After ending the regular season in last place, Immortals has decided to release a number of members of their LCS and Academy roster.
With the regular season over, Immortals has taken early steps to build a roster for 2021 by release talent from its 2020 campaign. Johnny “Altec” Ru, Austin “Gate” Yu, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, Jeremy “Eika” Valdenaire, and coach Adrien “GoToOne” Picard. A thing to note about these player departures is that Immortals now has no imports on the active roster, so we’d expect to see Immortals utilize that play in the near future.
One of the most notable departures from the roster is top laner sOAZ. He joined Immortals at the end of 2019, but only spent Spring Split with the LCS roster, spending the Summer Split with the Academy side. sOAZ has most notably spent a large part of his career at Fnatic, before spending one split with Misfits in 2019.
sOAZ was one of the first players released to release a statement, noting that he’s likely to take a year off from playing, while he looks at coaching before a possible playing return in 2022.
“The last two years have taken quite a toll on me, especially this one with being in quarantine for 5 months in a foreign country and being away from everything. Even though I believe I can still compete at the top level, I think it's for the better that I make the decision to take a year off from playing. It's honestly exciting for me to think about coaching players, theory-crafting, and being more involved with staff. I have had countless discussions with people over the years telling me that I could be a good coach, and I think now is a good time to give it a fair try.”
Immortals can only improve in 2021
It’s safe to say that 2020 wasn’t a great year for Immortals at it returned to the LCS after it initially missed out on a franchise spot. The good news is that they can only improve on last place, though it might take a lot of work with four current spots open across both LCS and Academy sides.
As it stands, Immortals is left with the following 6-man roster:
- Top - Kieran “Allorim” Logue”
- Jungle - Nicholas “Potluck” Pollock & Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
- Mid - David “Insanity” Challe
- ADC - Apollo “Apollo” Price
- Support - Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent
With the expedition of Xmithie, the entire Immortals roster only has one year left with the organization, so the team has some time left to nail down the roster. Immortals also have a fairly experienced roster and a number of players who have played multiple years in the LCS.