MAD Lions Looking to Import SUP Armut
According to Esporin, MAD Lions — the fourth best team from the LEC — is finalizing a deal to bring SupperMassive’s top laner İrfan “Armut” Berk Tükek over to Europe. This, in short, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Armut, frankly speaking, isn’t exactly a household name, but if you’ve watched the 2020 World Championship Play-In stage, you’ve definitely seen him dominate.
Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. Armut was one of SupperMassive’s best and most impressive performers. It’s not necessarily that he’s a laning behemoth (although he is very competitive in that regard) but rather that he was able to shine bright on bruisers and tanks alike. In a meta when even some of the biggest top lane stars struggle to diversify their arsenal, Armut made things look easy.
Amongst all Play-In top laners (including names like Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong nad Xie “Langx” Zhen-Ying), Armut had the highest Kill Participation (72.8%), second lowest Death Share (18.5%), second highest First Blood rate (42%), first in Gold Difference at 10 Minutes (243), second highest Damage per Minute (437), and was also first in Wards placed per minute at 0.52.
All in all, saying that Armut stood out in all the right ways wouldn’t even begin to cut it. Of course, he’s no top-tier powerhouse, but he does have a ton of potential, and for a player that still has room to grow and evolve, MAD Lions feels like the perfect home.
To say that Armut outclassed MAD Lions’ previous top laner in their Best of 5 would truly be an understatement. And now, in a twist that would rival even the best animes out there, he’s been picked up by the same organization he helped kick out of Worlds. Funny how life works out sometimes.
As one user on Reddit said, the “TCL is a talent goldmine” and it’s hard to argue otherwise. We’ve seen the amount of success Sergen “BrokenBlade” Çelik and Can “Closer” Çelik found over in North America, and the same goes for Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir and, most notably, the best Western player of all time Rasmus “Caps” Winther who was also scouted from the TCL and brought over to Europe. Not all of these players are Turkish, but they were nonetheless able to showcase their talents and eventually get picked up.
A New Jungler on the Horizon
According to a report from ESPN, MAD Lions are also looking to sign Javier “Elyoya” Prades from Movistar Riders beyond Armut. This bit of news, however, is quite a surprise. Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao didn’t shine much at Worlds, but his performance throughout 2020 on the LEC stage pushed MAD Lions into the limelight. Many consider him as a Lee Sin one-trick, but he’s far from one-dimensional. The fact that he dropped the ball at the biggest of stages (after competing in an online-only environment for months) should in no way diminish his immense contribution throughout the majority of the season. Where he’ll go next will remain a mystery for at least another month until the off-season officially begins.
Elyoya is a solid prospect, but his signing definitely comes as a shock.
In the meantime, while we await the impending off-season chaos, make sure to tune in to the 2020 World Championship!