Rumors: Rekkles Exploring His Options, Might Sign With G2 Esports
According to rumors, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has decided not to re-sign with Fnatic (yet) but instead enter free agency and, potentially, sign for G2 Esports. Now, if this were any other year, we’d be inclined to wave this rumor off and just move on. Heck, this might not even be the first time we’re hearing it. But 2020 — along with being one of the worst years in recent history — is also brimming with surprises when it comes to competitive League.
The LEC is no exception in that regard. Mind-blowing twists and turns have defined this off-season and, if the current state of affairs is any indication, we’d be inclined to say that there are still numerous surprises in store. Rekkles signing with G2 Esports might sound impossible, but many of us thought the same back when Rasmus “Caps” Winther was supposedly moving to G2 with Luka “Perkz” Perković switching roles — and yet it happened. The rumor of Perkz moving to Cloud9 ignited a similar response, in no small part because he was G2’s poster child. We’ve only seen him compete under their banner for the last five years and it felt impossible for him to move to North America — the same region he so often made fun of.
And yet it’s happening.
So, frankly, G2 Esports Rekkles is by no means an outlandish rumor that doesn’t have any weight. On the contrary! We know that he’s an ambitious individual whose sights are set on reclaiming the LEC throne. And if 2020 is any indication, he simply won’t be able to do so with Fnatic, no matter the line-up around him. G2 Esports is the best and most stacked Western roster ever assembled — that’s pretty much an indisputable fact at this point. They also fended off all challengers throughout 2020 even with Perkz underperforming for the vast majority of the year. They can slack off, fool around, and improvise to their heart’s content, and then — once it actually matters — switch gears and annihilate their opponents. That’s why we all love them, and that’s why they’re so respected and admired around the globe.
And now they’re in dire need of a top-tier marksman, and there really isn’t anyone who’s more “top-tier” than Rekkles, the best and most successful AD carry Europe has to offer. He might not be particularly young at this point (not when compared to some of his peers), but he’s aged like fine wine and is still capable of producing highlight reel plays on a regular basis.
A Change in Scenery
Rekkles has also been with Fnatic through thick and thin and there really isn’t anything left to gain if he were to stay for another year. Now sure, they’re getting a new mid laner, but it’s a familiar face — a well-known player with a well-known skill ceiling. That doesn’t really get the blood pumping, nor is it enough to take down G2 Esports. Heck, it’s not even close.
If Rekkles stays with Fnatic he’s pretty much in for a repeat of 2019 and 2020. And he knows it, too. That doesn’t mean he’ll jump ship and move over to G2, but the potential is certainly there, and his move would make all the sense in the world.
Of course, none of this has to come to fruition. He could very well be exploring his options and simply employing the most tried-and-true negotiation method available. He wants to see what he’s worth (spoiler: a lot) and we’re pretty sure that the offer he got from G2 Esports is one that’s hard to refuse.
And so now we are left to wonder. We know he got an offer from G2 and, depending on your allegiance, he might be wise to take it. This off-season is proving to be quite a ride, and we can’t wait to see how this whole situation will further develop!