Origen's xPeke on returning to the stage: 'I think by Summer Split for sure'

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Origen ends Week 4 of the EU LCS 1-1, maintaining their standing in the middle of the pack. Following their match against GIANTS! Gaming, Origen's owner Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez took the time to talk to Marcel "Dexter" Feldkamp about the team's current struggles, returning to professional play and the potential for expanding the organization to other games.

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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.

Tabzz on why he chose not to retire, Origen's new roster

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Mid laner turned AD carry, Erik ‘Tabzz’ van Helvert will be Origen's AD carry heading into the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split and the veteran LCS player believes that he can be one of the league's top ADCs this season.

"I don't want to say I'm better or worse until I play on the stage where it really matters. If I keep working hard, I think I can be a top 5 ADC this split," he told Red Bull esports.

Since parting ways with Alliance in 2015, Tabzz has competed with a number of EU LCS and challenger teams but has failed to post memorable results. But Origen's newest AD carry refuses to fall victim to negativity.

"I felt retiring with my reputation in its current state would be a mistake I'd regret. That's why I'm back to prove my worth to both myself and the world," he said

Talking about his choice to switch from mid laner to AD carry early in his career, Tabzz said that the change helped skyrocket him to the top of the EU LCS when he joined Alliance. As Tabzz admits, though, he can't help to look back on what could have been.

"I liked playing mid because I could control the game and carry it myself," he said. "I don't regret switching since I am very happy with the way my career turned when I did. However, I do sometimes speculate wildly about how my career would have gone had I stayed a mid laner."

In recent months, the community has grown more vocal about their concerns over the state of AD carries. Tabzz is no exception, believing that changes made in recent patches have left bot lane in limbo heading into the 2017 competitive season.

"As a cumulative result of all [the past] changes, ADC transformed more into a supportive role that provides engage and focuses on staying alive, rather than making proactive, aggressive play," he observed. "Since the game is decided very early on in Season 7, the ADC often has very little influence on the outcome of the game."

Now, Tabzz heads into the 2017 Spring Split on an Origen team that saw massive changes in the offseason. The starting roster, which consists of Tabzz, Max "Satorius" Günther, Kim "Wisdom" Tae-wan, Yoo "NaeHyun" Nae-hyun, and Aleksi "Hiiva" Kaikkonen, has drawn its fair share of criticism, which Tabzz said helps him to stay focused on the task at hand.

"It makes me want to go and prove everybody wrong," said Tabzz about the negativity circulating. "I think a lot of our players are very underrated and I am confident we will exceed expectations greatly."

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.

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