Gravity have announced that David "Cop" Roberson will be retiring from competitive League of Legends in order to coach Team Gravity.
Roberson played for Gravity in the 2015 League Championship Spring Split as an AD Carry. He will be supplementing Nicholas "LastShadow" DeCesare, who joined the team as their head coach during the Spring Split.
From the announcement:
Cop, understandably, has reached a point in his career where he no longer enjoys the constant solo-queue grind required of an LCS-calibre Marksman. He has been vocal about his coaching abilities since before the beginning of the spring split, and is looking forward to pairing his particular style of coaching with LastShadow's wealth of League of Legends knowledge and coaching experience.
Replacing Roberson will be Johnny "Altec" Ru, who joined the team after Winterfox was relegated from the LCS in favor of Team Dragon Knights.
Gravity's current roster is as follows:
- Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell
- Kang "Move" Min-su
- Lae-Young "Keane" Jang
- Johnny "Altec" Ru
- Michael "Bunny FuFuu" Kurylo
Update: Roberson answered a question about his retirement on his Ask.fm, giving a bit more context into his decision:
I've been wanting to quit competitive play for a year now but I stayed on my teams because there weren't any clear upgrades that they could get. I was happy that Curse\TL acquired Piglet since I wasn't really enjoying my time on the team since Voyboy was replaced and felt they'd do better with a more aggressive ADC. I thought I might still like playing the game if I was on another team and had been thinking about trying to qualify again for the LCS, so I decided to join Curse Academy and play in the Expansion Tournament - plus I wanted to duo with Bunny again, because the first time we played I had a lot of fun.
Roberson goes on to state that his motivation waned near the LCS Expansion tournament, and he asked to move to coach as early as week three.
It still wasn't decided that I was going to be coach until WFX lost their match at the Relegation Tournament and we started seriously looking at players. Basically, I had been thinking about retiring as a player for 6+ months to a year.
Matt Demers is a Supervising Editor at theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.