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TSM Leena apologizes for leaking Dardoch trade call on Doublelift stream

Published: 12/May/2020 3:02 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:29

by Isaac McIntyre


Team SoloMid president Leena Xu has apologized after she accidentally leaked details on jungler Dardoch’s potential LCS exit. The high-profile leak came after she was heard on a phone call in the background of Doublelift’s Twitch stream.

Conflict of interest. That’s been the hot topic on LoL fans’ lips since Doublelift’s trade to TSM was first approved by Riot on April 26. The former Liquid ADC ⁠— who finished 9th in Spring ⁠— seemed to have favored TSM because of Leena.

Their relationship came under fire immediately, and the pair were bombarded with a myriad of accusations. Unfortunately for the couple, the spotlight has returned, after Leena leaked vital TSM transfer plans live on Doublelift’s stream.

On May 11, Leena was on a business call in the background of Doublelift’s broadcast. Twitch fans could hear her discussing a future ⁠— or lack thereof ⁠— for jungler Dardoch, who was part of the TSM lineup that finished fourth in Spring.

Leena was stating “no one wants to pick up Dardoch” during the middle of Doublelift’s stream, and her conversation could be heard by viewers. The leak revealed TSM is aiming to offload their jungler, but there are no suitors.

Community uproar hit the couple nearly immediately, and fans again dug up accusations that were just cooling on the conflict of interest their relationship brought to TSM.

Leena responded soon after, apologizing to “the community, and Josh [Dardoch]” about her “lapse of judgement” considering she lives with Doublelift.

“I’d like to make an apology to our community and to Dardoch… on handling an important call next to a live stream. No one wants their private information leaked and it’s not fair to Dardoch that this happened,” she said.

“At the end of the day, no one feels worse about this situation than I do. It’s already difficult enough to be a TSM fan in these trying times… It has never been my intention to nor have I ever tried to drag a player publicly.”

Leena added the situation was “100% my fault”. She also revealed TSM was indeed looking to find Dardoch a new home for Summer. Whether that means the org’s academy jungler Spica will take the starting spot has not been confirmed.

Doublelift and Leena have had their relationship in the spotlight since Peng's high-profile return to TSM.
Riot Games / Gabriel Capulong for TSM
Doublelift and Leena have had their relationship in the spotlight since Peng’s high-profile return to TSM.

Spica’s potential return to the roster all but locks what TSM will look like Summer. Bjergsen, Biofrost, and Broken Blade are all expected to remain. Kobbe has returned to the LEC with Misfits, and Doublelift obviously slots into the bot lane.

Both players at the center of this new chapter of TSM off-season drama, Dardoch and Doublelift, have yet to respond. The LCS Players Association and Riot Games have also not made official statements on the transfer leaks.

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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


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.
G2 Esports
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.”