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Looking back on the NA LCS playoffs, what would you have done differently? What do you believe you did well despite the outcome?

Our biggest mistake in the playoffs was not doing lane swaps correctly.  TSM got advantages out of lane swaps every game which put us at big disadvantages right away.

 

 

Heading into the summer split, what is your preparation like?

We have been scrimming as much as we can to get used to playing with our new roster.

 

 

What are your overall thoughts on MSI? How strong did you believe TSM was going in and whatdo you think went most wrong for them? Were you surprised by any of the other teams?

MSI was an interesting tournament, I think TSM was a little overconfident going into it and their loss against fnatic was hard on them mentally which rolled over into the rest of their matches in the group stage. AHQ played surprisingly well. In the past, Southeast Asia hasn’t done that well with the exception of TPA at season 2 worlds.

 

 

With Hai recently stepping down, what is the team dynamic like? Is there a lot of adjustments in adapting to playing with incarnati0n or is it more of him molding to the team?

The team dynamic is similar but I’ve had to step into the shotcalling role since Hai left. New rosters don’t run smoothly over night so it will take some time for everyone to adjust to the new lineup but it seems to be going in the right direction so far.

 

 

What is the biggest difference between Hai and Incarnati0n in the mid lane, so far?

Hai was a really selfless player who put a lot of emphasis on vision, roaming, and helping out everyone else on the team. Incarnati0n plays more of a carry style.

 

 

Hai was renowned for his shotcalling. Will you be assuming this role or will it be passed on to incarnati0n? What is the team doing to make sure communication stays on the same level or better with the loss of Hai?

I’ll be taking over the shot calling for the team. It was always a combined effort before with hai, where I covered most of the macro oriented shot calling while he did the micro stuff such as pulling the trigger for a fight or going for high risk plays. Those are things that I’m working on and hoping to have ironed out as soon as possible. I hope that the communication is good with the new roster. I think that our success as a team previously came not only from Hai’s shotcalling, but our ability as a team to listen to his calls without hesitation or resistance. We all had a lot a trust in Hai’s leadership so we followed him blindly and I hope the team will put the same level of trust in my calls.

 

 

Do you believe the current roster is a contender for worlds? What do you wish to improve on most individually? As a team?

Worlds is an entire split away and I haven’t even begun thinking about it. I think that everyone on the team is skilled individually but winning competitive matches goes way deeper than just mechanics. I’ll be happy with whatever result we get as long as we give it a perfect effort

 

 

How do you expect the newer teams, TDK and NME, to perform? Who do you see in the top 3 positions at the end of the split?

I haven’t played against TDK or NME in LCS yet so there’s no way to tell. They both looked good in the challenger series so only time will tell

 

 

How are you feeling on the current meta and state of the game overall? What changes, if any, would you like to see?

I think that cinderhulk is interesting for the game because it changed up the champion pools but it has led to some weird stuff that I’m not a big fan of. I don’t like top laners running smite or the fact that warrior junglers get out scaled so hard by the % hp on cinderhulk… I also really dislike any meta where Nunu is a top pick.

 

 

Describe your playstyle. Do you believe there is a “superior” way of jungling, or is there a way to make any style work within a team?

I don’t know if the way I play falls under a specific style. Limiting yourself to one style seems like a mistake so I try to be aggressive when I can and cautious when I need to be. I suppose you could say that my style is safer and more farm oriented than other junglers. I do not like going for high risk plays when I don’t have to and I care about about vision control.

 

What changes do you expect to see with patch 5.10? What are your thoughts on 5.10?

I expect the top junglers to be nerfed, the patch is probably going to feel bad for a while but then I’ll get used to the nerfs.

 

 

What’s your current favorite champion and why?

My all time favorite champions to play are elise and zac. I originally started playing each of them because I enjoyed their play styles and I found a way to fit them into my competitive champion pool which yielded pretty good results until they were inevitably nerfed.

 

 

Thoughts on Zac? Will we see him return at any point this season?

I liked Zac when cinderhulk first came out but since then I’ve liked him less and less. I think there are a few problems with Zac. First of all, if you play him in a traditional jungle style of ganking and warding for your lanes while buying sightstone and locket, you’ll be way too squishy for team fights and drop dead as soon as you jump in. The only way to be strong enough for team fights on Zac is to play selfishly which doesn’t put much pressure on the enemy team. Secondly, Zac’s E is almost impossible to hit given how much mobility and how many knock ups champions have nowadays. Lastly, Zac doesn’t do very much damage with a tank build and he’s easy to kite.

 

 

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Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

 

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After announcing his retirement on April 28th, Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels has transitioned into a casting role in the EU LCS.
From his facebook post:

 

Hey guys,

A lot of you have been asking me what my future plans were and i’m finally able to share them with you. Starting immediately I will be part of the EU LCS Broadcast team filling the role of colour caster & analyst desk member. I traveled to Berlin on Saturday and started working with the team today.

It’s been a few weeks now since I’ve announced my retirement and I’ve had no regrets since. Part of me will always miss the stage but I think it was the perfect timing for me to move on to the next challenge and hopefully start building a long term career.
I hope you all will tune in to the Summer split to watch me cast alongside Deficio, Quickshot & Pira. And of course sit on the desk with the lovely Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere. I know I still have a lot to learn when it comes to shoutcasting, but I look forward to working hard to keep improving every single week. Feel free to always leave feedback!

Lastly, thanks for your patience and your support!

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Rift pulse is back with another weekly update of the most recent events in LoL esports. With the EU and LCS less than a week away, and both the LPL and LCK already in action, rosters are finally taking shape across every region.

 

North America

 

  • Brandon “Saintvicious” DeMarco stepped down from Gravity, joining Team Coast as their Head Coach.
  • Team 8 acquires Zach “Nien” Malhas and Chad “History Teacher” Smeltz, as starting AD Carry and Head Coach respectively.
  • Min-su “Move” Kang joins Gravity Gaming, taking over the starting Jungle position.
  • Johnny “Altec” Ru finds a new home in the LCS, this time as the starting AD carry position for Gravity Gaming.
  • Ainslie “Maplestreet” Wyllie will sub for Misfits in the NACS as Jebus has run into visa issues.
  • TDK adds Jin-Hyun “Emperor” Kim  and  Geon-Woo “Ninja” Noh to their starting roster.
  • Team Winterfox unveiled their new roster, with former Gambit Gaming AD Carry Kristoffer “P1noy” Albao Lund Pedersen taking over as Starting AD Carry.

 

 

Europe

 

  • InnerFlame joins Gamers2, assuming the role of Team Manager.
  • Team ROCCAT has announced Etienne “Steve” Michels as their new top laner, also adding EXORKK as a substitute AD Carry.

 

 

China

 

  • OMG has revealed their roster for the 2015 LPL Summer Split, with Hu “Xiyang” Bin moving to the top lane.

 

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Looking back at playoffs, what would you change about the series against TL? What went wrong in your eyes?  

We shouldn’t have picked Yasuo at all – our communication during picks and bans wasn’t good.

 

Youre known to play Yasuo despite him seemingly falling out of the meta. What is your reason behind continuing to play him?

Yasuo is good pick against ranged AP champions and they picked a lot of poke champions.

 

What changes, if any, would you make to the champion to make him stronger in the current meta and where do you think he fits in now?  

His lane phase is very weak – they should buff his HP.

 

How do you feel about your performance in both the playoffs and spring split?

Not bad.

 

What are you looking to change most individually?

I want to make my champion pool stronger.

 

Do you feel this team is stronger than LMQ?

Our Jungle and top are better than LMQ. Teamfights are worse than LMQ.

 

How is the Dynamic within TiP compared to LMQ?

LMQ is easier to communicate with but TiP is more exciting for me with all the players being from different regions.

 

What is the team environment like in game, especially with language barriers? What steps are you taking to overcome language barriers and is the team focusing on communicating in English?

Our biggest problem is language but we are trying to study some simple words to communicate easier.

 

How are you preparing for the next split? Are you confident you can make it to the World Championship?

We are going to fix our language problem as soon as possible and I think we can make it to worlds.

 

What are your thoughts on Incarnati0n joining Cloud 9 and do you believe the team will be even stronger? Where do you think Incarnati0n stacks up among the other mid laners in NA?

I have no idea because I haven’t seen him play. I can’t say anything right now. Let’s see how he performs in the LCS.

 

How do you expect the new teams, NME and TDK, to perform? Who do you imagine will be in the last place spot at the end of the split?

We have not played against them yet. No clue about last place.

 

Who do you predict will be top 3 at the end of the split? Who will go to the World Championship?

TiP/TSM/C9

 

What is your opinion on the Mid-Season Invitational as a whole? Did anything stand out, and were the results what you expected? How would you rank the regions, in order? Were you proud that a Chinese team was able to finally take down a Korean team in an international event?

I was surprised about AHQ/FNC, they look so strong. I was shocked when they both beat TSM. I would rank the regions at MSI in this order:

EDG, SKT, TSM, Fnatic, AHQ, Besiktas.

I’m really proud that EDG beat SKT. ClearLove finally made his dream come true.

 

Are there any champions you wish you could bring into the meta that arent played?

Yasuo!

 

What are your thoughts on the recent Zed changes and how do you believe it will affect his gameplay? Is he still just as strong? Would you make changes to Zed?

I don’t think it will affect his gameplay too much. I think he is still strong in some team comps. I would make him more tanky.

 

How would you describe your playstyle and do you believe it has changed since joining the LCS?

I think my CS is always good and I do the most damage in team fights. I play more aggressively in lane since joining the LCS and I am trying to roam more and help other lanes.

 

How are you feeling on the tank meta, and what changes, if any, would you like to see to the meta? 

The new Jungle Items make junglers too tanky, it’s so difficult to kill them in team fights. I would like to see more mid and AD picks where people just all-in in a team fight.

 

Expectations heading into week 1?

There will be many dark horses coming out in week 1.

 

Shoutouts?

Thank you to our sponsor Azubu, Riot Games, and especially to our fans who support me. I will do better this season.


Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

 

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How are you spending the time between MSI and the Summer Split? Do you get any downtime? 

I get a week off, but I feel like don’t deserve it, so I am constantly playing as much as I possibly can to prepare my mental tolerance to do better in competitive play.

 

Heading into MSI what was your perspective on the Meta of the event? Do you feel you prepared correctly in terms of picks/bans and what to play?

Yes, we just played very badly. I feel like the only thing we could pick up would be Rumble top and Urgot bot. something we’ve tried before.

 

Expectations were high heading into the event. What were your personal expectations? What factors played most into the teams lackluster performance? Do you think it’s an issue with preparation? How much of a factor was “tilting” and can you expand on tilt in competitive play?

I think it was 60% Tilt and 40% everything else. When we got first blooded we lost almost all of our positive mindset and hopes of winning.

 

It seems as if you should have lane swapped against in your game against Fnatic and kept the 1v1 against AHQ. What were the reasons for playing these the way you did and what could you have done better?

In the 2v1 I could have not died. In the 1v1 I could have called for Santorin to protect me from dives. I played like this because I feel like I didn’t play enough solo queue before the event, and didn’t work hard enough on the important factors of communication.

 

Fnatic, 6 top bans. How did this affect you and did you expect it at all? Were there other champions you could have played and simply didn’t?

I played Gnar a huge amount of times so it didn’t really affect me. What did affect is me not being on a specific tank champion and doing well. But it didn’t really matter because my play this tournament regardless of champion was pretty bad.

 

Instead of asking “what went wrong”, what went right? Despite the obvious errors in game, was there anything you felt the team managed to do correctly in the face of losing?

Nothing went right for us.

 

The popular opinion is that you were simply left on an island to fend for yourself in most of the games. You have stated this simply isn’t the case. Can you elaborate a bit on how those situations (being dived/camped) could have gone differently? Is it as cut and dry as you not getting the help, or is there a communication issue?

It’s all about the communication and if I don’t ask for it, then I deserve to be dove for not asking from them to be there instead of saying “I’m going to get dove here.”

 

Moving forward, what is your immediate next step and what do you think you need to work on most individually? As a team?

Communication, positive mindset, and for me being comfortable playing league while communicating against godly players.

 

In terms of overall strength, is NA as far behind as it seems? While it is quite far off, how do you believe each region will stack up at worlds? Do you believe TSM can win worlds?

It is the same as fans think. For us winning worlds, this is the best lineup we’ve ever had so if we had a chance of winning worlds before it is at its highest percentage now.

 

How much do out of game activities affect in game performance and what have you been doing outside of the game?

Playing too much CS:GO and GTA 5 kept my mind off of the terrors of solo queue. Which was a mistake because I need to feel that pain to be used to playing on stage comfortably.

 

You’ve played professionally for over 4 years, and have been to every world championship. Have you considered retirement? In your mind, when are you “done”?

I’ve considered retirement since last year before we beat c9 for the summer split. I felt like I couldn’t do anything to carry, then when we played there my performance was surprisingly really good. I feel like I played better than I ever expected myself to play. My mindset changed for worlds and I dedicated myself to trying to do more for my team. I don’t want to be a burden and if there is a better top laner then me available I would gladly give up my spot if it increases TSM’s chances of winning worlds.

 

How do you deal with criticism? Has there ever been a point where it’s gotten to you to the point that it affects your in game performance?

In my rookie years yeah it did a bit. Nowadays it doesn’t it’s just motivation for me to do better to prove people wrong. But it does apply some pressure to my game which could hurt my play, still not sure myself.

 

Looking at the summer split, who holds the top 3 slots at the end of the season? Who will attend worlds?

TSM, and whoever else they don’t matter.

 

Any thoughts on the newest additions to the LCS, TDK and NME? Do you expect them to perform well?

I’m looking forward to see how well Seraph plays. When he first joined I felt like he didn’t deserve to be in the LCS, but as time goes on it is inspirational to see players climb back in through their own resolve and team.

 

Do you watch the EU LCS? What teams in EU are the strongest in your opinion and is there anyone you want to play against specifically?

I’ve always wanted to play against SK but we never got the chance. They seemed to be in a slump for playoffs because of team synergy I’m guessing. FNATIC is obviously the strongest.

 

What champions do you want to see return to competitive play? Are there any champions you wish you could play more often?

I play a really mean Olaf. I never got to show it at season 2 because I never thought he was as OP back then but my Olaf was world class at the time in my opinion at least.

 

What is your thought on the current top Meta and state of the game in general? What has been your favorite Meta to play in so far?

Top lane is never fun unless you’re carrying the game.

 

Who is the hardest top laner to play against in the NA LCS?

Impact and Quas.

 

What is your current favorite champion in general?

Jax and Singed.

 


Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.


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As the 2015 LCS Summer Split approaches, Team SoloMid has renewed its player contracts through dates ranging from 2016 to 2018.

Formerly ending in Q4 2015, Team SoloMid shows faith with these extensions to their LoL squad, adding up to 3 years onto each player’s tenure.


Current TSM Roster with updated Contract dates:

 

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As anticipated, Team ROCCAT has officially announced the final member of their roster. Etienne “Steve” Michels, formerly of Team-LDLC and ThunderBot SPARTA, will take over their top lane for the 2015 Summer Split.

 

Team Roccat Official Statement:

Bienvenue dans le monde de ROCCAT, Steve !

We’re proud to announce Etienne “Steve” Michels as the new Top Lane player for our League of Legends squad. He’s already living with the team (Hi Vander) and training hard for the EU LCS Summer Split.

With an outstanding Solo Queue track record (Rank #15 EUW; 65% win rate) and experience playing in a competitive team, we believe he’ll be an asset to our line-up.

 

 

Roccat Manager Tomislav “flyy” Mihailov had this to say on the addition of Steve:

Steve is a really strong mechanical player, his attitude towards improving and in general in the team is just amazing. Add that to the perfect English and the strive for success he has and you have a really good combination for a pro player – so making the choice to go with him was not that hard.

 

NoL sources have informed us that despite rumors, Overpow was not kicked, and did not demonstrate toxic behavior during his tenure on the team.

 

The team has also revealed that Amin “Am1n” Mezher, Challenger player EXORKK, and Remigiusz “Ovepow” Pusch will comprise their substitute lineup for the 2015 Summer Split.

 

Team Roccat Official Roster – 2015 Summer Split

Top: Steve

Mid: Nukeduck

Jungle: Jankos

ADC: Woolite

Support: VandeR

Sub/AD: EXORKK

Sub/Jungle: Am1n

Sub/Top: Overpow

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What was your mindset heading into the relegation series against Copenhagen Wolves? Were you confident you would come out ahead?

After we dropped to relegations I was devastated. My goal was to make playoffs and in the end I had to fight for my job. Though after a week of hard practice, I didn’t really feel bad anymore. I didn’t feel fear playing against those people anymore, I just wanted to prove to everyone that we as a team can still stay in the LCS and play well. I was really confident going into those series.

 

You didn’t die once the entire series. How do you feel about your own performance? Do you feel this match showcased the difference between Challenger and LCS Caliber teams?

Every game I play on stage I don’t really care about my stats, it’s about my play. I think I played better than most matches in the regular split, but there was still room to improve. It’s really hard for a challenger team to beat an experienced team in the LCS, the game knowledge and experience in playing on stage is huge advantage.

 

Do you feel your playstyle in these games was different than during the LCS? It seemed as if the early game played a bigger difference than usual, what changed?

I guess I wasn’t really that scared and I knew I can and need to outplay those people. I didn’t really care who was I up against, it was me or them so I had to do my best.

 

How are you enjoying the current meta and do you feel your champion pool fits in?

I don’t really like the tank meta, it’s pretty boring but oh well, I have to play them. There are still a couple of interesting champs that you can make plays with, like Gragas or Rek’Sai so I’m fine with those.

 

As a Jungler, do you prefer playing standard or in a lane swap scenario?

Usually I prefer standard scenario because I can impact the game harder. In lane swaps the jungler usually has to dive and do other stuff for their team, where in standard lanes it’s up to you what you want to do.

 

Heading into the summer split, what is your preparation like?

I guess we changed coach and our mindset in the game. It’s really hard to talk a lot about it but I feel like our scrims are more efficient and we don’t really do useless stuff that we did before. Our picks and bans phase is different as well, overall you should see much improvement in the summer split :)

 

How are you feeling on the current meta and state of the game overall? What changes, if any, would you like to see? 

I never think of things like that, I just play whatever is necessary and I will do my best to do what I have to do. The meta shifts a little bit every week or two so you get used to it step by step, unless the season changes hit, which is like once per year, but then you still have a lot of time to prepare. I don’t really care about what could change, I will try to adapt anyway.

 

What’s your current favorite champion and why?

I guess it is lee sin like it always has been. It’s just that you can do so much on this champion and it’s a pure skill champ as well. One of the best champs for solo queue too. Unfortunately the tank meta made him a little bit weaker in competitive play.

 

What are your overall thoughts on MSI? Did you expect Fnatic to perform as well as they did?

Overall I didn’t really watch a lot of MSI matches but I expected Fnatic to beat TSM, that’s for sure. We played scrims against them before MSI and we felt like they are pretty strong, also Huni is a god so how can you lose? Obviously Korea almost won, Europe wasn’t able to stop them, but this time china did.

 

Are there any champions you wish were played competitively that aren’t, or some that you just wish to see played more?

I wish champions like Lee Sin, Elise, and Evelynn would come back to the meta, even Jarvan was fun. There are not that many champions that I consider fun though so I guess I will just wait and see what comes next.

 

Does the team hang out outside of the game? What do you do in your downtime?

To be fair, I dont think we do a lot of stuff. We don’t really hang out much. We are just here to play and even in our downtime we are basically playing solo queue only. We really want to be the best and we are trying our hardest to achieve this goal, It didn’t work last split though :/

 

What are your expectations heading into the summer split and do you believe you can make Worlds? 

For now I’m going to say that there are no expectations. I’m not going to say something that I would regret in the future. Last split I was cocky and I thought we are going to be top 3 for sure, this split I’m not making the same mistake again, we’ll see.

 

In the short term, what are you looking to improve most individually? As a team?

Individually I think I should play more aggressively and just try to outplay people instead of overthinking like I was. As a team we probably should be more aggressive and play to our champs as much to the limit as we possibly can in the LCS.

 

Who do you expect to hold the top 3 slots at the end of the split? Do you believe EU is a contender for the World Championship title?

I think Fnatic will stay in top 3 for sure, but in my opinion h2k and unicorns might struggle, we’ll see though. Both teams showed how good they can play, don’t know which two teams could replace them. About the championship title, obviously we are still there so yes, EU has a chance :D

 

What are your thoughts on Origen? Have you had the chance to play against them and where do you expect them to end up?

Origen is kind of a strange team. They have these experienced players and then there’s Niels. I would even say that he is their best player. They are hard to play against in scrims, but I wouldn’t consider them being top 3 in EU atm. They will put on a good show, that’s for sure.

 

What is your opinion on auto relegation? Would you make any changes to the current structure of the LCS?

I think auto relegation kind of sucks for the last place team because they should have a chance to at least fight for the spot with the amateur team that replaces them as it was before. On the other hand though, it’s uber hard to beat a LCS team when you are just an amateur without time to practice, so I understand and respect Riots decision to have it this way.

 

Shoutouts?

I’m going to give a shoutout to ROCCAT for supporting and still believing in us, to my girlfriend Dominika whom is cheering for me even when shit happens and to my family/friends ☺

 

 

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How did you prepare heading into the series against Winterfox? Did you feel you were underdogs?

I felt it was 50/50/. That week I had a couple issues so I may have been a little nervous.

 

How do you feel on your own performance in the series?

I think it was just “ok.”

 

You pulled out Nidalee in the final game. What led to this decision and do you feel you could have done a better job with a different champion?

Alex asked me: “How about playing nidalee?” I actually had no idea what should I play against Cho’gath so I just did it. If I played Vlad I could have done better I guess.

 

What was your mindset like after leaving CLG? Did you immediately plan to get back into the LCS through the Challenger Series?

After leaving CLG I just desired to win and improve my skills. My plan was playing solo queue in Korea and start looking for a team after if I improved.

 

How do you feel in this team compared to CLG? What is the biggest difference in team dynamic?

First time I joined CLG my English was so bad so I couldn’t tell them what I wanted to do or ask what I should do.  Now I talk a lot, and if I want to play something like new champion – even if it is not as good in the current meta – they give me a chance to play it in scrims.

 

What were some of the biggest issues you faced in CLG?

I did not get along with Doublelift.

 

What’s the biggest difference in making the LCS vs. joining an established team?

Challenger teams have so much risk unless they are like Origen. Team environment is worse but after we made the LCS we are more close with each other.

 

How are you enjoying the current meta and do you feel you have adapted to it fine? Is it more in your favor now?

The current meta is way better than S4. Honeslty I really want to play Kassadin in a competitive game but unfortunately, he is not a top champion anymore.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against? Why?

I felt Quas was the best before Impact came to NA, but Impact is next level. He can play any top champion well and his playstyle is smart too.

 

What are your expectations heading into the LCS?

Being the best in NA and going to worlds.

 

How is your English coming along and what steps are you taking to improve it?

Basically almost all Koreans learn English in school but its not effective in real conversation. I focus on listening first and watch lots of streams.

 

What are your thoughts on MSI as a whole? Did it turn out the way you expected?

I thought both SKT and EDG had a 50/50 chance to win but i expected them to go to game 5.

 

Shoutouts?

Thanks to all my fans and sponsors, especially MSI. I hope I can show good things in the LCS.

 


Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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After serving an almost 3 year tenure, Austin “Link” Shin has stepped down from Counter Logic Gaming.

Playing with the team since the inception of the LCS, Link has been one of the core members of CLG for 5 splits. Having been a mainstay through countless roster changes, the only remaining member of the original CLG LCS squad is Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

Link’s statement on his departure:

 

“It has been a huge pleasure working with the CLG organization, especially George. It has given me a lot of fond memories, but unfortunately the time has come for us to part ways. I’ll be making a more in depth post on why I’m leaving elsewhere.”

 

In the ways of SK Telecom T1, CLG has opted to recruit not one, but two midlaners. Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Jae Hyun “HuHi” Choi will both join the CLG starting roster, rotating as the team sees fit. Assuming they stick to the plan of alternating players every few matches, they will become the first organization in the NA LCS to attempt this type of variation.

 

“I have much respect for each CLG member, and am excited for this opportunity to work alongside them. I believe that with the help of CLG’s talented coaching staff we can achieve greatness this upcoming split. Thank you to all of my fans as well as CLG’s for the support; I will try my hardest!” - Pobelter


“I think I have finally got to a point where I can show everyone what I am capable of. I’ll never lose this motivation that I have right now and never gain an ego. People might be confused and think that I am a sub and will not probably play for CLG in the LCS but we are going to use two mid laners like SKT T1. I think it can be really good because not only can me and Pobelter discuss a lot about how to play mid and play each other, but also we can take care of each other when one of us gets stressed.” – HuHi

 

Official Statement by CLG

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