H2k Gaming looking for jungler after Loulex leaves
One of the breakout League of Legends teams in Europe last year will make a roster change heading into the 2016 season.
H2k Gaming jungler Jean-Victor “Loulex” Burgevin will leave the team, a “mutual” decision from both parties.
“Working with Jean-Victor was a pleasure,” Richard Wells, H2k Gaming’s CEO, said in the announcement. “He got along really well with all the players and staff and was a really funny personality. On his day he’s one of the best Western Lee Sin players I’ve ever seen and he will be a strong asset to any prospective team looking for a jungler.”
The French jungler helped H2k Gaming to back-to-back third-place finishes in the E.U. League Championship Series, eventually qualifying for the Riot World Championship. But while the team was successful, Burgevin often took criticism for his small championship pool and inability to positively impact the game.
During the Summer season, he posted the lowest CSPM and CS differential at 10 minutes among all starting junglers in Europe. That seems to indicate he played a gank-heavy or counter-gank heavy style, but Burgevin also posted the second-lowest Kill Participation (60.8 percent), second-lowest damage percent (11.7 percent), and lowest damage per minute (219 DPM), indicating he wasn’t completely effective in that role.
Still, Burgevin definitely had his moments. He helped H2k to a successful year, and Wells feels he’ll play in the LCS again next year.
“I’ve certainly had an enjoyable time with H2k for my first year as a competitive player going from a challenger team to a world class one, but today we have decided to part ways,” Burgevin said. “It has been a pleasure working with my teammates and coaches in and outside of the game throughout the year and I wish them all the best.”
Burgevin plans to look for a team in either Europe or North America heading into next season. As for H2k, they’ll be on the lookout for a jungler, and there may be a few solid options close to home. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, often considered Europe’s best at the position, is available after SK Gaming’s collapse in the Summer season. Other talents like Elements’ Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema may also be available. H2k could also import another Korean player, as they did with mid laner Ryu Sang-ook—a gamble that's paid off for the team.
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