PowerofEvil on stage
PowerOfEvil, one of the biggest free agent splashes of 2016, is declaring his availability once again. Photo via flickr.com/lolesports.

League of Legends Free Agency Rundown (Thanksgiving Edition)

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PowerOfEvil, one of the biggest free agent splashes of 2016, is declaring his availability once again. Photo via flickr.com/lolesports.

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.

Europe

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.

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.

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.

Freeze on stage
Freeze was poised for a deep playoff run with H2K this summer, but was thrown off course by his wrist problems. Photo via flickr.com/lolesports.

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.

Freeze’s H2K teammates Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu have committed to the organization for the 2017, the organization announced Tuesday.

North America

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.

In corresponding moves, Brandon “Mash” Phan and Austin “Gate” YuAndrew “Slooshi” Pham and Brandon “Brandini” Chen have all announced their free agencies.

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.

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.”

Immortals team on stage
Despite their historic regular season, the duo of Reignover and top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon were unable to replicate their postseason magic from Fnatic. Photo via flickr.com/lolesports.

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.

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A native of St. Louis, Missouri, David has been an avid fan of the NFL since since the late 90’s, which led to his desire to become a local sportswriter throughout high school. Things would change when he finally gave League of Legends a chance at the end of Season 4, in which he instantly became fascinated with the professional scene watching the NA playoffs. Apart from League, he enjoys watching Counter Strike, Halo and Overwatch. He’s also written for GosuGamers, Denial eSports and Renegades.
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