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Diamondprox, Shiphtur, Ray join Apex's 10-man roster for NA LCS Summer Split

by theScore Staff May 20 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of EU LCS / lolesports flickr

Apex's new roster for the NA LCS Summer Split includes newcomers Ji "Ray" Won Jeon, Apollo "Apollo" Price, Danil "DiamondProx" Reshetnikov, Danny "Shiphtur" Le, Kevin "KonKwon" Kwon and Jang-won "Roar" Oh.

A few members of the spring split challenger roster remain. They are sub Lee "Shrimp" Byeong-hoon as well as Cristian "Cris" Rosales, Lae-Young "Keane" Jang and Alex "Xpecial" Chu.

Apex qualified for the NA LCS Summer Split after taking first place in the NA Challenger Series Spring Split, a 3-1 victory over Team Dragon Knights in the Spring Playoffs Grand Finals and finally a 3-0 victory, once again over Team Dragon Knights in Match 4 of the Summer Promotion tournament, earning them a spot in the NA LCS.

Diamondprox comes to Apex after a turbulent spring split. He started out with Unicorns of Love, but was unable to play with the team after the first two weeks due to visa issues. He was forced to return to Russia, where he returned to Gambit (his former team), playing out the remainder of the split in the LCL. His KDA over the course of the four games he played with UoL was 3.5.

Apollo and Shiphtur most recently played for Team Dignitas. Apollo was with Team Impulse for almost a full year before that while Shiphtur was with Team Coast from June 2013-May 2014, when he joined Dig. During the 2016 Spring Split, they had an appalling 4-14 record putting them in dead last place before a loss to Team Dragon Knights in the Summer Promotion tournament which lost them their LCS spot.

KonKwon comes from NRG Esports, with whom he achieved a dead average 9-9 record in the NA LCS Spring Split before losing to Team Liquid 0-3 in the Spring Playoffs, finishing 5th-6th. He averaged an impressive 133 assists over 17 games in the regular season.

Ray and Roar are Apex’s two imports. Ray was a sub for EDG, but only played two games for them in the 2015 LPL Summer Split. Roar subbed for Incredible Miracle during the 2015 LCK Summer Split and played 32 games, but averaged just a 2.6 KDA. He left Incredible Miracle in December 2015.

Ten man rosters have been attempted by a few other teams in the past, but swiftly abandoned when team synergy suffered as a result. Notably Longzhu, Team Liquid and Royal Never Give Up all debuted ten man rosters at the start of the 2016 Spring Split but none of them lasted as players were quickly benched.

The full Apex roster for the NA LCS Summer Split is:

  • Ji "Ray" Won Jeon (Top)
  • Cristian "Cris" Rosales (Top)
  • Lee "Shrimp" Byeong-hoon (Jungle)
  • Danil "DiamondProx" Reshetnikov (Jungle)
  • Lae-Young "Keane" Jang (Mid)
  • Danny "Shiphtur" Le (Mid)
  • Apollo "Apollo" Price (AD Carry)
  • Jang-won "Roar" Oh (AD Carry)
  • Alex "Xpecial" Chu (Support)
  • Kevin "KonKwon" Kwon (Support)

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.

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