The Importance of Self Care: Rekkles Speaks His Mind

by Matt Best

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(Photo: lolesports)

One of League of Legends most fabled AD carries is going through a rough patch, to say the least. His team, Fnatic, is in the midst of one of their worst splits in team history. They recently lost to ROCCAT 2-1, the first time they've ever been beaten by the team. During the team's offseason, they replaced everyone but one player. 

Martin "Rekkles" Larsson stands alone as the last member of Fnatic's 2016 EU LCS Summer Split team.

Prior to Fnatic's Week 7 matchup against Unicorns of Love, Rekkles took to Twitter to vent a little.

The team would end up losing the series to Unicorns of Love, 2-1. Again, Rekkles went to Twitter and expressed his feelings again. This time, a little more in depth, revealing a side of himself that people may not have seen before.

He then Tweeted something that many should take note of, regardless if you're a fan of Rekkles or esports as a whole.

The 20-year-old Swede is a proud player. Anybody can realize that. However, it takes guts for a player to take care of himself under immense pressure and that's something people should respect.

Rekkles then admitted something in his future plans that people see often as a weakness when it's really not. Having problems with your mental health is not a problem. It's only a problem to those who are ignorant towards the issue and see it that way.

Admitting you need help is not a weakness.

It's a strength.

In an interview with The Score Esports, Rekkles admitted that he thought he had more to give as a player to the team. He also spoke of a three-year contract that he put on hold because he's been dealing with personal issues. He's not afraid to pass up a contract and security in order to better himself and others around him. 

According to WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, Rekkles has been under immense pressure, even before he stepped on an LCS stage. "Very few players in the game's history have suffered under that weight of expectations that Rekkles has. Even before he took to the stage with the Fnatic uniform he was hyped as one of the best ADCs in the history of Europe."

We often get wrapped up in this world where just because someone is on a stage or is in the public eye, they're invincible. We prop them higher and higher and idolize them. They start to become less of a human to us and more of an "it". The human aspect is completely eliminated and we sometimes forget that these people we look up to are just like you and I. Living beings with emotions and feelings. 

Kudos has to be given to Rekkles for sharing his feelings and admitting he's seeking help. Something Rekkles perhaps doesn't realize is that not only is he helping himself by speaking to others but he's actually helping others around him. Perhaps it will inspire those who look up to him to actually seek out help that they once were afraid or ashamed of getting.

"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." — Amy March

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.