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Twitch Rivals Teamfight Tactics Showdown is already producing major upsets

Published: 18/Jul/2019 11:16 Updated: 18/Jul/2019 11:48

by Joe O'Brien

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The Twitch Rivals Teamfight Tactics Showdown got off to an exciting start on July 17 as 64 players competed to stay alive in the biggest TFT tournament yet.

The tournament began with 64 of the top players and streamers in Riot’s League of Legends-based autobattler, but after day one of the competition only 16 advanced to the next stage.

The 64 players were split into two groups of 32, with each group playing five rounds of games and prize money awarded depending on players’ placement in each game. From each group, the eight players with the most money earnt secured places in the day two playoffs.

The day one format was merciless, with players having very little room for error in their games if they hoped to finish in the top eight of their group, and some notable players have fallen out of the competition already.

In Group A, Hafu notably got off to a slow start in the early games, and wasn’t able to make enough of a comeback with back-to-back second-place finishes to reach the top eight. Later in Group B, the most prominent casualty of day one was perhaps DisguisedToast, who was runner-up in Pokimane’s TFT tournament but fell out here in 13th place in the group.

Group A final standings

Group B final standings

The Twitch Rivals TFT Showdown has already given out $100,000 in prizes over the first day, and another $25,000 will be on the line for day two.

The sixteen remaining players will play a round-robin of four games, in which $20,000 will be distributed following the same format as the day one prizes. After that, the top eight players will then play a final, winner-takes-all match with a $5,000 prize on the line.

As with the rest of the tournament, there will be a main broadcast on the Twitch Rivals channel that will offer an overview of the action, but fans who want to tune into their favorite player’s perspective will be able to do so on their personal streams.

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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.”