Edward returns to competitive League of Legends, steps down from Rogue
Edward “Edward” Abgaryan and LEC team Rogue have parted ways on May 6 following his desire to return to competitive League of Legends. The team revealed the news on social media ahead of his departure.
Edward previously stepped down from his starting support position at Gambit Esports and sought a fresh start in his career. “After losing at Worlds Play-in in 2018, I knew I needed some change.” he said. “I played professionally on the highest level since season 2 and never had any kind of break or VACation.”
As an assistant coach for Rogue, he faced the setbacks alongside the players and the coaching staff. Indeed, Rogue plummeted down to last place in its first split in the LEC with a 2W-16L record. Following that, he expressed his interest in playing again. However, Rogue had no open position at the time – be it in the LEC or in the Ultraliga squad. As such, the two sides mutually parted ways.
“Edward came to us and expressed his wish to continue playing,” said general manager Tomislav “Flyy” Mihailov. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t offer him a playing position and therefore decided to release him so he has the chance to find another team to continue his playing career. We wish Edward all the best and hope he finds a suitable team.”
The news concludes Edward’s second major stint in Europe after his time playing on Team ROCCAT and Gambit Gaming. Back then, he was unable to secure a work visa in Germany as an Armenian and Russian citizen. In 2019, Rogue secured him the visa and allowed him to work from Berlin. “Thank you to Rogue for the opportunity to try out coaching and also doing everything to get me my work visa done,” he said. “I always thought getting a work visa would be kind of impossible.”
Edward’s landing spot is unknown at this time, but he has been sighted in Russian solo queue alongside former Gambit teammate Stanislav “Lodik” Kornelyuk. Gambit finished in second place of the 2019 LCL spring regular season, but dropped out in the playoff semifinals to eventual MSI representatives Vega Squadron.
Image source: Rogue (Twitter)