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After 5 splits in the LCS under three different monikers, Team Winterfox was the only LCS team to be relegated across both EU and NA as the 2015 Summer Promotion tournament came to a close on Sunday, April 26th.

In the wake of Seo “Kyle” Ji-sun’s departure from the team, Team Dragon Knights called on substitute Alex Ich to hold down the mid lane for the series. The veteran mid laner put up a signature performance, closing out the four game series  on a 7-1 Kog’maw and securing TDK’s place in the NA LCS.

Watch the series on Youtube or Twitch.

The LCS Summer split starts on Thursday, May 28th.

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In one of the closest LPL Finals to date, EDG edges out LGD 3-2, taking home the title of LPL Champions and qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational.
 

MATCH 1/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 

Winner: LGD

Game Time: 34:12

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista Urgot
Kassadin LeBlanc
Gragas Annie

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 3 Gold: 51.8k Kills: 6
Koro1 Gnar 2 1-3-5
ClearLove Nunu 1 4-1-1
PawN Lulu 3 1-2-0
Deft KogMaw 3 0-2-4
meiko Nautilus 2 0-3-5
LGD
Towers: 8 Gold: 60.4k Kills: 11
Acorn Hecarim 1 3-1-3
TBQ Sejuani 2 2-2-4
We1less Orianna 3 1-0-2
Imp Jinx 1 5-1-4
Pyl Janna 2 0-1-6

 


MATCH 2/5: LGD (Blue) vs EDG (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 38:33

 

BANS

LGD EDG
Urgot Kalista
LeBlanc Nunu
RekSai Hecarim

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

LGD
Towers: 3 Gold: 55.3k Kills: 9
Acorn Gnar 3 2-4-6
TBQ Gragas 3 0-4-6
We1less Kassadin 1 5-3-3
Imp Jinx 2 1-3-5
Pyl Janna 2 1-3-6
EDG
Towers: 10 Gold: 65.8k Kills: 17
Koro1 Maokai 1 3-3-9
ClearLove Sejuani 1 2-1-14
PawN Jayce 3 4-3-10
Deft Corki 2 7-1-5
meiko Annie 2 1-1-11

 


MATCH 3/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 33:40

 

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista Urgot
Hecarim Annie
Nunu LeBlanc

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 9 Gold: 61.2k Kills: 24
Koro1 Gnar 3 5-4-13
ClearLove Sejuani 1 3-3-13
PawN Kassadin 2 5-4-12
Deft Sivir 3 9-2-8
meiko/Mouse Thresh 2 2-6-12
LGD
Towers: 5 Gold: 55.1k Kills: 19
Acorn/Flame Maokai 1 3-5-13
TBQ RekSai 2 3-5-8
We1less Orianna 3 7-5-7
Imp Graves 2 5-4-9
Pyl Nautilus 1 1-5-12

 


MATCH 4/5: LGD (Blue) vs EDG (Red)

 
Winner: LGD

Game Time: 25:37

 

BANS

LGD EDG
Jayce Kalista
LeBlanc Hecarim
Gnar Kassadin

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

LGD
Towers: 10 Gold: 45.7k Kills: 13
Acorn Maokai 1 1-1-9
TBQ Nunu 2 1-0-11
We1less Orianna 3 6-0-5
Imp Sivir 2 5-2-6
Pyl Thresh 3 0-2-8
EDG
Towers: 1 Gold: 34.3k Kills: 5
Koro1 Rumble 2 0-1-2
ClearLove Sejuani 1 2-5-1
PawN Fizz 3 3-2-0
Deft Urgot 1 0-3-2
meiko Nautilus 2 0-2-2

 


MATCH 5/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 36:17

 

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista LeBlanc
Orianna Gnar
Kassadin Annie

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 9 Gold: 67.2k Kills: 18
Koro1 Hecarim 1 4-2-6
ClearLove RekSai 2 4-0-8
PawN Twisted Fate 3 0-6-5
Deft Sivir 3 8-1-6
meiko Thresh 2 2-2-6
LGD
Towers: 4 Gold: 57.6k Kills: 14
Acorn Maokai 2 2-6-6
TBQ Nunu 1 3-4-5
We1less Lissandra 3 2-3-6
Imp Jinx 1 4-4-1
Pyl Janna 2 0-1-9

 

*1,2,3 Number indicates where in the pick phase the champion was taken.

 

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This morning, Cloud 9 announced that Mid Laner Hai “Hai” Du Lam was retiring from competitive play, moving into a management position within the organization. His departure marks the first roster change the team has gone through since it’s inception in 2013, and with just over a month until the Summer Split begins, the question begs: Who’s going to replace him?

According to sources at the Daily Dot, Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen and David “Yusui” Bloomquist are both set to try out for the team. Both coming off of bans set to be lifted on May 11th, both candidates are fully eligible to compete in the LCS for the upcoming Summer Split.

While only speculation, the more obvious choice for the role is Incarnati0n. Maintaining top spots in the European West solo queue ladder for over two years, he has been hailed for his mechanical ability and in game knowledge. While being banned from competitive play, Jensen has served on several teams as a coach, including SK Gaming, who he helped to qualify for the 2014 League of Legends World Championship. However, his lack of competitive experience is still something to be considered, as the in game experience is much different than an observational one.

Taking over the shot calling presence of Hai will prove to be a challenge Cloud 9, and if they look to keep this role centered in the mid lane, it will take more than just great mechanics.

With no clear choice, Cloud 9 has just over a month to make their decision.

 

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As the LCS Spring split winds down and we look towards MSI, the offseason kicks off with huge changes. Cloud 9 Mid Laner Hai “Hai” Du Lam has announced that he will be stepping down from the roster of Cloud 9, transitioning into the role of Chief Gaming Officer.

With 739 days together as of April 15th, Cloud 9’s roster of Hai, Sneaky, LemonNation, Meteos, and Balls was the longest unchanged roster in League of Legends history. This move will mark the first ever main roster change for the team, only ever even using a substitute once at the All-Star 2014 event in Paris.

Hai was very transparent in his official statement, highlighting the reasons behind his decision:

 

I’m deciding to step down due to the following issues:

  • My wrist injury is something that I simply cannot ignore. It limits my ability to play as much as I need to and my ability to improve. I cannot keep up with the amount of Solo Queue games my teammates play and it’s not fair to them. At best, my wrist injury would have only allowed me to play for another split and that wasn’t even certain.
  • Team environment/morale was at an all-time low since Worlds 2014. We didn’t have the most spectacular 2014 Summer Split and our run at Worlds was not the best we could’ve done. We tried very hard to figure out how to get back into shape for winning Worlds but we struggled and the team atmosphere started to decline. Winning IEM San Jose brought back a bit of that Cloud9 feeling that we know and love, but it left as quickly as it came.
  • I want to make this clear to everyone. I am NOT stepping down due to community criticism for my play or myself. I would be lying if I said I didn’t care about it, but I was able to brush it off thanks to my teammates’ confidence in me. Over time, my teammates started to lose confidence in my abilities as a player and a shotcaller. That’s what really hit me hard. I don’t think that is an obstacle I was able to overcome and it really got to me. I’ve always played the role of a Support Carry from the very beginning and with the meta changing the way I think it is, my play style was not going to work anymore.
  • I’m hoping with the addition of a new Mid Laner (which we will announce soon), the issues that we were going through will resolve themselves through hard work and the team can experience a new beginning. Will all the problems be solved? I’m not sure, but if there were ever a time to try it, it would be now. I’m confident they will be able to improve and take back the title of Best in NA and make a presence on the international stage. I hope all of you will continue to cheer for Cloud9 as I know I will.

As far as for what I want to do following my retirement, I’m focused on my new role as the Chief Gaming Officer (CGO) of Cloud9. My duties will focus on acquiring new talent and teams across all relevant games, helping bring in new partners and maintaining our partner relationships. I’ll also be mentoring players in growing their brand, making the most of their time here, and doing everything in my power to expand Cloud9 into a household name as eSports continues to grow.

 

It has yet to be announced who will be replacing Hai in the mid lane, though one possibility is the heavily speculated Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen. We will update as soon as new information is available.

 

 

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As the offseason develops, Gambit Gaming has decided to terminate their contract with Head Coach  Jordan “Leviathan” Thwaites, citing a lack of commitment and focusing more on social media presence instead of the team.

 

Statement from Dmitry “Moo” Sukhanov, Team Manager:

Today we bid farewell to our Head Coach, who was in charge of our team throughout an entire Spring split. Our decision was based on our results at IEM Katowice, regular part of the season and the playoffs, as well as individual conversations with our players. We believe that Jordan had a successful start as a Head Coach of our team, but in the past couple of months he lost his interest and was dedicating more and more time to his image in social networks, instead of working with our team. Our players are as professional as one can get, therefore they require the same level of commitment from their support staff. We want our coach to be not only sociable and capable of resolving conflicts – tasks Jordan had coped with well, but also be a self-motivated specialist with organizational capabilities, extensive LoL game knowledge and an ability to set his priorities straight.

With the Summer Split starting in May, Gambit has just over a month to search for a Head Coach and familiarize them with the team.

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Continuing their foray into eSports, Coca-Cola has announced that they will be renewing their partnership with Riot Games for 2015. Launching in 2014 with Coke Zero, the company will also be moving it’s eSports division to it’s flagship brand – Coca Cola.
 

New Year, New Look, Next Level

 
Building upon last year’s success, Coca-Cola is set to continue its partnership with Riot Games, creator of the game League of Legends (LoL). For 2015 the goal is to take the partnership to the next level, increasing the amount of opportunities fans will have to experience the partnership at live events and through social media. “This year fans can expect more of everything – more cinema viewings, more social engagement and more opportunities to indulge their passion for eSports through Coca-Cola,” says Matt Wolf, head of global gaming at Coca-Cola and veteran gamer.
 
2015 kick offs at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) at Florida State University in Tallahassee May 7-10. “We’ll be on the ground to activate and celebrate the sport, building what we started in 2014,” says Wolf.

But fans don’t have to travel to Tallahassee to get in on the live action. Thanks to Coke’s partners at Cinemark Cinemas, fans can watch the show live through premium streaming at various movie theaters across North America. This year Coke and Riot Games will expand the number of theaters participating in both North America and Europe allowing even more gamers to come together with other fans in their own communities to experience the MSI in the most fun and engaging way. Cinema expansion will continue throughout the year for the LoL Worlds and All-Stars tournaments as well.

“2014 was an awesome year for our partnership with Coca-Cola,” said Dustin Beck, VP of eSports, Riot Games. “We’re looking forward to celebrating another great year of eSports with events like our upcoming Mid-Season Invitational, and of course our World Championships in Europe to reach more fans than ever.”

Coke and Riot Games will also turn up the volume on the social front in 2015. It’s no secret that gamers are digital natives, playing and living in the social sphere. That’s why Wolf says this year he wants to have even more fun with fans on the eSports social channels. “Our social channels allow us talk to our fans in the most authentic way about our partnership and engage them in the programs and promotions that we are creating to help shine a positive light on the sport and the players.”
 

Red is the New Black for Coke eSports

 
After launching under Coke Zero in 2014, this year Coke eSports moves to the company’s flagship brand—Coca-Cola in markets such as North America and Europe who will also be supporting LCS throughout the year in addition to the live events. The change in brands goes beyond a logo swap. The move allows Coke eSports to expand partnerships around the globe and adds an element of consumer choice.
 

Powering Connections

 
The partnership between Coke and Riot was established in 2014 as a way for Coca-Cola to build a strong connection with the ever-increasing global gaming community.

“The landscape of gaming is a very exciting one for any large brand,” says Wolf. “But ultimately what’s most important is how we continue to build a relationship with the fans and the players in a meaningful way and in a way that brings value to the sport and to our brands.”

Check out all the latest Coke eSports news and updates on Twitter: @CokeEsports

 

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In anticipation of the upcoming Wild Card tournament, Japanese representative DetonatioN FocusMe will be heading to California to bootcamp with other Logitech Sponsored teams at the Logitech Headquarters in Silicon Valley, where they will be staying. The team hopes to gain valuable practice in order to secure their spot at the 2015 World Championship.

Various sources from Twitter and support player Kazu’s ask.fm have been collected in a reddit post by shirokaisen, also shared below.

Similar to previous teams’ Asia bootcamps in the past, the Japanese team DetonatioN FocusMe – coming off their 3-0 over rivals RabbitFive in the LJL Season 1 Final – will be leaving tonight for California to train leading up to the International Wild Card Invitational.

They’ll be staying at Logitech HQ in Silicon Valley, where they’ll be practicing until the 17th before heading off to Turkey to compete. Their scrim partners will primarily be the other Logitech-sponsored teams in the country – TSM and Cloud 9. Analyst and support player KazuXD hopes that the pressure of playoff season will let them get some excellent scrims in.

Going on the trip are:

  • Top: Keisuke “Bonzin” Oda
  • Jungle: Yuta “Astarore” Hiratsuka
  • Mid: Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida
  • Support/Analyst: Kazuta “KazuXD” Suzuki
  • Manager: Nobuyuki “LGraN” Umezaki

AD Carry and LJL S1 MVP Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura will not be attending, choosing to continue attending classes in college right up until the IWCI date. He’ll be playing from home and adjusting his schedule to match America’s. Kazu says this won’t be a problem.

During this time they won’t be streaming at all, and none of their practice matches will be broadcast.

Hopefully this doesn’t end up like CLG’s Korean bootcamp.

EDIT: According to DetonatioN’s official twitter, the TSM scrims are still being worked out and aren’t for sure yet. C9 is happening though.

Sources: Kazu’s ask.fm: http://ask.fm/Xxkazujap0xX/ and several Japanese players on Twitter.

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Following the rumored departure of Rekkles come more potential roster changes for Elements in the off-season.

It has been reported that both Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema and Mike “Wickd” Petersen are exploring other options, dissatisfied with the current state and future of the team.  Sitting just out of relegation, the team is a shadow of it’s former self, having been the number one team in Europe just last split. Since it’s acquisition of former Fnatic AD Carry Rekkles, the team has taken an unexpected dive in the standings, crashing to seventh place in the 2015 Spring Split.

From the article:

Both players, along with Larsson, have grown increasingly disillusioned with the team and don’t feel that the current roster can match their expectations. He added that the team will rebuild around the remaining two players in the organization, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels.

While not confirmed, if the three players did leave the Elements team, recently acquired substitutes Erik “Tabzz” Van Helvert and Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp would be the most likely replacements for the starting roster.


Author’s Note: This information has not been officially confirmed, and as such is considered a rumor. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

 

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At the start of the season, a brand change and some early roster swaps left Elements looking poised to take the number one seed in Europe. After a more than rocky season, the team narrowly clinched 7th place in the standings, just avoiding relegation. Changes seemed necessary for the struggling squad, and it seems they have come.

The DailyDot has reported that Rekkles will be leaving Elements due to being unhappy with the team environment. There is no official confirmation from either side, though Elements owner Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen had this to say on the matter:

“I can neither confirm nor deny [the move].” We are currently evaluating our options and making sure not to leave any stone unturned.”

Joining Elements as a sub in March, Tabzz looks to take over the starting AD carry position, reclaiming his spot on the original Alliance roster.


Author’s Note: This information has not been officially confirmed, and as such is considered a rumor. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

 

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Following their tradition of player reform, Riot has released their 2015 Mid-Year review of the players currently under suspension.

 

TL;DR

 

  • In accordance with our long-term suspension policy, we have reviewed Incarnati0n, DarkwinJax, Flaxxish, Shizoli, and the members of former Cloud9 Tempest.
  • DarkwinJax failed his review due to ongoing toxicity and is having his suspension extended by 4 splits.
  • Incarnati0n has displayed genuine reform over a prolonged period of time and passed his review, making him eligible for professional play starting May 11, 2015. Incarnati0n’s past permabanned accounts will remain banned.
  • Flaxxish and Shizoli have made some progress, but still fall short of LCS standards of conduct.
  • All of the former C9T members passed their review and will be eligible for competitive play starting May 11, 2015.

 

CONTEXT

Last year, we revised our approach to bans and permabans to focus on the goal of reform, not just punishment. You can read more about the long-term suspension policy here. In accordance with that policy, we have reviewed all of the currently suspended players who are eligible for a review.

We only suspend players for serious offenses, and we look for clear signs that a player has taken their reform seriously in determining whether their suspension should be lifted. As we mentioned in November:

“Each review is holistic and takes into account both in and out of game behavior. Penalized players need to show through their ongoing actions that they have made a genuine and long-term change in their behavior.”

Below are the results of the 2015 Mid-Year Suspension Reviews. The players who have met or exceeded the normal standards of good behavior and will be eligible for competitive play this summer are:

  • Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen
  • Former Cloud 9 Tempest players and staff:
    • Colin “Solo” Earnest
    • Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev
    • David “Yusui” Bloomquist
    • Benjamin “LOD” deMunck
    • Ritchie “Fade” Ngo
    • Tim “Timokiro” Cho
    • Danan “Kaniggit” Flander

The following players have failed this review:

  • Manu “Shizoli” Bansal (eligible for review in advance of the 2016 Spring Split)
  • Olof “Flaxxish” Medin (eligible for review in advance of the 2016 Spring Split)
  • Khaled “DarkwinJax” Abusagr (suspension extended an additional 4 splits for ongoing extreme toxicity)

REVIEW SUMMARIES

NICOLAJ ‘INCARNATI0N’ JENSEN

Past Rulings

 

Review Summary

Since his last review, Jensen has continued to demonstrate behavior in game that is well above the normal standards of good behavior across all of his accounts since at least January 2014. Additionally, according to our monitoring tools, he has not been implicated in any DDOS or Drophacking-related exploits since Q2 2013. There have been no serious offenses or violations of the letter or spirit of the Summoner Code since his account-sharing related offense in Q1 2014.

 

Conclusion

Jensen is eligible to play in Riot-affiliated League of Legends tournaments including but not limited to the LCS and CS starting on May 11, 2015. To clarify: Jensen will not be eligible to play in any 2015 Spring competition, including Promotion/Relegation tournaments. Jensen’s past permabanned accounts will remain banned, as will any content he lost as a result of his original offenses. Reform is meant to earn players second chances, not undo all of the consequences of their past actions.

 

Additional Context

Jensen is the first formerly permabanned player ever to be admitted back into professional play. His original offenses were very serious in nature, as were the punishments levied. Jensen has been ineligible to play competitively for 5 splits across 3 seasons of professional play.

He needed to meet a high standard of in and out of game conduct, exceeding the standards set for a typical LCS player or someone with a fixed suspension. In evaluating his case, great care was taken to ensure that all of his accounts were audited, that there was no evidence of account sharing or exploits, and that, in our qualitative judgement, Jensen had made a serious effort to exceed normal standards of good behavior, even when it was difficult to do so. In this most recent review, in addition to a review of old and secondary accounts through November, all games on his most recent primary account for which there was a shadow of a doubt regarding Jensen’s behavior were individually analyzed.

When evaluating whether a person who committed serious transgressions in the past is a different person today, we use a combination of quantitative data about their in-game behavior and our own judgment in determining whether the player in question has truly changed his ways. All the data supports the conclusion that Jensen has legitimately reformed and has earned a second chance. If he decides to enter the LCS or CS, we will hold him to the same high standards we hold all professional players to and will continue to monitor his in-game behavior.

 

KHALED “DARKWINJAX” ABUSAGR

Past Rulings

 

Review Summary

Abusagr continues to display unacceptably negative behavior without any significant progress toward reform. His most active account has been reported in 47% of his games in the last 90 days and 50% in the last 60. He’s received a total of 1830 reports in 590 games. 70% of which were for offensive language, verbal abuse or negative attitude. An audit of chat logs from games he has been reported in reveals consistently offensive, hostile, and homophobic rhetoric. His behavior is statistically not as problematic as it has been in the past, but is still far from acceptable and moreover, any statistical improvements he has made are incidental, not the result of a commitment to reform.

Conclusion

Given Abusagr’s absolute lack of commitment to reform even given an opportunity to do so, his ban has been reclassified to indefinite with an additional Minimum Suspension Term of 4 additional splits. He will be eligible for review prior to Summer 2017. If at that point he still has yet to exceed the normal standards of good behavior, an indefinite suspension with no review will be considered.

OLOF “FLAXXISH” MEDIN

Past Rulings

 

Review Summary

Flaxxish has made some efforts toward reducing the frequency of his negative interactions with other players. However, when he does exhibit negative behavior, it is to a degree that is not acceptable for a professional player – including threatening to AFK and verbal abuse. He has been reported in 35.8% of his games over the last 90 days. Flaxxish has made some progress, but does not yet meet normal standards of good behavior.

Conclusion
Flaxxish remains ineligible for competitive play and will be reviewed again in advance of 2016 Spring Split.

MANU “SHIZOLI” BANSAL

Past Rulings

 

Review Summary

Shizoli still frequently demonstrates hostility and toxic behavior toward his teammates in solo queue, having been reported in 15% of games played over the last 30 days. His account was recently ranked restricted due to toxicity. In light of his continuous abusive treatment of his fellow players Shizoli received a ranked restriction in early March. His conduct falls well short of the standards a professional player is held to.

Conclusion
Shizoli remains ineligible for competitive play and will be reviewed again in advance of 2016 Spring Split.

FORMER CLOUD9 TEMPEST

*Even though the former C9T players and staff were not suspended for in-game behavior, they are still subject to a case review in advance of the LCS Trade Start Date of April 28 due to their fact that their suspension was roughly 1 split in duration. We include all suspensions of 1 split or more in our review to ensure that players who expect to be eligible to play after their fixed suspension period can explore their signing options well in advance.

 

Past Rulings

 

Players

  • Colin “Solo” Earnest
  • Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev
  • David “Yusui” Bloomquist
  • Benjamin “LOD” deMunck
  • Ritchie “Fade” Ngo
  • Tim “Timokiro” Cho
  • Danan “Kaniggit” Flander

 

Review Summary

None of the former C9T players or staff had behavioral issues at the time of their suspension and they all continue to exhibit conduct in line with the normal standards of good behavior.

Conclusion

All of the former C9T members listed will be eligible to play in Riot-affiliated League of Legends tournaments including but not limited to the LCS and CS starting on May 11, 2015. To clarify: These members will not be eligible to play in any 2015 Spring competition worldwide, including Promotion/Relegation tournaments.

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