Perkz is our MVP of Worlds 2019
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Our star player lost in Paris, but showed his unbelievable talent nonetheless. Here's why Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic was a standout at the League of Legends Worlds 2019.
Worlds 2019 was one of the most tightly matched tournaments in years, with multiple teams from varying regions all in with a credible shot of winning the entire thing. With League of Legends now 10 years old, it’s getting harder and harder to decide who the best player in the world is. New talent is emerging all the time, coming up to challenge the old guard. For this year’s tournament you can look at the raw stats, but you also have to look at the context. With Kai’sa and Xayah dominating the AD carry position in the current meta, there’s one man who has mastered both – and he’s only been playing in the role for one year.
G2’s AD carry, Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, was the team’s mid-laner before this season and it barely took him any time to become proficient in his new position. This year G2 won the LEC Spring Split, then they won the Mid-Season Invitational, then they won the LEC Summer Split. They may not have completed the Grand Slam by winning the World Championship as well, but you can’t take anything away from how well Perkz played during the tournament and throughout the year.
Perkz once said, “I can play any champion,” and that has turned out to be true in 2019. G2 almost revolutionised League of Legends this year with their anything, anywhere, anytime strategy. Roaming and unpredictable draft picks have become the way to play and a big part of that was Perkz bringing his mid-lane champion pool to the bottom lane. AD carries playing mages and other oddball picks has become commonplace. However, at Worlds 2019, Perkz proved he can play the traditional AD champions too.
In the run-up to the Grand Final against FunPlus Phoenix, Perkz played Kai’sa three times and Xayah six times, winning every single game on those two champions. His control over Xayah in team-fights is second to none, always appearing to be safe even when in the thick of the action. Positioning is key on a champion like Xayah and Perkz always seems to be where he needs to be, backed up by the rest of his team.
Let’s get into the stats.
Perkz’s most impressive game was against SK Telecom T1 in the semi-finals. A shot at the World Championship final on the line, up against the most successful team in League of Legends history, the G2 ADC went 9/0/4 on Xayah in Game 3. He was up against Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong on Kai’sa, who's certainly no slouch when it comes to League of Legends either. Yet, in that semi-final series as a whole, Perkz had a huge CS differential in all but one of the games. Even in G2’s one loss he was up by 60 and in the final game of the series it was a massive 93.
It was much the same story throughout the early stages of the World Championship. Perkz and support Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle dominated their bottom lane opponents and then they'd roam elsewhere and help the rest of the team on their way to victory. In the Grand Final, they came up against Lin ‘Lwx’ Wei-Xiang and Liu 'Crisp' Qing-Song, who were doing the same thing on the other side of the Worlds bracket. Unfortunately for G2, they continued that in Paris on the final day.
In Game 1, with Kai’sa and Xayah banned, G2 went with the Varus and Tahm Kench bot-lane combo, with varying effectiveness. In Game 2, Perkz and Mikyx went onto Yasuo and Gragas instead, which they had tried a few times earlier in the tournament. However, once again Lwx took over the game, certainly announcing himself as the MVP of the Grand Final. Game 3 was sadly another loss for Perkz, this time on Ezreal.
Grand Final aside, Perkz was often the player to do the damage for G2 and he was the man to get the lion’s share of the gold. He achieved an incredible 465 gold per minute statistic, by far the best on his team, only just behind Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup and Lwx of players who played 18 or more games. That was mostly down to his excellent 10.04 average cs per minute and his 61.2 percent kill participation.
The loss in the Grand Final of Worlds 2019 will sting now for G2 Esports, but they'll be able to look back on the year knowing they were hugely successful. Perkz and Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther carried their team through Worlds and with that knowledge in mind, they'll be able to look ahead to 2020 with great anticipation. G2 were the best European team at Worlds, Perkz was the best European player and the rest of the world should be wary as we head into next year with G2 looking for revenge. Perkz is only just getting started as an AD carry.