LoL: Rekkles slams Worlds seeding after Fnatic draw 'group of death' - Dexerto
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LoL: Rekkles slams Worlds seeding after Fnatic draw ‘group of death’

Published: 24/Sep/2019 0:55 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 1:45

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends star Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has slammed Riot’s seeding system ahead of the 2019 World Championship, after Fnatic was placed into a stacked Group C alongside powerhouses SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up.

European runners-up Fnatic entered the Worlds draw in Pool 2, after falling to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of G2 Esports in the LEC final in Athens. Their second-rung status saw them draw the ‘group of death’ alongside Korean champions SKT, and perennial Chinese giants RNG.

While many could see it as a chance to prove Fnatic deserves its current status as one of the best teams in international League of Legends, the team’s veteran AD carry Rekkles believes the fact that one of the top five teams will be punted in groups is “fucking stupid.”

Riot GamesRekkles will be attending his fifth World Championship with Fnatic.

“Haven’t we been here before? I feel like I see this group every year, and normally it’s never me, but not it’s me. Isn’t it always this fucking group?” the Fnatic star asked during the team’s live-streamed discussion of the Worlds pools.

“In 2016, Splyce had it, and 2017 [G2 Esports], right? Then Vitality had it, and now we have it. Every year this group exists, and it really triggers me … holy shit, it’s so unlucky. Tell me again how this is not fucking unlucky, and how it’s a good thing? Now is a good time.”

For mobile users, the video segment starts at 8:27.

Rekkles’ main concerns stem from the fact that he considers RNG, SKT, and his own team among the contenders for the title. With how Riot’s draw system works, one of the major players in the championship won’t be moving on from Berlin’s group stage.

“It’s so unbalanced. SKT, RNG, and us, we’re probably top five in the tournament, I think, in terms of team strength, and we’re all in the same group. It’s just fucking stupid,” he said.

“All three of us are better than Griffin, probably, and then G2 is up there as well with us three, and you put IG in there as well, or maybe FPX. You have three of them in the same group, it’s just fucking retarded.”

Riot GamesGroup A and C are considered by many to be the toughest pools in the Worlds draw.

Overall, however, Fnatic’s backroom staff and star players have welcomed the major challenge they’ll now face when they step on stage at the Verti Music Hall from October 12. 

If the European titans can escape the community-branded ‘group of death,’ they will have already made a key step towards securing their second international LoL title, after already eliminated one of the top contenders for the Season 9 throne.

“You have to see it from another angle,” head coach Joey ‘Youngbuck’ Steltenpool said of the tough group. “If we make it out of this group, we’ve actually done something. It’s not like we’ve beaten Phong Vũ Buffalo and Flash Wolves. We’ve actually beat the good teams.”

Riot GamesFnatic head coach Youngbuck believes their Worlds draw is a chance to prove their quality.

That mentality didn’t fill Rekkles with confidence, however. The Swedish marksman is now set to face ADC superstars like Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao and Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong, and he joked he’ll need all the help he can get: “Hylissang, I hope you’re ready to bang it, because I’m ‘bagging it.”

Keep up to date with all the tournament action with our 2019 World Championship hub.

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Perkz hits back at early LCS doubters: “I’m not here to prove anyone right or wrong”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 2:43 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 3:02

by Isaac McIntyre


Perkz has hit back at “doubters” after a mixed opening week in LCS Lock In with Cloud9: the mid laner didn’t move to the North American league to “prove anyone right or wrong” in 2021. Instead, he’s just enjoying the “new adventure.”

Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković’s big-money move ⁠— he signed a rich $8m deal with C9 in November ⁠— was the shock swap of the offseason, as the Croatian left G2 Esports after five years, eight LEC titles, and a Mid-Season Invitational victory.

That switch put all League of Legends eyes on the newly-minted Cloud9 star as he made his LCS debut in the preseason ‘Lock In’ tournament last Friday.

Things didn’t quite go as expected; Cloud9 tumbled to a 21–10 loss to Evil Geniuses, with Perkz recording seven deaths just a day after boasting he “wouldn’t die once.” It was a rough start to life in North America, but one that Perkz doesn’t think changes anything.

“Obviously we lost [on Friday], and that blows, but it doesn’t change anything for the season,” the Croatian promised in an interview with Dexerto. “We’re doing pretty well in scrims, and ⁠— in general ⁠— everything is going pretty well.”

Despite a day-one loss, Perkz has high hopes for Cloud9 in 2021.
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Despite a Day 1 loss, Perkz has high hopes for Cloud9 in 2021.

C9 bounced back with two wins, rolling over FlyQuest in an almost-perfect game, before Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen and Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang dismantled Immortals in a 19–4 battle to close out their weekend. Perkz never really got rolling, however.

His quiet performance on Zoe, paired with “tank-duty” against FlyQuest, and that ⁠— in Perkz’s words ⁠— “kinda int” Yone game, has seen LoL fans asking questions.

After all, Perkz is one of the biggest LoL stars in the world. He’s pocketing the second-highest pay packet in North America’s history, and was dubbed a savior for the LCS in a way no other international signing has since Bjergsen in 2013.

In true Luka Perković fashion, though, he doesn’t care.

“I don’t actually mind what other people say. I’m not here to prove anybody else [and their opinions] right or wrong. I’m just here for my own personal growth. Doing the best I can in a new adventure,” the Cloud9 mid laner admitted.

“I don’t really care what the analysts or [other] pro players say because it’s irrelevant to me. I know we’re going to do well as a team. That’s it.”

"Getting on the same page" key for Perkz and Cloud9 in Lock In.
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“Getting on the same page” is key for Perkz and Cloud9 in preseason Lock In event.

There’s only one thing that matters to him: getting on the same page as his Cloud9 teammates, and figuring out how they want to play League of Legends.

Perkz has spent the past five years playing on G2, alongside fast-paced, aggressive European stars. One ⁠— Cloud9 bot laner Zven ⁠— is by his side again. The others, like Jankos and Caps, are still back in Berlin, and Perkz is trying to remember that.

“I just went over the game [the Evil Geniuses loss], and in some moments it looks like I’m really inting, but in my head we wanted to engage there,” he explained.

“If there is no play, it ends up me going 1v5 ⁠— and that’s what it looked like in the replays ⁠— and it’s super int. Maybe that’s the problem, we could not engage, which means I am inting, or we didn’t pull the trigger when we should have.

The team “wasn’t on the same page,” Perkz added, but said he has faith they will figure it out as Lock In continues: “This team is a really good match for me.”

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For now, though, Perkz is just “living the American dream.”

That is, he’s settling into Cloud9 life. He has his bedroom and clothes looked after by the organization, and he has his food prepared. He has the freedom to work out, eat healthy, and “totally focus on League of Legends.”

“I feel like I’m a little baby. It feels good, but also a bit bad at the same time,” he laughed. “C9 is really taking care of us, and that’s great. We have so much support behind us. I’m a big fan of how everything is going.”

Cloud9 returns to action on Friday (3pm PT) against Dignitas.