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Streamer criticizes timing of League of Legends Twitch Rivals tournament

Published: 25/Nov/2019 22:02

by Eli Becht

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Streamer boxbox criticized the timing of the League of Legends Twitch Rivals tournament, explaining how it gave players next to no time to actually prepare for it.

Twitch Rivals is a chance for streamers to get together and flex their muscles in a certain game and see how they compare with other streamers on the platform.

While it is competitive, many streamers treat it as a way to have fun with other streamers as it’s not very often you see so many well-known names competing in one spot.

However, sometimes there are issues with the tournaments, such as timing, which can create a problem from some of the streamers. League of Legends streamer boxbox explained that the timing of this tournament caused a lot of issues considering it came near the end of Season 9.

Players like to get their last-second pushes to the top in, but that meant they didn’t have time to scrimmage for the tournament.

Riot GamesSeason 10 is just around the corner.

“The event started on November 8 and they were like ‘yeah, you have two weeks to practice,'” boxbox explained. “No we don’t, we have like five days to practice because the rest of us are grinding.”

Of course, players aren’t forced to grind, but if you’re a full-time League of Legends streamer then it’s pretty much expected.

“Every single captain was doing a last end of season climb, so none of the captains really got to scrim, as a result.”

Not having time to practice would put everyone at a similar disadvantage, but it leads viewers to wonder about how good things would’ve been with time to practice. Even a delay into Season 10 would have created a lot of interest.

“Why not just do it a week later or two weeks later and let it be on the new patch,” boxbox asked. “It would have been so exciting. I would’ve been like nonstop testing stuff with my team.”

With a $75,000 prize pool on the line, it’s no surprise to see players upset with how this event was scheduled, so perhaps things will be ironed out a bit more for future tournaments.

Season 9 wrapped up on November 19 and the preseason patch for the upcoming season has already been pushed out, so there’s a lot for players to test out and there will continue to be until Season 10 launches.

The Twitch Rivals League of Legends tournament wraps up on November 26.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”