The recent IEM Oakland champions, Unicorns of Love, decided to keep their current roster for the League of Legends Championship Series Europe Spring Split 2017. The announcement was made prior to the conclusion of the international tournament, on the 20th of November.
While not exceptional in the region, Unicorns of Love have been a middle-of-the-pack team in the EU LCS since they qualified for the Riot-run league on September 11, 2014. They went through many roster changes, however, they always managed to stay outside of the relegation zone. The current Unicorns, Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss, Kang “Move” Ming-su, Fabian “Exileh” Schubert, Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min, and Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov have played together since the 19th of May, 2016. The current roster of the team managed to place fourth in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs, losing to H2K.
Where many teams would chase trophies by trying to upgrade their roster and risking the changes not working out, Unicorns of Love seem to be trying to keep what they have already. Their current lineup can avoid relegation, the coaching staff probably knows what the team’s weaknesses are already, so they can work to eliminate them.
Depending on the team’s work ethic, they could actually perform much better than how they did in Summer 2016. Who knows, they might actually get to the Finals next Split, as long as the players are willing to work hard. This team managed to defeat Team SoloMid and Flash Wolves, two Worlds level teams in their Oakland adventure. Yes, both of their opponents weren’t at their best because the season is over, however, the same could probably be said about UOL as well.
To help the team train, the Unicorns of Love organization would probably need to improve their infrastructure. Hopefully, the exposure from their win against Team SoloMid, one of the most famous League of Legends teams in the world, can actually make it easier for the guys who run Unicorns of Love to get some more sponsorship money and improve the conditions the team trains under. This should also be helped by Riot’s recent bout of sense when it comes to the fact that their support for their teams is woefully inadequate.
Whatever the future may hold, let’s hope that Unicorns of Love manage to carry the momentum from their IEM XI Oakland win into the upcoming Spring Split 2017 and do even better than they have previously. With a name like Unicorns of Love, who could NOT love them? Even if they aren’t up to the standard set by teams like G2 Esports and H2K, they have everything needed to at least become scrappy crowd favorites who work hard, keep their roster, and get better, showing everyone in the scene that you don’t need to change your roster every Split in order to win.