Popular League of Legends personality and streamer Tim "Trick2g" Foley's new venture into the Challenger Series has finalized much of its roster ahead of the coming NA CS season, according to multiple sources.
The roster for Team Gates includes the following players:
- Top Lane: Kieran "Allorim" Logue
- Jungle: Dat "Kitzuo" Nguyen
- Mid Lane: Lee "Strompest" Seung-min
- AD Carry: Bradley "Kingvex" Miller
Allorim has seen success in this tier of play beforehand, qualifying under Delta Fox but jumping to Team Gates for the beginning of the season after his position in Delta Fox was tenuous. Kitzuo has also been a North American Challenger Series Open Qualifier participant in the past, and is known for being a prominent jungle Ryze user. Kingvex was a Scouting Grounds participant under Team Ocean, and the MVP of Scouting Grounds.
All signs of the team's formation point to a hectic and volatile offseason for Team Gates, whose announcement of Strompest was followed up by completed rosters by other NACS organizations. Strompest's signing was announced on Nov. 23, along with the formation of the team. As late as the very end of December, the team was still doing tryouts for the remaining four positions.
The team includes no imports currently but is seeking at least one Korean player, according to multiple sources. Sources say the team is planning to import at least in the top lane. The team is also sorting out transfers and visas for their expected imported player or players, sources say.
On the staff front, sources say Nick "LS" De Cesare has assisted the team in the offseason as an advisor. His exact role with the team moving forward is not clear. LS was previously a part of the Worlds 2016 on-air talent and had been a caster for SPOTv's English broadcast of the LCK. Prior to this, he had a stint with Gravity in the 2015 NA LCS.
Team Gates originally had Ainslie "Maplestreet" Wyllie as a coach on their staff, but the two parties went separate ways during the construction of the roster, Maplestreet told theScore esports. Maplestreet said he still hoped to get into coaching and is actively seeking a team.
Team Gates had not responded to a request for comment at press time.
This article was updated on January 3, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Terry "Big" Chuong would be Team Gates' support player. In fact, it is not clear who will fill the support position for the team. theScore esports regrets the error.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor for theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.