Riot announces franchised teams for new European league, Jensen joins Liquid and Caps reportedly joining G2
Riot announces teams for new European league
Six current EU LCS teams will join four returning and new orgs in a new, franchised League in Europe, Riot announced Tuesday morning.
The move comes with a name change — the EU LCS has been rebranded to the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).
Welcome to a new era.
— lolesports (@lolesports) November 20, 2018
Riot also announced the final roster of teams that will be competing:
- FC Schalke 04
- G2 Esports
- Misfits Gaming
- SK Gaming
- Team Vitality
Jensen parts ways with Cloud9, joins Team Liquid
Midlaner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen has parted ways with Cloud9 and joined the ranks of Team Liquid, the organization announced on Monday.
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) November 20, 2018
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) November 20, 2018
Jensen had been a member of C9’s League of Legends roster for three years, and helped the team secure a place in the semifinals of this year’s Worlds. C9’s run was historic, given that they were the first North American team to have brought home a 3-4th finish in seven years.
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Caps reportedly joining G2
G2 Esports will be adding former Fnatic midlaner Rasmus “Caps” Winther to their roster and moving Luka “PerkZ” Perković to the AD carry position, reports ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.
The organization is also reportedly considering a move with regards to their bottom lane, having expressed interest in Misfits support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. Mikyx’s contract with Misfits expired on Monday, the same day as Caps’.
Faker to remain with SKT
Legendary midlaner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok will remain with SK Telecom T1 for the upcoming season, the organization announced on Tuesday.
안녕하세요. SKT T1 입니다.
많은 분들이 기다리셨을 재계약 관련 소식 전해 드립니다. pic.twitter.com/KPPoJdumeY
— SK telecom T1 (@sktelecom_t1) November 20, 2018
This news comes in the wake of SKT’s recent decision to drop seven members of their roster. Despite faltering throughout 2018, Faker won three World Championships with SKT and is commonly regarded as the single greatest League of Legends player of all-time.
The organization also announced the renewal of Lee “Effort” Sangho’s and Han “Leo” Kyeore’s contracts.
Chris T parts ways with Cygames Beast
Professional Street Fighter competitor Chris “Chris T” Tatarian has parted ways with Cygames Beast, the player announced on Tuesday.
As of yesterday, I am no longer on Team Cygames Beast. I’m happy to be a free agent! Here’s a short explanation: pic.twitter.com/daKRSsJdWd
— Chris Tatarian (@Chris_Tatarian) November 20, 2018
Chris T has claimed that his departure was the result of a “contractual dispute.” The player is now a free agent, and is still slated to compete in the upcoming Capcom Cup.
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