Jungler Yeu-jin "Reignover" Kim has left Immortals, the organization announced Wednesday. The release said that he has left to "pursue new opportunities," though it did not say where he has landed.
"We’d like to thank Reignover for his tireless effort during his time on the team; he was a key member of Immortals as we entered the LCS and competed throughout the Spring and Summer Splits," the release said. "Our success during the regular season wouldn’t have been possible without him and we wish him nothing but the best with his next professional pursuits."
Reignover was one of the original five members of Immortals’ roster when the organization entered the LCS in December. While with the team, he helped them place first in the 2016 NA LCS spring regular season and second in the summer regular season, though the team fell to third in both the spring and summer playoffs. Immortals went on to place second in the North American regional finals, missing out on their shot at Worlds.
During the summer split, Reignover put up a 5.51 KDA, the second highest in the league. He played sixteen games on Rek’Sai in the summer season, more than a third of his total games that split.
Prior to his time on Immortals, he was part of Fnatic’s 2015 roster. That team placed first in the 2015 EU LCS summer regular season with a perfect 18-0 record and went on to place 3rd-4th at Worlds.
In September, Immortals’ CEO Noah Whinston gave all five members of their League of Legends roster the option to try out with and field offers from other organizations, and actively placed some of them with teams attending Worlds. Reignover acted as coach to Counter Logic Gaming’s Jake “Xmithie” Puchero ahead of the event.
"I want our team next year to be made up of players that choose to be with Immortals, not ones that feel like they're forced to," Whinston said when he announced the team’s retention strategy.
Reignover is the third member of Immortals' initial roster to leave the organization during the offseason. AD carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran played for Team SoloMid at IEM Oakland and will reportedly try out for Team Dignitas, while support Adrian “Adrian” Ma signed with Phoenix1 earlier this week. Immortals has not yet announced who will be replacing the three players on their roster for the coming season.
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