Giants Gaming make drastic lineup changes amid dismal season
After recording just two wins all season, Giants Gaming have ditched three of their starting lineup in an attempt to salvage their spot in the LCS.
Giants are rooted to the bottom of the European League Championship Series, with just four games left to turn their season around.
The team has released Peter “Atom” Thomsen, Joachim “Betongjocke” Rasmussen and Adrián “Adryh” Pérez. Thomsen and Rasmussen, both of whom had never started for an LCS before, joined the team in January. The two Scandinavians were brought in as part of a move to blend experience and youth, amidst a wider structural shake up of the team before the Spring Split.
Pérez had been with the Giants since August 2014, and Giants' statement referred to him as a "legend" of the team.
The team has turned to three players with top level experience to fill out the roster: Lennart "Smittyj" Warkus and Koreans Tae-Wan “Wisdom” Kim and Seung Ik “S0NSTAR” Son.
Warkus has had a tumultuous season. Beginning the year as a starter for Team Dignitas in the North American LCS, he was dropped by the team after just one week for "disciplinary issues"—though Giants says it has no concerns about the player in this regard.
Kim and Son will make the move from Korea to join the team, bringing experience from Tigers and Incredible Miracle respectively.
With just four games available and currently two wins behind the team in seventh place, Giant have a mountain climb—especially considering their remaining fixtures: they play Fnatic and G2 Esports this week before rounding out the season against Origen and Roccat.
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