G2 Esports’ Perkz Potentially Signing With Cloud9
According to a report from Jacob Wolf, Cloud9 could enter the 2021 competitive season with none other than Luka “Perkz” Perković in the mid lane. Just writing such a sentence makes one feel… strange. Perkz is, in many ways, synonymous with both the LEC and G2 Esports. He’s been with the latter for five years and has brought the organization countless titles, along with a Mid-Season Invitational trophy, and numerous top finishes at the World Championship (Top 2 in 2019, and Top 4 in 2018 and 2020).
Lots of Interest, But a Steep Price to Pay
For all intents and purposes, Perkz is G2’s poster child and has been showered in confetti for a record number of times. But all things must come to an end, and it seems as though G2 and Perkz will part ways sooner rather than later. We’ve already reported on this situation a couple of weeks ago, but now the rumor mill is in full swing, with multiple high-profile journalists reporting on the matter.
So what’s new?
Well, for starters, G2 and Perkz have been in active negotiations with six different organizations: Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, Team SoloMid, 100 Thieves, Misfits Gaming, and Team Vitality. All signs are pointing towards him signing for another team come 2021, but it still remains to be seen which organization will be able to afford one of the best mid laners to ever step foot on stage.
His buyout is proving to be quite problematic. It’s supposedly ranging from $2 million all the way up to $5 million — a monstrous sum that obviously wouldn’t include Perkz’s salary; that’s just the fee an organization will have to splurge to bring him over. As for his paycheck, some reports have it around $2 million per year although that’s complete hearsay at this point in time.
In any case, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before we get official confirmation. If the rumor mill is to be trusted, Cloud9 is the only team he actually wants to sign for. This means that — if things eventually pan out — he’ll compete in the North American LCS starting with the 2021 competitive season.
The strangest of timelines, that’s for sure.
How Did This Happen?
That’s hard to pinpoint, although there are certain rumors that can help us understand the bigger picture. The most important thing is that Perkz no longer wants to compete as an AD carry. G2 Esports, however, already has Rasmus “Caps” Winther (the only player who’s gotten the better of Perkz throughout history). Therefore, this Croatian legend had but a few options at his disposal: transition into coaching, take 2021 off, or sign for another team.
If you’re Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago (founder and CEO of G2 Esports), you probably don’t want to send him off to Fnatic — their perennial adversaries and the only local competitor worthy of mentioning. And, of course, if you’re Perkz, you really don’t want to compete for any other LEC team as the odds of finding success are pretty much non-existent.
So why not move across the Atlantic then, as so many of his peers and colleagues have done in the past — and are continuing to do so? A change in scenery is always a nice thing, especially after competing in Berlin for so many years. Plus, he’d be well compensated for his efforts. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. A player of his stature and caliber might even set a couple of records in that regard.
Cloud9 sort of feels like the best possible option. If he does end up signing for the boys in black and blue, he’ll reunite with his former marksman Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen — the same player he’s won three LEC titles with. With Perkz aboard, Cloud9 will have all the right pieces to make a statement and reclaim the LCS throne yet again.
In any case, entertainment and top-tier play will not be absent. 2021 can’t come soon enough!