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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.

 

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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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After a series of roster changes in June, the Copenhagen Wolves will shuffle their roster yet again as Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema has left the team.

Leaving Elements in April,  Shook finds himself a free agent in the offseason. On Saturday, Hartsema took to twitter to announce his availability.

 

 

Finishing in 10th place in the European LCS the Copenhagen Wolves have been auto-relegated to the Challenger series. It is yet to be seen who they will bring in as their new starting jungler.

 

 

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Following numerous rumors on players leaving, and with Rekkles heading to Fnatic, Elements has finalized their roster for the LCS Summer Split.

The team is a complete rework of it’s former, with only Henrik “Froggen” Hansen remaining from the 2015 Spring Split line-up. This also marks the return of AD Carry Erik ”Tabzz” van Helvert, who played with the team in the 2014 LCS under the Alliance banner.

With a 7th place finish and narrowly avoiding relegation, changes were definitely necessary for the Elements squad. With a fresh roster built around veteran Mid Laner Froggen, they hope to contend for not only the top spot in EU, but at the 2015 World Championship.

Jacob Toft-Andersen, Elements team Owner, had this to say:

We have tailored and tinkered with the new lineup for months now and put a lot of effort into ensuring that the team were equally motivated, had the desired attitude and would function as a cohesive unit both in and outside of the game.

I am very happy and proud to announce the Elements LCS Summer lineup will be:

– Jesper ‘Jwaow‘ Strandgren

– Marcel “dexter” Feldkamp

– Henrik “Froggen” Hansen

– Erik ”Tabzz” van Helvert

– Hampus ‘promisq‘ Abrahamsson

With Patrick” Nyph” Funke continuing as our Head Coach.

 

Read the the full statement on Facebook

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In April, rumors of Elements hosting tryouts for multiple roles popped up all over the place. With Krepo’s retirement and Rekkles returning to Fnatic, the current EL roster remains a mystery. Despite this, replacements have been speculated, and the leading spot for top lane has been said to be Jesper “Jwaow” Strandgren, the current top laner for recently relegated MeetYourMakers.

Now, it seems the former Strandgren is one step closer to joining the team. Elements Top Laner Mike “Wickd” Petersen announced during his stream that he would not be playing for Elements in the summer split, and that it was “obvious.”
 

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With 3 weeks left until the Summer Split begins, Elements finalized roster will be a shell of it’s former iteration, with Froggen the only confirmed member of the roster.

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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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How does it feel to be in playoff contention after a rough start to the split?

It feels good and went better than expected. I am particularly happy with our ability to play good even when we lose, it shows just how much we’ve improved in the off-season and during the LCS

 

What changes needed to be made and what has changed in the past few weeks? How is the dynamic in the team?

We realized the strengths of our team is playing heavy teamfight compositions. Siege, poke and splitpush weren’t working for us but we tried to force it in the LCS. With bad results, we realized that we just need to stick to our strengths and not focus only on the weakness of the opponent or what’s good in the meta.

 

You seem to be playing more comfortably and your performance has improved over the split. How do you feel about your current play compared to earlier in the spring and what do you think contributed most to your improvement?

I changed from an agressive playstyle to a passive one. The agressive playstyle could work but junglers noticed that it caused me to overextend a lot and punished me. Now that I’m more passive I focus on teamfight heavy champs and am content with going even in lane knowing I’ll contribute greatly in teamfights.

 

Who do you have the most trouble playing against in the top lane?

Odoamne and Vizicsacsi have surprised me a lot in how good they are in 1v1. Huni is also always a big threat and an incredible player.

 

What are your thoughts on patch 5.5, specifically the top lane?

I am very happy about the current toplane meta. I think every player has a slightly different champion pool and preferences which shows just how versatile the top lane is right now.

 

What types of changes do you expect to see with 5.5? Do you expect to see a rise in tanky junglers as Riot seems to be aiming for?

We’ll see a lot more tanky junglers and with that I think hyper-carries will make a bit of a comeback if not a big one.

 

The EU LCS has always been considered kind of strange in terms of standings. Do you believe the current standings are accurate of who truly are the best teams? Who do you think is the best team in EU currently?

The standings are close to accurate but strengths of team varies every week and per patch. Last patch I considered H2K to be the best team but currently SK looks on top again.

 

Who did you expect to win Katowice? Was there anything that surprised you at the tournament?  Did you take anything away that you can use in your play?

Just like everyone else I expected GE Tigers to steamroll the tournament so I was quite surprised to see TSM win although I knew they were in contention for 2nd place.

Champion pool wise there weren’t a lot of new things but seeing different playstyles and then reasoning with yourself why it works and against what it works always adds to your own team and own playstyle.

 

How did you spend the time off? Is this considered extra practice ramping up to playoffs?

We did practice a lot, focusing a bit more on solo queue in the first week and then going heavy on scrims in the second week. We aren’t in a position where we can slack or take a break because we are fighting for playoffs and to stay out of relegation.

 

Elements has been surprisingly lackluster despite being the number one team last split. Do you believe they can turn it around and what do you think is “missing” or preventing them from truly performing? Do you think their lack of diversity in playstyles is hurting them to a fault?

They have the skill level to be on top but they are lacking synergy and seem to not understand the meta and laneswap styles. I think they should look to practice against different opponents and try to copy things from other teams into their own playbook.

 

Looking at the playoff picture, what are your expectations heading in? What is your practice regimen like?

6 days of practice, 1 day off. If we make it to playoffs I think we can upset a lot of teams because we are known to be good in best of 5’s and have the ability to adapt because we always prepare 2-3 team compositions during regular LCS weeks

 

I am curious about the scrim environment in EU. Do all of the teams play each other, or is there less desire from top teams to play the bottom teams? Additionally, are scrims played completely through? Is there ever the issue of games not being taken seriously?

Most teams have their own circle of teams they play based on friendships and respect. There are teams who tilt/rage after bad early games and there are teams who play out the game no matter what. We are in the later camp. Playing from behind, even far behind is a thing that any team can master and based on some of the comebacks we’ve made I think it’s a great way to approach scrims

 

Shout outs?

Shoutout to all the fans for their continuous support especially the old ones that stuck with us through thick and thin!


Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Any questions, requests, or general inquiries are welcome by tweeting to @CaymusNoL 

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In the latest round of surprise announcements, Kevin “kev1n” Rubiszewski, former top laner of Millenium, has released a video confirming his addition to the Elements roster, replacing current top laner Mike “Wickd” Petersen. Rumors cite a stylistic clash as the reason for the benching.

This will mark the first time Elements mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen will be playing in a team without Petersen since the start of his competitive career.  The duo has played the game together across several organizations, notably Evil Geniuses, Alliance, and Counter Logic Gaming.

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