Elements to bench Wickd, set to pick up Kev1n

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European LCS team Elements is set to replace their top laner Mike "Wickd" Petersen, multiple sources tell theScore. Many sources state that the team has been scrimming with Kevin "kev1n" Rubiszewski and will be the most likely replacement.

So far this season, Elements, who rebranded from Alliance in 2014, have been struggling. The team suffered a major setback last week when they lost to both Gambit Gaming and H2k Gaming in convincing fashion. Elements has been criticized for their passive playstyle, and Petersen in particular has come under heavy fire for his performances throughout the 2014 League of Legends World Championships and the 2015 LCS Spring Split.

While the reasoning for the benching is unclear, a source told theScore that it may have been due to stylistic clash between Petersen and the rest of the team. The source alleges that Petersen’s aggressive and reckless playstyle did not synergize with their more passive midlaner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and AD Carry  Martin "Rekkles" Larsson.

Hansen and Petersen have been on the same team for over three years, spanning multiple organizations such as Counter Logic Gaming, Alliance and Evil Geniuses.


 

Misfits' Alphari: '[Flaxxish] didn't really pull out anything that made me not confident'

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Misfits had to overcome some stage jitters in their first LCS series against Giants Gaming, they said in their post-game interview. Not only that, but the nerves came from a couple of the more experienced members of the team.

Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage explained how he and Lee "KaKAO" Byung-kwon were nervous as they went on stage to play with their new teammates. "It was the first time won stage with me and KaKAO, like we were playing too scared in the first game... We just started Baron and we were like, 'Oh, how do we engage now?' It was just a little bit like first game, first time in LCS in a long time."

Barney "Alphari" Morris, when asked about the weird Illaoi pick seen by Olof "Flaxxish" Medin in Game 1 of the series, noted that "[Flaxxish] didn't really pull out anything else that made me not confident," and was worried about the lack of strong blind picks in the top lane.

IgNar was the player of the series in Misfits' 2-1 series victory, going 1/2/26 and having 69 percent Kill Participation over three games.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

Pulse leaves EU LCS, joins LPL

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In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Richard "Pulse" Kam announced that he would be departing EU LCS to cast the LPL from Riot's Oceania office.

"When people see me on screen, the automatic reaction is negative," Pulse stated on Facebook, "and regardless of whether that’s justified or not, that sentiment won’t change if viewers insta-mute the stream or have already decided that anything I say will be garbage.

"This is a big step for me and my career and at the end of the day it’s to provide more and better entertainment to the fans and audiences that watch the shows I’m on," said Pulse on what it means to be a caster.

He will be joining the LPL effective immediately, casting the first matches of the LPL season on Jan. 19.

"Consider this my training arc. Every half decent anime protag has to go through one and 2017 will be mine."

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ESPN Survey: Average NA LCS player salary approximately $105K, EU salary $81K

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An anonymous survey by ESPN of of 33 LCS players from Europe and North America released Friday provided a rare glimpse into the state of salaries in both regions, along with further details on the life of a pro gamer.

The average salary of a North American LCS player is $105,385, according to the survey, while the European average is $80,816.

Riot's 2017 NA LCS rules state that the minimum player compensation is $12,500 per split per starting player and coach with a stipend for substitutes. Their goal in implementing LCS salaries was to ensure that players could live comfortably without fully relying on tournament earnings. The EU LCS rules have yet to be released.

LCS players also gave unique insight into the life of a professional League player. All players stated at least one of their parents approved of their career choice. 27 percent of players believed their parents fully backed their career, while 61 percent admitted that their parents did not initially approve but have since come around.

The time needed to compete in the LCS seems to strain relationships, according to the survey. Only 33 percent of players responded that they were in a relationship.

Another question brought validation to this opinion — the longest play session by a player was 80 hours, with the average longest play time in one sitting reaching 21 hours.

The survey also found that 27 percent of players admitted they know of players who take amphetamines or Ritalin to stay sharp for competitions, with 21 percent acknowledging they've seen at least one player compete while high or inebriated. In addition, 24 percent of players have been injured as a direct result of gaming.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

Vizicsacsi: 'I think we are kind of even with H2K or Splyce right now'

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Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss said that Unicorns of Love should be considered contenders in their group in his post-series interview after a 2-0 versus Team Vitality.

"I think we are kind of even with H2K or Splyce right now, and I believe we have more potential than them." He also said that he believes the roster's talent and overall potential can allow them to eventually go top of the group, as the ceiling for success of this team is higher with new, young, pickups in Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir and Samuel "Samux" Fernández.

Coach Fabian "Sheepy" Mallant has no idea where the Unicorns' "Chaos style" will take them, but will support and nurture it as long as it's a winning playstyle.

Vizicsacsi went 11/4/11 across the series against Team Vitality, playing his staple pick Poppy in Game One along with new champion Camille. His heroics earned him player of the series.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

Watch: Vizicsacsi baits Cabochard in a 1v1

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In Week 1's series between Unicorns of Love versus Team Vitality, Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss pulled out the first Camille pick of the EU LCS. Facing Lucas "Cabochard" Simon-Meslet, who counterpicked with a Fiora, the Hungarian Unicorn ran away from the 1v1 before finally utilizing Camille's absurd kit to lock down the Fiora into a sticky situation.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

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