Immortals Drops Four Players in Latest Roster Changes
After an abysmal second half of 2020, Immortals have just announced a couple of (long overdue) roster changes. In short, they’re dropping four of their Academy/LCS players, including Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, Jeremy “Eika” Valdenaire, Johnny “Altec” Ru, and Austin “Gate” Yu. Joining them is also Adrien “GoToOne” Picard, one of Immortals’ former coaches.
This bit of news should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Still, it raises a couple of key questions. It’s no secret that Immortals imploded mid-2020, and even before that point they didn’t accomplish anything worthy of praise or commendation, so roster changes were to be expected as the season draws to a close. They were a pretty mediocre team with a — one can only assume based on performance — mediocre coaching staff. As far as Immortals are concerned, change is an absolute necessity if they intend on challenging for a playoff spot come 2021. The fact that they dropped their head coach in June was certainly a step in the right direction, but that one move will mean very little if they don’t continue re-building from the ground up.
The four players listed above found varying amounts of success throughout their LCS tenures. Some, like sOAZ, are absolute legends. Others, like Eika, failed to leave much of a mark. Altec and Gate are seasoned veterans but they didn’t perform that well whenever they got the chance to play on the LCS stage. Their performances in Academy weren’t much better either. Still, they only deserve a small fraction of the blame, as Immortals — as an organization — obviously failed to do right by their players. All signs were pointing towards a shoddy foundation that gave little room for players to grow and further develop.
We can now only assume that IMT will keep Kieran “Allorim” Logue, Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, David “Insanity” Challe, Apollo “Apollo” Price, and Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent. We’ve seen this line-up in action in the second half of the Summer Split and it wasn’t half bad. Granted, no one expected much so it’s not like there were any expectations that had to be met, but the point still stands. No one’s quite sure what to expect from Immortals going forward. This line-up is barely sufficient if they intend on being a mediocre, middle-of-the-pack team and not much else. If, on the other hand, Immortals want to actually compete with the best teams the LCS has to offer, they’ll need to make big roster changes.
Hopefully they’ll be able to correct course and actually accomplish something worthy of mentioning once 2021 comes around.