Patrik presented as a new EXCEL player

Another participant in the League of Legends European Championship is getting closer to completing his squad for the upcoming season of competition. EXCEL today confirmed the reports sent more than two weeks ago by ESPN Esports regarding the contracting of Patrik “Patrik” Jírů and next year we will see Czech player in navy blue and orange colors.

In the 2019 season, the 19-year-old represented Origen, with whom he won the runner-up of the spring round. The same could not be achieved during the summer round, because his formation took only eighth place, and he was eliminated from the fight for Worlds after the first match of Regional Qualifier. Despite this, Patrik himself can consider this year quite successful, especially when compared to the 2018 season, when he represented H2K colors. Then he was promoted to the spring round play-offs with a tape roll, and in the summer round his team closed the table.

His new formation of his first year in the leading European competitions will certainly not be considered in the category of success. During its first split in LEC EXCEL it was only ninth, while in the summer round it closed the table with just four winnings. During the mid-season break, the British organization showed that next year it will aim much higher, acquiring the highly titled Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool, who has six championship titles won as a member of the G2 Esports and Fnatic training staff. In addition, according to earlier reports of ESPN Esports, EXCEL will also be joined by Tore “Tore” Eilertsen, who together with Splyce reached the quarter-finals of Worlds 2019. The remaining part of XL will be the current players – Ki “Expect” Dae-han.

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Bilibili acquires exclusive rights to broadcast Worlds in China

While in Europe, the vast majority of fans watch the highest level esports struggles via Twitch or YouTube, in the east it looks quite different. In China or South Korea, there are many more platforms available that broadcast leading global games. But from now on, League of Legends fans from China will be able to watch the world championship of their favorite game on one platform only.

According to information provided by Beijing News and further reported by the independent journalist Ran, the owners of one of the Chinese platforms, Bilibili, have signed a contract with Riot Games, based on which they will have exclusive rights to broadcast Worlds for the next three years. This agreement is supposed to amount to eight hundred million yuan, or over 100 million euros. In the tender, Bilibili beat other leading Chinese streaming platforms such as Douyu, Huya or Kuaishou.

For those for whom this amount seems astronomical, it is worth recalling that the number of viewers watching through Twitch or YT is at best a small fraction of the number of viewers from China. For example, last year’s edition of Worlds was watched at the peak — excluding Chinese viewers — by 1.9 million concurrent viewers, while the peak the viewership in China alone was over 200 million. It’s easy to count that it’s over a hundred times more, so looking purely mathematically, outside of China, a similar agreement would only amount to just over half a million US dollars. Of course, this is a comparison with a grain of salt, but the fact is that the Chinese audience is the vast majority of all LoL enthusiasts at the highest level. All the more now, when China’s representatives in LoL Pro League won Worlds for the second time in a row.

Bilibili is a publicly traded company on NasdaqGS (BILI) with a market capitalization of over 5.4 billion U.S. dollars.

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Cody Sun returns to 100 Thieves

All signs in heaven and earth, with particular reference to earlier ESPN Esports reports, suggested that Sun “Cody Sun” Li-Yu would return to 100 Thieves after a year of separation. Today, Thieves have dispelled all doubts by officially introducing their leader down the avenue, which – attention, attention – has just become Cody Sun.

For some, this can be quite intriguing, given that Sun did not finish his episode in 100T particularly successfully. Although he and his companions qualified for Worlds 2018, the organization during the championships decided only on the choice of Richard “Rikara” Oha. However, having in mind a fairly solid performance during the last edition of the World Cup, we can expect that – if the next opportunity arises – 100 Thieves will not opt ​​for a substitute, provided, of course, Sun will maintain its current form and will qualify with his companions at Worlds next year.

We currently know four Thieves players. We will see William “Stunt” Chen alongside Cody Sun, while Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho will play on the other side of the map. William “Meteos” Hartman, who is returning to it, will also be a jungle jumper. The middle avenue is still unknown because although behind the scenes there is talk of Tommy joining “ry0my” Le, the organization itself is refraining from the official announcement of the full composition.

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T1 reveal their roster for the 2020 season. kkOma and Khan are out

Just a week ago, we learned that SK Telecom T1 trainer Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun, who has been training for the past seven years, is going to say goodbye to the formation and look at offers from other organizations. The desire to change the environment was also expressed by Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, who definitively said goodbye to T1 just a few days later, leaving the band in a dull situation. Now, however, it turns out that the club has managed to find worthy successors able to fill the gaps left by its predecessors.

As for the change in the position of the main trainer, we are dealing with a real transfer bomb, because Kim “Kim” Jek-gyun was replaced by Kim “Kim” Jeong-soo, so one of the few trainers who managed to win the title of world champion . Jeong-soo is responsible for the huge success of Invictus Gaming from a year ago, which was undoubtedly the triumph at Worlds 2018. Last season, Kim was in turn associated with DAMWON Gaming, which is a BenLAM Benjamin. The trainer squeezed the best from a team composed mainly of youngsters, thanks to which a month ago we could watch their performance in the Worlds quarterfinal. Now, Kim has a much bigger challenge because he will have to lead the team who is always expected to have the most,

The top alley will be taken care of by 20-year-old Kim “Roach” Kang-hui, whom we can associate with performances in Kongdoo Monster. Last season, however, the Korean was a representative of Gen. G, with whom he failed to achieve particularly impressive results. Roach and his companions have failed to advance to the LCK play-offs twice, so they could also forget about fighting during Worlds. Despite everything, under the watchful eye of Kim and being surrounded by such experienced players as Faker, Roach has the chance to spread his wings and become a leading toplane in the world.

In addition, four youngsters were transferred to the 10-member team, which could train under the supervision of T1 trainers in the last year. Kim “Canna” Chang-dong, Choi “Ellim” El-lim, Lee “Gamayusi” Min-hyeong and Choi “Kuri” Won-yeong got engaged in the band.

Below we present the full composition of T1 for next year:

Kim ” Roach ” Kang-hui
Kim ” Canna ” Chang-dong
Moon ” Cuzz ” Woo-chan
Choi ” Ellim ” El-lim
Lee ” Faker ” Sang-hyeok
Jin-seong Teddy Park
Lee ” Gamayusi ” Min-hyeong
Lee ” Effort ” Sang-ho
Choi ” Kuri ” Won-yeong
Kim ” Kim ” Jeong-soo (coach) 

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JackeyLove departs Invictus to become Free Agent

We start Friday with a bang, because of intriguing information from the Far East, specifically from the Invictus Gaming camp. It turns out that the next player said goodbye to the team, we are talking about Yu “JackeyLove” Wenie-Bo, who became a free agent and thus began to look for a new team for the upcoming 2020 season.

The 19-year-old is the second player who has recently split up with the championship team. Earlier, at the beginning of November, the ranks of IG left the two-time world champion, Lee “Duke” Ho-seong, who decided not to renew the contract with the organization. JackeyLove began cooperation with the Chinese team in 2016, winning, among others NEST 2016 and 2017. Then this player moved in 2017 to Young Glory, in which he remained for less than two months, to return to IG composition again in November 2017.

From that moment, the career of the Chinese Marksman began to gain momentum. JackeyLove and the company in the spring stage of LPL came in fourth place, but they made a real surprise during the summer games, where they came in second and advanced to Worlds 2018. Before the start of the championship, 19-year-old Markman contributed to the triumph of the Chinese league during the Rift Rivals 2018. However, during the championship, Invictus Gaming was unstoppable and it was this team that won the first Summoner Cup for their region.

Problems began in 2019. It is true that IG took second place in the LPL in the spring, but in the summer this team was in a terrible situation, finishing the playoffs at 7-8. position. The hopes of fans of this formation were awakened again during the Regional Finals, in which the 19-year-old team triumphed, gaining a promotion to Worlds. Here, however, there was no hope of a happy ending crowned with the second world championship. Finally, Invictus was eliminated in the semi-finals, succumbing to their rivals from LPL, FunPlus Phoenix, who also won the world championship a few days later. This probably must have shaken the players and the organization, who came to the conclusion that it is time for major changes.

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Numerous changes on the horizon for Vitality?

So far, all reports of Jacob Wolf from ESPN Esports in this transfer window on the League of Legends scene have been accurate. If it is the same for those on Thursday regarding Team Vitality, then we will be able to talk about a kind of personnel revolution in the ranks of Bees. According to information provided by Esportsmaniacos and confirmed by the American service from VIT, three players and the head coach said goodbye, which we could watch in the 2019 season.

Good information for Polish fans will probably be the fact that there are not among these three players Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński. As the ESPN Esports informed, the 21-year-old will remain bound by the current contract with the French organization, which will be valid for the whole year. The same applies to Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet playing on the upper avenue, but they are the only two players who will be fighting again for the best Vitality place in LEC.

The other three players will already be new faces, at least when it comes to games at the highest European level. In the jungle we will see Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet, who should be known to fans of the French club – he represented Vitality colors in local competitions. In addition to him, Aljoša “Milica” Kovandžić and Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos, who previously represented Vodafone Giants and Team-LDLC, will also play under the Bee flag. The team will be led by former trainer Splyce, Hadrien “Duke” Forestier, which in turn informed French L’ÉQUIPE.

If the rumors are confirmed to be true, Vitality’s roster in the 2020 LEC season will look as follows:

Lucas ” Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet
Duncan’s ” Skeanz ” Marquet
Aljoša ” Milica ” Kovandžić
Markos ” Comp ” Stamkopoulos
Jakub ” Jactroll ” Skurzyński
Hadrien ” Duke ” Forestier (coach)

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