Immortals 2021 LCS Roster Breakdown
We finally know which players will compete under the Immortals banner come the 2021 LCS season and, needless to say, it’s quite a strange mishmash of players. It’s not necessarily a bad line-up but it does leave a lot to be desired. First of all, André Guilhoto (formerly of Schalke 04 and Origen) has been appointed as head coach. Despite his relatively unsuccessful stint with Origen, he’s still a stellar leader with a breadth of experience and will no doubt empower Immortals in numerous key ways.
The roster he assembled, however, is both relatively good and pretty underwhelming. He surely didn’t have a big budget to work with, so we can only assume that he did the best he could with the resources he was given. Before we delve any deeper into Immortals and their odds of finding success in the LCS in 2021, let’s first go over their starting line-up:
Immortals 2021 LCS Line-up
Top: Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura (former FlyQuest Academy top laner)
Jungle: Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir (formerly of Origen and Splyce, LEC)
Mid: David “Insanity” Challe
ADC: Quin “Raes” Korebrits (former Legacy Esports marksman, OCE)
Support: Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw (former OCE champion and Origen support)
What a confusing mix of players — both old and new. On the one hand, Xerxe is more than worthy of the starting spot. He’s an intelligent, cerebral kind of jungler and will surely bolster this roster in the most important ways. Destiny, on the other hand, failed to leave much of a mark during his stint in the LEC. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. He simply wasn’t good enough to compete, and was often a hindrance to the rest of his team. His horrendous champion pool and dreadful engages were, at times, painful to watch. To make matters even worse, he had a veteran line-up around him, so it’s not like he was carrying any kind of burden — he just needed to be serviceable. Nothing more, nothing less.
But other than a few stellar plays on Thresh, Destiny was by and large one of the worst supports in the region. Why Guilhoto would bring him over to North America is anyone’s guess at this point. Maybe Destiny has a lot of potential that he simply wasn’t able to showcase throughout his days in the LEC? It’s not impossible, although it does seem somewhat improbable.
Joining him in lane is Raes, one of the few marksmen who stood out during the 2020 World Championship Play-In stage. Raes did incredibly well given whom he was up against and was performing much better than anyone had expected. With the OPL getting dissolved, Raes moving over to North America was a no-brainer. Whether he’ll be able to tango with the likes of Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, Edward “Tactical” Ra, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, and many others still remains to be seen, but he’s quite a talented rookie and will no doubt turn heads come 2021.
Insanity, on the other hand, is one of those players who’s been around for a while and yet never got a fair shake. He’s an Academy-level talent with room to grow and develop which is exactly what Immortals need. He was already their starting mid laner back in the 2020 LCS Summer Split, but that felt like a temporary deal rather than something more permanent. After fourteen games, he was moved back to Academy despite having some fairly solid stats. Again, nothing monumental or mind-blowing, but he was never set-up for success, so it stands to reason that he didn’t make the world take notice. Perhaps most surprisingly, he ranked first in Damage Per Minute and Damage Share amongst all mid laners. His laning wasn’t all that impressive (an understatement), but he positioned nicely and hardcarried as best he could.
Finally, to round things out, we have former FlyQuest Academy top laner Revenge. Most IMT fans weren’t exactly elated because of this signing, and it’s easy to see why. Revenge didn’t stand out much throughout his stint with FLYA, and the fact that he’s getting the honor of playing on the LCS stage over Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaya, and Samson “Lourlo” Jackson is definitely a bit confusing, to say the least. With a 1.7 KDA, 22.9% Death Share, and some of the worst stats damage-wise in Academy, he’s not exactly what you’d call an LCS caliber player.
He’s obviously the weakest link in this IMT line-up and will definitely get exploited come 2021. The LCS might not be the most competitive region in the world, but it’s stacked with top lane talent. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. If Revenge couldn’t stand out in Academy (and he really, really couldn’t) then there’s no way he’ll trade blows with the likes of Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, Barney “Alphari” Morris, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong, and many others.
Giving rookies a shot at playing on the LCS stage this early into their careers isn’t always a wise decision as it can seriously hurt them in the long run. Revenge will undoubtedly get demolished game after game and it’s not his fault — he needs more time to grow and develop. Pitting him against some of the best top laners in the West (and the world, for that matter) is a decision that makes no sense whatsoever. Xerxe will be able to help him out quite a bit, but it won’t be enough at this level of play.
An Acceptable Start
Overall, there’s some room for optimism when it comes to Immortals and their 2021 LCS line-up. It’s far from stellar, of course, but it’s much better than most people thought they’d end up with. As things stand, though, they’re nothing more than a bottom-tier challenger. They’re somewhat better on paper than the Golden Guardians (and perhaps Dignitas), but that’s about it. In any case, they’ll need time to fully synergize and potentially do some damage, but it’s still hard to imagine them any higher than ninth or eighth place.