Rogue signs four players, finalizes League of Legends roster for LEC
Famous CS:GO and Rainbow Six Siege franchise Rogue has finalized its League of Legends team roster for 2019. Set to make its debut in the newly rebranded League of Legends European Championship (LEC), the American organization reportedly added top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen along with support Kim “Wadid” Bae-in to its lineup and officially announced the acquisition of veteran jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek’s contract. The quartet joins previously signed AD carry Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa.
The information comes from ESPN esports’ Jacob Wolf, arguably the most trusted journalist when it comes to breaking news on roster moves. Rogue so far has only confirmed Kikis’ name after successfully negotiating a buyout with Team Vitality. Four of Rogue’s new members – Sencux being the exception – had previously played for Team ROCCAT, which had its LEC application rejected earlier this year. That makes it six former ROCCAT members for Rogue, as team manager Tomislav “flyy” Mihailov and head coach Simon “freddy122” Payne were also part of the German organization.
Getting to know Rogue’s League of Legends lineup for 2019
Now let’s take a look at Rogue’s signing for the 2019 LEC Spring Split
Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung
Top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung started his career playing for Chinese team Young Glory, formerly known as Invictus Gaming Young, a sister team to 2018 World Champions Invictus Gaming. Profit left YG in 2016 after spending nearly two years with the team. After leaving YG, the top laner joined three-time World Championship winners SK Telecom T1 for a short stint until May 2017. This time, however, he moved to Europe and signed with Swedish organization Ninjas in Pyjamas. His stay at NiP wasn’t particularly long either, lasting only five months. Profit then joine ROCCAT last December, playing both splits for the team in 2018.
Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
A former EU LCS winner with G2 Esports, jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek is the most experienced player on Rogue’s lineup. Having played professionally as a top and mid laner, Kikis has been around since Season 1. The veteran started as a top laner before moving to mid and then jungler. Kikis enjoyed the most success during his second stint as a top laner, which included an European championship with G2.
However, after poor showings while playing for Fnatic and a relegation campaign with Mysterious Monkeys, he would eventually move back to jungler while playing for Polish national league teams Szata Maga and Illuminar Gaming. Kikis then earned a surprising call-up from Team Vitality for the 2018 Summer Split, eventually replacing Erberk “Gilius” as the starter. Kikis’ arrival lit a spark under Vitality and the team came back to life, securing a spot at the 2018 World Championship via championship points following a third place finish in Summer. Here is Rogue’s official announcement.
Just want to add a thank you to all Vitality members and staff for beliving in me and for the wonderful time I had here. Time for a new journey and hope you give us a warm welcome #GoRogue https://t.co/YS0aBwAWcJ
— Mateusz Szkudlarek (@Kikis1205) November 28, 2018
Chres “Sencux” Laursen
Chres “Sencux” Laursen made his EU LCS debut in 2016 with Splyce, following two years competing at the national and later the Challenger series level. The young roster was one of 2016’s greatest stories, going from a newly established organization to a runner-up finish in Summer. Sencux’s Splyce qualified for the 2016 World Championship after winning the Regional Finals, but failed to repeat its success in 2017. The mid laner then signed with British organization Misfits Gaming for 2018 as Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage’s replacement following the team’s surprising run at Worlds 2017. However, Sencux failed to impress.
After a disappointing Spring split, Misfits went on a 9-0 run at the start Summer, but even then the mid laner earned criticism, constantly singled out as the team’s weakest link. Misfits finished the regular season with a 2-7 run and failed to make it back to Worlds with losses to Fnatic (Summer Split semifinals) and Splyce (Regional Finals). With a fresh start, Sencux now has the opportunity to regain his old form.
Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa
Following three years playing at the national level and a short stint in Turkey, AD carry Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa made his EU LCS debut for Giants Gaming in Spring 2017. The team performed poorly and lost to Fnatic Academy at the Promotion tournament, getting relegated.
Swedish organization Ninjas in Pyjamas acquired Fnatic Academy’s spot and signed HeaQ. NiP, however, would also get relegated at the end of the Summer Split, losing to Schalke 04. After getting relegated for two consecutive splits, HeaQ signed with ROCCAT and managed to qualify for the playoffs in Spring 2018 before getting eliminated by Splyce. ROCCAT failed to make it to the playoffs during the Summer Split and eventually had its application rejected by the LEC. HeaQ hit free agency and reportedly became Rogue’s first signing.
Kim “Wadid” Bae-in
Support Kim “Wadid” Bae-in spent six months playing for Challenger series teams back in his native South Korea before moving to ROCCAT in 2017. Although the team failed to make it to the playoffs, Wadid and bot lane partner Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss earned a lot of praise. For 2018, the duo signed with powerhouse G2 Esports as a replacement for superstars Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez.
The South Korean support continued to impress, especially on playmaking champions, and played a key role in G2’s second place finish in Spring. The team surprisingly fell to Misftis in the Summer Split quarterfinals, but managed to win the Regional Finals after beating Schalke 04 and secured a spot at Worlds. G2 would then go on to beat RNG, widely regarded as the best team in the tournament, in the quarter finals before falling to would-be world champions Invictus Gaming. Despite the surprising run, G2 rebuilt its roster for 2019 and both Hjarnan and Wadid found themselves looking for new opportunities. The support arrives at Rogue as its most talented player and, most likely, will play a key role as one of the lineup’s leaders.
The first ever LEC season kicks off on Januray 18th, 2019. Rogue joins fellow newcomer exceL Esports, established organizations Fnatic, G2, Misfits, Schalke 04, Splyce and Vitality along with returning teams Origen and SK Gaming.