Rekkles Domestic Career
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson began his LoL career on Playing Ducks and PAH. During this time, he also acted as a substitute for Team BLACK and SK Gaming. His first notable tournament was DreamHack Summer 2012 which he attended as a part of PAH. His team was seeded into a group with Fnatic, Team Curse Europe, and Millenium. After producing a 1-2 record, PAH failed to advance to the knockout stage. This caused Rekkles to join Fnatic. But due to his young age, he couldn’t play in the 2013 EU LCS Spring Split.
And so, Rekkles was moved to Fnatic.Beta, a secondary team that was built around him. Unfortunately, the team disbanded without showing up at any events.
Rekkles then went to play for PrideFC that eventually became Copenhagen Wolves. Together with his new teammates, he took part in the Gamescom 2013 Spring Promotion Qualifier. Copenhagen Wolves were a cut above their competition, and they took the trophy with back-to-back victories against TCM Gaming and Kiedyś Miałem Team.
Despite this success, Rekkles decided to rejoin Fnatic for the 2014 EU LCS Spring Split. With his help, Fnatic ascended to the top of the EU LCS ladder. And while they ended the regular season a single win behind SK Gaming, they picked up the slack in the playoffs. With two victories over Alliance and SK Gaming, Rekkles secured his first EU LCS trophy.
But things were about to change in summer. Once again, the regular season ended with Fnatic placing second, and their playoffs run kicked off with a win over Team ROCCAT. But a 1-3 loss in the finals against Alliance put an end to their dominance. And for the first time since they’ve joined the EU LCS Fnatic had to walk away with the silver medal. Nevertheless, they had enough Circuit Points to punch their ticket to another World Championship.
In the off-season, Rekkles joined the same team that defeated him last season. He joined Alliance. The organization rebranded as Elements and entered the 2015 Spring Split with high hopes. But inexplicably, Elements struggled to live up to the hype, and their 7-11 record put them in seventh place, meaning that the most stacked roster in the EU LCS failed to qualify for the playoffs.
After such a disappointing showing, Rekkles moved back to Fnatic. In summer, Fnatic had their most dominant split to date. They went undefeated in the regular season, securing a massive 18-0 winning streak. For the playoffs, they dismantled Unicorns of Love and went on to face Origen in the finals. And while they dropped two games, they still walked away with the series and the EU LCS victory on top of that.
In the off-season, Fnatic parted ways with their top/jungle duo of Huni and Reignover. The entire lineup struggled to adjust to the changes, and Fnatic finished the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split with a mediocre 9-9 record. In the playoffs, Fnatic bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Team Vitality. And while they lost their Semifinals series against G2 Esports, they clinched the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over H2K in the third place match.
Fnatic stayed together in summer. But having more experience had no effect on their standing. They had a shaky regular season, and their playoffs run ended with a 0-3 loss to H2K. Of course, they could come back through the Regional Finals, but a crushing defeat against Unicorns of Love put an end to these ambitions.
During this time, Rekkles was known as a strong but overly safe AD carry. Despite his mechanical prowess, he tended to stay away from the spotlight and was content with cleaning up teamfights.
But everything changed in 2017. At first, Fnatic had a very hectic Spring Split. Even so, they managed to pick up the slack and qualify for the playoffs. In the Quarterfinals, they 3-0’d H2K by blindsiding them with a unique splitpush-oriented playstyle. And even though Fnatic fell short in the Semifinals against G2 Esports, they bounced back with a confident victory over Misfits in the third place match. Rekkles was the driving force behind their momentum, and his highly aggressive playstyle carried Fnatic through countless games.
Fnatic had a massive resurgence in the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split. They topped their group with an 11-2 record and advanced to the playoffs. They were considered the strong favorites coming into the Semifinals against Misfits. But the up-and-coming lineup proved much tougher than everyone expected, and Fnatic lost the series with a 1-3 score. In the third place match, Fnatic took down H2K 3-2 to win another bronze medal.
Still, if they wanted to qualify for the 2017 World Championship, they had to go through the Gauntlet. Fnatic were seeded directly into the finals. There, they clashed with H2K once again and secured their Worlds ticket with a quick 3-0 victory.
Rekkles International Tournaments
On Fnatic, Rekkles attended his first international tournament, the IPL 5. His team made it out of the group stage with a 2-1 record. In the playoffs, Fnatic upset the season 2 World Champions, Taipei Assassins, and defeated CLG in a close 3-game series. And while they fell to Team WE in the following round, Fnatic bounced back with another win over Taipei Assassins. In the Grand Finals, they once again clashed with Team WE but were unable to turn the tables. After a 1-3 loss, Fnatic finished the tournament in second place.
Then, they took part in IEM Season 7 Cologne. Fnatic topped their group with a 3-0 score and bested CJ Entus in the Semifinals. In the finals, Fnatic lost to SKT T1 with a 1-2 score. Fnatic came back for IEM Season 7 Katowice. Their group stage was a bit shakier, but they still managed to qualify for the playoffs. Still, a quick 1-2 loss to Azubu Blaze put an end to their run.
Afterward, Rekkles—and Fnatic—attended IEM Season 8 Cologne. After being seeded directly in the Semifinals, Fnatic defeated CLG in a close 3-game series. Still, they couldn’t overcome Gambit Gaming in the finals and finished the tournament in second place. The entire Fnatic lineup was also invited to the 2013 Battle of the Atlantic event where it fell 0-2 to Cloud9.
Considering their international success, IEM invited them to take part in the Season 8 World Championship. Fnatic had a rocky start after losing to Invictus Gaming in the group stage, but they managed to claw their way back through the loser’s bracket to qualify for the playoffs. There, Fnatic took down Cloud9 before falling prey to KT Bullets in the finals.
By the end of 2014, Fnatic qualified for another World Championship. However, they found themselves in the ‘group of death’ together with Samsung Blue, OMG, and LMQ. Fnatic fell short in face of such fierce competition and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
On Alliance, Rekkles went to IEM Season 9 San Jose. Despite being seeded directly into the Semifinals, Alliance fell apart in their first series against Cloud9. With a 1-2 loss, they were eliminated from the tournament.
When Rekkles returned to Fnatic, he took part in the 2015 World Championship. In the group stage, Fnatic crushed AHQ, Cloud9, and IG to secure the #1 seed. They proceeded to dismantle EDG in the Quarterfinals, but a 0-3 Semifinals loss to KOO Tigers put an end to their run.
Fnatic also attended the IEM Season 10 Cologne event. Their team had several roster changes, though, and the lack of synergy led to a 1-2 loss in the Semifinals against Qiao Gu Reapers.
They later received an invitation to the IEM Season 10 World Championship. Despite losing to Qiao Gu Reapers in the first round of the group stage, Fnatic ran it back through the loser’s bracket. The playoffs had them take down RNG before falling prey to SKT T1 in the finals.
At the 2017 World Championship, Fnatic had to go through the Play-In Stage. They had a strong showing and qualified for the Main Event with a confident victory over Hong Kong Attitude. However, the first week of their group stage ended with a disastrous 0-3 record.
At the time, it seemed that Fnatic’s run was all but over. But they regained their composure and clawed their way back to force a tiebreaker with Immortals and GIGABYTE Marines. With back-to-back victories over both opponents, Fnatic made it out of the group stage and went on to face Royal Never Give Up in the Quarterfinals. But this adversary proved too hard for them to handle, and Fnatic lost the series with a 1-3 score.