When Immortals announced their entry into League of Legends, they already had a complete team in mind. In October of 2015, Immortals revealed the rebranded Team 8, the first of their many planned esports teams. Team 8’s Zach “Nien” Malhas, Greyson “goldenglue” Gilmer, and Braeden “PorpoisePops” Schwark became the foundation of Immortal’s first League of Legends roster, with support player Kang “Dodo” Jun-hyeok retiring from competitive play to become their coach.
But that didn’t last for long. The organization decided to change its roster entirely going into the 2016 season. On December 8, 2015, Immortals announced a new League of Legends roster. This time it included Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, and Adrian “Adrian” Ma. With their new team made public, Immortals was predicted to be one of the top teams in the LCS.
Immortals went undefeated for the first six weeks of the 2016 Spring Split before losing one game to Counter Logic Gaming the following week. After that loss, the powerful roster went on to win the rest of their regular season games. After losing to Team SoloMid in the playoff, Immortals placed third place overall.
No roster changes were made between seasons and the team was expected to have a similar performance going into the Summer Split. The dominant squad only dropped two of their 18 series played all season, earning themselves a playoff bye. They were able to avoid another TSM match and instead fought third-place team Cloud9. The back and forth series resulted in a victory for Cloud9, and Immortals then went head-to-head with CLG. After a shaky start, Immortals beat CLG 3-2, but CLG won the second Worlds seed that year for North America since they had more Championship Points.
Despite being the top seed in the 2016 North American regional finals, Immortals fell to Cloud9 once again and their season was cut short just before Worlds. It wasn’t quite what the organization had hoped for, but they had definitely proven themselves that first year.
Heading into November of 2016, four of their five players had left the team after their one-year contracts expired. Even their head coach, Dylan Falco, had decided to leave. This left Immortals with only Pobelter, who had signed a two-year contract. This time, Immortals brought in veterans like Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and Lee “Flame” Ho-jong. This team wasn’t as promising, and they started the 2017 Spring Split in the middle of the pack. They ultimately were swept by Team Dignitas in their final match of the regular season, keeping them out of the playoffs.
Unhappy with the Spring Split results, Immortals swapped Dardoch to CLG in exchange for Jake Kevin “Xmithie” Puchero. This was a surprising trade, since Xmithie had died the most of any jungler in the Spring Split. But they started the Summer Split 7-1, competing for first against CLG and TSM. They eventually settled into second place, receiving another playoffs bye. After defeating CLG, Immortals made it to the LCS finals. Although they lost to TSM 3-1, Immortals then had enough Championship Points to qualify for Worlds as North America’s second seed.
At the 2017 World Championship, Immortals competed in Group B with Longzhu, Fnatic, GIGABYTE Marines. They weren’t able to have the same success on the international stage, and a loss to Fnatic had them out in groups.
Despite their continued regular season regional dominance during those two years, Immortals were not selected to be part of the 2018 LCS after the move to franchising. This came as a huge shock to the League of Legends community, although many believed it was due to the organization’s choice to invest into the Overwatch League.
It was never made public why Immortals’ application to the league was declined. Even though fans were upset, it spelled the end of Immortals’ LCS run.
On June 12, 2019, Immortals’ parent company acquired Infinite Esports & Entertainment, OpTic Gaming’s parent company. This allowed Immortals to enter the LCS once again, with OpTic set to rebrand to Immortals for the 2020 season. Former jungler Xmithie left Team Liquid to rejoin Immortals for their 2020 season, where he is joined by Jeremy “Eika” Valdenaire, Johnny “Altec” Ru, Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent, and Paul “sOAZ” Boyer.