Much-needed Origen roster changes arrive after the entire squad departed at the end of the last European League Championship Series (EU LCS).
To begin with, former Fnatic superstar Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez will not be returning to competitive play. The role is instead being forwarded to former Chinese member of Team KungFu, Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-hyun.
Former Misfits player Kim “Wisdom” Tae-wan is reporting in the jungle while Erik “Tabzz” van Helvert is returning after nearly a year of absence to fill the role of AD Carry. European veteran Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen is confirmed as Support and German Max “Satorius” Günther in the top lane.
The most surprising element of the Origen roster changes is the mid lane. Throughout 2016, xPeke swapped between the mid and bottom lane as mage and AD Carry. Many fans were hopeful of seeing him in action this year as well. As such, those rumors have been completely shut down.
NaeHyun has big shoes to fill. The passionate League of Legends community is already debating over his “poor competitive record in China” and whether his inclusion is going to benefit Origen in the long run. The announcement video (above) explains the decision of the organization to have xPeke fall back for 2017.
Founded in 2014 by Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez, Origen placed second in its first-ever Summer Split in 2015. The success continued in the following Summer Playoffs where Origen fought its way to qualify for the 2015 League of Legends World Championship as Europe’s third seed. In the 2016 Spring Split, the Spanish esports team finished fourth against better expectations from analysts and critics.
The new starting lineup of Origen:
- TOP: Max “Satorius” Günther
- JUN: Kim “Wisdom” Tae-wan
- MID: Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-hyun
- ADC: Erik “Tabzz” van Helvert
- SUP: Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen
Hopefully, the new group of potential players will manage to register success for the esports organization.