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Team ROCCAT

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Team ROCCAT
ROCCAT.png
Team Information
LocationGermany
Coach(es)Simon "fredy122" Payne
Manager(s)Tomislav "flyy" Mihailov
History
CreatedLoL Division 2014-01-13

Team ROCCAT is a European esports organization formed by German peripherals company ROCCAT. In January 2014 the company formed its first directly sponsored eSports team, when they acquired the full roster of Kiedyś Miałem Team.

History

ROCCAT originally started by sponsoring a number of professional eSports organizations that possessed professional League of Legends teams, such as Quantic Gaming, against All authority and mortal Teamwork. However, in late 2013, ROCCAT announced their intentions to directly sponsor a professional League of Legends roster, after seeing the booming success of the competitive League. Their eyes quickly turned to Kiedyś Miałem Team, an un-sponsored Polish group which had just qualified for the Season 4 European Championship Series after an impressive 3-0 sweep executed against the heavy favorites Ninjas in Pyjamas. The deal was finalized on January 13th, 2014, with Riot Games officially recognizing Team ROCCAT as the organization that would be competing in the European LCS.

2014 Season

The Spring Split was a huge success for the team. Impressive early split performances saw both Overpow and VandeR pick up a weekly MVP award each. ROCCAT spent 3 weeks at the top of the standings table mid-split, but results tailed off slightly towards the end of the split. The team ended up finishing 4th behind Alliance, securing themselves a spot in the Spring Playoffs.

ROCCAT performed well in the Spring Playoffs, but lost to SK Gaming in the semifinals. The team went on to finish in 3rd place after beating Alliance in the 3rd place match.

The Summer Split was a struggle for ROCCAT, with the team not once making it out of the bottom 3 of the standings table. A frustrating few weeks at the start of the split were followed by an overall improvement in the team's performances. Both Overpow and Jankos picked up a weekly MVP award during this period. Despite their struggles, ROCCAT placed 6th overall, clinching a place at the Summer Playoffs.

The playoffs saw the team raise their game considerably. A quarterfinal win over SUPA HOT CREW resulted in a semifinal matchup against Fnatic. The series was unexpectedly tight, with ROCCAT coming close but eventually losing 3-2 and missing out on qualification for the World Championship. A 3rd place match loss against SK Gaming meant that ROCCAT finished 4th overall.

2015 Season

On November 10th, it was announced that the team was moving to Berlin (it had earlier been announced that the LCS studios were moving from Cologne to Berlin[1]).[2]

When Fnatic were unable to attend IEM Cologne, ROCCAT took their place with Overpow moving to top lane and Ryu filling in as a temporary substitute player for the mid lane; this made their roster Overpow, Jankos, Ryu, Woolite, and VandeR. The team were knocked out in the semifinals, losing to Counter Logic Gaming.

Team ROCCAT had an unsuccessful LCS Spring Split, finishing the regular season in 8th place, which meant that they would play in the Summer Promotion. Here, the team faced Copenhagen Wolves Academy and came out victorious, securing their spot in the Summer Split.

The Summer Split itself was far more successful for the team, finishing the regular season in 5th place partly thanks to Nukeduck's impressive performances on a range of champions. This meant they would qualify for the Summer Playoffs, where the team were beaten in the quarterfinals by Unicorns Of Love, meaning that they would pick up 20 Championship Points and go on to play in the 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals. Team ROCCAT went on to lose to eventual qualifiers Origen in Round 2 of the gauntlet.

2016 Season

On December 8th 2015, it was announced that Nukeduck had left Team ROCCAT, and that MrRalleZ and Steve would be loaned out to an unnamed Challenger team.[3] Just a week later, long-time members Jankos and VandeR left the team after almost two years, forcing ROCCAT to field a completely new roster in 2016.[4] In January, head coach YamatoCannon left to join Splyce.[5]

On January 5th, Team ROCCAT announced their new roster for 2016 with former SK Gaming toplaner fredy122, former Copenhagen Wolves jungler Airwaks, former Gambit midlaner Betsy, former Renegades AD Carry Jebus, who renamed to Safir, and former Gambit support Edward. For their coaching staff, ROCCAT signed former LDLC jungler ImSoFresh as head coach and former Gambit analyst Moo as head analyst.[6]

Throughout the 2016 EULCS Spring Season, the team had abysmal performance, resulting in several mid-split roster swaps. Safir was swapped out for former Elements AD carry Tabzz, formerly of Elements, while Edward was replaced by Extinkt, who had been on a two-year hiatus from professional League of Legends. Continuing to slide, ROCCAT replaced Extinkt with NoXiAK and head coach ImSoFresh with Grabbz after only a few weeks. Throughout the tumultuous period of replacements, ROCCAT earned only four wins throughout the split and ended in ninth place at 4-14.

By finishing in the bottom three of the standings, ROCCAT was required to compete in the Summer Promotion tournament to retain their LCS position. Although ROCCAT maintained their spot by defeating Huma 3-1, they again turned to overhauling the roster before the next split. ROCCAT contracted former Fnatic and Unicorns of Love player Steeelback, as well as Parang and Raise of Challengers Korea team Stardust to be its starting AD carry, top laner, and support, respectively.

In in the 2016 summer season, EULCS transitioned to a best of 2 format. Although ROCCAT managed to achieve a higher game win percentage this split, the team managed to win only two series and finish in last place with a 2-6-10 series record. The late-season replacement of Airwaks by challenger hopeful Memento unfortunately did not improve ROCCAT's standing. Again with a bottom-of-the-barrel finish, ROCCAT was forced to compete in the next season's Promotion tournament.

In the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion, ROCCAT narrowly defeated Millenium and fellow EU LCS team FC Schalke 04 to stay in the EU LCS. Soon after the promotion tournament, Parang, Memento, Steeelback, and Raise departed, and ROCCAT again needed to procure a new roster before the following split. Near the end of the offseason, the team announced that former Giants Gaming jungler Maxlore, former H2k AD carry Hjärnan, top laner Phaxi and support Wadid would join the starting roster. The only constant member throughout 2016 and into 2017 was ROCCAT's mid laner, Betsy.

2017 Season

Roccat was drafted into Group A of the 2017 EULCS Spring Split with a new best of three format. Their fellow group members were Giants Gaming, Fnatic, Misfits, and G2 Esports. Throughout the spring season, the new roster suffered from poor team cohesion and questionable macro plays, scraping victories from the bottom of the barrel. It wasn't until week 7 when the team faced Origen in the battle of the winless teams that their fortunes were reversed. At the end of the regular season, the team went 6-7 to avoid relegation.

Going into the summer season without any roster change, the team's fortune did not improve. In fact, drafted into Group B that's widely considered far less competitive than Group A which included Fnatic and G2 Esports, the team's performance was slightly worse than their spring record, going 5-8 at the end of the summer season. Once again, the team avoided relegation and retained their LCS spot in the 2018 season.

Timeline

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Player Roster

Current

Former

Organization

Current

  • flyy, Manager. Nationality: bg.
  • fredy122, Head Coach.
  • Avin, Head Analyst. Nationality: us.

Former

Team Achievements

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-12-20 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season IX - Cologne 1 : 2 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming $ 3,500
2014-08-16 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 0 : 3 SKlogo std.png SK Gaming $ 10,000
2014-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png A66th 2014 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 12 : 16 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2014-04-17 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 0 Alogo std.png Alliance $ 15,000
2014-04-03 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2014 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 15 : 13 Blanklogo std.png Not found
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-08-30 RpPoints.png A33rd 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals 2 : 3 Origenlogo std.png Origen
2015-08-09 LCS logo 25x25.png A55 - 6th 2015 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2 : 3 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2015-07-24 LCS logo 25x25.png A55th 2015 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 8 : 10 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-04-25 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2015 EU LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 0 CWAlogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves Academy
2015-03-27 LCS logo 25x25.png A88th 2015 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 6 : 12 Blanklogo std.png Not found
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-08-01 LCS logo 25x25.png B010th 2016 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 2 : 6 : 10 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2016-03-26 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2016 EU LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 1 Humalogo std.png Huma
2016-03-18 LCS logo 25x25.png A99th 2016 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 4 : 14 Blanklogo std.png Not found
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-06-01 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2017 EU LCS Summer Round Robin Group A 5-8 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2017-04-01 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2017 EU LCS Spring Round Robin Group A 6-7 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2016-08-13 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 1 S04logo std.png FC Schalke 04

Media

Interviews


Articles

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Gallery

Rosters

Logos

See Also

External Links

References

  1. EU LCS move to Berlin lolesports
  2. Tomislav Mihailov's Twitter twitter.com
  3. Team ROCCAT's Facebook post facebook.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Team ROCCAT's Facebook post facebook.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 Splyce agrees to terms with YamatoCannon to lead LCS coaching staff splyce.gg
  6. 6.0 6.1 Team ROCCAT's Facebook post facebook.com
  7. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  8. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  9. Overpow to top lane ongamers.com
  10. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  11. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  12. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. Team ROCCAT is loaded and so am I: Big Announcement (video) youtube.com
  14. Teams shuffle rosters for 2015 Summer lolesports.com
  15. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  16. Team ROCCAT's Facebook post facebook.com
  17. Elements' Facebook Post facebook.com
  18. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
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  24. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  25. Roccat Signs Memento "thescoreesports.com"
  26. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  27. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  28. Dark Passage's Facebook Post facebook.com
  29. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
  30. FC Schalke 04 Esports' Twitter Post twitter.com
  31. Team ROCCAT's Facebook Post facebook.com
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