After weeks of memes and rumors, G2 Esports superstar Mid Laner-turned-AD Carry and LEC icon Luka “Perkz” Perković has signed with North American organization Cloud9 on Friday.
Perkz is replacing Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer after Cloud9’s record-breaking Spring Split, which earned them their first title in six years. Cloud9 seemed on top, but they soon fell short in Summer after a disappointing split and a shocking elimination against TSM.
Perkz leaves G2 after dominating in the LEC since his debut in October of 2015. With him in the Mid Lane, G2 won eight domestic titles, an MSI championship, two semi-finals and a finals appearance at Worlds. He himself won Rookie of the Split in his debut year and has made multiple appearances on the world stage.
In a farewell video posted Tuesday morning to Twitter, G2 highlighted Perkz’s many accomplishments on the European stage and globally.
“Time and time again, Perkz has represented everything G2 embodies,” said the organization. “Defying the odds, overcoming difficulty, standing tall, win or lose, and always looking to entertain. He is truly a once-in-a-lifetime player and a true G2 Samurai.”
Cloud9 announced the pick after weeks of speculations and rumors. According to Jonathan Tran, General Manager of Cloud9:
“It’s not every day you get to welcome a player of Perkz’s caliber to your team, so to say we’re excited is an understatement. He has been a dominant force of competitive League of Legends since pretty much his first day of competition and we’re all looking forward to working closely with him”
Cloud9 themselves have made significant changes after their disappointing summer failing to qualify for Worlds 2020. While they had a dominating Spring Split, the Summer spelled disaster, with the team missing Worlds for the first time since 2014.
Joining the roster is C9 Academy Top Laner Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami replacing veteran Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and replacing long time coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu is C9 Academy Coach Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin. They are also retaining Spring MVP Robert “Blaber” Huang, Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme and Perkz’s former teammate, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen.
G2 Esports will have a unique challenge in replacing Perkz not only in the AD Carry position but as their global name and face. G2 on Friday announced that legendary AD Carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsen will be replacing Perkz in the bot lane.
For now, we welcome Uma Jan to North America and look forward to covering him in North America.