The Western League of Legends free agency period took flight this week, watching several professional players depart from their former teams with a few already signing on to their new 2017 organization.
Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, who is currently in tryouts to return to Origen, is opening up the door for offers, including from teams across the Atlantic. His lone year with Origen included a victory at IEM Season X – San Jose and a second place finish in the EU LCS Spring Split.
Currently in tryouts but open for attractive/interesting offers from NA/EU
Business inquiries: Tristan.firstname.lastname@example.org
— Tristan Schrage (@PowerOfEvilLoL) November 20, 2016
The World Championship participants Splyce have reenlisted head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi and jungler Jonas “Trashy” Andersen. Mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen, top laner Martin “Wunder” Hansen, AD carry Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup and support player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle are currently exploring options.
— Jonas Kold Andersen (@TrashyLoL) November 22, 2016
Former Copenhagen Wolves support player Petar “Unlimited” Georgiev has called it a day on his playing career. In the same series of tweets he declares his intent to stay in the scene as a coach.
Speaking of CW, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, who split his 2016 between Renegades and H2K-Gaming, has announced that he will not be returning to the latter. The Czech AD carry was relegated to the sidelines after a wrist injury and was forced to watch his team advance to the quarterfinals of Worlds.
I am now officially a free agent. Doctor says I'm 100% and looking forward to bigger and better things! I will not be returning to h2k
— Freeze (@FreezeLoL) November 22, 2016
Freeze’s H2K teammates Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu have committed to the organization for the 2017, the organization announced Tuesday.
— H2K (@H2KGG) November 22, 2016
ESPN’s Tyler Erzberger revealed Tuesday that former Team Impulse and Immortals support player Adrian “Adrian” Ma has joined Phoenix1. He will join Derek “Zig” Shao, Rami “Inori” Charagh and Korean mid laner Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik.
— ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) November 22, 2016
Also declaring free agency is Echo Fox support Terry “BIG” Chuong.
In even bigger news, Team Liquid announced on Wednesday the departure of jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Harnett, whose chiseled relationship with then-head coach Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sub, was featured as the lead narrative in the frame-turning Breaking Point. The Spring Split Outstanding Rookie was announced to have joined Echo Fox on Aug. 30, but all official posts about the transaction have since been removed.
— TeamLiquidLoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) November 23, 2016
He said in the announcement:”It’s gonna be certainly weird interacting and playing and like living around new people, but I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for me.”
Per a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Dardoch’s replacement is set to be Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, who was crowned the Spring Split Most Valuable Player as a member of Immortals. In 2015, Reignover led Fnatic to the quarterfinals of the Season 5 World Championship.