After one of the most successful summers in his career, Ainslie “Maplestreet” Wyllie has joined Challenger squad Team Imagine, according to sources close to the team. Wyllie fills the role left vacant by star European AD carry Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi, who returned home this month.
Wyllie terminated his contract with recently qualified League Championship Series (LCS) team Renegades on Oct. 7. He helped the Renegades qualify over a long campaign that culminated in defeating Team Coast in the Challenger Series (CS) final on Aug. 12.
Prior to making it back into the LCS, however, Wyllie had one of his best performances in his career, averaging a 12 kill-death-assist ratio and 369 gold per minute during the regular season, with bottom lane partner Maria “Remilia” Creveling.
Now, Wyllie will look to lead yet another team to qualification. Imagine failed to qualify with a on Sep. 6 after a loss to Team 8. While the remainder of Imagine’s spring roster is uncertain, Wyllie is currently paired with Terry “Baby” Chuong, who was a part of the team during the summer, for scrimmages. He’s also changed his summoner name to “Imagine Maple” and is living in the Imagine house in Los Angeles, California, sources say.
Medjaldi, for his part, has returned to his hometown in France, but whether he finds a new European or North American LCS or CS squad to compete with or stays with the Imagine squad in a substitute capacity isn’t clear. But given his talent, pedigree, and performance with Fnatic earlier in the spring, it’s likely he’ll find his spot in the heating up AD carry marksman shakeup that began in Europe with the recent benchings of Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou and Pontus “Vardags” Dahlblom.
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