On Monday, we published a blog post about Origen, xPeke’s LCS team, which finished the Spring Split 2nd and almost got relegated after Summer, got a new old coach when Alvar “Araneae” Martin Aleñar left the team to rest and spend more time with his family. The reigns of the team were taken over by Titus “LeDuck” Hafner. At that point, the team was mostly good to go. That is true no longer.
Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s long-time teammate, and Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, the Top Laner and Jungler of Origen respectively, have left the team. The first reaction when the news break after an announcement of an old coach, who was rumoured to clash with sOAZ and Amazing especially, coming back, is that the players left in protest to the old staff member entering the team once again, however, LeDuck assured fans that it is not the case at all in the official announcement.
Speaking about the whole thing, he said, “It saddens me to see these two players depart as we shared a good deal of great memories in the summer of 2016. People to mark sOAZ and even Amazing at times as “uncoachable”, but I personally never felt that way. The entire team worked well together, we had some great matches and our exciting face-off against Fnatic is something I will always remember fondly. I would like to emphasize that I was not involved in the decisions leading to their departure. They are great players to work with and I wish them the best of luck in their future careers.”
The whole Origen shakeup honestly reminds us of the very recent roster shakeup, which overturned the Natus Vincere Dota 2 roster. Obviously, the Summer Split went disastrously for Origen. That would imply that there were a lot of problems in the team. LeDuck coming back could have something to do with the organisation finally being willing to adopt the conventional coaching model. For that, as pointed out by the leaders of Na’Vi, you need to start fresh because making changes with a roster that existed when things were done differently, is extremely hard.
At the moment, all spots on Origen, including Mid Lane, taken up by Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, are open pending tryouts. Origen was a great story in the beginning. Former Fnatic players left the org to start their own with xPeke at the wheel. They qualified for the Challenger Series, taking the hard way into the LCS. Their first LCS season actually culminated in a Semifinal finish at Worlds, which is unprecedented success for a supposedly rookie team. It all went downhill from there. Hopefully, Origen can cobble a good roster and avoid the same issues putting a kink in their plans once again.