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PowerOfEvil set to replace Bjergsen as TSM mid laner in LCS 2021

Published: 11/Nov/2020 0:47 Updated: 12/Nov/2020 6:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage looks set to become Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg’s successor in TSM’s mid lane, after FlyQuest’s superstar reportedly agreed a deal that will see him join the seven-time LCS champions heading into 2021.

PowerOfEvil, commonly referred to as POE, told Team SoloMid on Tuesday that he will sign with the team as their new mid laner. The swap will officially take place on Nov. 16, when the League of Legends free agency window finally swings open.

According to ESPN reporter Jacob Wolf, who first broke the news, Schrage turned down an “aggressive” approach from Evil Geniuses to accept the tabled Team SoloMid deal.

POE only entered the League of Legends free agency pool on Nov. 8, after declining the player option he had with FlyQuest for 2021. A FlyQuest return was on the table, but Schrage appears to have now made his final decision in that regard.

FlyQuest's German star quickly became one of the LCS' hottest free agents.
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FlyQuest’s German star quickly became one of the LCS’ hottest free agents.

PowerOfEvil has enjoyed a strong stint in North America since trading the LEC for the LCS in late 2017. His seasons with OpTic Gaming and Counter Logic Gaming didn’t bear fruit, but an opportune switch to FlyQuest has hugely increased his stocks.

The German star joined FlyQuest in November last year alongside South Korean support Lee ‘Ignar’ Dong-geun. The duo clicked in FlyQuest’s lineup immediately, and the squad became the surprise package of both 2020 LCS seasons.

FlyQuest ran second in both 2020 splits. They lost to Cloud9 in a 3-0 sweep in the Spring finals, before pushing TSM to their limits in a five-game series in Summer.

The North American squad then attended Worlds, a first-time showing for the org. FlyQuest finished third in Group D with a 3-3 record behind tournament favorites Top Esports and DRX. POE shone against TES in FlyQuest’s major upset win.

PowerOfEvil has won over plenty of LCS fans in the past twelve months.
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PowerOfEvil has won over plenty of LCS fans in the past twelve months.

TSM securing PowerOfEvil also eliminates them from the race to sign the LoL offseason’s hottest property,  Luca ‘Perkz’ Perković. The G2 Esports talisman is seeking a return to the mid lane after two years as an ADC, and is available for buyout.

Cloud9 leads the hunt for his signature, but G2’s reported $5 million buyout has given them pause. 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, and LEC pair Team Vitality and Misfits still remain in the conversation.

TSM are also looking at possible top lane and support options; if they can move on Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik and Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang during the offseason.

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Team Vitality sign popular Indian content creators with over 9m subs

Published: 4/Dec/2020 13:14

by Adam Fitch

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French esports organization Team Vitality have officially entered India by signing four content creators that, combined, have a subscriber count of almost 9.5m.

The org formally announced that they planned to enter the country in October 2020 and their first priority is establishing their presence within the community.

They have established a base of operations in Mumbai alongside signing four prominent content creators, namely Live Insaan, Rachitroo, Classified YT, and Mili kya Mili.

Team Vitality’s plans for the regions are lofty, looking to become the “best esports organization in the region.”

Team Vitality signs four Indian content creators
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Signing four popular content creators is the first of many steps for Team Vitality in India.

The organization will be launching their competitive efforts in India in 2021, though the titles that they’re looking to expand into have not been disclosed at this time.

“Team Vitality constantly strives to build winning teams on the international stage,” Team Vitality’s CEO Nicolas Maurer said. “Our entry into India is a big milestone for us and part of our endeavour to conquer the world of esports. Our mission here is to not just build professional teams but to also make ourselves the most aspirational esports brand in the country.

“We’re very keen to engage with our fans in India via our content creators before competing in the biggest local tournaments with our incoming professional teams.”

PUBG Mobile was the most popular esports title in India up until it was banned in September 2020, leaving questions as to what game will step up and take its place. Team Vitality’s new content creators have a large presence in the mobile battle royale title, though they also have recently produced videos on titles such as Minecraft and Among Us.

In November 2020, Team Vitality partnered with software giants SAP to streamline and optimize their processes. The partnership will help them monitor contracts, manage data, and improve their financial flow, subsequently freeing up time to allow them to look into expanding internationally and make better-informed decisions.