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IEM Season IX – Taipei is the fifth event of IEM Season IX (forth season with LoL involved), organized by ESL. It will take place in Taipei, Taiwan at Taipei Game Show, with the previous ones being:

  • IEM Shenzen – China
  • IEM San Jose – USA
  • IEM Cologne – Germany

Next up, will be Katowice, for the IEM World Championship, which will feature the 1st place winners of all previous IEM events during Season 9 of IEM.

 

Overview

The English casters at IEM Taipei were Leigh “Deman” Smith and Joe Miller, formerly a part of Riot’s EU LCS casting crew. Meanwhile, Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp and Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez acted as analysts.

Format

 

Prize Pool

A total prize money of $ 50,000 USD was announced.

Place Prize (USD) ≈Prize (EUR) Team
Gold.png 1st $ 25,000 € 20,080 Yoe.FWlogo std.png yoe Flash Wolves
Silver.png 2nd $ 11,000 € 8,835 Tpa std.png Taipei Assassins
SF.png 3rd/4th $ 5,000 € 4,016 AHQLogo std.png ahq e-Sports Club
SAJlogo std.png Saigon Jokers
5th/6th $ 2,000 € 1,606 Btlogo std.png Bangkok Titans
Avlogo std.png Avant Garde

Standings/Bracket for IEM Taipei

At IEM Taipei, a total of six teams where in attendance, being:

 

Taipei Assassins Taiwan
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ahq e-Sports Club Taiwan
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yoe Flash Wolves Taiwan
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Avant Garde Australia
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Saigon Jokers Vietnam
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Bangkok Titans Thailand
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Meanwhile, the bracket went:

Quarter-Finals (Bo3) Semi-Finals (Bo3) Final Match (Bo5)
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  Yoe.FWlogo std.png yoe.FW 2
  Yoe.FWlogo std.png yoe.FW 2
  Btlogo std.png BKT 0
  Yoe.FWlogo std.png yoe.FW 3
  Tpa std.png TPA 2
  SAJlogo std.png SAJ 0
  Tpa std.png TPA 2
  Tpa std.png TPA 2
  Avlogo std.png Av 0

 

Info via eSportspedia.

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In a vlog created last week, Team Liquid support player Alex “Xpecial” Chu revealed that the team’s mid laner, Kim “Fenix” Jae-hun, & AD Carry, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin may not be able to play in Week 1 of the 2015 NALCS Spring Split. He also predicted that Team Liquid would finish around 3rd place this split, a bold call considering the new faces present in North America. 

 

Two days ago, it was confirmed by Team Liquid co-owner Steve “Liquid112″ Arhancet that Fenix would arrive in time for the first week of LCS, however there was no confirmation on the status of their star AD Carry. This was alarming to fans, especially those who had Team Liquid’s Korean stars as part of their Fantasy LCS rosters.

 

Soon after, Team Liquid’s head coach, Peter Zhang, announced that Team Liquid would not be able to field Piglet as a starting player for the first week, and would instead use substitute player Yuri “KeithMcBrief” Jew.

 

 

KeithMcBrief is known as the former support player for Team LoLPro, with not much time for him to transition back to his native role. Prior to his stint as a support, he was known as a top challenger AD Carry, earning praise from the likes of Counter Logic Gaming’s Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, which he stated on a Reddit AMA this past May.

Q: [/u/Tamerlin] Who do you think is the most talented ADC in NA outside of the LCS?

A: [Doublelift] I’d say Altec or KEITHMCBRIEF based on solo queue performance, but I don’t pay much attention to ADs outside of the LCS, and play with nameplates off as well so nobody really stands out. It’s really hard to judge based on solo queue/amateur performances because some ADs will seem really strong but lack a lot of skills that win games at higher levels.

 

 

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Due to the departure of Joe Miller and Leigh “Deman” Smith, Riot Games was in need of new casters for the 2015 EULCS Season. As such, today they’ve announced their new casting lineup for the 2015 EULCS Season in an announcement at LoLeSports:

 

As we kick off a new season of the EU LCS, Trevor “Quickshot” Henry and Martin “Deficio” Lynge will be heading up the caster team hosting 2015’s live broadcast from our studio in Berlin. Moving into leading roles within the team, Quickshot and Deficio will be helping to guide viewers through a brand new season of LCS action — including guest spots along with Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere on the new League show, PTL.

In addition to this core duo, new face Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge will be joining the EU LCS caster lineup. Formerly of the LPLen team that brought the Chinese LoL pro stream to Western fans, PiraTechnics will be making his debut during the first week of the season.

This season, we’re also adding an analyst desk in EU to offer post-game in-depth analysis with expert commentators. Hosted by Sjokz, the desk will feature guest commentators and analysts to break down the day’s action, including Worlds analyst and pro Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels for week one. In the future, more guests and pros will be rotating to pick up the conversation live in studio, so look out for more announcements in the coming weeks.

Over at the EU Challenger Series, Richard “Pulse” Kam and James “Stress” O’Leary will be helming the caster desk. A familiar duo to viewers of the LCS Expansion Tournament, Pulse and Stress will oversee the games as Challenger teams fight for a spot in the EU LCS.

We hope to add to our EU LCS lineup in the next few months, but are excited to be kicking off the action from our new studio space with this collection of talented casters. With new and reshuffled teams battling seasoned veterans and a brand new EU LCS studio home, we’re looking forward to a 2015 season full of fierce competition in Europe!

Deman and Joe Miller have chosen to stay in Cologne, where they will be working for ESL on other events.

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This season’s Worlds will be held in Europe! Here’s the official announcement:

 

 

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After sharing a memorable 2014 Championship with truly incredible esports fans in Taipei, Singapore, and Korea, we’re looking forward to 2015’s final showdown more than ever. Today, before the LCS season kickoff, we’re excited to announce that the 2015 World Championship will be coming to Europe this October.

We can’t wait to head to Europe and bring the best League of Legends pro teams from around the world to fans across multiple cities and countries. Europe has been a home for LoL esports since the very first steps in our journey. It’s the setting for the EU LCS, the host for many memorable esports tournaments and events, (including our inaugural World Championship in 2011, IEM, Dreamhack, and last year’s All Star tournament) and the home of some of the most talented players to dominate the game. It feels great to bring the 2015 Championship back to players and fans who have played such a big part in our story.

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Continuing a pattern we began last year, Worlds 2015 will be a multi-city, multi-country event — with our Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Final showdown held in different cities within Europe. Our goal is to bring live esports action to a broad base of fans across Europe and to provide an exciting and diverse backdrop for fans watching at home. Last year’s multi-city journey to Worlds was a fast-paced and exhilarating ride – we learned a ton about the kind of experience we want to offer to competing pros, fans in the stadiums, and viewers at home. We’re ready for an action-packed month in Europe.

It’s still too early to share exact details — we’re currently confirming venues, timing, format, and more — and we’ll be sharing those details in the next few months. In the meantime, tune in to cheer on your favorite LCS teams this week as they take their first steps towards Worlds 2015.

For players in Europe and beyond, we can’t wait for you to join us on this journey. See you at Worlds!

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

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Welcome back to Rift Pulse, a weekly roundup of all things LoL eSports. This week follows the start of the LCS, the announcement of a Mid-Season Invitational, a brand new weekly show by Riot, and more.

 

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North America


  • Team Liquid announced their foray into the Challenger Scene with Liquid Academy.
  • Alex Ich will be starting as the Mid Laner for Brawl, in addition to being a substitute for Team 8.

 

Europe


  • Soaz will be playing top for Origen, finalizing their roster.
  • Fnatic has announced the formation of “Fnatic Academy“, a secondary squad with the goal of participating the the Challenger Series that will also serve as practice partners.

 

China


  •  Fzzf has announced that he is retiring from competitive play.

 

Korea


 

Tournament and Scene updates

 

  • With LCS fast approaching, Riot has put out a promotional website packed with features, roster information, a full schedule, and more.
  • Riot has announced a new “Mid-Season Invitational”  a brand new international event held in May, between the Spring and Summer splits. The event will take place in NA, the venue is still TBA.
  • Riot has released an update detailing new plans for live events in NA. Most notably, the NA LCS Summer playoffs will not be hosted at PAX Prime this year.
  • Riot has also announced Primetime League“, a new weekly show hosted by Jatt and Riv that will air on Twitch starting on January 21st, at 3PM PST.

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What is it like going from playing in Challenger Series to playing in international LAN tournaments? What is the hardest part to adjust to?

Kikis:  As for myself, I have a lot of experience of playing LAN events even before LCS was a thing, for example 2012 regionals at Gamescom, so it’s nothing new to me. But it’s a lot different and more exciting to play in front of huge live audience, when you can feel when they cheer and get hyped, instead of online at your sweet home. It’s definitely something I look forward to and will never get bored of.

 

What steps do you take to adapt to the newest patch? What is your approach to the current jungle?

Kikis: Well, the most important thing is to get used to it. And to do that, you just spam solo Queue games.. To get a feel of what’s strong I try a lot of champions that I think might be worth experimenting with. If I don’t see any potential in a champion, I’ll just drop it and move on. If I think something can work I’ll use it in a scrim to see how it works in a more competitive environment. I don’t look too hard though, I don’t put pressure on myself to deliver a new pick to the audience. I won’t put team in situation that we lose purely by trying too hard to make something work.

 

Who do you expect to give you the hardest time in the jungle?

Kikis: It’s hard to judge skill levels after new jungle patch came out and most of the junglers didn’t play competitive games on it. But if I had to choose, I respect Svenskeren as a player the most and I think he could give me the hardest time in the jungle with his aggressive playstyle. It doesn’t mean I would fall under his grace though, I will fight to the death with everyone I meet on Summoner’s rift.

 

What do you like or dislike about the current state of the jungle in the preseason and what changes would you like to see heading into Season 5?

Kikis: I like the way changes are going right now. Riot is doing their best to make this role balanced and fun. I actually really enjoy 2 stacks of smite and ability to change jungle items for free before enchanting. It gives better options for farming junglers that start with purple smite, and later on they can change it back to more useful smite in team fights.

 

What are your thoughts on ranged junglers and do you believe they require an advanced mechanical proficiency? What is their place on a team?

 

Kikis: I think ranged junglers are pretty strong, but it’s hard to fit them into a team comp. A lot of the times you have mid, ad and support ranged and you need some kind of front line. They require proper knowledge and practice about juggling the minions to not lose health and also don’t let them hard reset, which slows your jungle tremendously. Though with the recent nerfs on soft resets going down to 5 I am not so sure about them anymore. That might’ve killed their viability.

 

What was your mindset picking TF at IEM, was it intended to be a “cheese” or is it simply something you’ve practiced and had success with? What were your thoughts going into the matchup against TSM?

Kikis: We’ve practiced TF in scrims quite a bit. It worked pretty well. A lot of damage with great CC and map control with ult. I was confident in the champion, team was confident in me and we just went with it. Of course the part that we pick it in higher rotation to make enemies think it’s a mid-laner played a big part and that was intended, but it wasn’t the sole reason to use Twisted Fate. Everyone was super pumped against playing versus TSM and we were really motivated to win that and I’m really glad we actually did.

 

What did you gain most from playing at IEM? What are your overall thoughts on the event?

Kikis: Most people on the team doesn’t have a lot of LAN experience, especially in front of such a huge and wonderful audience, so it was a good thing for us. We played versus the best teams from NA and we learned a lot from C9 about vision control and team synergy. The event itself was really nice. We’ve met a lot of fans of the team, signed some stuff and took some photos. (which is pretty new to us by the way, it was overwhelming).

 

How are you preparing for the LCS? What are your goals going into the spring split?

Kikis: Well, mainly playing the game. 7 hours of scrim daily, 1-4 hours of solo Q and some analysis/team talk and watching replays. Every day we are getting better, we know our problems and we address them correctly. Everyone has a lot of trust into each other which is really great. We are not afraid to practice picks that we think are strong and we are motivated to put up a good show in the LCS and hopefully more.

 

Who are you looking forward to playing against most and who do you feel is your biggest threat in the EU LCS?

Kikis: It might sound lame but I look forward against playing every team. I am curious about overall strength of EU teams and on how we stand against them. The biggest threat will probably be Elements and SK. They look really good on paper, but we have to see if they stand up to their hype.

 

What players do you look up to? How would you define your playstyle and how do you feel it plays into your teams overall gameplay?

Kikis: The people I most look up to are the ones that give their heart and dedicate a lot of time to league. So from Europe it would mostly be Rekkles and Froggen. Also Faker, because he is a god, and Zefa. I really like Zefa’s playstyle and love watching him play.

 

What is your favorite lane to gank? 

Kikis: I don’t really have a favorite lane to gank. The only thing is that a lot of the times it’s hard to gank bot lane because they have more people percentage wise compared to other lanes and more defensive summoner spells.

 

Shout outs?

Kikis: I would like to thanks to everyone who is cheering for me or my team. The amount of support we are getting lately is huge and we are grateful for that. Also shout outs to our sponsors for helping us out and making living in gaming house possible!

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Authors Note: Due to a busy schedule and preparation for the upcoming LCS, the release of this interview was delayed and some of the information is late.

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How is playing in the starladder and what prompted this decision?

It’s pretty hard to find a team in my circumstances and I felt really burnt out after trying with NIP. We tried out several teams and it didn’t go that well, so I decided to play soloqueue and stream. But I didn’t feel really good from that because I really love playing competitively, so I decided to join a team that I will be able to play tournaments even if it is lower level and at the same time try to develop russian eSports.

 

The prizepool of Starladder is noticeably small compared to the LCS and other events, what else are you doing to sustain yourself in the mean time?

I still have some savings, I’m streaming though I decided to do break because I felt a bit burnt out and wanted to focus on my own gameplay. Also I get a salary from RoX.KIS team.

 

You said you want to focus on playing to maintain and improve your skill level. Where would you place yourself currently in comparison to other LCS mid laners, skill wise? Do you have plans to stream in the future?

I will stream and I think even if I am behind from LCS mid laners, it is not that far. Most difference of LCS teams right now is decision making, teamplay and vision control rather than personal skill. I will start streaming after I get back home after holidays maybe.

 

What went into your previous switch to Top lane before your return to mid? Which role do you prefer to play and where do you feel stronger? Why?

Right now I really prefer playing mid lane. I found a lot of flaws in my gameplay and fixed most of them I feel. It was a fun time playing top lane but switching back and forth isn’t the best idea in my opinion, so I will just stabilize and show some cool mid lane performance.

 

What is your current visa situation? Where would you prefer to play if you could play anywhere and is it possible for you to relocate for a team?

I cannot do visa solo, so I need the team that will help me with the visa. It is much easier to do it in NA rather than EU in my opinion  because of NA athlete rules. And overall right now I think NA environment is much better for playing with team rather than EU. So I would prefer to play in NA. It is possible for me to relocate for team with my family, I don’t see much problem in that.

 

Would you prefer to join an existing LCS team? How viable is it for you to play through the Challenger series?

I think it is viable for me to play in Challenger Series if I am 100% sure in team commitment and get some help with visa so I can be more stable. It is really hard to focus on the game when your visa is not in a stable situation and you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I would prefer to play in an LCS team but if I get a good challenger offer I would accept it. A lot of teams and fans think that a team needs to provide an apartment for me and my family, but I can sustain myself and pay for everything myself. The main thing I need help with is the visa and finding an apartment for me and my family that I will be able to play from.

 

Have you ever considered working in eSports outside of being a player? What would you do, if anything?

Hmm, I have considered it but I don’t want tobecause I am interested in the competitive side of eSports.

 

What is your favorite memory from the LCS?

Getting through to worlds in season 3 against CLG.EU.

 

What are you thoughts on Gambit currently?

I think that right now Gambit looks really strong, maybe one of the favorites for the upcoming split. I am glad that they finally found their spirit and a strong lineup.

 

Would you participate in the infamous CLG.EU / Moscow 5 reunion showmatch?

Of course I would. It could be really fun!

 

Shoutouts?

Thanks everyone who still supports me and cheers for me, thanks to my wife and my family for helping me especially in current situation. I think that I still got really decent chances of getting back on track.


 

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How does it feel to qualify for the LCS again after multiple close attempts? How do you stay motivated?

It feels really good, especially since I’ve been on this team for months and we’ve all worked hard in the gaming house to make it happen. Winning by a 3-2 margin was just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It was amazing that me and my teammates perserved after losing 2 games to tie the series. Honestly a good amount of my motivation comes from when I lose horribly to my opponents. Sometimes there’s a lot of mental blocks like the enemy is bad and just lucky etc but sometimes the enemy plays really agressive and just outplays you the whole game so I always want to strive to do better than them but at the same time perfect my play so I can try to be the best in the world.

 

Is this the strongest team you’ve been on so far? How do you believe you will perform in the LCS, and do you think you can reach the top 6?

Yea it’s definitely the strongest team I’ve qualified with but myself and the other players on my team take a good amount of time to adapt to the meta. so atm we’re not doing super well but I believe in my teams potential and the hard work that they put in. The first split might be shaky but I definitely think we can make top 3 and go to worlds in 2015.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against? More specifically who do you think will be the biggest challenge for your team?

I’m excited to play almost every team. I think there’s never been so much talent in LCS ever, I am excited to watch and play against a lot of the talented players who I believe will become huge carry superstars: Quas, Pobelter, Impaler, Crumbzz, Cali(no pressurino) etc.

 

Who do you feel is the biggest threat to you in the bot lane?

I think most bot lanes have better mechanics than us but I think me and dodo have a strong strategic mind so as long as we don’t blunder super hard I think sneaky and lemon will be the biggest threat as they have strong mechanics and brains meaning I should cheese them with my good old kennen ADC.

 

How much do you think the role of AD has changed in the recent patches? What changes do you like or dislike most? Is there anything you would change before the new season starts?

I don’t think it’s changed too much, it feels like a lot of junglers can do significantly more damage though making the early game more difficult for ADCs. Riot has nerfed a lot of the ADC’s recently so now they’re all pretty similarly balanced. Corki doesn’t have a ridiculous edge anymore because Sivir OP.

What are the biggest obstacles in playing in Challenger and the road to the LCS? Do you feel Riot is taking the right steps in creating a viable path to the Pro Scene?

Well everyone kind of starts off in Challengerland and its just not cutthroat enough in a way. You have to beat an LCS team to make it in so you gotta assemble a really strong challenger team to do that. When the current roster of team 8 formed we were slightly behind the monstrous LMQ in skill but had a good record against most teams. A bad seeding (partially our fault but also ranked 5′s is a horrible way to bracket because for example : if seed 1 was LMQ seed 18 would avoid seed 1 until finals  but 20,10,11,2,19,9,12 are all doomed to face seed 1 early to the point where they wouldn’t get enough points to get into the playoff stage.

 

How do you feel about the new teams entering the LCS and of them who do you feel is strongest?

I thought Coast would be really good coming into the tournament but they looked a little shaky. I think they’ll eventually pick it up and be a huge threat in terms of mechanics and laning phase. Also Impaler seems to be ‘slightly’ good at jungling. Curse Academy was on and off amazing they would seemingly play teamfights brilliantly and then follow it up with them getting picked off multiple times. I think if CA fixes that they’d be a similar team to C9 with absolutely dominant team fighting pressure.

 

It seems that newer teams have trouble not being relegated. Is this just not adjusting properly to the level of play or not changing practice habits? What plays most into this?

Don’t know. It seems like a lot of the teams end up disliking each other when they finish low in the standings. I thought Complexity had really strong ward control but it seemed that our teamwork and essentially chemistry was better than CoL for teamfights which decided most games.

 

How was it subbing for Lyon Gaming? What was it like playing with a squad from a different region?

I just wanted to have fun. We didn’t get a huge amount of practice so it was kind of an uphill battle and then during the tournament games we ran completely different stuff. Wish there was a loser’s bracket so we could’ve played against pain they were really cool people that I met during the afterparty. It’d also help the international scene grow!

 

What are your overall thoughts on IEM San Jose? How is playing on an international stage compared to the LCS or even Challenger? What did you learn most?

I sucked but people were congratulating me for shooting a rocket that got me a triple kill when Seiya completely set up that play LOL. I wasn’t on my game because I wasn’t used to how uncomfortable earbuds + tight headsets were. It was very painful for me but I made a few amateurish mistakes so I gotta just work harder so that doesn’t happen next time.
Draven. Will we get to see him again? Where does he fit in 4.21 and what types of AD carries do you enjoy most right now? 

Draven is always playable but a very unsafe pick. He’s got the damage potential though and the dollah bills. In the current patch I still love Corki. He’s absolutely broken after triforce is finished, I feel like I always have 2k+ gold on my next back. He’s insanely flexible and still super OP imo.

 

Shoutouts?

Shoutout to all the m8′s who have supported the team. Be sure to follow the team on twitter because we’re eventually gonna have a store that will sell hella stuff! Shoutout to our sponsors Freedom, CyberpowerPC and Wearhaus and all the people that want hugs at live events. Hugs are cool.

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Team Roccat has announced today that they have acquired a new coach in the form of Titus “Ducky” Hafner. 

Hafner is the former coach of Copenhagen Wolves, as well as a Challenger ranked player on EUW.

 

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“I’m very glad to be part of ROCCAT. I’m certain we will be a team to watch out for and compete for a top spot in Europe. -Ducky

 

In addition, Roccat has also picked up former mousesports player Leonhard “foo sharp” Wolf as their assistant coach.

NoL sources say that former Roccat coach Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł has left the organization on good terms.

For more details, check out Team Roccat’s official Facebook announcement.

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NALCS team LMQ has officially rebranded as Team Impulse. The team formerly known as LMQ iBUYPOWER is a shell of it’s former self. They’ve parted ways with 4/5 out of their 2014 Season roster, and only Mid Laner Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu remains. To complete essentially what is a full rebuild, they’ve chosen to take on a new name, immortalizing the one and only LMQ roster of:

  • Top: Xiao “Ackerman” Wang
  • Jungle: Zhou “NoName” Qi-Lin
  • Mid: Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu
  • AD Carry: Li “Vasilii” Wei-Jun
  • Support: Zhang “Mor” Hong-Wei

 

A New Roster

Their new roster isn’t finalized, but LMQ currently boasts:

  • Lee “Rush” Yoonjae - Jungle
  • Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” - Mid
  • Adrian “Adrian” Ma - Support

 

Rushing into 2015

Rush, or Rush IX, is known for being the #1 ranked player in Korean Solo Queue at the time of initial rumors of him moving to America surfacing. He was ranked above players among the likes of legendary mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, or the former Samsung players (despite moving to China, they still play primarily on Korean Solo Queue – the distance between the two nations is FAR less than the distance between the American East and West coasts, so ping is fine). Being a solo queue star, no one expects an initial amazing performance out of him in competitive matches. However,  one can look to another Korean solo queue star – Faker as an example of raw talent turned into one on of the best players in the world (or in Faker’s case, the best player in the world).

 

Collegiate Star

Adrian is known for accepting a scholarship to Robert Morris University to compete in eSports, and for being the support of XDG Gaming under the name “Popstar Adrian”. After XDG failed to qualify for the LCS, Adrian accepted the scholarship to RMU.

 

Official Announcment

Taken from teamimpulse.gg

No one knew how we’d do when we first announced that we were moving to North America to compete in the LCS. Some predicted that we’d fail, while others believed that we could win the whole tournament and represent North America at Worlds. 

Over the past year we’ve met some amazing people: our wonderful fans, our immensely talented and respectful competition, our exceptional volunteers and the admirable people at Riot Games. We’ve had some issues, yes, but we’re proud to be representing North America as we head into the 2015 Season. 

LMQ grew from a relatively small Chinese brand to one that was recognized all over the League of Legends community, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the talent and dedication of our players and fans. With four of the five players who represented us no longer in the roster, it doesn’t feel right to continue using the LMQ brand. It’ll still be a core part of our identity but using it does a disservice to the team that represented us so well. 

Today we’re proud to announce that we will be changing our name to Team Impulse. Impulse stays true to the core of the former LMQ. Even though the players that represented us are gone, we still embody their play style. LMQ’s former play style was fierce, reckless and impulsive. Our new brand will continue to enshrine the 2013 team while also forging a new direction for the organization. 

Without further ado, here are the latest additions to the 2015 League of Legends roster for Team Impulse. 

 

 

Photo provided by Damian Estrada

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