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Esports Player Transfers: Rekkles Joins G2, Doublelift Retires
We bring you the latest player transfers from the world of esports every other week. Since our last transfer roundup, many of the rumors in League of Legends have been confirmed.
Apart from a few transfers in CS:GO and Dota 2, the League of Legends scene is particularly active. With the start of the free agency phase two weeks ago there were already a lot of rumors about upcoming transfers. Some of these rumors have now been confirmed and a lot more transfers were added.
CS:GO: Secret Dismisses Team
Secret: Org Separates From Roster
The organization separates from its CS:GO roster around Martin "PERCY" Wessel.
After Team Secret didn't achieve the desired successes last year, the organization dismissed their entire CS:GO roster. Martin "PERCY" Wessel, Danni "smF" Dyg, Guy "anarkez" Trachtman, Dioni's "sinnopsyy" Budeci and Haakon "Radifaction" Tholo are now without an org. According to anarkez, they don't want to play together anymore. However, both he and PERCY will be looking for a new team.
Nothing is yet known about the future plans of Team Secret. Should the org found a new CS:GO roster, you can read it on EarlyGame of course.
Triumph: New Player After Valorant Poaching
Brendan "Bwills" Williams replaces Kaleb "moose" Jayne at Triumph, who is switching to Valorant.
After moose decided to look for his luck as a Valorant professional, Bwills joins the second-best team of IEM Beijing. He played for the New England Whalers for just two months before they allowed their players to look for new orgs because they had financial problems due to the pandemic. We wish the newcomer a lot of success.
X6tence: TENZKI Gets Signed
After a one-week trial at the org, Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann was officially signed.
x6tence recently took over the roster of the Copenhagen Flames and is now ready for use again with TENZKI. TENZKI previously played for Nordavind and brings a lot of experience with him, which hopefully will help the team in their future endeavors.
North: Two Players Are Exchanged
Philip "aizy" Aistrup and Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen are now on the transfer list. Kristoffer "Kristou" Aamand and Rasmus "kreaz" Johansson complete the team.
MSL and aizy have been put on the transfer list by North, as they have reassigned Kristou, who played as a loaner for AGF, and kreaz supports the team on a trial basis for the time being. Kristou replaced CS:GO star Kjaerbye at AGF, but is now a permanent member of North. Kreaz, on the other hand, is said to be the first in a series of new players to be tested before finding the perfect match.
Dota 2: NiP Leave the Dota Scene
T1: Roster Complete
Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong and Kenny "Xepher" Deo complete the T1 Dota 2 roster.
Shortly after the org split from MP, Jhocam and inYourdreaM the team is now operational again. After some rather mediocre results over the last 6 months T1 hopes for more success in the upcoming events with the new roster. The Dota 2 tournament scene still looks relatively quiet, but the Dota Pro Circuit will be starting again in January.
Ninjas in Pyjamas: No More Dota 2 for NiP
NiP announced that they will withdraw from Dota 2 for the time being and lay off their entire roster.
The org justifies its decision with the fact that Dota 2 is an extremely demanding game and the competitive scene was almost paralyzed this year by COVID-19. The Dota Pro Circuit is still on ice and also The International didn't happen in 2020. There are still plenty of online tournaments, but NiP decided to withdraw from the scene for the time being. We're pretty sure they'll return in 2021 as soon as the DPC kicks off.
League of Legends: Doublelift Stops and a Lot Is Happening
FlyQuest: Josedeodo as New Jungler
As already suspected two weeks ago, the Latin American junior player Brandon "Josedeodo" Villegas switches from Rainbow 7 to FlyQuest.
Since his appearance at the Worlds 2020, he is considered by many to be the best Latin American junior player and proved that he can hold his own against the strongest players in the world. We are curious to see what he'll show us in the new org.
Cloud9: Perkz is Here
Luka "Perkz" Perković switches from G2 to Cloud9.
With the change of Perkz, one of the best European LoL players comes to the LCS. Perkz has celebrated incredible success with G2 with the MSI 2019 and the Rift Rivals 2019 EU-NA as well as both splits including playoffs. His move shook up the LEC, but maybe he will shift the balance of power in the NA region.
G2: Rekkles Replaces Perkz
Martin "Rekkles" Larsson leaves Fnatic to fill Perkz's shoes at G2.
After eight years, 26 won tournaments, and three LEC MVP titles, Rekkles leaves Fnatic. At G2 he will be replacing Perkz. We are looking forward to seeing him on another team after such a long time.
Fnatic: Upset Replaces Rekkles
Elias "Upset" Lipp takes over Rekkles' bot-lane position.
Upset played for Origen before and is considered one of the best bot laners of the last years. After Rekkles switched to G2 it is now up to Upset to prove that he can be one of the best ADCs in the scene. At Fnatic, he will be reunited with his former teammate Nisqy and we are happy to see him in one of the top teams of the LEC.
TSM: Doublelift Retires
A lot is happening at TSM and the most important thing is the announcement that Yiliang "Peter" "Doublelift" Peng will end his playing career.
The LoL legend announced his retirement as a player to start a new chapter in his life. Doublelift participated in the Worlds five times in a row and is considered an absolute superstar, especially in the North American LoL scene.
In addition to the withdrawal of Doublelift, TSM also announced three new additions to the team. Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon will join as a new top laner, Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Chieh as support, and Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage as mid laner.
Three big names that should be known to most LoL fans. We are curious how the new roster will perform. Can this team take on Perkz? Expect some exciting matches in the LCS.
SANDBOX Gaming: Effort leaves T1
Lee "Effort" Sang-ho is moving from T1 to SANDBOX Gaming, where he will play as support.
Effort was considered one of the best newcomers in the scene in 2016/17, which is why SKT T1 included him in their main roster. Since he never fully realized his potential there, T1 wants to restructure. Effort fell victim to this restructuring and now he can show what he's really made of at SANDBOX.
100 Thieves: Golden Guardians almost complete
With Tanner "Damonte" Damonte and Choi "huhi" Jae-hyun, almost all former Golden Guardians players are gathered at 100 Thieves.
Just recently, FBI and Closer were signed by 100 Thieves, and now their former teammates Damonte and Huhi will follow. Together with Ssumday, they complete the roster of 100 Thieves. Will their shared past lead the team to victory?
Schalke 04 Esports: Broken Blade completes roster
Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik strengthens Schalke as their new top laner.
After his time in the LCS at TSM, Broken Blade will compete with the German org in the LEC. Schalke showed some incredible comebacks this year and we definitely want to see more of them in the future.
DAMWON Gaming: New Top Laner
Kim "Khan" Dong-ha will support world champion DAMWON Gaming as a top laner in the future.
The former SKT and FPX player was confirmed as the new top laner for this year's winners of the Worlds. This probably means that the org will part with Nuguri, who held this position until now. Although Khan did not show an incredible performance last year, DAMWON seems to have confidence in him.
Team Dynamics: Peanut Back in the LCK
Han "Peanut" Wang-ho returns to the LCK with Dynamics.
The former LGD star player Peanut probably got offers from the LCK and LPL, but according to a tweet he decided to join Team Dynamics because they bought food and presents for his cats. Does that count as a bribe? Well, we are curious to see him at the LCK again.
Afreeca Freecs: Two New Players
Bae "Bang" Jun-sik and Son "Lehends" Si-woo complete the roster.
Bang has already played for big teams like SKT T1 and Evil Geniuses and now returns to the LCK. He will be supporting Afreeca Freecs as a bot laner, while Lehends will come as support. Lehends previously played for Hanwha Life esports, but is now leaving them after only one year.
That's it for this week. Everything from the world of gaming and esports you can find out on EarlyGame. Check back in 14 days for the latest transfers of the esports scene. Until then, you can catch up on previous transfers.
Original article by EarlyGame's Lukas Ballat.