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Team Dignitas reportedly set to make LCS return following Clutch Gaming sale

Published: 11/Apr/2019 2:05

by Alan Bernal

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A renowned League of Legends franchise will be making their way back into North American pro play after the owners of team Dignitas principally agreed to buy the majority stake in Clutch Gaming.

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), owners of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and team Dignitas, have tentatively agreed to buy the majority stake in Clutch Gaming from the Houston Rockets.

In a report by ESPN, HBSE will put forth a $20 million investment that will see the organization rebranded to Dignitas, which should come after 2019’s slate of pro play events.

Riot GamesThe new deal will hopefully bring fresh life to the squad.

Dignitas entering the LCS

Team Dignitas had previously entered their bid to become a part of the newly structured LCS back in 2017, but their application had been denied.

Fans who were left wondering why the team couldn’t make it in during the initial process will leave those questions behind as they look forward to the Dignitas colors adorning the LCS studio once again.

The LCS hasn’t had a newcomer since it switched over to franchising its teams, making the deal a first of its kind in the new era.

Riot GamesThe change of colors should happen after the 2019 season completely wraps up.

Franchise under new management

The Rockets will be taking $12.5 million in cash from the deal while the rest of the $7.5 million will go toward funding the team until 2021. This includes paying Riot Games $1.5 million for the initial $13 million it cost to franchise the team.

Since HBSE will own a majority of the company, a new entity called ‘Mal País’ will be heading up the management for both Dignitas and Clutch.

CEO of Dignitas Michael Prindiville will be leading the newly formed management group, and will have a board composed of HBSE executives and longtime industry leaders.

At the time of writing, it is unclear if the restructured brand has plans on keeping their current LCS roster. Clutch Gaming finished the 2019 Spring Split with a 5-13 record, narrowly avoiding last place in the standings.

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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.