CoCo and Chaser join Longzhu IM

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Longzhu IM has signed Shin "CoCo" Jin-yeong and Lee "Chaser" Sang-hyun, the organization announced Saturday.

기쁜소식 하나 있습니다! CoCo와 Chaser선수가 정식으로 longzhu.im에 합류하게 되였습니다. 이번 리빌딩을 통해 더욱더 좋은 성적을 거두기를 믿어 의심치 않습니다. 그 다음 멤버들도 천천히 합류할 예정이...

Posted by Incredible Miracle on Saturday, December 5, 2015

CoCo, a mid laner, recently left CJ Entus after a fourth-place finish in the 2015 summer split. He ended the season with an average 4.34 KDA and mostly played Azir, but played a total of 16 champions over the split.

Chaser was previously the jungler for the Jin Air Green Wings, and was one of three players that left the team earlier this week. Jin Air finished sixth in the summer split, 5-8th at the KeSPA cup, and 3-4th at IEM San Jose. He averaged a 4.92 KDA and a total of 285 assists over 38 games in the summer split.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore eSports. He doesn't really think cocoa needs a chaser, but hey, you do you. You can follow him on Twitter.

DoA and MonteCristo discuss why they decided to stop casting LCK and their transition to Overwatch

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Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist discussed why they decided to stop casting League Champions Korea after 10 seasons and why they're excited to cast Overwatch in a video posted on DoA's YouTube channel.

On Jan. 10, both MonteCristo and DoA confirmed a report from FOMOS' Kim "Kenzi" Yong-Woo that they would not be casting LCK's upcoming season, promising to release a detailed statement later. In the video, DoA said that the decision to stop casting LCK was not made lightly, as the two had discussed switching to Overwatch for some time.

"This is something that's not sudden," DoA said. "It's something that we've been talking about for a long time. I think when Overwatch was announced, right from the beginning with the intro video and all that, we knew or at least felt in a way that it would be a big esport and it's something that we've wanted to cast. We've been kind of talking about this for a few years now actually."

The duo have previously casted the first season of OGN's Overwatch APEX Series and appeared at BlizzCon to cast the Overwatch World Cup. Based on their experience so far, MonteCristo said that Blizzard has made a "much more concerted effort" to keep them up to date and in the know as opposed to Riot."

"Over the years, it has been difficult for us to predict or have a lot of trust in regards to what Riot is going to do, especially in regards to us as non-Riot casters," MonteCristo said. "There has been very little stability for freelancers in the scene. Blizzard has been making, for us at least, a much more concerted effort to include us in a lot of the conversations that are going on. And the treatment of us has been, I feel, more honest and better."

Despite their experience with Riot, both DoA and MonteCristo stressed that they loved working with Riot's production team, and wished them the best going forward.

"One thing we want to stress too is that we are not talking about the Riot production team, the other casters and all that," DoA said. "We've absolutely loved working with the production people at Riot, the entire staff over there and all of the other casters that we've done, you know, IEMs with, MSI, Worlds and all that. That's a sad part for us, not working with those guys for a while."

Though DoA and MonteCristo are excited to focus on casting Overwatch, DoA said that he will miss casting LCK for the upcoming season for one reason.

"I do regret not being able to cast a team named BBQ Olivers," DoA confessed.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

DoA and MonteCristo decide to stop casting LCK

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After 10 seasons, Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist will not return to the desk to cast League Champions Korea.

The news broke initially in a report from FOMOS' Kim "Kenzi" Yong-Woo which MonteCristo and DoA both later confirmed in a quote tweet, noting they would release more on their decision shortly.

In a follow-up tweet, Monte confirmed that the two casters will continue to cast Overwatch events for OnGameNet. The duo have been casting OGN's Overwatch APEX series and appeared at BlizzCon to cast the Overwatch World Cup, where Team South Korea defeated all challengers in the playoff bracket without dropping a map.

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With both of them refocusing around Overwatch, the news that they would not cast LCK is perhaps not unexpected, but it still marks an end to a 10-season-long tenure that saw both Monte and DoA become the voices of English-language LCK broadcasts.

The LCK broadcasts for the spring split will be split between OGN and SpoTV. Caster Chris "PapaSmithy" Smith confirmed on Twitter that, for the OGN days, the broadcasts will be commentated by himself, Seth "Achilios" King and an as-yet unnamed new hire.

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The APEX series is an Overwatch tournament that sees some of the strongest Western teams travel to Korea, where they compete in a months-long group stage and playoff bracket. The inaugural season saw Team EnVyUs redeem themselves by taking first place, defeating both European and Korean challengers in the playoff bracket.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Riot to hold international tournament in July

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Riot Games will host an international League of Legends tournament in July, separate from the Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds, according to sections of a Chinese press conference translated by Yahoo Esports' Kelsey Moster.

According to the translation, Riot employee Ye Qiang said that instead of shortening the spring split in order to allow for more international competition, Riot will be hosting an international event in July, which would put it in the middle of the summer split.

“We are still considering what kind of event would be the most interesting for everyone," Qiang said. "For example, can we do a World Cup-type tournament? We hope LoL events can be more diversified, can satisfy our audience, and can give everyone a better player experience, so this is what we will target for the event this year in July. Wait and see.”

The exact format of this tournament is unknown, as is the specific location, date and even how participants will be selected. While the conference was held in China, there is no clear indication that the tournament will be held in Asia.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Riot Games and Big Ten Network partner for new conference LoL championship

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Riot Games and the Big Ten Network are set to announce a partnership for a new season-long collegiate League of Legends championship, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

The championship will feature 12 of the 14 conference schools competing in the championship, the exceptions being Nebraska and Penn State, and is set to begin on Jan. 30. Divided into two divisions named BTN East and West, teams will play in a best-of-three round robin against division opponents, with the top four moving on to a single elimination playoff bracket. The finals will take place on March 27 and will be televised by the BTN.

The winner of the BTN league will subsequently go on to compete in the LoL Collegiate Championship. For BTN, this league will hopefully allow them to reach an audience who they have not connected with before.

"As a content provider, we have obviously seen the popularity in esports grow," Erin Harvego, BTN's vice president of marketing, told ESPN. "Given the demographic that watches, perhaps this could reach a younger viewer who we haven't reached before."

This is not the first time that Riot and BTN have partnered for an event. Last April, BTN and Riot worked together to create the BTN Invitational, a best-of-five series between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

Deft on his return to the LCK

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After a two year hiatus from the LCK, KT Rolster AD carry Hyukgyu "Deft" Kim sat down with InvenGlobal's Minyoung "Irro" Jang to discuss how it felt to return to the LCK from the Chinese LPL.

"It feels good to be back in the LCK with my new teammates after leaving for two years," said Deft.

Deft moved to China to play for EDward Gaming in 2014. EDG was the only Chinese team to make it out of groups at the 2015 World Championship, and finished 5th-8th in both the 2015 and 2016 World Championship.

In an interview with FOMOS last November, Deft expressed his wish to return to Korea in order to have a chance at a Worlds title and returned to the LCK this season after signing on with KT Rolster.

"My playstyle has changed dramatically after returning to the LCK. I often felt confident enough to start a skirmish even when we were outnumbered in the LPL," Deft told InvenGlobal. "After returning to the LCK, I try not to open up a teamfight when we are outnumbered."

Deft elaborated on the importance of teamfights, stating his observations about the current power level of AD carries.

"AD Carries can thrive when a game goes into the teamfight phase," he said. "However, it's often not the case in the Solo Queue as AD Carries are often not strong enough to have an influence in the early game. I think it’s because the current meta is all about powerful junglers, teleporting toplaners and roaming midlaners."

Deft also attributed his team's 2-0 victory over ROX Tigers to KT's teamwork and personal mechanics.

"I wanted to play perfectly, but I've made too many mistakes for my liking," Deft stated. "Most of [the team's] preparations were focused on teamfights, but I think I still did pretty well on the personal level as well."

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

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