Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez will be the starting Mid Laner for Origen in their Week 8 games of the EU LCS, because Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage is feeling under the weather, according to a tweet from the player.
The last minute substitution comes at the tail end of the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split, where Origen are currently sitting in sixth place with a mediocre 7-7 record. This is a far cry from their performance last season in the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split when they finished second place with a 12-6 record.
Origen were eliminated on the first day of IEM Season X World Championship Katowice this past weekend after losing to Royal Never Give Up and Team SoloMid. theScore esports' Lisa Doan interviewed xPeke in Katowice, asking him about Origen's loss. The player, who is also the team's owner, mentioned he will likely come back to the roster for the Summer Split, with the possibility of playing during the Spring Playoffs.
In the seven weeks PowerOfEvil has played in the 2016 Spring Split, he's averaged a 3.38 KDA across 14 games. His most-played hero is Ahri, with four games, but his most successful has been Lulu. He played and won two games on the Champion, never dying once and averaging a monstrous 25 KDA.
However, xPeke averaged a 5.61 KDA over 18 games during the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split. His most popular Champion was Vladimir, playing it five times and averaging a 7.5 KDA.
In Week 8 of the EU LCS, Origen will face Unicorns of Love on Thursday and ROCCAT Friday.
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xPeke to start as ADC for Origen in Week 8 match against Fnatic
Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez is starting as Origen's AD carry in their Week 8 match against Fnatic.
xPeke starts in place of recently signed ADC Augustas "Toaster" Ruplys, who was meant to replace the mid laner in the starting ADC role. Toaster started in Origen's Week 7 matches, as well as in their first Week 8 match against Giants.
After a split match against Fnatic, Origen will be unable to gain the points needed to reach the playoffs of the EU LCS 2016 summer split. With 14 points, it will be impossible for them to get past seventh place even if they won all their remaining matches.
Origen was able to dominate Fnatic in the first game of the match with 21-8 kills and a 10k gold lead. However, Fnatic turned the tables in the second round with 15-8 kills and a 8k gold lead.
Ranked second last in the league with two wins, eight ties, and six losses, the Spanish org have fallen far since their second place finish in the 2016 spring split's post-season tournament.
Origen have commented on reports that a number of staff members left their employ due to issues ranging from poor management to an alleged lack of payment. According to the team, those who left were not employees but non-contractual collaborators.
"Currently, not a single member of Origen’s staff has resigned, left their position or stopped working with us," Origen said in the statement. "Origen counted on, and still counts on, the collaboration of some people that, because of their loyalty to the team, voluntarily and altruistically assist online with some tasks, mainly communication and design."
The internal disputes became public last week with a flurry of tweets from former Origen staffers announcing their break from the organization, citing stress and drama as inciting reasons.
According to Dot Esports' Josh Raven, tensions were rising within the organization for some time with volunteers allegedly not being given the gear they were offered in lieu of payment, a lack of communication from management, and delayed payment for a freelancer and Tadayoshi "Hermit" Littleton, the team's former head coach.
Origen's statement does not address the accusations of poor workplace culture, but refutes the delayed payment accusation, saying "Origen has always paid, completely legally, any of its players, “coaches”, “analysts” and rest of employees. If someone feels that this is not the case, we invite them to make a legal claim for the debt."
Despite a focus on collaborators in Origen's statement, the exodus included several high-ranking members of the organization, including their general manager, Marck "PapaB3ar" Hernandez, as well as their chief content editor Ioana Popa.
The statement calls the reports on the situation "a clear campaign to discredit Origen" and are reviewing legal actions to take against media and individuals involved.
Former Fnatic mid laner Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez founded Origen in December 2014 at the age of 22. While the team came in second at the 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs, they've suffered in the 2016 summer split with roster shakeups and are currently ninth in the league standings.
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EnVy someone else: NA LCS Week 8 staff picks
theScore esports Staff
theScore esports' League of Legends experts have tapped into their inner oracle for the eighth week of the North American LCS Summer Split and offer up predictions for each of the games.
Rand: CLG are coming together at the right time — immediately before playoffs. Their rise has been coupled with inconsistent performances from Team EnVyUs, Apex Gaming, and even Cloud9. Against Team Liquid, CLG have a chance to prove that they're a top team in North America once more. I can see either team taking it, although I'm siding with CLG, since they seem to have figured out their team dynamic again. More than anything, I'm looking forward to the jungle matchup between Dardoch and Xmithie — both have been key components in their respective teams' successes.
Moser: This is actually somewhat difficult given some slight upticks CLG displayed last week. Still, I'm not convinced that a CLG win is a reliable expectation since some of their successes relied on specific champions like Aurelion Sol, and though Team Liquid have had some growing pains, they still feel like the better team for now.
Sevenhuysen: CLG are finally beating teams above them in the standings, but both EnVyUs and Cloud9 were slumping before CLG beat them, so there’s still plenty of room for doubt. Fenix vs. Huhi is a big mismatch in Team Liquid’s favor in the laning phase — Fenix has been the best 1v1 mid in NA this split — so CLG will need to look to their team play, and maybe try to snowball Stixxay. Darshan vs. Lourlo is another intriguing head to head, and Lourlo may have the edge. Imagine writing that sentence last split! I’m expecting a close series and a 2-1 victory for TL.
Team SoloMid vs. EnVyUs
Rand: We'll likely have to wait for Week 9 to see if Immortals can take down TSM. Team Liquid seemed like a fairly strong bet until TSM swept them last week, and nV have looked disorganized as of late. They started off the season with a strong understanding of the meta and team dynamic, but have failed to improve since.
Moser: EnVy are no longer enviable. A drop to NRG exposed even more issues in keeping the jungle in check as NRG played much more strongly around neutrals. Though Team SoloMid had a few hiccups against EFX in Game 1, their assertiveness should easily set NV on the back foot.
Sevenhuysen: EnVyUs barely outlasted Apex last week. There were some signs that they may be getting back on track, but realistically, it would be surprising if they took a game off TSM. With Biofrost showing off an impressive Alistar against Team Liquid, any lingering questions about his versatility should be put to rest. TSM’s list of potential weaknesses keeps getting shorter.
EnVyUs vs. Cloud 9
Rand: This is the series I had the most trouble picking this week, and am still unsure of who will win. I chose C9 because I think their talent is more prone to individual outplays that can eventually carry a game, but both teams have looked messy in recent series. These will not be clean games unless one or both of these teams have made significant improvements in the past week during practice.
Moser: Cloud9's largest problems are playing outside standard lane scenarios. While I do think C9's shirking of the top lane could be an advantage Seraph can exploit, I don't think NV have enough coordination at the moment to fully take advantage of C9's lane swap weaknesses.
Sevenhuysen: Cloud9 have some big issues lately, making mistakes across the board, from their rotations to their lane assignments to their game planning. Impact gets starved too often, and Sneaky has been faltering. That leaves Jensen to do most of the work, and he’s had inconsistencies of his own. Cloud9 are capable of 2-0ing the series if they’ve practiced efficiently this week, but EnVyUs will win if they maintain the controlled, intentional play they started to bring back against Apex, if they keep their drafts clean and if Procxin flies under the radar. Neither team has been consistent enough lately, so I’m predicting a 2-1, but I’m slightly favoring Cloud9.
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Pastrytime on the NA LCS region: 'I don’t know if they can challenge the strong Asian teams just yet'
William "scarra" Li
This season, the NA LCS's caster desk welcomed a new face: Julian "Pastrytime" Carr.
theScore esports' William "scarra" Li got the chance to catch up with the Australian play-by-play caster to discuss why his move to North America took longer than originally planned, his strengths as a caster and how he thinks the NA LCS teams stack up against the international scene.
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