There’s less than a week to go until the Mid-Season Invitational gets underway.
The play-in stage kicks off on 3 May with a match between Gambit Esports and Kaos Lating Gaming.
MSI is the first international event of the year. Only the Spring Split champions get to participate.
Ahead of the tournament, some teams increase their training time, while others prefer to take some time off after a busy Spring Split and ahead of a busier Summer Split.
Even if his team decided to take the time off, there’s no time for rest for Martin “Rekkles” Larsson. The Fnatic players headed to Korea to train for two weeks on his own.
Rekkles has since given several interviews since arriving in Korea, giving an insight into his time at Fnatic and the team’s chance of victory at MSI.
It was recently announced that the EU LCS would make a transition into franchising. The teams were fully aware of the situation and teams started to pass contracts around.
Rekkles agreed a three-year deal with Fnatic and, in his opinion, the entire attitude of the team changed.
Fnatic is known as Europe’s second best. The team manages to make it to Worlds and put on a good show. However, it has been years since they were able to defeat G2 Esports in the finals on the domestic stage.
After some changes in the roster, the team has finally made it to MSI.
Rekkles believes that his synergy with his new partner, Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov, in the bot lane is the reason for their success.
Speaking to Inven Global, Rekkles said:
“Jesiz was always a good support, but I wanted to play with Hylissang. I always thought he was a really good support. I believe you can clearly see the kind of impact he had on me as a player. He really allowed me to do much more in the game.”
Rekkles was asked to rank all of the AD Carry players in the major leagues. He put Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao at the top of the list and himself three places below.
“I haven’t played against everyone here, but I have definitely seen them play. Uzi is for sure the best.”
MSI will be all about the AD Carries and their Supports.
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Rekkles are the three confirmed AD Carries for the big event.
Rekkles admitted he’s looking forward to face PraY and KingZone Dragon-X, arguably the best team in the world at the moment.
Rekkles told Inven Global:
“I would like to play against PraY and GorillA again. I think at Worlds, my performance was very disappointing. Both times we played against them, I think we died 2v2 (laughs). I would like to see now if Hylissang and I can put up more of a fight in the laning phase.”
The AD Carry from the LPL will be either Uzi or Hu “iBoy” Xian-Zhao, two players considered to be among the best in China and the world.
Whoever makes it to MSI will pose a strong threat to the other teams in the competition.
EU > NA
Despite the criticism waged against the region, Rekkles is a proud representative.
All eyes will be on the matches between the North America and Europe representatives, Team Liquid and Fnatic. Regardless of which way it goes, the loser will have the opportunities to get revenge at the upcoming Rift Rivals tournament.
2018 MSI is full of interesting stories, from the first-timers to the returning veterans. This event promises to exceed everyone’s expectations.
The action begins on 3 May with the play-in stage. The main event starts on 11 May between Fnatic and one of the qualified teams from the play-in stage.
That will be Rekkles’ opportunity to show that his spell in Korea has been worthwhile.