The Greek League of Legends phenom Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou has been lauded as one of the best AD Carry players in Europe, if not the world, for years. After the 2015 EULCS Summer Split, he left his current team at the time, H2k-Gaming to join Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s Origen as their starting AD Carry, after the team’s bot lane duo, Jesper ”Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez moved to G2 Esports.
As soon as the news was announced, discussions started about which team lucked out more, G2 or Origen, as G2 Esports got a well-functioning bot lane duo in one go, while Origen had the best ADC in Europe. Imagine how surprised LCS fans were, when Origen announced that the Greek AD Carry is leaving the team, due to “motivation issues,” leaving co-owner of the team, xPeke, to stand in for his star AD Carry. xPeke is good, however, he’s a mid-laner, not an ADC. With that in mind, Origen was looking for a replacement ADC, while FORG1VEN went into retirement.
Moving forwards in time, Origen announced that they found a new starting ADC, Augustas “Toaster” Ruplys. The British (though his name is actually Lithuanian) player is set to relieve xPeke of ADC duties. Coinciding with this announcement, H2k-Gaming let their fans know that FORG1VEN is back on their team in a substitute role, in case their ADC Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek’s reported wrist issues get worse or last for a long time. It’s hilarious, because Freeze replaced FORG1VEN, only for FORG1VEN to replace Freeze.
In a Facebook post after he left Origen, FORG1VEN said that he hasn’t enjoyed playing League for a long time, spending more time grinding Overwatch than the game he was getting paid to play. With no obligation to train, FORG1VEN is likely to not be as good as he was in the 2015 Summer Split. Of course, his bad form will probably better than most ADC mains in Europe, injury-ridden Freeze included. If the current H2k ADC was having problems with his leg, for example, it would be different. As it is now, he injured his wrist, which is essential for gaming.
This roster change extravaganza is very interesting. An unknown ADC is replacing a midlane superstar in the Marksman role on Origen, a retired Greek superstar is substituting for a guy who took his spot on the team. It will be fascinating to watch how the whole thing plays out in the last weeks of 2016 EULCS Summer Split.