A documentary from G2 has revealed behind the scenes footage from their League of Legends Worlds journey and it shows their captain Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic in tears after their crushing defeat in the final.
G2, who were looking to win Worlds in front of a European home crowd, were widely tipped to defeat their Chinese opponents FunPlus Phoenix. However, all the predictions were quickly buried as FPX stomped to a dominant 3-0 victory. While on the surface and in post-match interviews the G2 players seemed to take things quite well, the organisation’s ‘Chasing The Dream’ documentary shows what it was really like behind the scenes.
The final minutes of the documentary show Perkz sitting and looking down the camera, reflecting on the defeat G2 had just suffered. “It’s, like, really hard to be optimistic right now,” he says. “I’m going to be really honest. Us having competitions every single week, practicing at least 12 hours a day on average… You guys can’t even imagine how this feels. I just want to be human again.” He then starts to tear up as the camera cuts away.
There are also shots of the team leaving the stage and while all members of the team look disappointed, Perkz is seen to be visibly upset and covers his face with his hand. Another clip shows G2’s CEO Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez Santiago consoling jungler Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski and top laner Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen.
As well as the emotional moments, the documentary also shows G2’s tactical thinking in between games at the Finals.
After going 2-0 down to FPX, the footage shows Perkz formulating a plan to stop their opponents by “playing the draft” and giving FPX “what they don’t want” in game three.
“I feel like we’re getting out-drafted and they’re getting what they want,” Perkz says to his teammates. “Even though they’re giving us some stuff, they’re getting exactly what they want. So I think the next draft we give them what they don’t want, because they don’t want to play fucking Xayah, they want to play everything that’s not Xayah. So we give them Xayah, we ban their Rakan, we take the Ryze-Nautilus, we go Ezreal on three and we play the draft.”
Although the tactics failed to stop the rampant FPX in their tracks, it is fascinating to see the thinking behind G2’s change in approach to going two games down.
While G2 appeared on the surface to have taken the loss on the chin, it seemed that getting so close to victory was hard to swallow for the team’s captain.