Soon after announcing the signing of head coach André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto, Immortals is about to secure a new jungler. According to a report, the jungler and the organization agreed on the terms of the contract and the move will be official on November 16.
Xerxe is exiting Astralis, formerly known as Origen, after one year with the organization. After going through a rebranding process, Astralis is also looking to rebuild its roster, but Xerxe and Guilhoto were not part of the vision. Some community rumors indicate that Astralis might allegedly try to keep mid laner Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm, the rest of the roster is uncertain.
Xerxe joins the ever-growing list of players that go to the LCS attracted by the big paychecks. The North American teams are willing to pay big prices for the right player. Cloud9 could be in the process of securing Luka “Perkz” Perković in a record-breaking $5 million buyout according to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.
On a recent stream by G2 Esports’ jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski said that some play to win and others to get rich. That might be the case for Perkz if the move goes through. Of course, it might be all speculations.
G2’s owner Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez, asked the fans to stop believing everything they read on Twitter regarding the internal dealings of the teams.
I cant believe I have to say this, but please don’t believe what anybody says on Twitter about roster moves or internal dealings.
— *F%CK* CarlosR (@CarlosR) November 10, 2020
With Xerxe’s signing, LCS teams are once again relying on imports to be competitive domestically. This strategy has proven to be ineffective, teams might invest on big names, but the results are always the same.
Now that the Academy league is merging with the amateur circuit, there’s hope for the LCS. Through this competitive circuit, young talent will get the opportunity to grow and organizations will feel more inclined to invest in rookies.