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LoL pro Mikeyeung joins new team following sudden Team Liquid exit

Published: 1/Jul/2019 0:06 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 0:09

by Virginia Glaze

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First making a splash in competitive League of Legends in 2017, pro player Mike “Mikeyeung” Yeung has made a number of roster moves over the ensuing years – and now, he’s joined forces with another esports giant in a sudden, major change of pace.

Esports organization Echo Fox uploaded an announcement video on June 30, where they unveiled their newest player in a humorous skit: Mikeyeung, who was concealed in a box of “merchandise.”

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The video went on to officially announce Mikeyeung as a new LoL recruit on their squad – an opportunity that the player claims he’s “really excited about,” as it gives him the chance at competing in the League of Legends Championship Series.

“Really excited to be playing back in LCS with Echo Fox,” the pro wrote in a Tweet shortly thereafter. “Gonna show NA watsup with my high tempo jungling that we need to beat EU, like in 2017 RR 🤣”

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That wasn’t Mike’s only reaction to the news: the player went on to give a heartfelt thanks to Team Liquid, who published a brief post on their short time with the pro.

“Really Grateful for the Team Liquid Org, and I cannot express it with words alone,” Mike said of his move. “I love you guys so much! …Shoutout to the TLA boys, It was so much fun playing together some really great memories, so awesome to play on a team with all your friends!”

While fans across the board were surprised at the news, many wished Mikeyeung success with his new team, with some claiming that they would miss the pro’s performance with Team Liquid in wake of his departure.

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“Damn, really gonna miss him on TL, but EchoFox definitely needs a Jungler and I hope MikeYeung can be the permanent starter they need!” one user said of the switch.

“Awww yay, he’s finally moving up,” another wrote.

As one player enters, another player leaves – former Echo Fox jungler Yoonjae Lee announced his departure from the org the same day, marking a tumultuous day for the esports giant that has since seen star fighting game player Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean take the CEO Mortal Kombat 11 Championship belt just hours after Lee’s announcement.

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It looks like fans and players alike are excited for Mikeyeung’s move, which will undoubtedly bear fruit as the LCS continues into the summer months.

CS:GO

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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