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Najin e-mFire has announced that Mid laners Yu ‘Ggoong‘ Byeong-jun and Park ‘TANK‘ Dan-won, AD Carry Oh ‘Ohq‘ Gyu-min, jungler Cho ‘Watch‘ Jae-geol,  supports Kim ‘Pure‘ Jin-sun and Jang ‘Cain‘ Nu-ri, and head coach Park ‘Reach‘ Jung-suk have all decided to part ways with the organization, terminating their contracts on November 30th.



With the players exit, Lee “Duke” Ho-seong and Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho, are the only remaining members of the team. Najin has yet to confirm whether Duke and Peanut have re-signed their contracts. It also remains a mystery as to where the departed players and coach Reach will go next.


NoL will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the changes overseas.




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Following the recent changes in Korea, Yeon “TrAce” Chang-dong, Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, and Kang “Cpt Jack” Hyung-woo have ended their contracts with the Jin Air Green Wings. It is so far unknown where the players may end up next.

[진에어 그린윙스 리그오브레전드 선수단 소식]진에어 그린윙스 팬 여러분들께 다시 한 번 안타까운 소식을 전하게 되었습니다. 지난 KeSPA CUP 및 IEM 에 출전하지 않아서 팬 여러분들께서 많은 문의를 주셨지…

Posted by Jin Air Greenwings on Sunday, 29 November 2015


“And you the fans must be disappointed as well. But these players all have very bright futures, and although they will unfortunately not be with Jin Air, we believe that you fans will see these players return with a ‘nicer look’.” Jin Air said on Facebook. Continuing on to say that the future is “only full of good things.”

Making it to the finals of the 2015 LCK Regional Qualifiers before falling to KT Rolster, Jin Air looks to rebuild after also recently losing star mid laner Lee ‘GBM‘ Chang-Seok to North American Squad NRG.

NoL will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.



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Announced Monday, Mid laner Shin “CoCo” Jin-yeong and jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong have opted to terminate their contracts with CJ Entus.


[ENTUS News] (written in Kor/Eng ver.)안녕하세요, 팬 여러분.그동안 많이 궁금하셨을 소식 전해드립니다. CJ엔투스 LoL팀의 미드 라이너로 활동해온 CoCo 신진영 선수는 해외 리…

Posted by CJ ENTUS on Monday, 30 November 2015


Ambition makes his exit from CJ after playing 327 games for the CJ organization over 4 years, and will join the Samsung organization as starting jungler.

As for CoCo, it remains to be seen where he will end up, though an elite team is a likely target. With an incredibly varied pool and a 4.34 KDA in the LCK Summer Split, CoCo has more than proven his worth, showcasing his versatility and his ability to carry in the worlds strongest region.



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Choosing to focus on behind the scenes business at Origen, Enrique ‘xPeke‘ Cedeño Martínez has opted out of the upcoming 2015 All-Star Event in Los Angeles. Taking place from December 10-13, the event will feature players from around the globe competing in teams voted in by their region.

Normally, Febiven would take the place of xPeke, receiving the second highest amount of votes. However with a two player per team limit to each squad, and Heo ‘Huni‘ Seung-hoon  and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson already set to attend, it is likely that the player with the 3rd most votes, Henrik ‘Froggen‘ Hansen will fill in. Should Froggen attend, it will be the first time witnessing the long awaited, much hyped duel against SK Telecom T1’s Lee ‘Faker‘ Sang-hyeok.


Crossing new waters

In addition to the news of attending All-Stars, there is also speculation that he may join the wave of players transferring to play in the North American LCS. During a stream on Saturday, he said “I would say there’s a good chance I’m gonna go to NA instead of Europe” 

While unconfirmed, Froggen’s current team, Elements, consists of just him and support player Patrick “Nyph” Funke. With the team in disarray and his contract having ended on November 1st, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the veteran mid laner to get a fresh start after a disappointing season under the Elements banner.

NoL will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.



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In an interview with Russian news site goodgame, team manager and analyst Dmitry ‘Moo‘ Sukhanov revealed that he has left Gambit Gaming and that the organization is “very likely” to sell their spot in the European LCS.

Here is an excerpt from the interview, translated into English:


Good evening everyone. Today I will interview Dmitrii Suhanov, also known as Gambit Moo. Or ex-Gambit Moo. Hello, Dima!

Moo: Hi.

Let’s start from the most important things. Recently there have been a lot of news, and not from the Gambit itself, but from the players’ twitters that they are free agents now. Even you claimed that you are a free agent too, although there hasn’t been any official statement yet about what is happening in the organization. It is obvious that there are some serious changes in the team, some people even consider that Gambit are selling their LCS spot, as many other organizations do now. Have you ever thought about such transformations coming after a rather failed season?

Moo: Well, firstly it’s a common thing that players are claiming themselves as free agents. Not only Gambit, but other players too. It’s just the period after the Worlds when most of the contracts end, as no one signs contracts for a period more than one or two years. So there is that period during which players are free agents if the organization hasn’t offered them auto-resigning. As for a failed season and the selling of a spot, as you remember, last year our results were not so well too. So the talks about selling the spot are not connected with our negative results, it’s just one more factor that led to this. Yes, there are such talks but there are no official statements as it takes a lot of time and Riot needs to check everything. But as far as I know, Gambit is very likely to sell their LCS spot. That’s why I left the team.

So there is no more profit for the team to participate in LCS even if they have a spot? Why did they decide to do this? Don’t they believe that the team can rise once again?

Moo: I don’t think that it is about the expectations from the team and its players; it is more about the organization not ready to pay the expenses that are needed from the LCS team nowadays. Let’s be honest, no one expected Gambit to be the first, and if you are lower that first, then the reward isn’t that big to pay back the money that was spent. In League of Legends, comparing to such games as Dota 2 or CS: GO, the amount of money that you get in tournaments is much less. Also add the fact that LCS teams cannot participate in other tournaments according to Riot’s rules. Yeah, there is an IEM, but the prize money from IEM is twice less that it is in CS:GO tournaments. Also Gambit has never had a lot of sponsors, so it was financed mostly by the organization itself, and it can’t do it anymore.


While nothing has been confirmed, it seems the sale is imminent as Moo has already left the team. Formed in 2013 around the legendary Moscow Five roster, Gambit Gaming recently faced near relegation for the second time. Since their entry into the LCS, the team has seen a notable decline in performance after being plagued by visa issues and roster changes. With three of their members already confirmed to be leaving, it may be the end of the Gambit era.


NoL reached out to Moo, who said he is planning to stay in eSports, either in the LCS or in a Russian national team.




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In an announcement coming completely out of left field, Diego “Quas” Ruiz has been suspended from Team Liquid. Citing an incident at the Team Liquid HQ, no further details have been released. The event is currently under review, and a final decision has not been made.


Statement by Quas:


To all my fans,I know this is sad to hear, but this was the better decision moving forward with my life and growing up. I hope that TL finds a suitable replacement and performs as well as I know they can this season. I am very grateful to Team Liquid for giving me the biggest opportunity of my life and for letting me be a part of esports. I wish everyone the best.


Joining Team Curse in 2013 before rebranding to Team Liquid in January 2015, Quas is considered one of the best laners in North America and is known for his strong mechanics. Team Liquid will be hard pressed to find a replacement should Quas be removed from the team.


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With SK Telecom crowned as world champions for the second time, the offseason rears it’s mysterious head yet again, devouring the rosters we know and spitting them out completely disfigured.

To help you keep up, we’ve aggregated all the offseason news over the past month of LoL eSports to recap the chaos so far. Just looking for roster changes? Check out our roster tracker to see who’s playing where in the 2016 NA and EU LCS.


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  • Amateur players PentaQ (AD Carry) and City (Support) have joined Master3 to replace Smlz and LoveCD in the bottom lane.
  • Top Laner Loong has transferred from Vici Gaming to Unlimited Potential.  Hetong, Peng, Xuan and World6 have also been transferred.
  • Spirit announced that his contract with World Elite has officially ended, and is now one of the most highly valued free agents of the offseason.
  • Dada7 announced his free agency, leaving World Elite without playing any games with the team.
  • San has left OMG, announcing his retirement from competitive play in early November.
  • Superstar Jay Chou announced the formation of his own eSports brand, MRJ, and will include a League of Legends team.







  • Flash Wolves mid laner Maple will stay with the team after receiving offers from teams in North America, China, and Taiwan.
  • Westdoor announced his retirement from competitive play. Chawy will fill the gap in the mid lane for AHQ.
  • Hong Kong Esports was fined NT $200,000 for match fixing in the LMS playoffs. Toyz is currently looking to break his contract with the organization and has hinted that he was forced to participate in the scandal by HKE owner Derek Cheung.
  • Taipei Assassins announced their new roster, re-signing Bebe as AD carry and adding a substitute for each role.



  • Trident Esports mid laner Claire was suspended from competing in Riot affiliated events for the first split of the 2016 OPL season.








  • The National Electronic Sports Tournament 2015 (NEST) is currently underway, with seven of China’s best teams battling for a $32,000 grand prize.
  • The 2015 All-Star voting has completed, and the regional teams have been announced. All-Star 2015 takes place December 10-14th.
  • IEM Cologne takes place beginning December 18th and features Team Liquid, Cloud 9, and Edward Gaming, with the remaining three teams still being voted in.




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Announced Friday, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten has signed for another year with Fnatic. This news comes in light of the departures of Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo and Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim earlier in the week. Head Coach Deilor and fellow teammate Rekkless are also confirmed to be staying with the organization for the 2016 season.

Signed another year with Fnatic! Looking forward to next season with my teammates. I am sure we will do well! ^_^

Posted by Febiven on Friday, 27 November 2015


Fnatic finished the 2015 season with a 3-4th place finish at the World Championship. Febiven put up an impressive 5.3 KDA over the tournament before falling short to the KOO tigers in the Semifinals.

With two of their players headed to North America and Yellowstar still a question mark, Fnatic looks to build another winning lineup for the 2016 season. Centered around their star carries in Febiven and Rekkles and based on the fantastic track record Fnatic has with scouting players and creating strong teams, their newest iteration will almost certainly be a force in the EU LCS.


Update: Though not confirmed, It appears that Yellowstar will be staying with the team in 2016.



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Yong-Jae “Rush” Lee and Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo will be joining the Cloud 9 League of Legends roster for the 2016 season, the organization announced Thursday.



After two fourth places finishes in the jungle with Team Impulse, Rush was optimistic in his future with the team:

I want to win in NA at least once. My goal is to win both the spring and summer split with Cloud9.


BunnyFuFu shared that sentiment, commenting on his work environment:

Probably the hardest thing for players is managing your stress levels, and I think what Cloud9 has set up here and how easy everything is really well set up for the players to have it as easy as possible.


Hai and BunnyFuFu will split time in the starting position, at least for the time being. Swapping between two players is a recent trend seen in teams like SK Telecom T1, who have tried it successfully throughout the season and including at the World Championship. This is however the first time it is being tried at the support role, and in North America.


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With IEM San Jose just around the corner, IEM has announced the brackets for the upcoming IEM San Jose on November 21st. It was recently revealed that Amazon would be backing the event, boosting the total prize pool by $25,000 and holding a crowdfunded sales event at to further that number.





In addition, Thevoting for North American LCS teams to IEM Cologne has opened, with four teams who have not been featured in previous IEM events this year eligible as candidates. They will join the already qualified Edward Gaming from China, and the recent champions of the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup, ESC Ever.

Finally, Mark Cuban,  owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Magnolia Pictures, will be competing against Intel CEO  Brian Krzanich in a celebrity showmatch for charity during the San Jose event. Teams will consist of Krzanich and Cuban at the head of their own roster of former professional players.




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