Immortals release sOAZ, Altec, Eika, Gate and coach GoToOne

Admir M. September 1, 2020

After an abysmal last-place finish in the LCS 2020 Summer Season, Immortals has announced that they will be parting ways with four of their starting players along with assistant coach Adrien "GotoOne" Picard.

The team announced that it will be releasing support Austin "Gate" Yu, bot laner Johnny "Altec" Ru, and the French duo of top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer and mid laner Jérémy "Eika" Valdenaire. 

Immortals nightmare year comes to an end

It is safe to say that 2020 wasn’t a great year for Immortals. After finishing the 2020 LCS Spring Split with an 8-10 record and missing out on the playoffs after a tiebreaker loss against Dignitas, the team looked in dire need of change if they were to compete for a spot at the 2020 World Championship.

Heading into the summer split, the team benched veteran jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero in favor of Nicholas “Potluck” Pollock.

Even after the change, the team’s form plummeted as Immortals ended up losing its first four matches of the summer split. During week three, Immortals shook things up and started their Academy roster in the LCS, while the main roster played in the Academy League.

The new starters immediately earned the team’s first win and played throughout the rest of the split, finishing with a 4-14 record. On the other hand, the original starters finished the Academy split with an 8-10 record, missing out on the playoffs

With such a disastrous end to the season, it remains to be seen how Immortals decide to move forward with its rebuild. 

As it stands,
Immortals is left with the following 6-man roster:

  • Top - Kieran “Allorim” Logue”
  • Jungle - Nicholas “Potluck” Pollock & Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
  • Mid - David “Insanity” Challe
  • ADC - Apollo “Apollo” Price
  • Support - Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent

sOAZ announces that he will be taking a year off

sOAZ, who joined Immortals at the end of 2019, announced in a TwitLonger that he will be taking a one year break from competitive play before evaluating his future options. The nine-year veteran has had an underwhelming split, and it looks as though his best days are behind him.

“Even though I believe I can still compete at the top level, I think it's for the better that I make the decision to take a year off from playing. It's honestly exciting for me to think about coaching players, theorycrafting and being more involved with staff,” sOAZ said.

No other players released by the organization have yet stated their plans for the future.