In an unexpected release, Gambit Gaming has announced that they will be moving mid laner Sebastian “niQ” Robak to the substitute position, replacing him with Felix “Betsy” Edling.
Originally intended to serve as a temporary replacement while niQ recovered from health issues, Betsy has gone 4-0 with the team since his arrival as a sub, and has been a dominant force in his LCS debut. Gambit Gaming has been on absolute tear as of late, currently holding a 7 game win streak that started in week 3.
Gambit has cited Betsy to be a better fit with the team, and wishes to be in top form for the upcomingIEM World Championship.
Statement by Betsy:
I am happy to get an opportunity to play for such a big organization like Gambit. I really enjoy playing with every single player in the Gambit squad and I look forward to many more wins with the team!
Team Dignitas has announced that beginning in Week 6 of the NA LCS Spring Split, Andrew “Azingy” Zamarripa will be trying out for the Starting Jungler position. The move comes among team performance issues and is the second change in jungler this split, the first being with week 3’s departure of Crumbzz.
Azingy was the jungler for TSM Darkness, it is unclear who will be taking over for the Challenger squad.
In an official statement, IEM has confirmed the final team for their Season 9 World Championship in Katowice. CJ Entus, the second place team of the LCK, will be joining alongside TSM and SK Gaming, the first place teams of the NA and EU LCS. This finalizes the roster of teams set to compete in Katowice on March 12th – 15th. Complete list of competitors at IEM World Championship in Katowice:
In the latest round of surprise announcements, Kevin “kev1n” Rubiszewski, former top laner of Millenium, has released a video confirming his addition to the Elements roster, replacing current top laner Mike “Wickd” Petersen. Rumors cite a stylistic clash as the reason for the benching.
This will mark the first time Elements mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen will be playing in a team without Petersen since the start of his competitive career. The duo has played the game together across several organizations, notably Evil Geniuses, Alliance, and Counter Logic Gaming.
Team Solomid has expanded it’s roster of competitive teams with the acquisition ofTeam Confound, Joining TSM under the name ‘TSM Darkness’. The team intends to compete in the 2015 NACS Spring in hopes of making it into the LCS. This marks the first semi-pro team to play under the TSM banner since 2012’s Team SoloMid EVO.
TSM Darkness Roster
Ryan “Ron” Ballard – Top
Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender – Mid
Paul “Indivisible” Nguyen – Support
Andrew “Azingy” Zamarripa – Jungle
David “Kabigon” Bérubé – ADC
In one of the most hyped roster additions in the NA LCS, Season 3 World Champion Piglet was recruited for Team Liquid at the beginning of the Spring Season. The Korean Import was expected to dominate the bot lane alongside All-Star support Xpecial, however results have been exceedingly average thus far.
As a result, Team Liquid has announced that KeithmcBrief will be moved from the substitute position to the starting AD Carry position for Week 5 due to issues in poor team dynamic. Their Manager, Head Coach, and Analyst will answer further questions and provide further insight into this decision during the next LCS weekend.
Mid laner Ocelote, a presence in the League of Legends eSports scene since it’s inception, announced his retirment in a surprise video on Monday, February 16th.
Ocelote intends to focus on his business and stream part time, officially quitting competitive play. He has recently tried his hand at casting at IEM Taipei, and plans to release an in-depth interview about his career, the controversies surrounding his name, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Piglet visa still in process, so we gonna use @liquidkeith for week 1 LCS AD sub
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.