G2 Esports made history tonight at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, when they took down Misfits Gaming and became the only team to ever win four EU LCS splits in a row. The Kings of Europe have booked their tickets to China for the 2017 World Championships, where the competition will be even fiercer. We talked to G2’s star midlaner, Luka "PerkZ" Perković, from Croatia, to see how he feels about making history, the competition, and the upcoming World Championships.
G2 Esports are the only team to have won four splits in a row, what does that mean to you?
I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, since the beginning of this split actually. I was thinking “wow, it would be really cool to win four championships in a row, nobody has ever done that”. It must feel really special. I’ve kinda had pressure, because we are known to be good and to have good players, and I couldn’t let myself down basically, I just put pressure on myself internally, and I tried to be mindful about it and not think about it too much, but internally there’s always been this pressure that I want to do this, I want this legacy behind me. Now that I’ve won this split I feel so relieved, I feel like I actually left something special and unique on the EU LCS, and nobody can ever take that away from me. I’m really happy.
I feel like I actually left something special and unique on the EU LCS, and nobody can ever take that away from me.
You played against Power of Evil’s Orianna in all three games, were you surprised he stuck with that?
We saw him pick Orianna last week, and I thought it was because Caps doesn’t play Lucian and they just disrespected the enemy team, because I don’t think it’s very good for a draft. He’s a very good Orianna player though, he plays lanes really well. His build is questionable though, in my opinion. I don’t think his builds in Games 2 and 3 were very good, but I think he played okay. I was really relieved when he picked Orianna early, because it’s a champion that I can play many champions against, which means I can pick my champion later. It’s really good for a draft right now if you can pick your champion later, it isn’t like before, it’s actually good for draft now if you can pick other roles early. When they show their roles, you can pick the other role, and you get advantage on your bot lane or top lane or something. So I was really satisfied I could play Lucian, LeBlanc, and Lucian this series, it was a relief.
A lot of Misfits’ strength is around Maxlore and Power of Evil in the mid lane, was that something you were playing around this time?
Even though you couldn’t see it because they lost, Misfits played really well today.
Yeah. Even though you couldn’t see it because they lost, they played really well today. We felt pressure in game, we were just better than them in a lot of small things. But Maxlore and Power of Evil are pretty good, actually all their players are good, and they did a lot of good things - like trying to gank mid all the time and playing around vision and pressure, and they played well. I could have died many more times, they were really putting attention on the mid lane. They had early game focused drafts though, and that means you can easier rely on mid pressure, and if you don’t have a very good draft - for example - we had Lucian and he had Orianna, and in that matchup the one who plays aggressive wins. But his support can move mid all the time, and that means I can’t play aggressive, and that means he can do really aggressive trades and not lose them, because I can’t fight back. They played well in that regard, they just couldn’t snowball efficiently against us because, well, we played better.
You’re heading to Worlds for a second time, how much do you feel you’ve learned since last year?
It’s insane, it is not describable honestly. Nobody can understand how much I’ve learned and how good I am at the game right now. No matter what the meta becomes or how the meta changes, I will always adapt. I don’t know if I will ever fall off, because the basics I’ve learned playing with Mithy and the rest of G2 will carry on forever. From now on I will only gain more experience and more game knowledge and leadership skills, and it’s only going to go up and up. Last year I was just a rookie, and this year I’ve worked a lot on leading the team and I feel like everyone can lead the team when they’re ahead, which is really good. It’s gonna be very very tough, Group Stages are always super tough because of Best of 1s, but we’re gonna work our hardest, and we’re going to Korea in one week. We’re going to prepare and give it our best, and if it fails then it fails, but if it doesn’t fail it’ll be very good.
Who do you think will be the third team to represent Europe at Worlds?
Honestly it’s a tough choice, because I could see anybody surprising and taking it. I think Fnatic has the most chance, Rekkles has played insanely well in the whole Playoffs, and he deserves it.
Nobody can understand how much I’ve learned and how good I am at the game right now.