Team ROCCAT confirms departure from EU LCS

The team will not be competing in League of Legends anymore.

Photo via Riot Games

Team ROCCAT will no longer compete in League of Legends, and thus the European LCS, marking an end to the team’s nearly five-year existence, ROCCAT announced via Facebook.

ROCCAT entered the EU LCS in early 2014, acquiring a roster that would end up qualifying for playoffs in their inaugural split. And while ROCCAT never claimed a title, the team maintained their EU LCS spot every split since 2014.

Farewell LCS

ROCCAT : The EU LCS Kingslayers are stepping down after 5 years of making esports HistoryTeam ROCCAT officially announces that it will not be taking part in the 2019 League of Legends Championship Series.As one of the first professional gamers and team managers in the scene, ROCCAT Founder and CEO René Korte has always believed in the value of eSports. The natural trajectory of the peripheral brand was to reinforce its community ties by taking the opportunity to develop and support a team. René: “In 2014 ROCCAT was in a position to enable five young Polish League of Legends players to compete at a professional level. We were proud to watch the team grow over the seasons as we introduced international talent to our evolving roster”.After being part of the LCS for the past five years, the decision was made to broaden the brand’s focus to the wider eSports scene. No longer sponsoring a League of Legends team exclusively but supporting gamers around the world, regardless of their game or genre. René continues, “it feels natural as a brand to be more involved in the wider scene. While many of us are League players, we’re gamers first and foremost and we want our support to reflect that. We want to elevate the entire gaming scene by helping diverse talents reach their dreams.” ROCCAT is committed to supporting new and upcoming players that are serious about working hand-in-hand with a peripheral brand that provides the tools to bring both their pro gaming and the eSports scene overall to another level.A long list of thanks are in order. Firstly, ROCCAT would like to thank Riot Games for its cooperation in recent years. The efforts of the team’s first five LoL players, Xaxus, Jankos, Overpow, Celaver and Vander for creating such a solid basis for the success story are highly appreciated. Thanks go to all of the players following in their footsteps by creating and contributing to the ROCCAT philosophy. Also to all of the coaches, managers and assistants, especially Simon "fredy122" Payne and Tomislav "flyy" Mihailov, who helped hold the fort for these past four years and who made what was at first a project into a passionate, full-time organization. Finally a huge bow to all of the ROCCAT fans out there that cheered and rooted for the team from day one. ROCCAT and Team ROCCAT would like to wish the very best of luck to all the remaining teams in the EU LCS and will watching from the sidelines with fan-like interest. PR Contact: Jessica Albiston, Senior Marketing ManagerE-Mail: jessica.albiston@roccat.org

Posted by Team ROCCAT on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

“In 2014 ROCCAT was in a position to enable five young Polish League of Legends players to compete at a professional level,” ROCCAT founder and CEO René Korte said.  “We were proud to watch the team grow over the seasons as we introduced international talent to our evolving roster.”

That original roster, which included FC Schalke 04’s Oskar “Vander” Bogdan and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski of G2 Esports, would end up being the most successful ROCCAT roster iteration. The team did not reach the same heights in following splits despite three additional playoff appearances.

ROCCAT, among several other EU LCS teams, were reportedly not chosen as one of the 10 permanent partner teams that will compete in 2019. Instead of ROCCAT and Unicorns of Love, two teams that have confirmed their respective departures from the EU LCS, teams like Astralis, SK Gaming, and Movistar Riders will reportedly enter the league.