Cloud9 pulled off the biggest deal of the 2020 free agency window with the signing of G2 Esports’ Perkz as their starting mid laner for 2021.
Luka “Perkz” Perković announcing he would be leaving G2 Esports after he decided to move back to the mid lane was one of the biggest moments of the offseason. G2 Esports, to their credit, allowed Perkz to move on, though they were keen not to let him move to Fnatic. Despite some early interest from LEC sides Vitality and Misfits, Perkz ultimately chose to go to the LCS with Cloud9.
Perkz has been an amazing player on G2 Esports and has been the team’s one constant through both their dynasty rosters. Perkz’s move to Cloud9 had massive implications for G2 Esports who found themselves looking for a new ADC. Thankfully for them, not so for Fnatic, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson was available and G2 Esports snapped him up. Fnatic now must find a new ADC.
Despite his success, It’s understandable why G2 would stick with Caps in the mid lane. He’s arguably the best player Europe has ever produced and is always in the conversation with regards to the best players in the world. Perkz was a leader at G2, however, and the sort of player that you’d want to join a team to play with. The sort of player that a team could use to bring other players to their roster.
Perkz has also been very consistent in his time in Europe, something the LCS is sorely lacking. His arrival at Cloud9 will certainly send a shockwave through the LCS, especially to other mid laners. The question will be how quickly Perkz can readjust to the mid lane after his time at ADC. For Perkz, the recent massive changes to the in-game item shop are likely to aid him, as players have to relearn champion builds and matchups anyway.
Despite victory in the 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 was unable to do the same in Summer. Losing to TSM 3-1 in the Semi-Final also meant Cloud9 failed to make an appearance at Worlds, something they’ll be looking to put right in 2021.
Keep up to date with all the roster moves during the 2020-2021 free agency period at our dedicated tracker here.