Edward joins Rogue as their assistant coach
Edward “Edward” Abgaryan has joined new LEC franchise Rogue as their assistant coach. The team announced the news on Twitter, ahead of other roster transactions.
The signing caps Edward’s free agency, as he had left Gambit Esports after the World Championship. In joining the team as an assistant coach, Edward transitions into a new chapter of his career.
“This offseason was one of the hardest for me in terms of making a decision,” he said. “I spent a couple weeks thinking about my situation non-stop with countless sleepless nights. I received a lot of offers to continue playing and I still enjoyed playing. I realized that I could keep on playing as long as my passion for the game was there but I knew I had to take the next step in life and move forward.”
The former support started his playing career on Alexei “Alex ich” Ichetovkin’s many pre-Moscow Five teams, eventually striking gold when M5 came to be. During Season 2 and Season 3, he was considered one of the best supports in the West.
Despite a rocky schedule in the LCS era, Edward remained a fixture in Gambit Gaming (minus a short stint to Team Curse during the 2013 summer split). He went on to reach the World championship three times as a European representative (M5 and Gambit), before his time in Europe came to an end. Indeed, the lack of progamer visas in Germany forced him to move back to Russia to compete, which he did in the LCL.
In 2016, he took eventual Worlds quarterfinalists Albus NoX Luna to the distance in the LCL summer finals in a 3-2 thriller. However, he would reach Worlds in 2017 and 2018. In his latest run as a member of Gambit Esports, his team nearly derailed Cloud9’s adventure before it began. In fact, following Cloud9’s 3-2 victory over Gambit, the North American team reached the semifinals in the main event. His retirement as a player leaves Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov as the sole Moscow Five player still in activity.
Rogue can now focus on signing its starting five in the EU LCS. The team has reportedly approached Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa and Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, but the remaining positions’ tenants remain unknown.