Echo Fox qualify for 2017 NA LCS Spring Split, NRG relegated to Challenger

by theScore Staff Aug 7 2016
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Only one North American League Championship Series organization could survive in the final bout between Echo Fox and NRG eSports. Echo Fox claimed the victory and the spot after a 3-0 sweep, eliminating NRG from the region's professional LoL league.

Both NRG and Echo Fox have backers with deep pockets — including two former NBA greats, Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox. With talk of franchising generating fervor throughout the LoL community, the loss of NRG strikes a blow to the league at large, if only for the wealth of their backers.

Going into the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, NRG revamped their entire roster while Echo Fox — fraught with visa issues throughout the 2016 Spring Split that prevented them from playing their starting lineup — stuck with their intended spring roster, looking to finally prove themselves.

However both teams performed well below expectations in the Summer Split. Echo Fox's only series win throughout the season came in Week 1 against Phoenix1, before they began starting their impressive rookie jungler, Rami "Inori" Charagh. NRG didn't fare much better, with only four series wins, two of which were against Echo Fox.

The current Echo Fox starting roster consists of top laner Park "kfo" Jeong-hun, jungler Anthony "Hard" Barkhovtsev, mid laner Henrik "Froggen" Hansen, AD carry Yuri "KEITH" Jew, and support Terry "BIG" Chuong; they've also fielded Kevin "Kez" Jeon in jungle for several of their games during the split. Look to see them back in the LCS next Spring.

Emily Rand is a staff writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.