Rekkles and Fnatic Parting Ways, Will Likely Sign With G2 Esports
It’s actually true — Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is officially leaving Fnatic and will almost certainly sign with G2 Esports. We’ve already covered this rumor mere days ago, but to see it actually go down is simply mind-blowing. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. Rekkles and Fnatic are inseparable in the minds of many, and other than that one short stint with Alliance years ago, they’ve been a pairing for what feels like an eternity. And an incredibly successful one, to boot.
They’ve represented Europe on the biggest of stages and have won the LEC numerous times throughout their storied history. They’re the (former) “Kings of the Europe” and have persevered at the very top regardless of the line-up or meta. It takes incredible perseverance and work ethic to survive the winds of change and yet they’ve done so with what seems like staggering ease.
Rekkles has represented Fnatic in nearly six hundred games and is as big of a veteran as they come. The best part, however, isn’t just that he aged like fine wine but that he’s still at the top of his game, despite being a “founding father” of the LEC.
That, in itself, is worthy of the highest praise. And now he’ll move over to G2 Esports and — we can only assume — continue writing history.
A Logical Decision
If there’s one player who can actually fill the void left by Luka “Perkz” Perković’s absence and even improve G2 Esports in the process, it’s Rekkles — the best, most accomplished marksman in the history of the region.
Furthermore, the sheer fact that G2 Esports were able to sign him (in the same year in which they’ve lost their poster child) is just astounding. They lost one of their most valued performers and yet gained the most revered AD carry the West ever produced. That’s not such a bad trade, all things considered. Some will argue (and rightfully so) that G2 upgraded, which makes this whole roster shuffle all the more baffling.
One quick glance at their starting line-up is all you need to get hyped beyond reason:
Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most stacked and talented roster ever assembled on Western soil. It’s mind-boggling, really.
And we’ll get to see it in action in mere weeks. 2021 can’t come soon enough, that’s for sure.
What About Fnatic?
As one would expect, losing Rekkles to G2 Esports is pretty much a debilitating blow. Not only have they lost their prized performer, but they’ve lost him to their one and only true competitor. That, of course, makes this whole ordeal noticeably worse for the boys in black and orange. Fortunately, not all is grim.
They’ll still field a respectable (nay, fantastic) roster — Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek, Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov are more than worthy of our undivided attention. They’re some of the best players the West ever produced and will undoubtedly give G2 Esports a run for their money come 2021. Of course, if history is any indication, they’ll fail to dethrone the defending champions, but they’ll at least come achingly close. In the absence of great triumphs, these smaller ones should be celebrated as well.
As for their marksman, they could go for Juš “Crownshot” Marušič or Elias “Upset” Lipp, both of which would do incredibly well alongside Hylissang. They might not be as impactful or consistent as Rekkles, but they’re pretty darn close and are more than worthy of the starting spot. Most importantly, they can also pop off once those hectic five on five team fights start to break out which has historically been so integral to Fnatic’s success. With a new head coach as well, no one should feel sorry for this perennial European giant. They might be down for the count, but they’re not going anywhere. Not even close.