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With the offseason nearly behind us, 2016 looms ahead, with a completely changed landscape and a slew of unrecognizable teams. We’re back with our final recap of the offseason to kick off the new year and keep you in the loop.

 

North America

 

  • Rick Fox, 3 Time NBA Champion and NBA Analyst, purchased Team Gravity’s LCS spot. The team will compete under newly formed organization Echo Fox.
  • Red Bull has made it’s foray into LCS team sponsorship, announcing official partnerships with with both TSM and Cloud 9.
  • Team Dignitas has parted ways with Brokenshard, and Raz will be stepping in as Head Coach.
  • Team Liquid announced Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sub as their Head Coach, in addition to a 10 man roster that will be used interchangeably in the 2016 season.
  • Cloud 9 Mid Laner Nicolaj Jensen has changed his name from “Incarnati0n” to Jensen”.
  • TDK Owner Chris Shim, Geon-Woo “Ninja” Noh, & Jin-Yong “Fury” Lee were punished for poaching and breaching contract rules.

 

Europe

 

 

China

 

 

 

Korea

 

 

 

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Turkey

 

 

 

 

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Events

 

  • IEM Cologne saw Ever take home their second international event win. Infograph.
  • All-Star 2015 has concluded, with Team Fire coming out ahead of Team Ice.

 

 

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Joining LGD in early December, Top Laner Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-Hwan and Jungler Xie “Eimy” Dan spoke with NoL on their transition into LGD, team synergy, the upcoming season, and more.

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What was going through your head after you won the World Championship and the MVP of the event?

I was very happy over the fact that we had won, but I was even happier to have received MVP. I think that the KOO Tigers, who handed us a loss at the World Championship Final, were our most difficult opponents.

 

What is your biggest goal on LGD and what do you feel is your strongest attribute?

I left SK Telecom to experience new challenges. As long as I call pro gaming my profession, my constant goal is to win the World Championship. A “strength” would be that because I am living in a new environment, it’s more fun.

 

Are you already learning Chinese? What are you doing to overcome the language barrier, and do you plan to continue shotcalling in LGD alongside PYL?

I did buy a Chinese language book, but I didn’t have time so I couldn’t really learn much beforehand. I must now begin to learn, so I think I’ll be busy.

 

As for shotcalling, because we have to all play scrims and give/receive feedback to set our teamwork, I’m not quite sure yet.

 

Who do you consider your biggest rivals in the top lane?

I haven’t been able to scrim in China yet, so the only players that I’ve met are the ones that I’ve met while in tournaments or official matches. Therefore, I can’t choose a rival. Right now, I want to work hard with the mindset that everyone is a rival.

 

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

I’m looking forward to all of the teams, but Vici Gaming is a team I’m looking forward to playing the most. I think it’ll be fun because I was on the same team with Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon, and now we’re facing each other as opponents.

 

What are your thoughts on Illaoi? Do you think we’ll see her played competitively?

I haven’t played Illaoi all that much, but I feel that she’s unable to use her strengths against ranged champions, and isn’t able to make all that much of an impact during team fights. I do think that if the player has researched and practiced Illaoi a lot, it can definitely be used in tournaments.

 

Anything else?

I don’t know Chinese all that much yet and haven’t had much practice, so the spring season opening is a bit of a worry. Regardless, I will try my hardest. I would be very thankful if you’d cheer for me and be patient, even if I show a lacking performance.

 

 

 

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You’ve qualified for the LPL on two separate occasions. Is there a bit of relief not having to qualify to compete this time?

I feel really lucky that I don’t need to qualify this time around, and I’m very grateful to LGD for giving me this chance to play with them in the LPL.

 

How did you get in contact with LGD and what led to your decision to join?

During the offseason I told my team Unlimited Potential that I was interested in changing team, so they told L.Ace I was available and interested in other clubs. That was how LGD knew I could be contacted. I chose to join LGD because I thought that I would fit well with the members of the team.

 

What do you hope to bring to LGD and accomplish in the season?

Right now I’m not yet sure what I can bring to LGD, but I’ll have a better idea once we start practicing. I hope that we can be the champions this spring season.

 

You have played with Heart and pAinEvil in the past. Does it feel good to play with former teammates and do you believe it will help the team to mesh faster?

I think that we’ll mesh together quickly again this time. Last time when I played with them we had good chemistry.

 

What is your take on the jungle in the preseason so far, and are you enjoying the faster pace of the game? Are there any specific changes you want to see to the jungle in Season 6?

I think that personally I can adapt well to any meta, no matter how much the pace of the game changes. As a jungler I’m also very team-focused, so I will adapt to my team. Personally for Season 6 I would maybe like to see some stronger jungle items, or some new jungle items.


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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IEM Cologne saw the first time an amateur team took home an IEM title, as well as a ticket to the IEM World Championship. ESC Ever, notorious for taking down 2015 World Champions SK Telecom on their path through the KeSPA cup, edged out one of the LPL’s elite in a 3-2 victory over the Qiao Gu Reapers. We dove into the games and picked out some stats, like KDA and Game time, and how much – or even if – a team benefits from taking Rift Herald, and threw them together to get a better look at what went down in Cologne.

 

IEM Cologne 2015 Infograph

 

Visuals by: Ling Gu

Stats and other information by: Caymus

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Stats compiled by: Caymus

Graphics by Ling Gu

All statistics were gathered independently or pulled from oracleselixir.com

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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.

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“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.

 

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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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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.

 

North America

 

 

Europe

 

 

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

 

 

LMS

 

  • 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.

 

 

Events

 

 

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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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 http://amazon.com/IEM to further that number.

 

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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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Purchasing the LCS spot of the recently requalified Team Coast, newly created organization NRG eSports has revealed their lineup and support staff for the 2016 NA LCS. With a mix of familiar stars in Impact, Altec, and GBM, and fresh talent in KonKwon and Moon, the roster has been completely revamped for the upcoming season.

 

 

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Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong – Top (Team Impulse, Sk Telecom T1)

Lee “GBM” Chang Seok – Mid (Jin Air Green Wings)

Galen “Moon” Holgate –  Jungle (Team Imagine)

Kevin “KonKwon” Kwon – Support (Team Coast)

Johnny “Altec” Ru – AD Carry (Gravity Gaming, Winterfox, Curse Academy)

Tadayoshi “Hermit” Littleton – Strategic coach (Formerly of Origen)

Head Coach – Charlie Lipsie (Formerly of Cloud 9)

 

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This is the second NA LCS team that has sold its spot leading up to the 2016 Spring Split, after Team 8. Who is behind the latest “buy in” of the LCS? Andy Miller, a former Apple executive, and Mark Mastrov, the founder of gsym chain 24-Hour Fitness. Both share minority ownership of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

As for the future of the former Team Coast roster, things are uncertain. Cris, Shrimp, Pekin Woof, and Mash were all replaced, with KonKwon the only surviving member of the roster who qualified for the spot via LCS promotion. Follow all of the offseason changes in our 2015 Offseason Roundup.

 

 

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