RFRSH co-founder reveals why Origen was chosen over Astralis for the LEC - Dexerto
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RFRSH co-founder reveals why Origen was chosen over Astralis for the LEC

Published: 21/Nov/2018 14:12 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 14:25

by Joe O'Brien

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RFRSH Entertainment co-founder Jakob Lund Kristensen has revealed why the company bought Origen to act as its team in the newly-renamed League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

The LEC is the evolution of the European LCS, which is moving to a franchise model for the 2019 season and beyond.

The rebrand and the ten teams holding franchise spots were recently announced, and it was revealed that Origen would be returning to the league, having been bought by Astralis owners RFRSH Entertainment.

When reports of RFRSH’s involvement originally surfaced, it was presumed by many that this would mean the Astralis brand was branching out beyond CS:GO for the first time, especially considering the immense success the organization has enjoyed in 2018.

In an interview with French sports site lequipe.fr, however, Kristensen revealed that RFRSH had always intended to keep their League of Legends venture separate from the CS:GO-based Astralis.

“No, we did not apply with Astralis. From the beginning it was very clear for us: we wanted two different brands. In my opinion, having a team present on several games makes things difficult if you want to build a story. When two people cross in the street with an Astralis jersey, I want them to know that they are fans of the same team. Before Origen we thought to create something from A to Z. We developed several ideas and a first application was filed with Riot Games with another brand. And then I discussed LCS with Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martinez, whom I know well. When I told him I was hoping to see Origen again, he said they would not come back. He told me that the investors had withdrawn. The connection between us was made naturally.”

Though Astralis and Origen will remain as separate entities, the connection between the two is apparent in the new Origen logo, which has been updated with a star to match the one that is also central to the Astralis logo.

UnikrnA star, an iconic element of the Astralis logo, has been added to Origen’s original logo.

Origen was founded by legendary mid-laner xPeke in 2015. In the same year, the team made its way through Challenger into the EU LCS for the Summer Split, finishing second there before going to the World Championship and reaching the semi-finals.

After an immensely successful debut year, however, the team began a gradual decline, ultimately being relegated from the LCS and experienced some organizational issues, including troubles paying staff and players.

In an interview with Dexerto, Kristensen stated that they would be starting from scratch with Origen, but applying the lessons learnt from the success of Astralis.

“We are starting completely from scratch in the sense of Origen but not in the sense of RFRSH Entertainment. Lead by the strong teams across both sports performance, lead by Kasper Hvidt, and also commercial, communication and team operations we have created a best in class infrastructure. This model has already been proved itself effective with Astralis and will do so now with Origen.”

The LEC is set to kick off on January 18. So far, Origen have officially signed three players to their roster:

  • Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris
  • Erlen ‘Nukeduck’ Våtevik Holm
  • Patrick ‘Sheriff’ Jírů
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Team Liquid set to re-sign Jensen in record-breaking $4.2 million LCS deal

Published: 27/Oct/2020 23:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid has reportedly tabled a lucrative $4.2 million dollar deal that would make off-contract mid lane star Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen the highest-paid player in LCS history, following rival Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s shock retirement.

Jensen has been at the center of Liquid’s League of Legends roster since 2019, when he jumped ship from Cloud9 after a Worlds semi-final run in South Korea.

The Danish mid laner, who has played in the North American league for the past six years, has already won four LCS titles with Liquid. He became a competition resident in May 2019, and has long been considered one of the league’s best.

With Bjergsen announcing his shock retirement, Jensen’s value skyrocketed. The mid laner, 25, is off-contract on Nov. 27, but seems set to stay in the blue and black of Team Liquid for another three years, according to insider Travis Gafford.

Jensen will reportedly accept the $4.2 million deal. Once he’s signed on the dotted line, the Dane will become the highest-paid LCS player the North American comp has ever had, dwarfing the previous richest contract by a long margin.

Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.
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Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.

Liquid also holds the soon-to-be second-highest deal, a $3.4 million contract over three years for world champion Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. The top lane star ⁠— who claimed Worlds glory with SKT in 2013 ⁠— is reportedly leaving Liquid, however.

He will be followed out the door by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, insider rumors have suggested. Liquid’s plans are to build around boom ADC star Edward “Tactical” Ra and 2020’s most valuable player Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in moving forward.

Liquid is also eyeing FlyQuest’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen to round out their 2021 roster, according to sources. They have not yet officially approached the jungle star.

Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid's emerging 2021 puzzle.
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Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid’s emerging 2021 puzzle.

Liquid are in the process of overhauling their 2020 roster after a mixed reception at Worlds this year. The North American representatives travelled to Shanghai as the LCS third seed, and blew through the Play-Ins before chalking up a 3-3 record in groups to exit in 9th/12th.

In the process, Liquid beat European heavyweights G2 Esports and Worlds finalists Suning — who face Damwon Gaming this Saturday for the 2020 title — but a failure to make the quarter-finals has seen the team reshuffle the roster regardless.

Dexerto will keep you updated on all the LCS roster shuffles as the 2021 season approaches. Domestic League of Legends returns in early January.