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Disbands and expires contracts with all coaches and players
November 13, 2017
CJ Entus has disbanded the team and released all their players and coaches, the team announced Monday on Facebook.
ANALYSIS
Following their relegation from the LCK in 2016, the team has been playing in the Challenger Series in Korea but they were unable to get back into the big league once again. With all the players being released, there's now an influx of talent that other LCK teams could pick up at some point in the near future. It's also been rumored that CJ could be in the running for buying Longzhu's LCK seed since the team has recently been facing some sponsor issues of late. Time will tell how the road continues on for the legendary organization.
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Players allowed to explore options
November 1, 2017
Splyce has granted their players permission to explore their options outside of Splyce.
ANALYSIS
The team's players have all announced on Twitter that they are now allowed to explore options for the upcoming season. After the team signed a new coach this week, this move makes it clear that they are looking to rebuild going into the 2018 competitive year. After they failed to advance very far into the Summer Playoffs and then failed to qualify for Worlds, they are looking for a bit more production. With a few teams being denied entry into the NA LCS this season, it's possible that Splyce could pick up an import in that manner.
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Releases an official statement on IEM absence
February 20, 2017
EDward Gaming released an official statement on why they were unable to attend IEM earlier today, as reported by Adam Newell of Gamurs.
ANALYSIS
EDG released an official statement earlier this morning on why the team is unable to attend IEM Katowice. The statement can be found here. The team cites visa issues as the reason for their absence, stating that the players were required to apply for additional residential status documentation, delaying the initial process. Although EDward Gaming contact IEM to explain their problems and were offered assistance, the team did not receive confirmation that they would be granted visas. Even though the team had begun preparing for the event, the lack of visas forced them to withdraw from the tournament. Despite not attending the event, EDG ended their team statement by wishing all the teams at the event a great tournament and all the best.
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Re-signs entire roster
October 19, 2016
Flash Wolves have opted to re-sign their roster for the next two years, the team announced on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
While the Flash Wolves finished a disappointing 2-4 during the group stages of the 2016 World Championship, that hasn't dissuaded management from bringing back the roster that put together Spring and Summer Split championships in 2016. They'll look to make a third straight World Championship appearance with another solid year in 2017.
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Golden State Warriors co-owner acquires esports organization Team Liquid
September 27, 2016
In a surprising move following the 76ers purchase of eSports teams Dignitas and Apex, Peter Guber and entrepreneur Ted Leonsis have bought Team Liquid's controlling interest.
ANALYSIS
The North American eSports scene will undergo its second shakeup in as many days thanks to two large investments into the scene from traditional sports. It is unclear what lies ahead for all eSports teams under the Team Liquid organisation, but Guber seems to be rather confident that his investment will be a success. Whether or not these established sports investors will be able to translate their experience with regular sports to the eSports scene remains to be seen.
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Defends spot in LPL
August 12, 2016
LGD Gaming defeated Newbee in a 3-1 series that secured the spot in the 2017 LPL Spring Split.
ANALYSIS
LGD had a bit of a mediocre split in the LPL this summer. They went 7-9 on the season and ended up having to defend their spot in the LPL through the Promotion Tournament. They started off a bit slow in the series against Newbee, as they lost the opening game. After that, though, they found their footing and one the next three games to take the series and lock in their spot in the 2017 Spring Split.
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Successfully defends spot in NA LCS
August 12, 2016
Echo Fox defeated NRG eSports in a 3-0 series to hold onto their spot in the NA LCS.
ANALYSIS
After losing to Phoenix1 in another lopsided 3-0 series, Echo Fox's life in the NA LCS came down to one final series against NRG to determine who would be safe from relegation. Not wanting to go quietly into the night, Echo Fox rose to the occasion and easily handled NRG to secure their spot in the NA LCS for the 2017 Spring Split. No doubt the team will be practicing hard to try and make sure they don't have to see the Promotion Tournament again next split.
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NA LCS life hangs in the balance
December 31, 1969
Echo Fox were defeated by Phoenix1 in a lopsided 3-0 series on Saturday, putting Echo Fox on life support as they fight to stay in the NA LCS.
ANALYSIS
After an extremely poor season that saw them only win a single series in Week 1 against, coincidentally enough, Phoenix1, Echo Fox was forced to fight for their NA LCS lives in the Promotion Tournament. They started off a bit rocky when they faced Team Liquid Academy in the opening match of the tournament. They barely got away by the skin of their teeth with a 3-2 victory. With the win, they moved on to face Phoenix1 and they pretty much ran into a buzzsaw. They were dominated from start to finish in the one-sided sweep. Echo Fox will now be on their last life when they face NRG Esports on Sunday afternoon in the final match to see who will remain in the NA LCS.
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Deilor out as Fnatic Coach
December 31, 1969
Deilor has stepped down as head coach of Fnatic, according to a post from the team's offical website.
ANALYSIS
A shocking turn of events after a poor season, Deilor has agreed to step down as Fnatic head coach. Even after a poor season, Deilor is one of the most respected coaches throughout the League of Legends scene after leading Fnatic to a dominate 2015 season, culminating in a World's semi-final appearance. Deilor also helped lead Fnatic to the 2015 Spring and Summer EU LCS titles while being a semi-finalist at MSI 2015, IEM Cologne, 2016 IEM World Championship finalists and 2016 Spring Split Semi-finalists. Deilor will be replaced by former Origen coach NicothePico
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Re-qualifies for the EULCS
December 31, 1969
Team ROCCAT has defeated FC Schalke 04 to secure their spot in the 2017 EULCS Spring Split.
ANALYSIS
After having a poor split that saw them finish last with a 2-6-10 record, ROCCAT was forced to defend their spot in the league by way of the Promotion Tournament. They began the tournament by taking on Millenium. The series was extremely close, but saw ROCCAT eventually prevail after five games. Next up was Schalke 04 for a chance at a direct spot back into the EULCS. ROCCAT seized the moment and took down Schalke in a 3-1 series. They have now successfully defended their spot and will be back in the EULCS this Spring.
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Re-qualifies for the EULCS
December 31, 1969
Origen had defeated Misfits in a close 3-2 match, which secures their spot in the 2017 EULCS Spring Split.
ANALYSIS
Origen has had quite the tumultuous run over the last few months. After finishing the Spring Split in second place, Origen declined rapidly on their way to a ninth place finish in the Summer Split. This was the result of a few roster changes that saw them lose Zven and mithy, add FORG1VEN and Hybrid, then lose FORG1VEn after Week 2, which finally forced them to put the former midlaner, xPeke, in the ADC spot. As the ninth place spot shows, the results were pretty poor. Despite the adversity, though, Origen managed to band together and defend their spot in the EULCS. They defeated Misfits in a 3-2 match that probably was a bit closer than it should have been. But they secured the win, which is surely all that matters to them. They will almost assuredly be on the lookout for a new full-time ADC going into the Spring Split.
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Relegated to EU Challenger Series
December 31, 1969
Schalke 04 have been defeated by Misfits in a 3-1 series and have fallen down into the EU Challenger Series.
ANALYSIS
Schalke 04 came into the EULCS this Summer after taking the spot previously held by Elements. They started the season off with some promise, but quickly faltered on their way to a 3-9-6 record, which put them in eighth place. This meant that they would now need to fight for their spot in the EULCS by way of the Promotion Tournament. Unfortunately, they weren't able to put up much of a fight. They started off by losing 3-1 to Team ROCCAT in the opening match. With one last chance at making it back to the LCS, they took on Misfits. The result was no different, though, as they were once against defeated 3-1. Schalke 04 will now have to compete in the 2017 EU CS Spring Split for a shot at getting back into the LCS next summer.
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Re-qualifies for the NA LCS
December 31, 1969
Phoenix1 defeated Echo Fox in a 3-0 series and has re-qualified for the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split.
ANALYSIS
Phoenix1 had a bit of a rocky start to the 2016 Summer Split over in the NA LCS, as they were winless in the first four weeks of the split. While they still ended with only five wins on the season, which put them in eight place to end the split, they did manage to take a couple high-profile wins. They handed TSM their only loss the season in Week 8 and took down Team Envy in Week 9. The two wins gave them the top seed in the promotion tournament where they faced Echo Fox. The 3-0 victory wasn't even close. Phoenix1 was able to win teamfight after teamfight on their way to an easy victory each game that secured their spot in the NA LCS this spring.
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Qualifies for EULCS
December 31, 1969
Misfits have taken down FC Schalke 04 in a 3-1 series that claimed them a spot in the 2017 EULCS Spring Split.
ANALYSIS
Misfits' road to the EULCS started with their domination of the EU CS Summer Split. They finished the Round Robin stage in first place with a 4-1 record. Once the playoffs hit, they continued their strong play by defeating both Epsilon eSports and Millenium by a 3-0 score to make their way to the Promotion Tournament. Their run in the tournament didn't get off to the best start, as they were defeated by Origen in a close 3-2 series. They had one last chance to make it to the EULCS, though, and they did not throw away their shot. They came out strong and defeated Schalke in a 3-1 series to break their way into the EULCS this Spring.