With the League of Legends competitive season set to start quite soon, teams are shoring up the empty spots in their rosters. The LCS teams are mostly done, however, in some Challenger Series teams,there are spots they have yet to sign. Tempo Storm, a team set to compete in the North America Challenger Series, can be taken out of that list, following an official announcement concerning the signing of three players, which brought the team’s roster to full.
On December 7th, the Tempo Storm organization announced that they signed the star European AD Carry Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek and Mid Laner Jørgen “Hatrixx” Elgåen. While Freeze was a steal, Hatrixx is much less known in the scene. With that said, Tempo Storm isn’t competing in the LCS yet, meaning that they have room to give a chance to some players who can’t be called stars yet. All the team needs to be is strong enough to qualify for the North American League of Legends Championship Series.
The final three players to be signed are Diego “Quas” Ruiz, Kevin “Zentinel” Pires and Jamie “Sheep” Gallagher. The Venezuelan Top Laner, Quas, is an experienced LCS-level player. While he won’t be winning any LCS MVP awards anytime soon, his experience on teams like Team Curse, Team Liquid and NRG Esports, gained over three years of pro play, combined with Freeze’s experience playing in the EU LCS, should allow Tempo Storm to have a better start than the rest of the Challenger Series teams which might be newer to the competitive side of League of Legends.
With Quas and Freeze’s experience, Zentinel and Sheep should be able to quickly acclimatize to the scene and get over their relative inexperience. And inexperienced the players certainly are, at least the Jungler, Zentinel, who has only played for roughly a month on Phoenix1 from May to June of 2016. The team’s Support, Sheep, has a long history of attempts to make it big in the Competitive scene, having been signed to Team Curse, Curse Academy, XDG Gaming, Team Coast, Final Five and Cloud9 Tempest before joining Tempo Storm. The Support seems to be a Challenger Series ringer, a player who plays for Challenger Series teams in order to try and qualify them for the LCS, and yet is never taken to the top League.
As a full on LCS team, Tempo Storm’s roster would be doomed to failure. Fortunately, they aren’t playing in the LCS. In the CS, they stand a decent chance of placing highly, maybe even qualifying to the LCS for the Summer Split. It will not be an easy thing to do, however. These days, the Challenger Series is stuffed with talented rosters. The level of competition is much higher than it used to be, especially in North America.