The roster of one of the best teams in NA over the 2016 season has been butchered, with 4 of the players leaving to join other organizations. The fate of the last one hasn’t been clear for a long time, with rumors swirling in the scene that he’s set to re-sign with the team when the organization posted a video on YouTube, announcing that he re-signed with them, only to remove the video less than an hour later. Well, it’s official now, Eugene “Pobelter” Park has indeed re-signed with Immortals for 2 more years.
At least officially, Pobelter seems to be the only player signed to Immortals’ main roster. Despite that, rumors are going around that Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, the former rookie turner star jungler on his previous team, Team Liquid, is signed to Immortals as well. We can’t be sure, however, as neither the player nor the org confirmed or denied these rumors. If they turn out to be true, Immortals would be in a strong position, at least in regional competition, to get a roster, which could help them to continue their Regular Split domination from last year.
Assuming that the Dardoch rumor pans out, Immortals would need to fill their Top and Bot Lane spots. With both players hailing from NA, they would be able to take advantage of the global free agent market to fill two of the three spots at least. With the painful lack of good Top Laners in North America, Immortals will probably have to import one. Thankfully, another painfully shallow pool of talent in the Jungle would be made irrelevant if Dardoch really was to join Immortals. That would leave the org with one more import slot for an AD Carry or Support. Getting a decent Support is probably a little bit easier in NA. Especially when Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou is still teamless. The player also expressed interest in playing in different regions.
While Pobelter is no Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, he’s a solid NA player in a lane, which often takes up import slots by using an European or Korean players. If Dardoch officially joins, one more traditional import slot for NA teams will free up and Immortals will have an easier time building their roster for the next Split. Despite the fact that we had some harsh things to say about the former roster of the team, we have nothing but love for the Immortals organization. The fondness was made stronger when it was revealed that Immortals had Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon under contract when SK Telecom T1 contacted him, inviting him to join the team. SK Telecom T1 was always Huni’s dream team to play for. Immortals actually released the player from the contract and allowed him to make his way in Korea. THAT is a good organisation. Good organizations should be successful. Best of luck, Immortals.