FORG1VEN to Start for H2k in Final Week
Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, a well-known European AD Carry, has spent the better part of the past year in and out of the H2k-Gaming starting lineup, and at times, even the organization. Now, H2k fans will get to see the return of their beloved ADC, as it was announced earlier today that FORG1VEN will be starting for H2k in the final week of the European League Championship Series (LCS).
The story really begins when FORG1VEN was called upon by the Greek military to serve a nine month term back home in his native country during week seven of the 2016 Summer Split. Shortly after that, FORG1VEN was given a temporary deferment of service by the Greek military. This would be the last time that he would see time in the H2k starting lineup, until now.
FORG1VEN started off the Spring Split with another EU LCS team, Origen. However, his first week did not go as planned as the team lost both of their matches 2-0. Meanwhile, H2k had found a new starting AD Carry in Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek and it seemed to be working for them with the team performing decently well in LCS play. Eventually, FORG1VEN found his way back to H2k but Freeze’s success left FORG1VEN on the bench until recently, when he was called upon to play in the team’s final matches of the Spring Split.
Freeze reportedly has been suffering from injury related issues for some time now, which prompted H2k to sideline their starting ADC for the final week. Needing to fill that void, the slot opened up for FORG1VEN, who had been patiently waiting on the benches of two separate teams since week one. While there is was no official word on the roster change from H2k, many players and even other organizations, were reporting the rumors that FORG1VEN will be the starting ADC for H2k.
forgivenGRE has returned to the lcs— Berk Demir (@GiliusLoL) July 29, 2016
Oskar “Vander” Bogdan, the H2k support and good friend of FORG1VEN, tweeted earlier today saying “expect the unexpected.” Another tweet from FC Schalke 04 jungler Berk “Gilius” Demir said “forgivenGRE has returned to the LCS.” Perhaps the most substantial evidence came from the official Unicorns of Love twitter account, a team that is scheduled to play H2k in the final week, as they said “One more day before facing @FORG1VENGRE on stage! Our bot lane is ready.”
The official word finally came in through a Facebook post from H2k-Gaming saying that FORG1VEN would officially be starting for Freeze due to his injuries. You can read the team’s full statement, but here are just a few words of what the organization had to say. “Freeze's injury prevents him from playing and the team did not think he should risk worsening his injury. We all want the best for Freeze and also want to thank him for his performance during the split. We hope to see him back on stage in short time.”
Susan Tully, the CEO of H2k added to the statement by saying” “...we recognize that Forgiven has not been practicing with the team which makes the situation difficult. But we also know that this starting five has great talent…”
While FORG1VEN has not played on stage in quite some time, his talent is undisputed and he does have pre-existing chemistry with his new teammates on H2k. Only time will tell how long Freeze’s injury will prevent him from playing, but for now, EU LCS fans just get to enjoy the return of one of the region’s best ADCs.
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