theScore esports Daily (Nov. 26): Aphromoo leaves CLG as Splyce reportedly look to sign Odoamne, Xerxe and Nisqy, OpTic and TL win Midas Mode

by Sean Wetselaar Nov 26 2017
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Aphromoo leaves CLG

Longtime CLG team captain Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black will part ways with the team, the organization announced on Sunday.

Aphromoo joined CLG in late 2012, and has remained with the team through every LCS split, from facing down relegations to two NA LCS championships. He attended the World Championship twice with CLG, and helped the team place second at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational — one of North America's strongest international showings to date.

"So much has happened in these past five years that has made me the player that I am today," Aphromoo said in a statement. "I learned how to be a leader, teammate, and friend to CLG players both past and present."

Cloud9 confirm departure of Impact and Contractz

Cloud9 have confirmed the departure of top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong and jungler Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia from their LCS squad.

The announcement follows reports from ESPN's Jacob Wolf that Impact will join Team Liquid, while Contractz is headed to the Golden Guardians ahead of the 2018 spring split.

Impact joined Cloud9 prior to the 2016 summer split and helped the team to two second-place finishes in North America, placing 5th-6th with C9 in the 2017 summer split. He also attended two world championships with the organization, in 2016 and 2017, where they placed 5th-8th.

Contractz earned Rookie of the Split in his debut season with C9 in spring 2017.

OpTic Gaming win Midas Mode NA Playoffs, Team Liquid win EU

Midas Mode, the wild charity Dota tournament hosted by Moonduck TV has come to an end, with OpTic Gaming and Team Liquid topping NA and EU respectively.

The tournament featured a unique rule set that saw teams spend Moonbucks on everything from picking or banning a hero to pausing the game. Moonbucks were generated by randoming, passing on bans or completing various bounties, among other things.

Midas Mode also featured several unique pause animations, best described as visual manifestations of Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner's feverish imagination.

The $60,000, split among the eight participating teams, will be donated to charities of each team's choice. As the winners of each region, OpTic and Liquid will donate $18,000 to the Children's Medical Center in Dallas and the 57357 Children's Cancer Hospital respectively.

Report: Splyce working to sign Odoamne, Xerxe and Nisqy

Splyce are hoping to acquire Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu, Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir and Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer, according to a report from ESPN's Jacob Wolf.

Splyce is also looking at Raymond "kaSing" Tsang, according to ESPN. The only player Splyce will retain is AD carry Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup, with four fifths of its former roster departing in the offseason. Top laner Martin "Wunder" Hansen is also set to join G2, according to Wolf.

Odoamne served as one of the most reliable and consistent players on H2k-Gaming for more than three years, joining the team in June 2014. He was part of numerous playoff runs with the team, and their 3rd-4th place finish at the 2016 World Champions, notably.

Xerxe distinguished himself as one of Europe's top junglers throughout 2017, joining the Unicorns of Love on December 2016. He helped that team to the EU LCS finals in the spring split, though their summer was somewhat more disappointing, and they failed to make Worlds after coming 5th-6th in playoffs and a third-place finish in the regional finals.

Nisqy most recently played as team EnVyUs's mid laner in the summer split, but will reportedly return to his home region after a somewhat disappointing 5th-6th finish in the summer playoffs. EnVyUs failed to make it into the franchised 2018 NA LCS.

Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.