Fnatic announces 2023 LEC roster
Rekkles' return was announced via a four-minute video shared to Twitter, with Rekkles adding that it was "good to be home."
Rekkles will also be reunited with his former G2 teammate, top laner Martin “Wunder” Hansen, who left his former team in November. He'll also be playing alongside support Rúben “Rhuckz” Barbosa in the bot lane, with Jungler Iván "Razork" Martín and mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda filling out the rest of the roster.
Rekkles has spent the majority of his ten-year career with Fnatic, having spent eight years playing for the team. While he has left to join rival teams in the past, he always seems to find his way back to Fnatic.
And for good reason - many of his greatest successes in his career have taken place when he was a part of Fnatic. The highlight of his career so far came in 2018, where he and his team not only won both the spring and summer splits, but also made it to the semi finals of the Mid-Season Invitational 2018 before ranking second in the 2018 World Championship, where they lost to Invictus Gaming in the grand final.
Rekkles' last contract with Fnatic expired back in 2020, when he left to spend a year at G2. He performed well for the team, 1st All-Pro Team roster for both the 2021 spring and summer splits, as well as receiving the MVP award during the spring split. Still, G2's 2021 season was ultimately disappointing, leading to Rekkles, Wunder and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle leaving the team.
He then found a home with Karmine Corp, with whom he also spent a year. During Rekkles' time with the team, they went on to win the EU Masters 2022 Spring tournament, before he left to rejoin Fnatic.
Fnatic celebrated Rekkles' return in a statement, saying that they know their fans will be "extremely thrilled" by the announcement.
"After 2 years apart, we’re proud to welcome Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson back to where it all started," said Fnatic. "Martin previously served with us as early as 2012, and has played amongst many of the highest performing and successful rosters we’ve ever fielded in the Rift. An absolute powerhouse on the bot-lane, he enters the team with a renewed drive and hunger for the game; his personal goals align with what we are looking to achieve in 2023 and we’re confident on what comes next."
It's bound to be an exciting year for Fnatic with Rekkles back on the squad. You'll be able to follow along and see how this new roster fares right here on Luckbox - just remember to sign up for your free account!