As a hardcore Origen fan, what I am about to write truly hurts me, because albeit some miracle occurs out of the blue, we will most likely be facing relegation this split. At the time of writing, those who had worked for Origen have equally come out saying that they have left the organization due to poor management and with all the constant coach changes this past year alone, it is sad to admit that Origen is on a decline that looks to be leading the once promising organization back to challenger series.
Even with Origen appointing a new AD Carry after many weeks of waiting and hoping that it would be dealt with sooner rather than later, it feels like there has been too little too late mantra with the appointment of Augustus "Toaster" Ruplys from the United Kingdom in trying to counteract the appalling state the team and the organization find themselves in. Even after appointing a new CEO and changes on the roster, moments of hope have been quashed by all the flak the organization has got itself into this past year.
That is not to say that elements of hope still do exist, but it is dwindling slowly and surely. With (at the time of writing) OG only having five best-of-two games left to try and get out of a five point deficit that would see them possibly going back to the challenger series only a year after their impressive Worlds debut, all eyes are sure to be on the late acquisition of Toaster on to the team to see if he and the other members of OG can pull off this supposed miracle.
Its worth mentioning that although our industry has its share of history when it comes to blaming others for the mistakes of a split, we cannot accredit all of what has happened to Origen down to multiple moves this past year, such as the loss of Origen's highly rated bottom lane, the change in the mid lane or players performing without desire and hunger. At the base of it, Origen's downfalls have come from within some capacity.
I honestly do believe Origen will be in the last three spots of the EU LCS this year and the team possibly even faces losing its place in the LCS after Worlds hits North America. However, it is now up to Origen to look forward to see what they can do to better their organization and try to make up for their shortcomings over the past few months.