The Big One: Offseason eSports news roundup (October 31st – November 28th)
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 overÂ 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.
- Doublelift has left CLG and joinedÂ TSM.
- TSM announced theirÂ new coaching staffÂ and rosterÂ including Svenskeren, Hauntzer, and KaSing. Note: This roster is not final and is subject to change.
- CLG released Chris Ehrenreich from the Head Coach position, with Zikz taking the reigns as his replacement.
- CLG is hiring a Player Development Coach.
- Charlie has parted ways with Cloud 9 and has signed as head coach for NRG eSports.
- BunnyFuFu and RushÂ have joined Cloud9.
- Team Dignitas has added Brokenshard as their head coach forÂ 2016, with Innerflame joining as team manager, and Raz as analyst.
- Team Dignitas announced their rosterÂ for the 2016 season.
- Zionspartan has changed his in game moniker to “Darshan”
- NRG eSports has taken over Team Coast’s LCS spot and announced theirÂ roster.
- RenegadesÂ are in Korea to bootcamp during the offseason.
- Locodoco has joined Team Liquid as a content creator
- Smoothie has joined Team Liquid as their starting support player.
- GoldenGlue announced his free agency, leaving team Immortals.
- Riot is looking at proposed changes for LCS player contracts in 2016.
- Riot has announced a new format and tournament system for qualification into the Challenger Series.
- Follow eSports, a new organization, purchased the roster of Team Dignitas EU, and will compete in the LCS in 2016.
- Febiven renewed his contractÂ with Fnatic for 2016. Deilor and Rekkles are also confirmed to be staying with the organization.
- Huni and Reignover have left Fnatic, and are set to join a team together in North America.
- Pr0lly is no longer head coach for h2k, and is now aÂ free agent.
- Dexter isÂ now a free agent and may declare residency in NA.
- Fredy122 isnow a free agent and looking for offers in NA and EU.
- Freeze is now a free agent.
- Loulex has left H2k
- Tabzz is a free agent, leaving Elements.
- Vardags has left UoL and is now a free agent.
- Edward announced that he is no longer with Gambit and is looking for opportunities.
- Cabochard announced his free agency.
- PowerOfEvil has left the Unicorns of Love and joined Origen.
- Unicorns of Love announcedÂ theirÂ new roster, builtÂ around players Hylissang andÂ Vizicsacsi.
- Natus Vincere has announced that they will make another attempt at a LoL team, and is currently looking for players.
- Giants announced that Fr3deric and Werlyb, while not confirmed to be leaving, are open to shop around with other teams.
- SK Gaming is recruiting for a Challenger teamÂ in hopes ofÂ once again qualifying for theÂ European LCS.
- 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.Â 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 announcedÂ the formation of his own eSports brand, MRJ, and will include a League of Legends team.
- Easyhoon, T0m, and Marin have left SK Telecom. Faker, Bengi, Scout, Bang, Wolf, L.i.E.S and KkOma agreed to renew their contracts with SKT T1.
- Trick, Max, and Helper will not renew their contracts with CJ Entus.
- CJ Entus haveÂ parted ways with their coaching staff.
- Koo Tigers are now known as “Tigers” after their sponsor went bankrupt. TigersÂ during KeSPA cup without “KOO” tag.
- Longstanding organization MVP will re-enter the LoL eSports space, with Hyunsuk Im serving as interim coach.
- Incredible Miracle plans to field an all star lineup in 2016,Â sparing no expenseÂ to hire the best players and support staff available in what Korean fans are referring to as a “Money Game”.
- GBM (GankedByMom) has left Jin Air and will be playing in the NA LCSÂ in 2016.
- 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 wasÂ fined NT $200,000 for match fixing in the LMS playoffs. Toyz is currently looking to break his contract with the organization and has hintedÂ 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.
- Trident Esports mid laner Claire was suspended from competing in Riot affiliated events for the first split of the 2016 OPL season.
- SK Telecom won the 2015 World Championship, becoming the first team in history to win twice. Faker and Bengi are the only two players to have won two world championships.
- Ever, an amateur team won the 2015 KeSPA Cup, qualifying to IEM Cologne on December 20th. The team notably took down world champions SK Telecom in a 2-0 sweep during the Semifinals.
- Origen won IEM San Jose, earning $50,000 and going undefeated in the tournament.
- 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 teamsÂ still being voted in.
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