Phoenix1 has signed former Immortals support Adrian "Adrian" Ma, the organization announced via ESPN on Tuesday.
"We couldn't be more excited to have Adrian as part of the P1 org moving into next season," P1 co-owner Michael Moore told ESPN. "We're confident he will help us build on the success we found at the end of the last split. I think fans can look forward to watching a stronger, more exciting P1 next season."
Adrian was one of the original five members of Immortals, joining the team in December. While with the organization, he helped Immortals finish first in the 2016 NA LCS regular season and second in the summer season, but fell to third in both the spring and summer playoffs. Immortals were then denied their chance to go to Worlds after a 3-1 loss to Cloud9 in the Grand Finals of the North American Regional Finals.
"I appreciated my year on Immortals and the opportunities that they provided me,” Adrian told ESPN. “During the off season I carefully considered some of the many options I had and how I wanted to move forward for the next year. After talking with Phoenix1, I realized that they had two components that made my decision easier; strong domestic players in Zig and Inori that I would want to work with, and a fresh team that has a legitimate chance at making a successful run at playoffs.”
Adrian’s most played champion was Soraka during both the spring and summer splits, finishing the summer split with a 5.81 KDA overall.
Along with signing Adrian, Phoenix1 has renewed contracts for top laner Derek “Zig” Shao, jungler Rami “Inori” Charagh and mid laner Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik. AD carry Brandom “Mash” Phan and support Austin “Gate” Yu left the team earlier this week.
Immortals players were given the option to explore offers from other teams while still under contract before Worlds began. At the time, Immortals’ Jungler Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim was placed with Counter Logic Gaming as Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s coach during Worlds. Additionally, the team’s AD carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran recently filled in for Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng on Team SoloMid at IEM San Jose and will be trying out for Team Dignitas during the offseason.
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