Mithy rejoins Origen for the 2019 LEC, roster finalized
Origen is bringing a familiar name to finalize the lineup for its return to European League of Legends competition. After a short comeback for the European Masters, the Spanish organization founded by legendary mid laner Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño had its entry approved by Riot Games for the inaugural LEC season. The team announced the return of support Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre to the organization.
Mithy is the final piece of what looks like a promising lineup. The former G2 and TSM player joins the previously announced Barney “Alphari” Morris, Jonas “Kold” Andersen, Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm and Patrik “Sheriff” Jiru. Origen has also signed the popular former Riot Games caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge for the general manager position, and André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto as the team’s head coach. Guilhoto won the coach of the split award this Summer.
Origen will seek to repeat its previous success, which included runner-up finishes both in Summer 2015 and Spring 2016 along with a surprising run to the World Championship’s semifinal in 2015.
Getting to know Origen’s 2019 LEC lineup
With a good mix of experience and youth, Origen will definitely be one of the teams to keep an eye on in 2019.
Cant wait to see you guys soon !!
— Enrique Cedeño (@xPekeLoL) 3 de dezembro de 2018
Barney “Alphari” Morris
After spending his early years playing at the regional level, Alphari signed with Misfits and helped the team qualify for the EU LCS in 2017. The newcomers put together a string of good performances, with a runner-up finish in Summer as the bright spot, and qualified for the World Championship on points. The team then went on to shock defending two-time world champions SK T1 Telecom and nearly pulled an upset, ultimately dropping a close series 3-2.
Although Misfits failed to repeat its success in 2018, with the only highlight being a 9-0 run at the start of the Summer Split, Alphari established himself as one of the best top laners in Europe. Best known for his play on tanks, the rising star goes into 2019 carrying even higher expectations.
Jonas “Kold” Andersen
Aside from a brief NA LCS spell, Kold spent most of his early career playing for Challenger Series teams in Europe. The Swedish jungler finally made his EU LCS debut in 2016 for the recently promoted Splyce, and the newcomers ultimately made it to the World Championship after winning the Regional Finals following a runner-up finish in Summer.
As Splyce failed to repeat its success in 2017, Kold left the Dutch organization and joined fan-favorites Unicorns of Love. UoL, however, had a down year, finishing 10th and 7th in Spring and Summer respectively. Despite the bad results, Kold was constantly pointed out as the team’s best player and 2019 with Origen could be a breakout year.
Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm
A veteran who has been around the competitive scene since its early days, Nukeduck has had a career full of ups and downs. His best year came in 2013, when the Norwegian mid laner qualified for the World Championship with Lemondogs following a second place finish in European competition. What seemed like a breakout year, however, soon turned into a downward spiral. Nukeduck served a suspension for toxic behavior and failed to repeat his good results, spending time with Ninjas in Pyjamas, ROCCAT and Vitality.
Schalke 04 then signed Nukeduck for its 2018 EU LCS roster, which turned out to be a great move for both sides. Having failed to qualify for the Spring Split playoffs, Schalke brought experienced jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider out of retirement, and the team suddenly clicked. This was also true for Nukeduck, with the mid laner reviving his career and even earning MVP considerations. Schalke would ultimately fall to Fnatic in the finals and to G2 in the Regional Finals, but the strong performance was sufficient to get Nukeduck’s name back among the best players in Europe.
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Patrik “Sheriff” Jiru
One of the youngest players in the EU LCS, Sheriff played at the national level, including a brief spell with Origen, before moving to H2k for 2018. The British team, however, had a disappointing year. After losing to Vitality in the Spring playoffs, H2k had a terrible Summer Split, with the lowlight being a 0-13 start. Sheriff still earned plenty of praise, the team’s primary win condition often being playing around their mechanically strong AD carry. Partnering Mithy, who could significantly help his growth, Sheriff will be a name to pay close attention in 2019.
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez
Mithy was also part of Lemondogs’ 2013 lineup along with Nukeduck. The two players, reunited again for 2019, moved on to NiP and then served their respective bans for toxic behavior. Mithy would then join Origen for the first time in 2015, successfully qualifying for the EU LCS Summer Split. Partnered with Jesper “Zven” Svennigsen, at the time known by the game name Niels, Mithy helped the team to a runner-up finish and a World Championship spot after winning the Regional Finals. Origen would then produce a surprising run to the semifinals, dropping out to the eventual champions SK Telecom T1.
Origen would then follow that with another EU LCS runner-up finish in Spring 2016, losing to G2 Esports. Mithy, along with Zven, would move to G2 for Summer. The two players established themselves as arguably the best bot lane in the West, while Mithy earned high praises for his talent as the team’s shot-caller, also being referred to as the best in the West.
Despite G2’s European dominance, with three consecutive titles, the team failed to repeat this performance at the international stage. Aside from an MSI 2016 runner-up finish, G2 got knocked out of the group stage in both World Championship appearances during Mithy’s time with the team.
G2 revamped its roster for 2018. Mithy, along with Zven, moved to North America’s powerhouse Team SoloMid. Arriving with high expectations, the duo failed to live up to the initial hype and delivered disappointing performances, with Mithy often singled out as the team’s weak link. With TSM failing to make it to the World Championship for the first time in the organization’s history, Mithy and Zven split up for the first time after nearly four years. While Zven remained with TSM, Mithy went back to Europe and signed with the reestablished Origen. The support will likely act as the team’s leader while trying to regain his old form.