Rekkles opens up about leaving Fnatic and being teamless
Martin "Rekkles" Larsson, one of the biggest names in Western League of Legends, announced his departure from Fnatic, marking the end of a significant chapter in his career.
For the first time since 2012, Rekkles is left teamless, having previously played for organisations like G2 and Karmine Corp but having spent most of his professional career at Fnatic.
"Hey hey! As you may or may not have heard, I'm no longer a part of Fnatic," began Rekkles in a candid statement. The news comes after a challenging year for the player, having roleswapped to the Support role only in April.
However, he expressed happiness over Fnatic's success during the summer and their qualification for Worlds. During the LEC Summer season, the squad finished in the runner-up position, only falling to G2 with Adrian "Trymbi" Trybus starting ahead of Rekkles.
Graciously, Rekkles touched upon the recent roster changes, highlighting the impressive performances of Trymbi and Oh "Noah" Hyeon-taek. This, he felt, rendered any potential team reshuffles for 2024 unnecessary.
Onward to new challenges
The departure leaves him teamless for the first time since 2012, a situation that brings mixed emotions. "I'm kind of scared and excited at the same time," he shared.
Rekkles has been refining his skills for a new role in the LEC. "I've been grinding for the past 5 months [...] I think I've reached a level of play on Support that's relatively high," he noted. While he remains open to his familiar ADC role, he believes his strengths may now be better suited for Support.
After his role switch in April, he stated that he felt he was treading water, not finding improvement in his performance, making it the best choice for him to take his experience into the other role in the bottom lane.
In a concluding note, Rekkles expressed gratitude to Fnatic for their support during this transitional period. Fnatic reciprocated the sentiment, tweeting, "He's cemented himself as a true Fnatic legend. Thank you for everything Martin. Once Fnatic, #ALWAYSFNATIC."
Fnatic has qualified for the Worlds main event and is awaiting the group draw, sitting in the second pool, while the last two spots are filled through the Play-Ins.