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Team SoloMid reportedly revamping LCS bot lane with Kobbe, Biofrost

Published: 19/Nov/2019 5:11 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:37

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team SoloMid is reportedly looking to revamp their bot lane ahead of LCS 2020 Spring with another major European import and an old fan-favorite, to replace departing stars Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen and Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta.

LCS champion support Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang, who was released by Counter Logic Gaming on November 18, is set to re-join TSM after a two-year tenure away from the organization where he thrice lifted the North American trophy.

Biofrost first played for TSM alongside league superstars like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen. That former lineup dominated the LCS, winning three consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017.

Biofrost is reportedly preparing for his TSM return.

Following two relatively poor showings at Worlds — 9th-12th both times — however, TSM owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh blew up the championship roster, keeping only Bjergsen and Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell under the org’s banner for 2018.

For Doublelift, the move was an immediate success. He marched on to four consecutive titles with Team Liquid, though international success still eluded him.

Biofrost, on the other hand, dropped into a mid-table battle with CLG, and after two years fighting for playoffs, it appears the Canadian superstar is returning to the black and white trim of his first LCS roster to take another crack at the title.

Biofrost forged an LCS dynasty with his former TSM roster in 2016 and 2017.

Joining the returning TSM star in the bot lane will be Worlds quarterfinalist and veteran Splyce commander Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reported on the opening day of the global League of Legends signing period.

After the perceived failure of European duo Zven and Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez — who has now retired and is set to coach Fnatic in 2020 for TSM in 2018, many fans may be nervous about importing another star from the LEC.

Zven failed to make his mark after his big-money move from Europe to TSM.

Kobbe may face a hard road to show fans he’s worth the pick-up for the organization that has previously prided itself as one of North America’s most dominant teams, but he’s no stranger to having to prove himself in his career.

The 23-year-old has spent the last four years playing for the Vipers, and attended Worlds in 2016 and 2019. He has contested a single EU LCS final, losing 3-1 to G2 Esports, and finished top-eight in their last international campaign.

Kobbe earned more international experience against teams like SKT and FPX at Worlds.

While Kobbe and Biofrost will step out onto the Rift alongside Bjergsen and BrokenBlade in 2020, TSM’s jungler situation has not yet been resolved.

The team boasts jungle trio Matthew ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham, Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao, and Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu on their roster, but the org is expected to look outwards for a solution to their highly-publicized struggles to replace Svenskeren since his departure two years ago.

With TSM set to pick up Kobbe, Zven was also left as a free agent for 2020. The former G2 champion has allegedly already found a home, however, with Cloud9 reportedly in discussions with the Dane to fill the hole that will be left by Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi stepping away from professional LoL.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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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.”