Christian V. November 20, 2020
A few days removed from his departure from Fnatic, it's now official. Martin "Rekkles" Larsson will be joining G2 Esports for the 2021 LEC season.
The Swedish bot laner joins G2 after more than five years with Fnatic, transitioning to a G2 Esports lineup that has been steady since coming together in 2018. Rekkles and the rest of Fnatic have been the biggest rivals of G2 Esports in years, but now Rekkles and G2 will join forces and look to take home the Summoner's Cup at the 2021 World Championship.
Rekkles will have to fill the big shoes of Luka "Perkz" Perković, who is reportedly joining Cloud9 next season. Perkz swapped to the bot lane to make room for Danish mid lane superstar Rasmus "Caps" Winther, but will now be returning to the mid lane on another team.
G2 did great while Perkz played in the bottom lane, winning the 2019 Mid-Seasonal Invitational, three LEC trophies, and reaching the 2019 World Championship finals. The team lost to FunPlus Phoenix. Now Rekkles will be looking to continue where Perkz left off, but it won't be easy. That said, Rekkles might just be the only person that can step onto the G2 Esports roster and maintain its dominance over the LEC.
How will G2 Esports do with Rekkles?
Longstanding rivals G2 Esports and Fnatic are perfect opposites as organizations. While Fnatic take a more serious approach to its communications, G2 is known for constantly memeing around. That difference is apparent on the rift, too. While Fnatic crumbles under pressure, G2 thrives in the chaos and turns things around. Players on Fnatic take a solemn stance in the face of defeat while the G2 players laugh at themselves when things go wrong.
Rekkles is not only changing teams, he might even change the way he plays League of Legends. Right off the bat, it might be a shock to the bot laner. G2 Esports' players have a really easy-going attitude and chill energy to them, in contrast with Rekkles who presents himself as serious and tense. Stylistically, Fnatic allowed Rekkles to play a more passive game and even humor him on his support picks, but that might not fly on G2.
G2 Esports wants its players to be seeking blood at all times, playing smart, but also pushing the opponent to make mistakes. Rekkles needs to go back to his aggressive mindset and learn to roll with punches. G2 might look like a fun bunch from the outside, but it’s not the type of team that just anyone can join. It will be a challenge for Rekkles, one that could fail if he doesn’t adapt fast to the team.
What is Rekkles' role?
Rekkles' in-game role is bot laner, also known as the ADC. He is playing one of the primary carry roles, where his job is to dish out as much damage as possible. The bot laner usually plays marksmen champions, who are mainly attack-damage champions that like to build raw attack damage, attack speed, and crit.
How old is Rekkles?
Rekkles was born on September 20, 1996 is currently 24 years old. He has been playing professionally since he joined Fnatic in November 2012. Back then, Rekkles was only 16 years old and was considered one of the most promising talents in Europe. Since then, Rekkles has become one of the best bot laners in the west and won a lot of trophies. The Swedish bot laner will now start a new chapter on G2 Esports, where he will likely play for many splits to come.
Where is G2 Esports based?
G2 Esports is based in Berlin, Germany. The League of Legends team is operating from Berlin because the LEC studio is located there, where teams play live at the studio each week. The owner of G2 Esports is former professional mid laner Carlos "Ocelote" Rodríguez, who has since then built one of the biggest and most successful esports organizations in the world. Though G2 is based in Germany, it sponsors players from across Europe and is well-known for its historically French-majority Counter-Strike team.