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Broxah reportedly joining Team Liquid, Fnatic set to acquire Selfmade

by Isaac McIntyre
Riot Games

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Team Liquid is reportedly set to sign Fnatic jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brocks-Pederson ahead of the LCS 2020 Spring season, with the Danish star to replace off-contract star Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero.

According to ESPN, the four-time LCS champions are finalizing a deal to acquire the 2018 Worlds finalist from his European team, following Xmithie’s contract expiry.

The report comes after news Fnatic would be acquiring SK Gaming’s Oskar ‘Selfmade’ Boderek, to join their starting lineup for the 2020 season under the guidance of incoming head coach Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez.

Fnatic will reportedly by buying out Selfmade's one-year contract. Image: Michal Konkol for Riot Games.

Broxah is expected to bring proven international talent to the TL lineup, which has been searching for success at Worlds in the past two years. The Danish jungler finished top eight at Worlds in 2017 and 2019, and runner-up in 2018.

Although Xmithie has also had considerable experience at international events with TL, and previously Immortals, the outgoing jungler has struggled to find his footing at MSI events, and at Worlds, despite his four NA championship rings.

According to sources, TL is expected to retain the rest of their 2019 roster, which is built around veteran NA star Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and boasts world champions Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in and Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong.

Team Liquid will not be re-signing Xmithie. Image: Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Fnatic appears to be aiming for proven young talent in their new jungle acquisition, with the buyout of SK’s rising star bringing the 2019 Spring Rookie of the Split into the seven-time LEC champion’s camp.

Selfmade has also played alongside Fnatic’s mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek before, with the duo first forging their names for Spanish organization Mad Lions in the domestic SuperLiga Orange, and the 2018 European Masters.

The reported move will see Broxah team up with NA superstar Doublelift. Image: Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games.

In other European Championship signing news, Misfits bot laner Steven ‘Hans Sama’ Liv will be on the move ahead of 2020 after joining Rogue, while the British team also extended support Oskar ‘VandeR’ Bogdan’s contract for next season.

British org Excel Esports has also dipped into the player market early on November 18, reportedly signing Origen ADC Patrik ‘Patrik’ Jírů, to be partnered with former Splyce support and Worlds quarterfinalist Tore ‘Norskeren’ Hoel Eilertsen.

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