SELFIE to start for H2k-Gaming in Week 5

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Marcin "SELFIE" Wolski will start at Mid lane for H2k-Gaming in their Week 5 European LCS games, according to a tweet from H2K's support, Oskar "VandeR" Bogdan, on Wednesday.

The team's jungler, Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski, later confirmed the news to theScore eSports.

SELFIE has been H2K's starting mid laner since Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook's visa issues prevented him from playing in Week 3. Across the four games he's played, SELFIE has picked up a 4.40 KDA, with a perfect win rate. SELFIE is on loan from Echo Fox, a team in the North American LCS.

H2K is currently 7-1 in the EU LCS, tied for first place with G2 Esports. They are set to play against G2 Esports and Unicorns of Love in Week 5.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore eSports. He needs some points from Odoamne this week. You can follow him on Twitter.

Jankos: 'I will be the best jungler in Europe'

by 4d ago
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With the 2017 EU LCS season on the horizon, H2k-Gaming's star jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski isn't just thinking about the upcoming meta — he's thinking about how best to cheese out his opponents.

In an interview on Ginx TV Saturday, Jankos said he's excited about all the new ganking opportunities that the updated jungle provides.

"I think the jungle changed for the better," he said. "It's more OP than it ever was before. You can get Level 3 fast you can gank more, you can get level three before anyone gets level two on the map, so there's a lot of potential cheese you can do, a lot of gardener plants plays you can do. I don't know, there's so many new things and it's good shit."

Jankos said Lee Sin and Rek'Sai are both top picks right now thanks to the quick ganks they can make, but he does see potential in Ivern, the newest champion.

"I don't like support jungle champions, but I have to admit [Ivern]'s pretty broken at the moment," he said. "I think with a good AD carry it can work, but without one it's pretty bad since you can't really impact the game aside from buffing your AD carry and out-CCing your opponent."

Jankos says he doesn't plan to be try-harding at the All-Stars event later this month, but he does feel he's ready for the season. He believes he can make a pretty strong case for an H2K win this split.

"The case is," Jankos said. "I will be the best jungler in Europe. I think the early game is still very important for us and I don't know, it seems too simple to me. This is the best meta we've had in the jungle in two or three seasons."

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Ryu parts ways with H2K

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Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook has parted ways with H2k-Gaming, after nearly two years with the organization, announced on Facebook Thursday.

The roster change follows H2K’s re-signing of top laner Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu and jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski for the 2017 season last week on Nov. 22.

Ryu’s League of Legends career started in 2012 as the mid laner for StarTale, which disbanded after a number of middling performances, but later joined KT Rolster B, where he first really made a name for himself.

Following the team’s rebranding to KT Rolster Bullets, Ryu and the rest of the team went on to finish second at HOT6ix Champions Summer 2013 after losing a 3-2 series to SK Telecom T1, who were the considered the strongest team in the world.

Ryu and KTB earned their first big victory in 2014 when they won the IEM Season VIII World Championship after they defeated Fnatic 3-0, and notably did not drop a single game. They later had a disappointing 5-8th finish at HOT6ix Champions Spring 2014, after which Ryu became a jungler. It was an adjustment that didn’t work out as KTB missed the summer playoffs after a 5-8th finish at the HOT6ix Champions Summer 2014

Ryu was released from KTB shortly after the 2014 summer season and entered the EU scene as part of Millienium, but his transition was not a smooth one as Millenium lost their EU LCS bid by losing to Giants 2-1 in Round 2 of Bracket A and the team disbanded shortly after. Ryu was later acquired by H2K on January 2015 and went on to take the team to two World Championship events, placing in 5-8th in 2015 and placing 3-4th in 2016.

H2K surprised fans by placing in 3-4th at the 2016 World Championship last month, after topping their group over EDward Gaming, ahq e-Sports Club and INTZ e-Sports. The EU’s second-seed team defeated Albus NoX Luna 3-0 in the quarterfinals, but lost 3-0 to Samsung Galaxy in the semis.

At 2016 Worlds, Ryu’s most played Cassiopeia and Ryze, both playing both four times, but his KDA was more impressive on Cassiopeia with a 4.86 KDA, as opposed to a 2.82 KDA on Ryze.

The news also closely follows a report from ESPN stating that Fnatic’s Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten would return as H2K’s mid laner in replacement of Ryu.

H2K has hinted that another update on their roster is expected later today.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.

Jankos at All-Stars press conference: 'I do think Ryu was better, but I do think Fabian is more consistent'

by 22h ago
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At a press conference ahead of the 2016 LoL All-Star Event in Barcelona, H2k-Gaming jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski and Fnatic toplaner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer spoke about their thoughts on the new patch and the roster changes shaking the LoL world.

Taking place as the event does in roster-shuffle season, Jankos commented on his team's switch-up, with former Fnatic player Fabien "Febiven" Diepstraten taking Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook's spot in mid lane.

"I mean, I think we will be fine without Ryu, I think Fabian is a hard working person as well and in the end, it's not about having fun and being a funny team. In the end, it's about winning and playing good," the 21-year-old Pole said.

"So I think Fabian can match Ryu, I do think Ryu was better, but I do think Fabian is more consistent and with [Neil "pr0lly" Hammad] as a coach I think he can grow as a player even more than he was on Fnatic. So I'm really confident we can have good results."

While orgs and managers are locking horns over the fates of players in back rooms, sOAZ — who recently made his own jump to Fnatic from Origen — said he's just eager to test his might against the best players in the biz at the All-Stars' 1v1 tournament.

"It will be fun to play against Smeb for example, or Impact — any top laner will be fun to play 1v1 against," he said.

Given the new patch, much of the conference focused on game balance. Asked whether there were any champions they would nerf into the ground, Jankos spoke out against a champion he — and many solo-queuers — feel is still overpowered.

"I think maybe Syndra, because I just don't like when an enemy mid lane can one-shot me pretty much all of the time, so it's really annoying," he said. "She's been around since whatever now, like there was meta where she was useless and that was really nice, but lately she has been super OP again."

Even in a patch supposedly geared towards Assassins, sOAZ said he feels tanks will still be useful and ultimately champion choices depend on the team and the top laner's hero pool.

"It depends on the nerf, but I think they are still gonna be valuable and if we see carries it's gonna totally more depend on the team and more on the top laner what he can play on," he said.

The 1v1 event began at 1:10 PM ET, with Origen's Enrique "xPeke" Cedeno Martinez facing off against Counter Logic Gaming's Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black.

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.

Selfie declares free agency

by 3d ago
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Misfits midlaner Marcin "Selfie" Wolski has declared his free agency on Twitter. However, Misfits have confirmed that he is still contracted to the team. According to Riot Games' contract database, he is still signed to the team until May 31, 2017.

Selfie joined Misfits in May after serving as a substitute for Echo Fox in the spring split, save for a six game loan to H2K, filling in for Ryu "Ryu" Sang-ook who was struggling with visa issues.

After re-branding to Misfits from Renegades: Banditos after Renegades was banned from the LCS, the team signed Selfie to the revamped roster and tore through the EU Challenger Series summer split. They took first place in the regular season with a 4-1-0 record, went undefeated in the playoffs, and qualified for the 2017 EU LCS spring season after defeating FC Schalke 04 in the promotion tournament.

In the summer regular season, Selfie garnered a 6.2 KDA over 10 games and had 64.1 percent kill participation.

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Febiven joins H2K

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Eclipsing the news of Fnatic's new roster, Fabien "Febiven" Diepstraten has left the organization and joined H2k-Gaming where he will be replacing Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook as the team's starting mid laner.

The move comes as Fnatic also announced their 10-man roster for 2017, which includes both Rasmus "Caps" Winther and Yasin "Nisqy" Dincer in the Dutch mid laner's place. Febiven is no stranger to H2K having previously played with them in 2014.

It's also worth noting that Febiven will rejoin his Cloud9 Eclipse teammate Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu on H2K as well as Polish jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski. Both players have recently re-signed new deals with H2K for the 2017 season.

The remainder of their roster has yet to be approved by Riot.

Febiven added his own context to the situation, citing a stacked H2K roster and a renewed sense of confidence and drive to succeed after failing to attend Season 6 Worlds among his reasons for joining H2K.

"So first off all its very saddening to me to leave FNC, because they are a really great organisation with wonderful people inside. I felt like I needed to change my environment to evolve as a player and h2k is an org that I already know and like and the roster is pretty stacked. My time in FNC was wonderful and I have only good things to say about those 2 years," he said in a Twtilonger post. "My ultimate goal is to get back to worlds and actually win it which I think is very possible, because I really think personally I can become the best if I work my hardest."

Febiven's previous time at H2K was one of relative success. The team went through Challenger during the Summer of 2014, winning the first qualifying tournament, coming fourth in the second qualifying tournament, and using the combined points to qualify for the 2014 Challenger Series Summer Playoffs; it was here that H2K won the whole tournament and qualified with Febiven for the 2015 EU LCS.

During the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, Febiven struggled in lane and in providing a threat for his team. He posted the worst Creep Score Difference at 10 minutes (CSD@10) numbers in the EU LCS, was bottom three in Damage per Minute (DPM), and bottoms of the EU LCS in percentage share of his team's damage (%DMG) among mid laners who played more than one game.

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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