Echo Fox, one of the most exciting new League of Legends organizations in the western hemisphere, mostly due to the fact that it is owned by a former NBA Small Forward Rick Fox, couldn’t really translate the excitement caused by the name of its owner into results in their first season. In fact, Echo Fox barely avoided relegation by winning in the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament.
More recently, Echo Fox came under fire when it was alleged in the media that they tried to poach Phoenix1’s Support Adrian “Adrian” Ma, even though it was officially announced that he’s signed a contract with Phoenix1. In response to the allegations and the fact that Riot Games don’t seem to be doing anything about it, it’s been reported that the rest of the NA LCS teams are planning to refuse scrims with Echo Fox.
As it turns out, Adrian wasn’t the only player Echo Fox was after. In the middle of the poaching scandal, they announced that they managed to sign a Korean Top Laner, Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok. Looper, a former World Champion with Samsung Galaxy White, who’s been playing in China for a couple of years, is replacing Park “kfo” Jeong-hun.
With the signing of Looper, Echo Fox currently has three players on their roster, Looper, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, and Yuri “Keith” Jew. In a leak on Keith’s stream, it was revealed that the team should have Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Jungle, while Eugene “Pobelter” Park is also talked to. If the 200 IQ Mid was to join the team, he would have to play Support for the first time in his Competitive career.
While rare, it’s not unheard off. Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim started his pro career as AD Carry before becoming a legendary Support, Hai “Hai” Du Lam started as a Mid Laner, moved to the Jungle when his team needed him to and then went on to Support as well. Speaking on the matter, Pobelter himself was heard saying that he would actually like the challenge of learning the new role.
Despite the hype surrounding its owner, Echo Fox is not a very good team. Also, it’s not very old too. With Looper joining and hopefully sharing his experience from winning 2014 World Championship and playing in China for two years, they could become better. While the team’s Captain is going to be Froggen, the players should figure out how to integrate Looper’s experience and skills to best serve the team in the end. One thing is clear, however. The Echo Fox team is a work in progress. By joining it, Looper is forsaking a chance of winning a World Championship next year. While his reasons are his own, we have to respect that decision.