The Young Leader
Let’s face it – despite coming up short in the semifinals, Fnatic is the only EU team to really stand out this season. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that the top 3 players for the MVP award all come from Fnatic. In third place we have Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, Fnatic’s rookie jungler, with 26 points. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, FNC’s top laner, accumulated 34 points.
The first of the trio, a long-time fan favourite, is a 20 year young Swede named Martin “Rekkles” Larson with 78 points. He’s a veteran ADC with an important role of a team captain and shotcaller. Despite Fnatic missing finals and a chance to become kings of Europe again, nobody can dispute how instrumental Rekkles was to his team this summer.
He was the first to dive into the fray in numerous occasions, fearlessly and mercilessly hacking and slashing at his opponents, calling forward his teammates for help in the process. In many occasions where his teammates got distracted and started messing up (Caps anyone?), he patiently pulled them back in order.
Some of the best plays this season belong to him. This is especially true for the early season, when nobody was aware yet just how ready Fnatic were to win the title. Stat-wise, Rekkles excelled as an ADC in the regular season, topping all the main categories. 11.6 KDA, 163 total kills, only 27 deaths, 10.4 creep score per minute, with over 11k creep kills total.
In an emotional award interview, it was evident Rekkles could barely hold his tears. He stated that he had been striving for an award and recognition of EU’ best ADC for the past three years.
He proceeded to express his regret of missing the finals several times, as well as missing worlds last year. Rekkles also mentioned the fact Fnatic are still in danger of missing the World Championship again. It was obvious he felt the heavy burden of personal responsibility for such an outcome. He blamed his own immaturity as a team captain and shotcaller for the lack of international results.
Asked about his new teammates, Broxah and Caps, Rekkles said they are a lot different compared to each other. He said Broxah was more consistent, but needed to push himself more out of the comfort zone.
On the other hand, he stated that Caps felt inconsistent at times. However, his ability to singlehandedly take over the games helped Fnatic a lot this summer.
He saw a lot of similarities between himself and his new young teammates, both in the way they play and in the way they behave. He expressed the need to help them have successful LCS careers.
In the end, the emotions got the better of him. He really struggled to hold the tears at this point. He repeated his regrets for missing the finals one last time, and almost burst into tears.
On a brighter note, Rekkles will have enough time until next week to compose himself. Hopefully, we’ll see him come in ready again to lead Fnatic into the victory and to the 2017 World Championship!