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100 Thieves make surprising roster moves as LCS struggles continue

Published: 13/Jun/2019 9:23 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 10:09

by Joe O'Brien

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100 Thieves look set to make a surprising change to their League of Legends rosters as the team continues to struggle in the LCS Summer Split.

The organization announced on June 12 that AD Carry Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and mid-laner Max ‘Soligo’ Soong would be moving down to the Academy team for their match against Golden Guardians Academy.

While fielding these players in the Academy matches doesn’t necessarily prohibit them from also playing in the LCS, the move does suggest a dramatic shift in 100T’s squad is coming in response to another poor start to the split.

Whether or not Academy players Jacob ‘Prismal’ Feinstein and Ryu ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook – who was the starting LCS mid-laner in 2018 – will be called up in their place remains to be seen, although fans have also speculated that 100T could be testing out Bang’s synergy with Academy Support William ‘Stunt’ Chen as they consider him as a replacement for LCS captain Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black.

The organization will announce their line-up for the week three matches on Friday, June 14.

The addition of former SK Telecom star and two-time World Champion AD Carry Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik was 100 Thieves’ marquee signing for the 2019 season, expected to elevate the team even further after an impressive debut year in 2018 saw them reach the LCS Spring finals and compete at Worlds.

This year, however, the organization has struggled to find its footing. In the LCS Spring split, they finished in last place with a record of 4-14. Now, after the first two weeks of the Summer split, they’re the only team without a win at 0-4.

LoL Esports/Riot GamesBang is one of the most accomplished players in League of Legends.

100 Thieves did make roster changes during the mid-season break, bringing in veteran jungler Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and promoting Soligo, who spent most of Spring on the Academy team, to the starting LCS spot over Choi ‘Huhi’ Jae-hyun.

With results failing to improve, however, it looks like the team could be attempting to course correct early, before the deficit in their record becomes too great to have any hope of recovering for a spot in the playoffs.

If 100 Thieves have any ambitions of repeating their Worlds appearance, a successful Summer split is also crucial. While winning the split would guarantee a place, 100 Thieves will need to pick up some championship points with a decent playoff finish if they’re to even qualify for the Regional Finals and have a shot at securing the third spot.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.