100 Thieves LoL announce signing of two-time World Champion - Dexerto
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100 Thieves LoL announce signing of two-time World Champion

Published: 23/Nov/2018 0:10 Updated: 23/Nov/2018 5:10

by Albert Petrosyan

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North American esports organization 100 Thieves have announced a massive new addition to their already stacked League of Legends team.

Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik, formerly a member of the South Korean SK Telecom T1 team, has joined 100 Thieves on a two-year deal and will be the team’s primary Attack Damage Carry (ADC) player for the upcoming NA LCS season.

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Bang will be replacing 100 Thieves’ former ADC player Cody Sun, who will be leaving after just a single season with the organization.

The two roster moves were announced within minutes of each other on November 22 via posts on the official 100T Twitter page. 

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Considered to be one of the greatest legends in LoL, Bang brings with him a fresh injection of veteran leadership, skill, and championship pedigree to a 100 Thieves team that already had managed to qualify for the World Championships in just their first season in the NA LCS.

He spent the last four years with SK Telecom T1, winning back-to-back Worlds in 2015 and 2016, while just missing a three-peat with a second place finish in 2017.

After the announcement, the former SKT star posted a long message on Twitter addressing the 100 Thieves fans and pledging his dedication and effort in representing his new team. 

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“Having the chance to talk with 100 Thieves and its teammates several times, I saw the team’s fire in winning and their eagerness to succeed, which I thought would be a great fit for me and led to a great honor of joining 100 Thieves in the end.”

This roster move comes as part of a major shuffle for 100 Thieves, who also made another major acquisition earlier on November 22, signing former CounterLogic Gaming star Choi ‘Huhi’ Jae-hyun.

In addition to the departure of Cody Sun, last season’s Mid player Yoo ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook is also off the player roster, instead transitioning to the coaching staff as their new Assistant Coach for the 2019 season. 

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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