Today, at midnight European Central Time, the global League of Legends transfer window will open. As a result, many of the rumors and reports that we have been feeding on over the past few weeks will be verified, and teams around the world will start completing their roster for 2021.
One of them is to be Fnatic. According to Jacob Wolf, the orange-blacks are to extend their contract for one year with Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov, who was a standout element of the team at Worlds 2020.
However, this is not the end of the discussion around Fnatic. The position of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, who, if Esportmaniacos are to be believed, is of interest to G2 Esports is uncertain. Although, according to one of the journalists of the Spanish portal, the Swede has already reached a verbal agreement with Sam Mathews’ organization and the extension of the existing contract is only a matter of time.
Moreover, Fnatic fans don’t have to worry about the future of Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau. This time, however, we can infer it after the Belgian’s statements for Inven Global . In an interview with the portal, he said that he would rather stay in the team for sure. “It’s basically confirmed. Something very, very strange would have to happen for me not to play for Fnatic in 2021. I can guarantee it almost 99%” said the toplaner.
Before League of Legends fans get excited about the new additions to their favorite team, they first have to say goodbye to the players who currently represent their organization. On Saturday evening, such a fate befell the fans of Evil Geniuses, who announced that they would part with their three players. One of them is Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, a two-time LoL world champion.
His separation from EG is particularly important not only because of the aforementioned Worlds triumphs or other achievements but also because of the vacancy created in the bottom lane. Bang was the only botlaner of the formation this year, which means that either Evil Geniuses will decide to promote Matthew “Deftly” Chen to the main squad or they will sign a new player. Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, the current Dignitas ADC is mentioned among the potential successors of Bang. Travis Gafford, a North American journalist for LoL, informed about the potential transfer of the 21-year-old to Evil Geniuses.
EG has a little more room for maneuver in the case of the other two players who have left the ranks today. We are talking about Colin “Kumo” Zhao and Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, the top and middle of the formation respectively. Still important contracts with the organization have Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, who we already had the opportunity to see in the main line-up of Evil Geniuses in the LCS summer split, although not simultaneously — after the fifth week of struggle, Kumo and Jiizuke were moved on the bench, with Huni and Goldenglue taking their places.
The departure of these three players is not the only move so far in this transfer window by EG. In October, Heo “Irean” Yeong-cheol said goodbye to the post of head coach and was replaced by Peter Dun, who was officially introduced on November 4 as the new coach of the first squad. According to earlier reports, one of the British’s first tasks was to build a team around the team’s current jungler, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, so the fate of the other players, including Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam, who plays as a support, is still not certain.
The transfer saga of Luka “Perkz” Perkovic’s departure from G2 Esports seems to be coming to an end. Earlier this week, a reliable source reported that the Croat was talking to six teams, including Cloud9, with whom he was reportedly the closest to signing a contract. Tonight, a journalist added fuel to the fire, reporting that all parties are already verbally agreed and are only waiting for the transfer window to open so that they can complete the transfer.
For Perkz, this would be the first team change since 2015, when he joined Carlos “Ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, known at the time as Gamers2. For most of his engagement with the Samurai, Perković performed in the middle lane. However, since Rasmus “Cap” Winther joined the team, the Croat has been playing as a marksman. The only exception was this spring when the two swapped roles. However, this experiment only lasted one split, and afterwards Perkz returned to botlane.
Nevertheless, he wants to play mid again, which is to be the main reason for a possible split from G2, and Cloud9 is eager to offer him a place in the mid lane. The player himself does not spare himself jokes on Twitter about the above rumors.
Should the alleged transfer take place, it will surely be the end of an era not only for G2 Esports but also for the League of Legends European Championship. Perkz holds the record for European titles with eight to his name. He was also eight times in one of the All-Star Teams on the Old Continent.
For Cloud9, it will be the start of a new era and a signal that the organization wants to regain its dominance in North America. Jack Etienne’s formation dominated this spring in the League of Legends Championship Series, but then failed to even qualify for Worlds 2020.
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