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Riot Games has announced that LCS Head Coaches will be receiving a salary from Riot of $12,500 per split, and teams will receive an additional $12,500 per split to spend on their coaching staff as they see fit, which may be used to hire analysts, a sports psychologist, or simply pay more to the coach. Head Coaches will be able to communicate with the starting players live, during Pick and Bans to direct their champion choices. Lastly, Riot will only accept a certain LCS week’s starting roster from the Head Coach. Meaning, if a team were to run a 6-man roster, the Coach would have to communicate with Riot who’s playing.

 

Here’s a part of Riot’s statement regarding the announcement:

As we’ve seen teamwork, synergy, and strategy become increasingly core to successful LCS play, we’ve also seen the infrastructure around teams, including coaching, become a critical component to their in-game success. Effective coaches can provide guidance to players and instill and reinforce values such as discipline and teamwork, the benefits of which can extend far beyond the confines of an LCS match or a pro player’s career.

As we previously announced, we’ll be officially recognizing the Head Coach of each team beginning with the 2015 Spring Split. Along with this recognition come many new privileges and expectations for Head Coaches.


New Expectations

With officially recognizing coaches, Riot has outlined some more rules for Coaches and teams to follow:

  • All prospective Head Coaches must pass the same behavioral checks that prospective players do in order to be admitted into the LCS, and will be held to the highest standard of conduct both in and out of game.
  • All teams will be required to have their Head Coach physically present at all of their LCS matches, barring emergencies.
  • Coaches will not be subject to the Interregional Movement Policy, however, they may only coach for one organization at a time.

To read Riot’s announcement, head over here

 

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Voyboy Leaves Curse

November 11th, 2014

In a Facebook post, veteran Team Curse member Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani has made the decision to part ways with the organization. Voyboy has decided to take a break from competitive play, however will not be officially retiring and will not leave the LoL eSports scene. He intends to stay at the top levels of solo queue and continue teaching players about the game on his stream.

 

Storied Career

Dignitas

Voyboy has played for numerous teams during his career, all long-standing North American squads. Voyboy started out on a team called Rock Solid, that was later picked up by Team Dignitas. Joining Dignitas, their roster was:

  • Voyboy (Top)
  • Jatt (Jungle) – Now an LCS Color Commentator
  • scarra (Mid) – Now Head Coach of Counter Logic Gaming‘s LoL team
  • Imaqtpie (AD Carry) – Retired, currently a full time streamer
  • L0cust (Support) – Most likely retired, no official information on the matter

Dignitas/Rock Solid always placed at NA tournaments, with their biggest rivals being Counter Logic Gaming and Team Solomid. Both CLG and Dig constantly fell to the dominant TSM during Season 2, with both squads always falling short.

 

Counter Logic Gaming

During a legendary roster swap, that saw:

  • Dig Voyboy joins CLG
  • CLG Saintvicious joins Curse
  • Curse Crumbzz joins Dignitas

Out of the three, Crumbzz is the only one to still be on the original team (although Saint is on Curse Academy, Team Curse’s sister team) and the only one still in the LCS.

 

Voyboy joined CLG hoping to truly rise to glory, namely above TSM. CLG tried to accomplish this with their second trip to Korea, where they fell short again due to incessant arguing and lack of preparation. Meanwhile, CLG.EU finished second at OGN’s Champions Summer 2012.

With the amount of conflict that occurred within CLG, and a desperate attempt by HotshotGG, Voyboy and Doublelift to keep their sponsor, Own3d.tv afloat, CLG flopped at the Season 2 World Championship. Despite that, they were the only NA team to win a match at the World Championship that year, with a cheese strategy executed against SK Gaming.

Soon afterward, CLG decided to kick Voyboy from the team, who soon joined Curse.

 

Team Curse

After being benched by CLG, Voyboy joined two other former CLG players on Team Curse: Elementz and Saintvicious. Team Curse came up huge at the 2013 LCS Spring Split, dominating the league. However, just because you kick the player off of CLG doesn’t mean you kick the CLG out of the player. Elementz and Saint could never agree, which led to a late-split move where Elementz was moved to a substitute position, ultimately leading to TSM winning the split.

Voyboy has seen many a roster change on Curse, from Edward to Piglet. Now, he’s made the decision to leave.

 

We wish Voyboy the best of luck in the future.

 

 

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 After months of collaboration, KeSPA, Riot Games and OnGameNet have announced the final version of their ’2015 Season LoL eSports League Reform Plan’. Key topics include switching formats to a league system in the vein of the Chinese LPL, renaming the NLB to League of Legends Challengers Korea, introduction of a 20 million Korean Won (KRW) minimum salary for professional players, and establishing a promotion/relegation system. The full press release is available below.

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Greetings.
Korean eSports Association (“KeSPA”), Riot Games, and OnGameNet (“3 Parties”) would like to announce the final version of the ‘2015 Season LoL eSports League Reform Plan’.

 During the past 3 months, the 3 Parties have been aware of the many issues inherent in the current LoL eSports system and tournament format, and have been trying to prepare a springboard for the Korean LoL eSports to leap one step further through the newly launching 2015 Season.

 While preparing the 2015 Season Reform Plan, we tried to collect various opinions from pro-players, teams, industry stakeholders, and our players, but some of our efforts were not entirely satisfactory. We assure you, however, that we placed utmost priority on the long-term growth of eSports and the protection of players’ rights and welfare when we finalized this 2015 Season Reform Plan. The 3 Parties will continue to heed to the voices of many fans who love and support eSports.

 We would like to ask for your continued support for the upcoming 2015 Season of LoL eSports.

Thank you.

 

2015 LoL Champions Korea League Reform Plan

 

New League Format

 2015 LoL Champions Korea will change from its previous tournament format to a full-league format. This change to the league format, which was adopted to help teams and players participate in competitions more consistently, will also help improve the welfare of pro-players. ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’, which will launch in early January, will be run as a full-league for approximately 4 months.

 

Promotions/Relegations

 While the full-league format has the advantage of providing pro-teams and players a stable source of competitive activity, it also has the disadvantage of being less entertaining compared to the tournament format. In order to minimize this disadvantage and additionally offer an opportunity to players in the semi-pro tier who are aspiring to be promoted, the 3 Parties have agreed to adopt Promotions/Relegations immediately following the end of ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’. When the Spring Split is finished, pro-teams and semi pro-teams will compete in Promotions/Relegations to secure their spot in the next ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Summer Split”.

 

Participants

 As we are transitioning to a full-league format, there are not many stable company-owned or club teams that can fully operate and manage their teams throughout the whole split. Thus, 2015 Season Spring Split will first kick off with 8 teams. 6 out of 8 teams (Samsung, KT, Najin, CJ, SKT and Jin Air) have been awarded spots for the Spring Split based on their past performance (accumulative circuit points in 2014) and history of stable team management. The remaining 2 teams will be determined through ‘Seed Qualifier Tournament’ (please refer to (6) below for details on Seed Qualifier Tournament).

 For 2015 Summer Split, we plan to increase the number of participating teams to 10 teams in order to expand opportunities for pro-players to participate.

 During the Promotions/Relegations following the 2015 Spring Split, bottom 2 teams from Champions Korea and top 4 teams from the semi-pro tier will compete to determine the final 4 teams that will join the 2015 Summer Split.

 

League Regulations

We would like to inform you of the following new regulations that will be newly implemented to protect the eSports pro-players and improve their welfare.

 

A) Mandatory Roster

 While first planning the launch of the league system, the 3 Parties became aware of the necessity for two corporate teams to be combined to one, so we reviewed the possibility of requesting corporate teams to incorporate a 10-person roster requirement to allow pro-players to stay in their original teams. However, having listened to many fans’ opinions and criticisms that the 10-person roster is not suitable for the current LoL eSports market, we decided not to forcefully adopt this policy. All LoL eSports teams may participate in the pro tier and semi-pro tier leagues if they can secure the roster of 5 players to play the game.

 

B) Minimum Salary Policy

 In the past, there have been many instances where eSports pro-players were inadequately compensated for their talent. The 3 Parties are planning to incorporate a “minimum salary of KRW 20 million” as a rule for teams participating in the league to follow, after having decided that the pro-players active in the pro field should be warranted a minimum level of welfare. Every pro-player entering a contract with pro-teams will earn a minimum salary of KRW 20 million (~$18,000) as income. This amount does not include profit generated through streaming or prize(s) from tournaments/league.

 

C) Mandatory Contract Term

 Similar to the minimum salary policy, “mandatory contract term of at least 1 year” will also be introduce. In other words, pro-teams will need to sign with pro-players for at least a one year in the future. This will help pro-players lead a stable professional career.

 However, teams may act as the principal agents of pro-players in transfer negotiations since they will possess the right for the said signed pro-player for the duration of the contract. If a team wishes to release a player against his will during the duration of the contract, the team is obligated to pay the remaining salary of the said player.

 

Supporting Measures

 

The 3 Parties will continuously invest beyond what we have invested and provided thus far for the advancement of LoL eSports to not only strengthen the league but to improve the welfare of pro-players.

 Riot Games will provide the minimum salary for 5 players in each team’s minimum roster. In addition, non-corporate teams without sponsors will receive not only aid for player salaries, but also aid for cost related to team operation and management. Regardless of the changes to the number of players applicable for salary aid, the total amount that Riot Games will be providing for the support of pro-teams remains unchanged. Please kindly understand that specific amount of the support will not be disclosed

 

Schedule

 Please see below for the detailed schedule ahead of the launch of ‘LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’. For more information on the Seed Qualifier tournament, please refer to future announcement on the Riot Games homepage (http://www.leagueoflegends.co.kr).

Competition Date Category Information
Seed Qualifier tournament (Preliminaries)
11/17~11/18
Eligibility Teams with at least 5 players with own accounts who are 17 years or older
Application 11/11~11/14 (4 days) / Online application*For details, please see the announcement on LoL official homepage
Format Single tournament with 4 groups / Best of 3
Location Yongsan eSports Stadium
(Finals)
11/21~11/22
Teams Top 4 teams to qualify in the preliminaries
Format 4-team full league / Single matches
(with tiebreakers if necessary)
Location Busan Bexco Auditorium

 

(Schedule subject to change pending future circumstances)

 There will also be a Preseason lasting approximately a month with a single-round full-league format starting late November. The final 8 teams that will participate in the 2015 Spring Split will be participating in this Preseason. In addition, full-league format ‘2015 LoL Champions Korea – Spring Split’ will start in early January for approximately 4 months. Once the Spring Split is over, Promotions/Relegations tournament will take place for approximately 1 week.

 

2015 Season Semi-Pro Tier Reform Plan

 

New Title – League of Legends Challengers Korea

 NLB, which has previously represented the LoL Semi-Pro tier in Korea, will evolve with the new title of ‘LoL Challengers Korea’. Challengers Korea will not only become the battle arena for aspiring pros, but also provide another chance for teams that have been demoted from Champions Korea to once again climb up the ladder.

 

Changes in Competition Format

 Two open tournaments will be held during the 2015 Spring Split. Any team with 5 players who have their own Korean accounts with Gold tier or higher may participate in these tournaments. ‘Challengers’ points will be awarded to teams according to their performance, and 4 teams with the highest Challengers points will advance to Promotions/Relegations tournament to compete against the bottom 2 teams from Champions Korea.

 Furthermore, Challengers Korea will also switch to a full-league format in the Summer Split, and teams with the highest Challengers points will be provided seeds to participate in this league. We decided to implement step-by-step changes to ensure the highest quality of games and reliable execution during the transition phase.

 Once Challengers Korea has transitioned to a full-league format in the Summer Split, Riot Games and NGTV will provide participating Challengers teams accommodations and sponsorship opportunities to help establish a stable practice environment for the semi-pro players

 Please refer to the announcement on the Riot Games website (http://www.leagueoflegends.co.kr) for more details.

Lustboy (4 of 10)

 

 

How have you been spending your offseason? Do you still play the game in your downtime?

Yes I do. I’ve been playing at least 3 to 8 games a day and hanging out with my friends. Nothing special.

 

With the conclusion of the 2014 World Championship, how do you feel about your overall performance?

I’m not satisfied that much because I know we could have done better if I did great and communicated better. I’ve been taking English classes and hope to do a lot next split.

 

Who was your favorite team to play against and why? Which bot lane gave you the most trouble? What did you learn most during your time boot camping and throughout the World Championship and how much do you think you improved?

My favorite team to play against is Cloud 9. They are really popular and are believed to be the best, and I want to prove that wrong. It won’t be easy because they are actually a very strong team.

I think the bot lane who gave me most trouble at worlds was Uzi/Zero. WildTurtle and I had never gotten into serious trouble in a 2v2 except against them.

I did learn how to take even just one scrim serious and what true supporting was. I think I improved a lot but I’m stuck in Korea for visa problem so I feel I’m gonna forget what I learned.

 

 The World Championship saw the rise of Janna, being picked or banned a total of 53 times and emerging with a 62% win rate. What do you think contributed most to her popularity and do you believe she will remain a contested pick moving into season 5?

Janna is actually a good champion, but she is simple. I think top 3 S tier supports were Thresh/Zilean/Alistar at the time, but Zilean and Alistar both were must bans or you were forced to play an unbalanced game.

So the next tier was Nami and Janna, though the meta was more fit to Janna. World Championship Season 4 was poke city meta.

 

IEM San Jose is fast approaching. How do you plan to prepare for the tournament? Where do you feel you need the most improvement?

I’m going to continue practicing in Korea with solo queue games or high elo premade matches. I feel I still need to get better at English and communication.

 

Piglet was recently announced as Team Curse’s new ADC. What are your thoughts on this move and how strong do you think the Xpecial/Piglet bot lane will be? Are they your biggest threat in the NA LCS?

I like both of them but I have heard a lot about Piglet’s personality and I don’t think him and Xpecial would make a good combination. I’m actually way more worried about Doublelift/Aphromoo.

 

When you initially made the move to NA, how was your English? Is it difficult playing a team game with a language barrier? What did you do to overcome any communication issues? How much has your English improved?

My English wasn’t that good and even now is not great. However it has improved a lot and I continue to improve it. My team and coaches are also helping me, and I am really glad to be here.

You and Locodoco were friends before joining TSM. Is it difficult to maintain both a professional and personal relationship with someone you’ve known for so long?

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mind our friendship when he is coaching. I think that’s the right way of doing things and hope it will continue.

 

 You’ve been playing with TSM for several months now. What is the biggest difference playing in NA vs. Korea? Is there anything you would change about LCS or OGN format?

The biggest difference thing is people speaking English, kappa. Actually, people have so much fervor compared to Asia. They really enjoy playing the game. I don’t think format matters but LCS format gives me less stress.

 

What is your favorite food in the US?

In & Out Double Double burger. I like the seasoning.

 

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL 

ZionSpartan Joins CLG

November 8th, 2014

 

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Counter Logic Gaming has announced that Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaha will be their starting top laner for the 2015 Season. ZionSpartan was previously the top laner for Team Dignitas, known for his solo-carry playstyle. He hopes to break the tradition of CLG’s top laners historically being left to the wolves, a trend starting all the way back when team owner George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis was in the top lane. HotshotGG was famous for a very selfless top lane playstyle, so his team has always favored allocating resources to star AD Carry, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

He will be replacing Shin “Seraph” Wooyeong, after a mutual agreement not to re-sign him, citing CLG not being the right environment for him. Until the post-season, Seraph’s English level was not at a point where communication could be optimal. By then, without former Coach Christopher “Montecristo” Mykkles working with the team, Seraph felt even more isolated and opted not to re-sign with CLG. 

 

No Koreans for CLG

New CLG Head Coach William “scarra” Li intends to turn CLG from a group of five individuals to one, cohesive unit, something which CLG has never really been. CLG has always had internal issues, and hope to fix that by bringing in players that will have a friendly relationship with the current team members. This is why CLG has opted not to import a Korean player, as they feel it’s necessary to have a translator to effectively utilize them. Good examples of this are Starhorn Royal Club and Team Solomid:

  • SHRC have a Korean support staff and an English-speaking support staff, allowing their two Korean members to work well with the Chinese members. Funnily enough, Insec and Zero have stated that they (in Korean) decide how to rotate, and then use pings to tell the rest of their team where to go. They claim it works because the Chinese players are unable to argue since they don’t speak the same language.
  • TSM have Coach Yoonsup “Locodoco” Choi to help out Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik, who is consistently prodded to improve his English. 

In comparison, on CLG Seraph was always isolated, especially since it was Montecristo’s influence that allowed him to join the team. Seraph was found to be a very emotional player, and had issues playing on LAN matches.

 

Since CLG have historically always had internal issues, scarra has prioritized teamwork and friendship over raw skill. He claims almost every CLG lineup ever had the raw skill to be a top NA team during their era, however always had internal strife and were unable to succeed.

 

Zion’s Vlog

After CLG’s statement was released, they posted a vlog for their sponsor iBUYPOWER’s website:

 

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CLG Brings on Scarra as Head Coach

 After parting ways with Christopher “Montecristo” Mykkles, Counter Logic Gaming has announced that their new Head Coach will be former Dignitas Captain and Head Coach, William “Scarra” Li. Scarra has been in the League of Legends eSports scene for nearly five years, bringing his expertise and experience. Scarra is seen as a very mature, level-headed person, someone who could properly manage Counter Logic Gaming’s internal struggles. By living in the house with them and seeing their day-to-day progress and interactions, Scarra is able to do more than Montecristo ever could while he was coaching from Korea. Scarra joined CLG after leaving Dignitas, largely because he felt he needed a change seeing as he had been with the organization and some of those players on the roster for years.



Comely Joins CLG’s Coaching Staff

Working alongside Scarra and Tony “Zikz” Gray will be the LoL personality known as Comely. Comely is more famously known as the parody Twitter account DrunkScarra and as a former assistant coach for Dignitas, working alongside Scarra and Mylixia. Not much has been said about what Comely can bring to the table, however he will specialize in macro strategy and team communication if his past work with Dignitas is used as a frame of reference.


CLG Prepares for Tryouts

Counter Logic Gaming will be looking for both a Mid Laner and a Jungler, and have opened up applications for tryouts. Current CLG mid laner Link will also be trying out, and Scarra has stated he will be scrutinized more than other players because CLG expect him to immediately outperform the other tryouts.


The Application 

Applicants must be:

  • A high-school graduate.
  • Challenger in ranked solo queue or have previous challenger/professional league experience [LCS, OGN, Coke, etc].
  • Eligible to play in the LCS.
Please fill out the following application and send it to tryout@clgaming.net in the body of the email.
The subject of the email should include:
[Role] Name | IGN


An example would be: [Mid] George Georgallidis | HotshotGG
Name:
Age:
IGNs:
History: 
What is your history with League?
Describe any other game and/or competitive experience.
Style: 
How would you describe yourself as a player?
What are your three strongest champions and why?
Team:
Why do you want to be a part of CLG?
What value can you bring to the team in comparison to other applicants?


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How was Korea? What did you like most about the trip?

I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Korea, it was awesome. The food really surprised me, I didnt expect it to be really good compared to California’s food.

 

You and Lustboy began playing together on an official stage in week 10 of the Summer Split. How did you feel changing supports so late in the split and at such a critical time? Were you confident you could build enough synergy to perform and make worlds? When did things really start to click in terms of synergy?

I was worried about the synergy we would have going into playoffs and into worlds, but we started to click after we started boot camping in Korea and started playing the foreign bot lanes. We started communicating a lot more and Lustboys English improved a lot during the couple weeks we played together. And I also learned some Korean to use in solo q.

 

How do you feel you improved over boot camp as a bot lane?   Individually?

I feel I improved a lot and I think this season I will be very impactful as a player. I learned about rotations and teamplay due to the bootcamp.

 

Who was your favorite duo to play against during your time scrimming up to the World Championship?

My favorite bot lane to play against was definitely Mata & Imp by far. They were just so amazing at the game. They played their lanes really solidly and the mind games they played in the bot lane were so new to me; they controlled vision so well. They were defintely my favorite bot lane to play against.

 

Going into the group stage, how confident were you? Who were you looking forward to playing the most?

Going into groups I thought to myself if we played well we could easily get first seed in groups, but we got ahead of ourselves and ended up losing the first game to SHRC due to overconfidence and lack of preparation. I was looking forward to playing SHRC a lot because of their bot lane and Insec.

 

Which team do you feel gave you the hardest time? What duo lane did you feel was stronger out of the teams in your group?

SHRC gave us the hardest time because of their solid mechanics. In the group stage I really wanted to play vs Uzi & Zero, I was pretty confident going into the bot lane vs them, but I choked and ended up playing really poorly the first game, I wish I had more games to prove myself against them.

 

What was your preparation like heading into the quarterfinals? How do you feel you and Lustboy stack up against Imp and Mata? What stood out most about Imp?

We were too focused on what to do mid game that we completely ignored our level 1s and they just dominated us 2 games because of our lack of preparation. Lustboy & I defintely could have defeated Imp & Mata at that stage I believe. After groups Lustboy & I were improving faster than we did for groups and I actually think if it was 2v2 we could have had a good chance to beat SSW. The thing that stands out the most about Imp is his ability to rotate with his team and be at the right place at the right time.

 

What is your overall opinion of where NA stands in comparison to other regions?

I think NA is definitely catching up to Korea and currently I would say we’re a top 4 region.

 

What did you learn most from the tournament and how do you feel about your overall performance?

I learned about teamplay and objectives this tournament more than anything and I realized I was playing the game wrong until the Koreans taught me, I felt my performance could have been better hopefully I can show my  improvement during the split.

 

Looking ahead, how strong do you believe the team can be in Season 5?

I think TSM will definitely be the strongest NA team this season and hopefully we can even do better at worlds for S5.

 

How do you plan to spend the rest of your vacation?

I am planning to spend the rest of my vacation playing smash bros and League of Legends, I can’t seem to stay away from video games.

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL 

Bjergsen

 

How was travelling between so many countries? Where was your favorite? Was it difficult adjusting to jet lag?

Bjergsen: Travelling between so many countries was something I really enjoyed, it was awesome to see so many different cultures and try a lot of different foods. My favorite was probably Korea, since it was the one we got to experience the most outside of practice times. I think fighting jetlag should only take a couple days as long as  you try to keep a healthy schedule and don’t stay up for too long. You just need to make sure you resist taking naps, it can be difficult!

 

What was boot camp like? Of all of the teams you scrimmed, who do you feel was the strongest? What did you learn most from scrims?

Bjergsen:  Boot camping was a different experience. I’ve only really had one boot camp in my life with NiP before. I think in boot camps, you figure out a lot of team problems that need to be fixed because you’re constantly practicing in a high pressure environment where all emotions come out. We definitely had some things come up, but I think we got a good hold of them which made us a better team after the boot camp was over. Of all the teams we played Samsung White was definitely the hardest, the first time we played against them we got completely stomped, but slowly worked our way up to actually contest and take games from them in scrims. The thing I learned the most is to give back to my teammates, and use my advantage to help build their advantage. If I start winning my lane I know a lot more about the options I can do to help snowball the overall team and winning the game.

 

Who was the strongest mid laner you faced during scrims?

Bjergsen: I think Faker and Pawn both played exceptionally well and had very little mistakes when I played them. They both know their limits very well and push them as far as they can, that’s what makes a great player.

 

Who was the toughest opponent you played during group stages? Did any team at the tournament surprise you?

Bjergsen:  The toughest opponent was definitely Royal Club which also shows since they made it into the final. Royal has a very distinct play style and we played right into their strengths the first game which made us basically unable to win since they play that style so well. I think if anything the biggest surprise was how handedly OMG beat Najin White Shield, I was not expecting them to get a clean sweep, nor do I think anyone did.

 

What was your mindset headed into the quarterfinals? There was a lot of talk about the importance of believing you can defeat your opponent and how it can affect you mentally if you don’t think you are capable. Did you believe you could win? What went wrong?

Bjergsen:  It’s a difficult thing to say, I do believe we had a good shot at making it all the way to the finals this year with the way the brackets worked out. But obviously we failed to deliver and I can’t blame that on anyone else than us.

Reginald and Locodoco kept making sure that we all believed we had a chance at winning, no matter how small it was. I definitely agree if we didn’t believe we at least had a chance at winning there was no way we were going to win. I think everyone in the team knew they were the better team, but we still had ways to beat them, and we could still show up big on the day. I personally believed we could win, and I think for the most part my teammates believed we had a chance as well.  

 

What is your overall impression of the tournament so far?

Bjergsen: I think the way Riot has handled the tournament and the players has been really good and I very much enjoyed finally being a part of Worlds. I was also very happy that the wildcard teams ended up having such a big impact, even though it was to my good friends in Alliance. It really shows that you can’t just expect a win against these wildcard teams, they can take you on any given day.  

 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from playing internationally?

Bjergsen:  The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be able to work together as a team and how to play for the benefit of the team. One player shouldn’t have to perform extraordinarily to win, everyone just has to have a solid performance and everyone helps each other out to have a solid performance. It’s a team game and Samsung White really shows that; they win together.  

 

Amazing recently stepped down from the starting lineup. What are your thoughts on his departure? Moving forward, what are you most looking for in finding a replacement? What do you think most fits your and the team’s needs?

Bjergsen: Of course I’m really sad Amazing decided to leave the team. I shared rooms in the hotel and housing with him through the entire boot camp and he became a good friend of mine in the team. I do understand all his reasons for leaving and I can’t be upset at him, I hope he finds a place where he’ll be happy and has an escape from League every once in a while.

The main things we are looking for in a jungler would be mechanical skill, communication and work ethic. Obviously it’s really important to have good mechanical skill as a jungler for champions like Lee Sin, etc. Communication as a jungler is very important since you have to be in a dialogue with all 3 lanes at the same time to know where to be and what to do next. Work ethic is a global thing you would want from every member in the team, but it’s very important to me. It’s important the player is motivated and willing to constantly improve through solo queue and replays.

 

Prediction for the Finals?

Bjergsen:  I have to go with White, they’re an amazing team and will likely 3-0 Royal if they do their research.

 

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Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp, now ex-jungler for CLG has stated he will not be renewing his contract with CLG, largely due to the internal conflict and uncomfortable experiences he had as part of CLG. Amazing largely left due to homesickness, and Dexter was in a similar position having no real friends on his team. North America’s two imported German junglers have both decided to leave their teams recently, with Amazing leaving TSM just about three days ago.

Statement

Dexter has a longer statement available here, however CLG issued a shorter form of it:

 

“After taking time to analyze the current situation I regret to announce that, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to part ways with the CLG organization and will not be renewing my current contract.
At the moment I am considering some opportunities although I have made no decision and am keeping an open mind in regards to the future.
I would like to thank Kelby, Mattcom, my old CLG teammates and the rest of the CLG organization for having me on the team. I have learned a lot about the game and also about myself and feel like I have improved my general perspective in regards to the esports world,as a whole. It has been an amazing opportunity and I am honestly very thankful for everyone involved in it.
I would also like to thank the community for supporting me on my journey so far and hope that, no matter what comes next, you will all still be there.”
Meanwhile, George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis issued this statement:
Dexter’s play helped us to do great things during Season 4 but at the same time we also ran into some of our greatest difficulties as a team. Things got rough and it became clear that change was something both the team and dexter needed. We are appreciative of all his work and time but ultimately we feel this decision is in the best interest of everyone involved. We wish him luck and we look forward to taking this opportunity to build the strongest roster possible for Season 5.
With that, CLG will be looking to try out a new jungler, either foreign or NA talent. TSM is also currently looking for a jungler, and they must find either an exempt non-resident (i.e Dexter, Helios) or an NA player. That means TSM will likely have the better chances of picking up NA’s best up-and-coming jungle talent, while CLG still has the option to find a foreigner.
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TSM Amazing Steps Down

October 11th, 2014
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Team Solomid’s jungler, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, has opted to step down from the starting roster of Team Solomid and continue his career back in Europe. Maurice, only 20 years old, flew halfway across the world to join Team Solomid. After spending half a year playing in the NA LCS, he decided that life in Los Angeles is not for him. He prefers to play in the EU LCS where he is amongst his friends and family. Although Amazing has been an integral part of Team Solomid’s success in the summer split of the NA LCS and the world championships, the separation is amicable between both parties.

 

“Working with Maurice has been an amazing experience and I was very glad to have him play for our organization. He was a huge part in our success this season and I wish Maurice the best of luck. I truly believe that he’ll find success within any organization.” – TSM Team Owner, Andy Dinh.

 

“No team has ever inspired me more to become more skilled, smarter and overall just better at my individual role than TSM, thanks to the coaches, but especially the players who all have the drive to be the best. I am sad about leaving this type of environment, but I’m equally excited to be back in the country I was born and raised in. I will never forget the chance that TSM gave me, and I will never forget all the great moments we all had together from the early season struggles to becoming a top 2 team in the west. But it is time for me to move on.” -  Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider

 

With his departure, Team Solomid is now on the look out for new talent to fill the position. The team will be looking at mechanically strong high ranking challenger players and former NA LCS players. Tryout starts Oct 20th. More details will be released at a later time.

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