Rift Pulse New Years Edition: eSports News Recap (12/14 – 12/31)
With the offseason nearly behind us, 2016 looms ahead, with a completely changed landscape and a slew of unrecognizable teams.Â Weâ€™re back withÂ our final recap of the offseason toÂ kick off the new year and keep you in the loop.
- Rick Fox, 3 Time NBA Champion and NBA Analyst, purchasedÂ Team Gravity’s LCS spot. The team will compete under newly formed organization Echo Fox.
- Red Bull has made it’s foray into LCS team sponsorship, announcing official partnerships with with both TSM and Cloud 9.
- Team Dignitas has parted ways with Brokenshard, and Raz will be stepping in as Head Coach.
- Team Liquid announced Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-subÂ as theirÂ Head Coach, in addition to a 10 man rosterÂ that will be used interchangeably in the 2016 season.
- Cloud 9 Mid Laner Nicolaj Jensen has changed his name from “Incarnati0n” toÂ Jensen”.
- TDK Owner Chris Shim, Geon-Woo â€œNinjaâ€ Noh, & Jin-Yong â€œFuryâ€ Lee were punished for poaching and breaching contract rules.
- Riot has introduced the LCL, an officially sanctioned league for the CIS region.
- Fnatic has rebuilt their roster, and will feature the first LPL import inÂ Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon. Spirit originally played in the LCK before transferring to World Elite in 2015.
- Vitality, who recently purchased their spot from Gambit Gaming, has revealed their roster.
- The Unicorns of Loved announced their newly rebuilt lineup for 2016.
- Team Roccat will be fielding a completely new team for the 2016 season.
- AD Carry Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziu will officially be starting for h2k in 2016.
- Team Empire, who originally housed the legendary M5/Gambit lineup of Season Two, has made a return to competitive LoL.
- G2 eSports announced that they have completed their roster, signingÂ Jungler Gang-yun â€œTrickâ€ Kim and AD Carry Jin-hyun â€œEmperorâ€ Kim. Joey “Youngbuck” Steltonpool will be the teams head coach.
- Newly formed EUCS team Inspire eSports announced their roster
- The LPL will feature a new schedule and format for the 2016 Season.
- AD carry Han “Smlz” Jin has transferred to OMGÂ from Masters3
- The Newbee Organization has acquired the Qiao Gu Reapers
- AD Carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao has left OMG, joiningÂ Newbee.
- Support Player Yoon “Zero” KyungsupÂ has joined World Elite.
- Royal Never Give up has revealed their full roster, featuring a 10 man lineup including Sask, NaMei, and inSec.
- Kang “Athena” Ha-woon, who recently won IEM Cologne as part of Ever, has joined EDG as a substitute mid laner.
- Jungler Kim “Beast” JoohyunÂ has left Snake eSports.
- Riot Korea announced that OGN and SPOTV will split broadcasts of the LCK.
- CJ Entus announced their new roster, with MadLife and Shy at the core.
- Incredible Miracle announced their new roster, built around a core of Chaser and CoCo, adding Flame, Pure, Fury, and Cpt Jack.Â Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik will be the teams strategic coach.
- Recently disbanded Najin E-MFIRE has put together a new roster for 2016.
- Streaming platform AfreecaTV will sponsor Rebels Anarchy, renaming to the “Afreeca Freecs“.
- Chou “
Steak” Lu-Hsi retired as the Flash Wolves Top Laner, taking on an analyst position within the team.
- After three years, Mid Laner Koray “Naru” BÄ±Ã§akÂ has left Dark Passage.
- Former Team Liquid Head Coach Peter Zhang is now the Head Coach for KaBuM eSports.
- IEM Cologne saw Ever take home their second international event win. Infograph.
- All-Star 2015 has concluded, with Team Fire coming out ahead of Team Ice.
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