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Origen drops FORG1VEN due to ‘motivation’ issues

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Origen drops FORG1VEN due to 'motivation' issues

AD carry Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou-Napoleon has already been removed from Team Origen’s starting roster barely a week after playing into the team.

An announcement was made by the team citing a “lack of motivation” as the reason for the split.

Enrique “xPeke” Cedeno will play as a substitute for Origen before a suitable substitute can be found. The move is semi-permanent – Cedeno will be playing for the rest of the EU LCS Summer Split.

FORG1VEN had since elaborated on the issue – and it appears that Blizzard’s latest hit – Overwatch – has something to do with the “motivational issues”.

After numerous talks we had i thought something needed to be changed and so i took the decision to take an indefinite break from League, since i was playing more Overwatch than the game i was being payed to play (combination of not having fun anymore to play the game for at least one and a half year and being introduced to another).”

Tzortziou signed onto Origen less than a month ago, after he ironically revealed plans to skip the Summer Split altogether and return to the LCS in 2017. The player had spent the Spring Split with H2k-Gaming, finishing second in the regular season.

This isn’t the first time that FORG1VEN has personality differences that brought him trouble within professional teams. He has been punished with a 4-game ban for “toxic behavior” by Riot Games last year, and a variety of reports had been made about his drive getting in the way of team dynamics.

Then, it looked like FORG1VEN might not get to make that choice due to the compulsory military service rule in Greece. But he somehow managed to secure a deferment from his native government—only to claim he was planning on skipping Summer Split anyway.

Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

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Dream team and Cloud9 squeezes into Challenger Series

Dream team and Cloud9 Challenger clawed their way into the North American Challenger Series (NACS) for the League of Legends Summer Season as the event gets underway next month.

Cloud9 Challenger and Dream Team managed to move into the tournament after staving off Destined for Glory and Arsenal in the qualifiers.

But by any accounts, Dream Team needs to step up their game to on improve their performance and results they achieved in Spring. The team formerly known as Astral Authority went 1-2-2 in the round robin, only picking up a win over bottom finishers Enemy.

On the other hand, Cloud9 Challenger had to purchase the palyoffs spot from Enemy after disbanding Cloud9 Tempest last November to reform their second-tier lineup.

Now, their new star-studded lineup An “Balls” Van Le, Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae, Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Johnny “Altec” Ru, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart played a huge part in the team, capable of competing in the highest level such as delivering in the NACS qualifiers.

Still, the NACS landscape is not a familiar place. Only Team Liquid Academy returns from the Spring Season, with Ember having sold their spot.

Team Dignitas also offloaded its berth after LCS relegation and the other team coming down from the LCS, Team Dragon Knights, was forced to sell after a Riot competitive ruling. Their spot has been purchased by Eanix.

On the other side of the pond, the European Challenger Series (EUCS) has just moved into the playoff stage. Victors amongst Misfits, Euronics Gaming, Forge, and SK Gaming will claim a place in the EUCS Summer Season.

Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

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Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

The European League Championship Series (LCS) has come to a conclusion as Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat book their places in the summer season.

Earlier, Giants were in danger of disqualification after being narrowly beaten by Splyce at 3-2. Splyce had a hard time cracking the Giants, as the latter led the final game well until 43rd minute.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Splyce went with a high-risk high-reward Baron Nashor takedown that won the game and thus, the series.

But Giants gaming were merely being delayed. The team had pushed huge roster changes three weeks ago and one more last week in hopes of doing whatever it takes to remain on the LCS, and it ultimately paid off.

Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus, Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik and Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg made their keep by combining to make 36 kills, eight deaths and 93 assists in their three winning games. The only Giants player that remained on the roster, Isaac “Xpepii” Flores flourished too.

The team rallied after the defeat against Splyce with a convincing 3-1 win against Huma, the top squad of the 2016 European Challenger Series spring season. Huma’s only win came from a standout performance from Dan “Godbro” Van Vo (8/1/4 KDA, 75 percent kill participation ratio).

Meanwhile, Felix “Betsy” Edling and Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia powered Team Roccat to a 3-1 victory against Huma.

It was a sheer show of class as Roccat’s mid laner got “Flame Horizon” (killing 100 more minions than his positional opponent) well before the 15-minute mark. But Airwaks also showed great sportsmanship as he took responsibility for the team’s only loss.

“I think we lost Game 3 because I got caught too (many) times,” he explained, “This game should’ve been won if I played better.”

But in a nutshell, these three teams need to either implement changes or start working on their game to avoid another promotion tournament. Giants top-laner Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus described that “it was a really exhausting” as his team played 14 games, with back-to-back five-game series that went to the deciding game.

Giants gaming keep the LCS dream going

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Giants gaming keep the LCS dream going

Giants gaming had kept their LCS dream going albeit by a threat, whereas their rivals and opponents, Copenhagen Wolves will be packing their bags for home.

It was D-day for the bottom ranking teams to decide who will stay in the tournament, and as the battle heats up both sides fought up to the fifth and final map.

But it was the Copenhagen Wolves who took the lead first, leading 2-1 and needing just one more to seal the deal. But the Giants fought back with a vengeance, and with two wins in a row they retain a chance to play in the LCS.

And they do not have the time to rest their battle-weary spirits. This weekend, they will be facing Splyce, and the winner will retain their LCS spot while the loser will go into a deciding match. Roccat and Team Huma, sitting on the other side of the bracket will fight for the same stakes.

Some would say that the Giants’ success came after the huge changes they have made to their roster just weeks before the end of the regular season. They swapped out four of their five starting players, with only Isaac “xPepii” Flores remained on the starting lineup.

Korean players Kim “Wisdom” Tae-wan and Son “Sonstar” Seung-ik joined in the jungle and AD carry position, while former Dignitas starter Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus came in to the top lane and Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg was a surprise addition to support.