indicated his preference to stay and re-sign earlier this year… Martin has made the decision to move on.”

The org was prepared to court Rekkles, 24, with the “largest offer Fnatic has ever made to a player.” Though it was declined, likely to pursue deeper runs in the postseason.

In recent splits, Fnatic’s success in the LEC has been hampered by G2 Esports. The last three occasions Rekkles and Fnatic made it to the LEC regular season finals, they’ve been thwarted by G2 every single time.

But now Rekkles will be joining the team that has long denied him a trophy in the current era, keeping G2 as the heavy favorites for repeat success in 2021.

Rekkles will reunite with Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther who defected from Fnatic in 2018 after a 0-3 series loss to Invictus Gaming in the Worlds Finals. G2 were swept in the following year against FunPlus Phoenix on the grand stage.

The changing of the guard in the LEC will now find Rekkles donning G2’s iconic black and red colors in the 2021 campaign.

G2 Esports expected 2021 roster:

  • Top – Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen
  • Jungle – Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski
  • Mid – Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther
  • Bot – Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson
  • Support – Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle
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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.