Cabochard, Jactroll return to Team Vitality
Team Vitality have renewed the contracts of top laner Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet and support Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzynski until 2020. The team revealed the move on Twitter on Nov. 21 at 18:05 CET.
The signing allows Team Vitality to continue what they have started in 2018. During that offseason, they acquired Jactroll, Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho and Daniele “Jiizuke” Di Mauro from Giants Gaming, as well as head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi. The squad, mainly made of rookies, defied expectations and established itself as a playoff contender in Europe within weeks.
Their results (fourth in the spring split, third in the summer split) allowed them to reach the 2018 World Championship. There, their popularity soared as their brazen play sent Gen.G out of Worlds in Group B. Despite not reaching the quarterfinals, they inspired Cloud9’s Worlds playoff run, and exposed Royal Never Give Up’s weaknesses.
The announcement follows the organization’s willingness to develop the unit they built during the 2018 offseason. To that end, they extended YamatoCannon’s contract until 2020, and ensured stability around their Attila-Jiizuke core.
As a member of the 2018 Vitality squad, Cabochard evolved into a capable squad leader. Previously, Cabochard gained a reputation as a devastating mechanical player, but he was unable to assert his calls as a member of the old Vitality lineups.
As for Jactroll, his pairing with Attila wreaked havoc in the EU LCS, and his team fighting prowess provided his team an edge. A proven facilitator, he fulfilled his duties whether his teammates needed team fight initiation and/or back line peeling. He was also a calming presence in a team known for its emotional displays — particularly on Jiizuke’s behalf.
Team Vitality’s relatively stable offseason is grounds for relief within their fan base, but the level of play may sharply rise around them. Origen have assembled the making of a lethal lineup, and so did Misfits Gaming. However, counting them out would be a huge mistake, as they have proven in 2018.