Aug 22 2016 - 9:04 pm

Hybrid leaves Origen after disappointing Summer Split

After narrowly avoiding relegation from the European LCS on Aug
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After narrowly avoiding relegation from the European LCS on Aug. 5, Origen appear to be in for yet another offseason of roster changes.

Glenn "Hybrid" Doornenbal, one of Origen’s star signings prior to the Summer Split, announced today he's leaving the organization after spending roughly three months with the organization to less than stellar results.

Two weeks into the split, Hybrid’s lane partner Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou left the team, which in turn lead to team owner Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martinez filling in as a last-minute replacement in the bottom lane. With little to no experience in the AD Carry role, Origen ended up in a split-long slump lasting until the conclusion of the season.

Hybrid didn’t mince words when he summarized his feelings about the most recent split. “Last split was a real disappointment in every way possible,” Hybrid wrote.

Hybrid made a name for himself at the beginning of the year when he competed with G2 Esports. Sharing the lane with Kim “Emperor” Jin-hyun, the G2-duo quickly made a name for themselves as they, along with the rest of the team, smashed past the regular season and the playoffs.

The support player was also one of two candidates to fill the vacant support spot in Team SoloMid after Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim’s departure from the superteam. Hybrid eventually decided to end his trial period in order to join Origen.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.