G2 CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodíguez Santiago appeared on last week’s episode of Christian “IWDominate” Rivera’s podcast The Crack Down, aired on Dec. 2, 2020, along with co-host Duncan “Thorin” Shields.
Ocelote discussed the details of Luka “Perkz” Perković’s departure, along with many other topics throughout the episode.
Perkz didn’t want to play ADC anymore
Ocelote began by saying that it’s been a tough year for everyone, but Perkz had it particularly tough because he had to deal with a family tragedy on top of the difficulties of the pandemic.
Ocelote continued to say that Perkz always told him he prefers to play Mid Lane. He was willing to play ADC because he believed it gave them the best chance to win the Worlds.
However, Perkz didn’t want to play ADC for another season. He told Ocelote before the 2020 Worlds that he will most likely ask to be sold after the tournament.
Ocelote had no problems with letting Perkz go. He said I told Perkz “I’m on board with that, I only want you here if you wanna be here.”
Ocelote also revealed it was agreed upon Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther’s signing back in Nov. 11, 2018 that if both players ever wanted to play Mid Lane, Caps would be prioritized.
This assurance was an important reason why Caps agreed to join G2. There was no decision to be made between the two players.
Separating G2’s legacy from Perkz
It’s not a point of contention that G2 and Perkz’s legacies have been tied together so far.
Perkz joined G2 back in Feb. 17, 2015, from Millenium which was named Gamers2 at the time.
The team qualified for EU LCS (now rebranded as LEC) in 2016.
Since then, they won six regional titles, 2019 Mid-Season Invitational and reached the Worlds finals in the same year.
Ocelote explained that he wants to separate his team’s legacy from Perkz and Perkz feels the same way about his own legacy. Both parties want to prove that they can win without one another.
According to Ocelote, both himself and Perkz also felt that they reached the peak of what they could accomplish together, and it was a good time to go their separate ways.
While he agreed that such new beginnings can be scary, Ocelote emphasized that he is excited for the challenges ahead with a team without Perkz. He is also sure that Perkz will accomplish great things with his new team Cloud9.
Ocelote discussed many topics including why Perkz wasn’t allowed to talk to Fnatic and TSM’s 2021 roster in the remainder of the podcast. The episode offers a window into the mind and dealings of one of the most accomplished owners in the current esports landscape.
The next episode of IWDominate’s The Crack Down podcast will air on, Dec. 9, 2020, along with a new guest and the usual co-host Thorin on https://www.twitch.tv/iwilldominate at 1 PM EST according to IWDominate’s twitch schedule.
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