According to reports, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, one of the most popular League of Legends players in Europe, will be joining T1’s Academy Team.
The European LoL star Rekkles is reportedly moving to the LCK Challengers League next year, having verbally agreed to join T1’s prestigious Esports Academy. While the main squad was playing in the 2023 World Finals, Rekkles reportedly visited the T1 facility in Seoul and took part in scrims with the T1 Academy.
This is an important move for Rekkles, who swapped roles from ADC to support earlier this year. After a disappointing season with Fnatic, in which the team only finished 9th and 8th during the Winter and Spring Splits, he left the team. Ever since the LEC 2023 Spring Split, Rekkles—one of the finest ADCs Europe has ever produced—has been missing from the scene.
[Sources] Support Rekkles 🇸🇪 has reached a verbal agreement with T1 as he will play for the academy team in the LCK Challengers League.
— LEC Wooloo (@LEC_Wooloo) November 20, 2023
With reports of him moving to Korea for the LCK Challengers League, Rekkles is ready to make a comeback to the professional arena. Thanks to Rekkles’ popularity among League of Legends fans and the fact that many will be interested to see how the player adjusts to his new squad, the contract will also draw attention from around Europe to Korea’s Academy series.
Rekkles to make a comeback in LoL with T1
Rekkles assisted Fnatic in winning several League of Legends competitions, and he nearly brought home the World Championship in 2018, when Fnatic became the first European team to reach the Worlds Final after 2011. But since joining G2 in 2021, the 27-year-old’s form has declined.
Now that he is close to joining the Korean League of Legends powerhouse T1, he gets the chance to make a fresh start. After beating Weibo Gaming of the LPL, the team’s starting LCK squad just won the Worlds 2023. It would be intriguing to watch how the transfer helps the T1 academy squad, which hasn’t won any title in 2023 and concluded the Summer Regular Season in eighth place, missing out on the playoffs.
Rekkles won’t start for LCK as a member of the main squad, but given the organization’s history of elevating Academy players—like Toplaner Choi “Zeus” Woo-je—it seems possible that Rekkles will have his chance to compete on a major platform. It is highly unlikely that T1 would replace Keria with Rekkles, but if he performs well enough for the Challengers team, he may eventually be eligible to play as a substitute for the starting squad. Recently, T1 Academy midlaner Yoon “Poby” Sung-won was called up to replace the injured Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on the starting squad.
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