EFFECT retires from the Overwatch League, xms rejoins LDLC while Trick signs to Schalke 04 Esports
Effect retires from competitive Overwatch
According to a Tweet from Dallas Fuel CEO, Mike “hastr0” Rufail, Dallas Fuel player Hyeon “EFFECT” Hwang has retired from the Overwatch League.
Today, @EFFECT announced his retirement from professional Overwatch on his Facebook account. He has given our organization and fans thrilling memories, insane plays, multiple championships and has been a true pleasure to watch. We wish you the best and brightest future @EFFECT.
— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) April 6, 2019
As a DPS player with a history of utilizing Tracer, Widowmaker and McCree, EFFECT has played for the Fuel since 2017 when they were still known as Team EnVyUs. They would eventually join OWL as one of the initially franchised teams.
xms rejoins new LDLC roster
Alexandre “xms” Forté has re-signed to LDLC, a team he first played for in 2016 before moving on with Team Envy in 2017.
[#CSGO] You’ve been able to follow him since January and it’s now official. Welcome to the third player in this new line up!
— Team LDLC (@TeamLDLC) April 7, 2019
With the return of xms, the current LDLC roster consists of Engin “MAJ3R” Küpeli, Christophe “SIXER” Xia, Vincent “Happy” Cervoni Schopenhauer and Rodolphe “rodeN” Bianco.
Prior to this, xms played with Team Envy, placing 3rd-4th at the 2017 DreamHack Open Winter.
Schalke 04 Esports signs Trick
Schalke 04 Esports recently announced the signing of four-time LCS champion Kang-Yun “Trick” Kim to their LEC roster.
*pending RIOT approval* pic.twitter.com/yvzbbgzyUH
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) April 8, 2019
Trick is no stranger to the LEC, having played for G2 esports from 2015-2017 where he won the spring and summer split of the EU LCS in 2016. That same year, Trick was named to the EU LCS All-Pro team, on top of winning MVP honours.
“Schalke is a unique club that has done a lot for esports. I’m pleased to play for Royal Blue in the future and can hardly wait for the new season to begin,” Trick said in a press release posted to the Schalke Esports website.
Vega Squadron adds Dima
According to a report from HLTV writer Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, Vega Squadron have signed Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka to their fifth and final CS:GO roster spot, according to a tweet from the player.
New chapter in my life
I am happy to represent my new team – @VegaSquadron
— Dima (@oneshotdima) April 8, 2019
Dima previously played for Team Spirit, registering a second place finish at 2019 Katowice CIS Minor Championship.
Additionally, Vega Squadron also signed a new coach in Viktor “vidoq” Manaenkov. Prior to Vega Squadron, vidoq coached Arcade eSports, having coached Vega for the first time for an eight-month stint in 2015.
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