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The 2016 season has arrived. With one of the most tumultuous offseasons we’ve seen so far behind us, it’s only fitting that we kick off the Spring Split with the most storied rivalry in the region: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming. While CLG holds the edge in more recent history, a matchup between these two teams almost never disappoints. Let’s see how the first day of competition played out for the reshaped North America.

 

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TSM vs. CLG: Finding Ground

 

In the first and most anticipated game of the day, CLG showcased the power of coordination with superior objective control and map play, especially in the early game. With a failed lane swap from TSM to start the match, CLG managed to jump ahead and stayed in the drivers seat, secured by a baron around the 23 minute mark which would set the pace for the rest of the game. In staggered moves around the Dragon and Baron, CLG would eventually close the game out  after 44 minutes, five Dragons, and an impressive debut from CLG’s newest addition Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes. Participating in 19 of CLG’s 22 kills, the recently recruited AD Carry came into this game with some big shoes to fill, replacing his lane counter and longtime CLG AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. CLG looks to a much easier game 2 against the 0-1 Team Dignitas, and Team SoloMid hopes to recover for an even week in a vital game against Team Liquid.

 

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Cloud9 vs. Immortals: Reignover Me

 

Living up to the preseason hype, Immortals delivered a clean performance against Cloud 9, with Jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin putting the team ahead from the beginning and never letting go. Though the first outer tower would fall rather late at 16 minutes and 50 seconds into the game, once it was down, Immortals continued pressing into C9 and methodically closed the game out at the 27 minute mark. With a creative Cho’Gath pick from the teams coaching staff and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, the top laner was able to shut down the Cloud 9 carries and deliver kill after kill onto AD Carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. WildTurtle put up 11  kills and 4 assists in his season opener, closing the game with a quadra kill and silencing the critics that he was past his prime or less than ideal for the newly minted Immortals team. While Immortals look to be a contender for a top spot in the league, Cloud9 once again looked to be in disarray without shotcaller Hai “Hai” Du Lam, who is looking to transition out of the starting position for the team as support player Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo steps into the role.

 

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Team Dignitas vs. NRG: The Color Purple

 

In the third matchup of the day, we saw a handicapped NRG using substitutes Cristian “Cris” Rosales and Lee “Shrimp” dispatch of Team Dignitas after falling behind to a mid lane push after an early gank  onto Lee “GBM” Chang-seok. Marked by an impressive opening performance culimating in two baron steals by the former Jin Air mid laner, a back and forth battle between the two teams would eventually find NRG coming out with a 40 minute win. Despite a strong performance from mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le with an 8 kill Anivia, Team Dignitas was lacking in synergy and never quite managed to execute despite an early lead. Performing solidly, NRG is in decent shape heading into their match against the Renegades. Dignitas on the other hand has a lot of work to do if they expect to put up a fight against the very-in-sync CLG.

 

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LA Renegades vs. Team Liquid: Ice Ice Baby

 

Patch 6.1 may be regarded for having faster games, but that didn’t stop the Renegades from taking a full hour before closing this one out in an important victory over Team Liquid. Qualifying into the Spring Split by winning the Challenger Series last season, the Renegades showcased the advantages of team synergy starting the game off with advantages coming from both the top and bottom lanes. AleÅ¡ “Freeze” Kněžínek and Maria “Remi” Creveling proved to be a force in the bot lane, with a huge 11-2-7 score and 100% kill participation from Freeze. Playing around the initiation of Remilia’s Alistar and Freeze’s Kalista, Renegades made good use of strong teamfighting assisted by the tankiness of Mundo and Alistar and shielding power of Alex Ich’s Orianna. In the final fight of the game, Team Captain Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo managed to steal the Baron and finally close out the game. Team Liquid will utilize it’s 10 man roster with substitutions in the support and jungle positions in their match against TSM. Renegades should look to continue playing around their bottom lane and using their superior team play to gain advantages in their game against NRG.

 

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Echo Fox vs. Team Impulse: Old and New

 

Before this match started, there was an air of caution around the recently formed Echo Fox squad as it has several unproven and otherwise unheard of players. With star player Henrik “Froggen” Hansen at the center of the team and AD Carry Yuri “KEITH” Jew finally getting his chance at a starting role, it was up to Froggen’s veteran leadership to bring this squad of mixed experience together. With a 37 minute victory over Team Impulse and a stellar 7-0-5 performance from Keith, Echo Fox looked promising in their LCS debut. Team Impulse however is a team playing with substitutes and Support Austin “Gate” Yu in the mid lane for the first time in months, so I wouldn’t put too much stock into this match. The first litmus test for Echo Fox will be against Cloud 9, who will be out for blood after a one sided loss to Immortals. Speaking of the Immortals, they should have no problem handling Team Impulse when they meet in their second game.

 

 

 

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Caymus is a journalist and content creator 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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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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China

 

  • 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.

 

Korea

 

 

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  • 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.

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

 

 

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Upcoming

 

  • 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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We are announcing that the tryouts for our AD Carry position have ended, and would like to welcome the newest member of our organization, Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng.

Doublelift is a player who truly needs no introduction. Consistently heralded as the best AD Carry to have come from North America, Doublelift has been a professional player since Season 1 and has represented our region at Worlds twice. His storied career is well known internationally, and he has proven himself on numerous occasions to be a worthy opponent on the world stage. His reputation as a consistently motivated and hardworking player, in addition to his status as a North American have led us to believe that Doublelift was the best choice for the position over a large number of talented applicants. We are extremely excited to welcome him to TSM, and look forward to the upcoming year with him.

“Joining TSM will be a new chapter in my life, one that I am both excited and proud to be a part of. I hope to prove myself and earn the welcome of TSM fans worldwide. I am determined to use this fresh start to break through my current limits and dominate the competition harder than ever.

To all my current fans: regardless of the team I play for, I will always be the same person that you have known. I will now be playing for an organization I believe that will respect my loyalty and hard work. I am extremely grateful for all the support you have shown me throughout my career, and hope to deliver even better results this season.” – Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng

As a result of this decision, we are also announcing that Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran is now a part of our substitute roster, and is looking at starting AD Carry positions on other teams. We will announce any future updates regarding his situation.

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Counter Logic Gaming has announced that Jae-hyun “Huhi” Choi will take over as the starting mid laner for the team heading into the 2016 NA LCS.

Replacing Eugene “Pobelter” Park, who joined the team alongside Huhi in May, the move comes as a surprise after achieving successful results with the current roster. Winning the North American LCS Summer Split and qualifying for the 2015 World Championship for the first time since season two, Pobelter was regarded as one of the best mid laners in the region, often cited in the top two.  Despite their domestic success, CLG failed to exit the group stages at the 2015 World Championship, putting up a 2-4 record before being eliminated from the tournament.

Excerpt from the official statement by CLG:

 

It was not an easy decision to make. Eugene “Pobelter” Park has accomplished more than CLG could have hoped for during his time as a starter these past months. His efforts and talent were key in what culminated to be CLG’s first LCS championship victory. Although he will no longer be CLG’s starting mid laner, the team believes that he is an exceptionally talented and consistent player. CLG will be actively looking to provide Pobelter with the best possible opportunities moving into the next LCS season.

 

Despite no official games with the team, It appears Huhi has been meshing well and performing in scrims,prompting the decision. Huhi took to twitter after the announcement:

 

Pobelter shared his frustration:

 

 

Read the full announcement by CLG

 

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Two weeks ago, Counter Logic Gaming announced that in lieu of visa issues, jungler Jacob “Xmithie” Puchero would be ineligible to compete at the 2015 World Championship. Now, those issues have been resolved, and CLG has announced that Xmithie will be starting for the team in the Group Stages in Paris.

From the announcement:

Several members of the community reached out to us after the announcement that Jake’s VISA wasn’t possible to complete in the time allotted. These people were instrumental in advising and rushing the process at critical areas to get it completed. We couldn’t have done this VISA without them and Xmithie wouldn’t have gone to group stages.

We are so grateful for their help and wanted to list them below:

  • Paolo Bago from the Philippine Esport Organization
  • Michal Meduna from the European Commission
  • Also the Philippine Esports Team, Philippine Senator Bam Aquino and his office, and Norman E. Cualteros.
  • Our local advisor Joyluck

 

Xmithie expressed his gratitude on twitter:

 

Official announcement by CLG

 

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In a surprise announcement, CLG has announced that they will not be using their regular starting jungler, Jacob “Xmithie” Puchero at the 2015 World Championship due to ongoing Visa issues. In his place, substitute mid-laner Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun will take on the role for the tournament, playing for the first time with the team since his addition to the team. CLG has released a statement on the swap:

We will be fielding Jae-Hyun “Huhi” Choi as our starting jungler for the World Championship tournament. Huhi has trained with our team extensively for the last four months. A vast network supports Huhi in his transition to jungle. This includes Xmithie himself, our coaching staff, a Korean support staff, and several professional junglers.

 

CLG Official Announcement

NoL will provide updates to the World Championship rosters as information becomes available.


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After injuring his hand playing basketball, CLG may opt to use substitute AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

 

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As stated on the lolesports fantasy website, Doublelift is day-to-day, with Stixxay ready to stand in if necessary. Doublelift doesn’t seem too worried, and took to twitter to announce that his finger “should be back to normal in a week or 2.” He also gave a brief update on his Facebook:

 

Ok so the story is that we were playing basketball on lunch break, and I grabbed the rusty metal net with one hand trying to stuff someone. Didn’t feel any pain at first, but I looked down and saw my pinky looking weird. Only 12 stitches and looks worse than it is :^) hope I can still play this weekend

 

Plagued by visa issues, TDK will continue using substitute players in week 4. Zachary “Mancloud” Allan Hoschar and James “Lattman” Lattman will fill the void in TDK’s roster for week 4.

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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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