After six months on the bench, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has confirmed he’s left Fnatic once again, possibly for good.
In a move that isn’t entirely surprising, Rekkles and Fnatic have both confirmed that the bot laner is no longer part of the LEC team he has called home for much of his career. This comes after being benched In April through the 2023 LEC Season Finals where Fnatic was able to place second. Fnatic is currently competing at Worlds 2023.
Rekkles has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Fnatic since 2013. In 2021 Rekkles played with G2 Esports, keeping himself aligned with the two top-performing teams of the LEC. Before returning to Fnatic for the latest time, Rekkles played a year for Karmine Corp in France’s LFL, leaving Europe’s top League of Legends league to compete at the regional level.
In a goodbye tweet from Fnatic, the team thanked Rekkles for his “effort and commitment” over the last decade. The team said farewell with a highlight reel with Rekkles discussing the news himself shortly thereafter.
Is Rekkles retiring from League of Legends esports?
Rekkles is not retiring after his split from Fnatic.
“Where does that leave me? Teamless…I’m kind of scared and excited at the same time. Scared because there is no certainty in what happens next, excited because anything can happen next,” Rekkles said.
He went on to discuss interest in transitioning to a support role, which he believes would be a better fit for him, but noted that he could stay in an ADC role if needed.
Rekkles also possibly alluded to drama within the roster and made mention of his relationship with his now-former teammates. He stated that he hopes they know he always did what he thought would lead to victory, even if the decision wouldn’t have been the same for everyone. His approach to the game is “black or white,” he said, and that thinking in “gray” both in real life and while playing LoL is difficult.
Neither Rekkles nor Fnatic hinted at the next step for Rekkles’ career in LoL. Fnatic brought in Oh “Noah” Hyeon-taek as the replacement starting bot laner in April. Noah played for the LCK’s KT Rolster for two years before moving to Europe.
This leaves the future of Rekkles’ future uncertain. Rekkles has shown a willingness to play outside the LEC, though it’s unknown if he is willing to leave Europe. Rekkles may be courted by organizations in other regions, particularly the LCS. Given his resume, Rekkles will likely receive offers from teams but it remains to be seen whether he thinks they’re a good fit..