After weeks of speculation, superstar mid-laner Luka “Perkz” Perković has officially parted ways with G2 Esports after spending five years with the organization.
During his time with G2, the Croatian has grown to become one of League of Legends’s biggest stars, and one of the few superstars that have transcended the game in his own right.
“As one of the few players to dominate in more than one role, he has shown the world time and time again just how talented he is, being crucial to G2 winning eight EU titles, MSI 2019 and making three consecutive deep runs at Worlds.
Time and time again, Perkz has represented everything G2 embodies. 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.”, G2 Esports stated in its farewell to the superstar.
Climb to the top
Perkz first joined the team, at the time called Gamers 2, during the start of the 2015 EUCS Spring Qualifier, before departing for Millenium in what turned out to be a short-lived stint with the French team. Shortly after, the prodigal son returned to G2 and lead the team to a third-place finish at the EUCS Summer Playoffs.
In the Spring Promotion matches, G2 upset SK Gaming 3-2, earning themselves a spot in the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split.
Since then G2 Esports has emerged as a dominant force in the European region, winning eight EU LCS/LEC titles, the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, two Rift Rivals tournaments, and three top-four Worlds placings, including a second-place finish at Worlds 2019.
During the majority of this time, Perkz was the public face of the organization and arguably the entire EU region.
Perkz first started out as the team’s mid-laner for G2 when the organization first entered the EU LCS in 2016 but was swapped to the bot lane when Danish mid-laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther joined the team. Although he prospered in his new role, it seems as though PerKz’s wishes to return to the mid position were the driving factor in his departure from G2.
Although at times it seemed borderline unthinkable to imagine Perkz in another jersey, it only remains to analyze what Perkz’s departure exactly means for the entire EU region.
Cloud 9 Perkz all but confirmed?
With EU losing its arguably biggest star, the North American region might be the one that prospers from the recent turn of events. Rumors surrounding the Croatians departure have pointed to only one way, and that is Cloud 9.
Cloud 9 has already parted ways with mid-laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, and Perkz’s arrival seems to be set in stone. With Robert “Blaber” Huang set as an up-and-coming superstar in the jungle, and Perkz’s former teammate Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen being a commanding presence in the bot lane, Cloud 9 will definitely emerge as a juggernaut in not just the NA LCS, but the World stage as a whole.
Nisqy himself has emerged as one of the best mid-laners in the world and has been linked with a move to Fnatic as of late.
As it stands, we are at maximum a few days away from Perkz being announced as a member of Cloud 9, and from the looks of things only a miracle can stop that from happening.