Following his move away from G2 Esports last offseason to join Cloud9 in the LCS, League of Legends star Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic suggests that one of his former teammates could be following suit once the current season is over.
Appearing as a guest on Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera‘s The Crackdown podcast, Perkz fairly confidently says that G2 jungler Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski “wants to go to NA after this year”, suggesting that his ex-teammate could be joining him in the LCS for 2022. As you’d expect, this has caused massive speculation online, which Jankos and other members of G2 have already responded to with their usual approach.
“So apparently I’m going to NA next year. But I thought you guys liked my Nidalee spears,” the jungler tweets, harking back to his much memed about displays with the champion. The news of a potential departure from G2 was also clearly a huge concern for head coach Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann, who says he would “gladly drive [Jankos] to the airport.”
With Jankos contracted until the end of the 2022 season, if he is to move to the LCS a team will have to pay top dollar to buy him out of his G2 deal. But, as we saw with Cloud9 splashing a reported fee of close to $5 million for Perkz, and TSM also spending big on bringing in Worlds finalist Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, money isn’t an issue for some of NA’s biggest teams.
As reported by Travis Gafford earlier this month, LCS teams have been pushing Riot to drop the league’s current import restrictions, which allow only two imported plays on a roster. A loosening of these restrictions could be good news for Jankos – if Perkz’s info is accurate, of course – as teams would have more freedom to fill their teams with established star players from outside of North America.
As a sign of friendship I gladly drive you to the airport
— Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann (@G2GrabbZ) February 16, 2021
LEC fans are already speculating that, if Jankos were to leave, G2 would once again look to rivals Fnatic for a replacement, as it has done with the acquisitions of Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther and, most recently, Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson.
Oskar ‘Selfmade’ Boderek, will see his Fnatic contract expire at the end of this season. While this is all speculation, the pieces fit rather well, don’t you think?