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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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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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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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With a roster set to compete at IEM San Jose, TSM has revealed the final pieces to the roster puzzle in it’s new coaching staff. Taking over the Head Coach position will be KC “Woodbuck” Woods. Operating as Strategic Coach will be Josh “Jarge” Smith, who formerly served as Head Analyst for Fnatic.

 

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Meet the Coaches:

 

 

 

Head Coach KC and TSM analyst Parth took to reddit to discuss working together and the future of the team:

 

KC, aka Woodbuck, here. I am the new head coach for TSM this year. Hopefully you give me a small break for my first time on camera, it was not very natural for me.

This year, I will be working with my strategic coach, Jarge, to help the team reach their personal and team oriented goals. Jarge will focus on their performance in game by helping the players understand the fundamental strategy of the game, adjust to metas, pick/ban, etc. You all should be extremely hyped by how ridiculously talented he is in this regard. Since this is an extremely time consuming task, I will take responsibility for everything else, so he can remain focused.

My role as the head coach will be to create a culture and structure within the team that promotes a strong work ethic, a resilient team bond, and a sense of responsibility to do everything the right way — the TSM way. I have laid out my expectations to the players and I will ensure they follow through. I am telling everyone right now, I will not accept anything but their best effort and I will not allow the culture of this team to breakdown. This will be the most unified and disciplined team in NA.

Jarge and I are 100% committed to working our asses off this year and we will set the example for the players to follow. A lot is going to change in the TSM house/office, and I hope everyone is ready to come along for the ride.

 

Hey guys, Parth here.

I’ll be working closely with Andy, Josh, and KC to set up a solid infrastructure for this year. Then I’ll be stepping back and working for the TSM organization. Thank you everyone for your support last year, and I know KC and Josh will do an incredible job for the team moving forward.

 

Check out the new TSM roster in action at IEM San Jose, beginning on November 21st.

 

The offseason roster shuffle continues as TSM has revealed their lineup for the upcoming IEM San Jose. Announced Via Twitter, the newest rendition of the LoL squad plays host to a mix of NA and EU LCS Stars. With a fresh mindset and winning the only goal, the teams premiere on the IEM stage will serve as a trial period for the newest members of TSM. Announcement video and tweet:

 

 

 

Team SoloMid Roster IEM San Jose

 

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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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French organization Against All Authority (aAa) announced that they will be making a run at qualifying into the 2016 Challenger Series after recent roster changes.

With the departure of top laner Aymeric ‘Darlik‘ Garçon and jungler Eric ‘Spontexx‘ Peugot, aAa scoured the scene for replacements, eventually deciding on Swedish players Amin ‘Amin‘ Mezher and Olof ‘Flaxxish‘ Medin. In the past, Amin has played for Supa Hot Crew and Ninjas in Pyjamas, and served as a substitue for Team Roccat for the 2015 season.

The team has also added William ‘Galette‘ Lobjois, former manager of training Imaginary Gaming, as their team manager.

aAa plan to debut their roster soon:

 

The first official meeting of the offline team will probably be at the ASUS RoG Tournament to be held in Montpellier on 21 and 22 November (vote for aAa!). Then follow the “marathon ladder” to hope to earn a spot in the qualifying stages of the Challenger Series. Stay tuned!

 

 

Current AaA roster

 

Flag  Olof  “Flaxxish”  Medin – Toplaner

Flag  Amin  “Amin”  Mezher – Jungler

Flag Louis “Polyokov” Hamet -  Midlaner

Flag  Florent  “Yuuki60”  Soler – Carry AD 

Flag  Leo  “Lounet”  Maurice – Support

 

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In September speculation rose surrounding the roster of North America’s Team Liquid. After support player Alex ‘Xpecial‘ Chu confirmed he would be stepping down from the roster rumors began circulating on who would fill the void in the bottom lane. Now, Team Liquid has released an announcement video confirming that Andy ‘Smoothie‘ Ta will be joining the teams starting lineup.

 

Smoothie previously played support for Team Dragon Knights, who were eliminated from the LCS in the Summer Split via auto-relegation. With the duo of Smoothie and current AD Carry Chae ‘Piglet‘ Gwang-jin Team Liquid looks to improve their synergy in the bottom lane after former support Xpecial revealed that him and Piglet were having trouble getting along.

 

 

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Touted as one of the worlds premier eSports organizations, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) has announced that they will be returning to League of Legends after a brief stint in 2012.

Na’Vi will begin it’s search for a roster from the top down, opting to approach the process from a traditional sports perspective. From the announcement:

 

We will use the experience of traditional sports: first employ managers and then form our League of Legends team, using their recommendations. The more eSports evolves, the more it approaches the rules and principles of traditional sports. We sincerely hope that our decision to go down this traditional path is a step in the right direction.

 

In a couple of days we will publish an announcement with the details concerning the vacancy of League of Legends head coach, so follow the updates on our website. You are most welcome to send your CV, especially if you consider yourself a competent professional, capable of accomplishing all important tasks of this position!

 

Na’Vi CEO Alexander “ZeroGravity“ Kokhanovsky had this to say:

eSports does not stand still, and we also move forward. I am sure that this innovation will prove how effective the sports approach can be for the formation of the League of Legends team.

 

While Na’Vi is based in the Ukraine, there is no guarantee the team will be. In 2012, Na’Vi competed in Korea’s OGN The Champions before falling to 11th place. With the 2016 Spring Season already locked in, Natus Vincere may look to enter the LCS through purchasing of the Dignitas EU roster, who recently qualified for the 2016 European LCS. As Dignitas already has a team in the NA LCS, one of the two must be sold before the start of the season.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates as further details become available .
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