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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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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. 

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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.”

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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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Misfits announce League veteran Deficio as European director

Published: 14/Oct/2020 14:10 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 14:54

by Daniel Cleary

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European esports organization Misfits Gaming has announced Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge as Director of Misfits Gaming Europe, following his departure from his role as General Manager at Origen (now Astralis).

After leaving his GM position in Danish organization Origen, which has since rebranded to Astralis, Deficio has now joined as the director of Misfits Gaming EU ahead of the 2021 LEC season.

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The former League of Legends player and commentator will be moving into a new role at Misfits, where he will be overseeing all of Misfits Gaming’s activities in Europe.

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“Martin will be responsible for building the Misfits Gaming League of Legends infrastructure in 2021, with aims of expanding to other games and focus areas.” Misfits announced in their press release. “He will be integrated into all facets of the org from competitive to content, to collaborating with sponsors and partners.”

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“Super happy to join Misfits,” Deficio said, “Over the past 2 years, I’ve gained a lot of invaluable knowledge on things that work and don’t work within a team, which I will utilize here. Excited for this new chapter!”

“We’re excited to bring Martin’s knowledge and unique experiences as a manager, player, and broadcaster to our European team in Berlin,” said Ben Spoont, CEO and co-founder of Misfits Gaming Group. “Developing our infrastructure through impactful leaders is a key part of our strategic growth plan, and we’re excited to see what Martin has in store for 2021.”

While Misfits are involved in multiple esports titles, it is likely that Deficio will play a major role in developing the organization’s League of Legends division and LEC roster, as they gear up for the 2021 season.

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