What would you think if you looked at an EU roster and saw players like Ki “Expect” Dae-han, formerly from G2, Choi “inSec” In-seok, who has a Lee Sin move named after him, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou and Jesse “Jesiz” Le? Our first thought was, “Hey, that’s a pretty good team.” Apparently, Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez agrees, because that is the new lineup of Origen.
As an organization, Origen was started by xPeke and quickly shot up to the top in Europe, even making it to Worlds in their first LCS season, before suffering a tragic fall that saw them relegated from the EU LCS.
With the recent announcement from Riot Games concerning franchising in the EU LCS, however, xPeke is mounting a massive comeback to the top of the European League of Legends scene. With a roster like Expect, inSec, Froggen, FORG1VEN and Jesiz, he might just make it.
Aside from competitive strength, which this lineup would have in spades, Riot is also supposed to look at the brand, how popular it is and what is the team’s management like.
In most of these categories, Origen would be quite a desirable org to take a spot in the EU LCS next season. The roster is full of skilled and popular players with Froggen and FORG1VEN at the forefront. The team also built a fanbase in record time during its first year in existence, with its owner and one of the most popular European League of Legends players to this day, xPeke, leading the charge.
Where Origen does fall short, however, is its management. Towards the end of its glory days, xPeke was criticised for stepping in to play at the drop of a hat in a variety of roles. We fervently hope that he’s learned his lesson. With players like Froggen and FORG1VEN in the mid laner and ADC positions, xPeke is signalling that he has no intention of playing himself, which is the biggest sign that things are bound to be different if Origen is back in the LCS next season.
Interestingly enough, FORG1VEN has played for Origen for a couple of weeks or so in-between splits on H2k-Gaming. In fact, him leaving is what sparked the collapse of the first chapter of the Origen story. Hopefully, the management can find a way to effectively work with one of the best AD Carries in Europe.
Overall, the org has had great potential just as it does now. This 2nd chapter of its history, however, should go much better because lessons, painful, crushing lessons, have been learnt. At least we hope they have been.