League of Legends

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.

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.

League of Legends

LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-0 wins for EDward Gaming and LGD

Published: 25/Jan/2021 13:37 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 13:39

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 17 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • EDward Gaming remain dominant with a 2-0 against ThunderTalk Gaming.
  • JD Gaming dominate Rare Atom 2-0.
  • EDward Gaming return to joint first place.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 4 schedule (January 25 – January 31)

Date Match PST EST GMT
January 25 EDward Gaming 2 – 0 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming 2 – 0 Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG vs Bilibili Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 27 eStar vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs Rogue Warriors 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 28 LGD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
OMG vs Suning 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 29 eStar vs LNG 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Royal Never Give Up 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 30 ThunderTalk Gaming vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 31 Rare Atom vs Rogue Warriors 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports vs JD Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 results (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports 2-0 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors 0-2 Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 0-2 Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, with Team WE and EDward Gaming yet to drop a series.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 EDward Gaming 5-0 10-2
Team WE 5-0 10-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 3-0 6-1
4 FunPlus Phoenix 3-1 7-2
5 Victory Five 3-1 7-4
6 LNG Esports 2-1 4-3
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
Top Esports 2-2 5-4
9 Bilibili Gaming 2-2 5-5
eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
11 JD Gaming 2-2 4-4
12 Suning 1-3 3-6
 13 Rare Atom 1-3 2-6
14 Rogue Warriors 1-4 2-9
15 LGD Gaming 0-3 1-6
16 Oh My God 0-4 2-8
17 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-4 1-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod