Saturday, January 22

LEC

Rekkles Has Reportedly Agreed to Play for Karmine Corp Next Year
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Rekkles Has Reportedly Agreed to Play for Karmine Corp Next Year

The biggest twist of the off-season is here and, well, it’s so insane no one in their right mind could’ve predicted it: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has reportedly agreed to play for Karmine Corp, as per Esportsmaniacos.If you just did a spit-take, know that you’re not the only one.This is such a big shock that we’re still not sure how to feel about it, but we’re generally leaning towards the positive. We’re glad that Rekkles will have a new team to call home and that his buyout wasn’t an unassailable hurdle. On the other hand, seeing him compete in the LFL will be mighty strange for as long as it lasts. And, well, he’s the best Western marksman of all time — the fact that he’ll play in the ERLs makes no sense whatsoever.Then again, Karmine Corp draws in more viewers and media attention than b...
Fnatic Reportedly Tried to Sign Cabochard
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Fnatic Reportedly Tried to Sign Cabochard

Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet has reportedly declined an offer from Fnatic and will, therefore, remain Karmine Corp’s top laner for the 2022 competitive season, as per the Upcomer. We don’t know what’s the bigger surprise here, the fact that Cabo decided not to compete for one of the most famous Western organizations of all time, or that Fnatic still doesn’t have a top laner secured and has started going over their options from the ERLs.All in all, this off-season keeps getting better and better!You gotta give it to Cabochard — playing for Fnatic is what most players dream of and it’s an offer that’s too good to refuse. But if ever a player would decline with style and bravado, it has to be Cabo, a seasoned veteran and a top laner who needs no introduction.He has a great thing going on wi...
Rogue Have Reportedly Found Their ADC in Vitality’s Comp
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Rogue Have Reportedly Found Their ADC in Vitality’s Comp

Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos has reportedly come to an agreement with Rogue and will compete under their banner in the 2022 competitive season, as per LEC Wooloo. This is quite exciting news as Comp has been a solo queue phenom for quite a while now and, well, it’s fair to say that he was never really set up for success during his stint with Team Vitality — and he’s not the only one.We have more than enough empirical evidence that attests to the fact: Vitality has failed its players on more than one occasion, and it was more out of ineptitude rather than any gross negligence. It’s a harsh way to phrase things, no doubt, but it is by no means incorrect. The days of Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro and his feisty teammates putting on a show at Worlds happened so long ago they might as well be fictio...
Fnatic’s Nisqy Might Not Compete in the First Half of the 2022 Season
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Fnatic’s Nisqy Might Not Compete in the First Half of the 2022 Season

There’s a very good chance that former LCS champion and mid-lane veteran Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer will have to take a break from competitive play — at least for the first half of 2022. Unfortunately, this isn’t a personal decision but rather the result of his inability to find a new team.Fnatic signed Nisqy during last year’s off-season, and, in all fairness, things probably didn’t go as well as both parties had hoped. His stint with the former “kings of Europe” has been both relatively underwhelming (Spring Split) and pretty darn successful (Summer). Unfortunately, their working relationship ended on a sour note, with Fnatic imploding in the most disheartening ways at the 2021 World Championships. And, to make matters even worse, it wasn’t anyone’s fault in particular — it was just a case of ...
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EXCEL Esports to Re-Sign Nukeduck for 2022

Excel Esports will reportedly re-sign Norwegian mid lane veteran Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm for the 2022 competitive season. If you’re disappointed by this particular bit of news, know that you’re not in the minority.Nukeduck hasn’t really been a hot commodity in quite a while and, frankly, it’s becoming harder and harder to understand why he keeps getting signed by respectable mid-tier teams even though he’s obviously past his prime. He’s a veteran through and through, but in a world with Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Emil “Larssen” Larsson, Marek “Humanoid” Brázda, and Luka “Perkz” Perković, his particular set of skills no longer seems sufficient.And, well, we’re saying this based on empirical evidence. /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;...
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Perkz Contract Clause Prevented Him From Going to Fnatic Through the End of 2023

The fact that Martin “Rekkles” Larsson might end up sitting out the first half of 2022 is pretty ludicrous, but according to Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, G2 is doing everything it can to help and has even attempted to loan the legendary marksman at “double reduced price.”Unfortunately, LEC rules don’t allow for such a thing which is why G2 has applied to have said rules changed. Even if it does end up happening (which is highly unlikely), it almost certainly won’t happen in time for Rekkles to find a team — no matter how hard Ocelote might try.And, well, with a $1.5 million buyout, a reduced price is potentially the only thing that could end up “saving” Rekkles. It’s not an egregious amount considering his talent and overall worth, but most orgs that have that kind of money already...
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MAD Lions and Rogue to Sign RKR and Malrang, Respectively

MAD Lions and Rogue are reportedly on the verge of signing Steven “RKR” Chen (current BIG mid laner) and Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong (DWG KIA jungle sub), respectively. The MAD Lions signing makes all the sense in the world as RKR (formerly known as Reeker) is a superb player with a high skill ceiling and, as such, is more than worthy of playing on the LEC stage. The latter, however, is definitely a surprise, and we’re still not sure whether to celebrate or to be all doom and gloom about it. Simply put, importing mid-tier LCK players hasn’t been a “thing” for years and, well, there’s a good reason why: most European teams had failed big time when it came to creating inclusive, well-functioning systems for these imports to work in and prosper. Heck, most orgs couldn’t even handle the language ...
Fnatic Signing Mid Laner Humanoid Reportedly In the Works
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Fnatic Signing Mid Laner Humanoid Reportedly In the Works

LEC fans can breathe a sigh of relief! Not only is Marek “Humanoid” Brázda going to stay in Europe, but he’s reportedly close to signing with none other than Fnatic!  /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.eleme...
xMatty Verbally Agrees to Play for Team BDS in 2022
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xMatty Verbally Agrees to Play for Team BDS in 2022

Matthew Charles “xMatty” Coombs, standout ERL marksman and two-time EU Masters champion, has reportedly agreed to compete for Team BDS in the forthcoming competitive season, as per the Upcomer. This rumor has been circulating the web for a while, but it seems that the two parties finally agreed to terms. Exciting stuff, no doubt!He will be joined by Jakub “Cinkrof” Rokicki, his former jungler from Karmine Corp, so he’ll at least have a familiar ally by his side as he takes on the very best teams Europe has to offer. Those who’ve followed his LFL journey are well aware of his talents, and the fact that BDS will have him under their banner means they could potentially put up a much bigger fight than expected.If Adam “Adam” Maanane joins their ranks as well (as has been rumored recently), the...
Nisqy Plans to Leave Fnatic to Explore Other Options
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Nisqy Plans to Leave Fnatic to Explore Other Options

Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and Fnatic are reportedly going to part ways. The Upcomer first reported this, and, frankly, it should come as no surprise. The team went through a lot during the 2021 World Championship. By the looks of it, that whole ordeal has left its mark — as was to be expected.Nisqy’s recent career trajectory has been quite turbulent, although it’s generally been very positive. After winning the LCS back in 2020 Spring, he and Cloud9 were unable to “go the distance” just a few months later and had imploded in the most unexpected of ways. Luka “Perkz” Perković replaced him, but it wasn’t like Nisqy didn’t land on a great team in return. Fnatic was more than willing to take him on after such a successful stint in North America. A fifth-place finish in Spring wasn’t exactly a stell...