HeaQ set to sign with Rogue for 2019
Rogue are in the process of signing Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa for the 2019 LEC season, according to Jacob Wolf. The signing would be the first for Rogue and would mark continuity.
The signing allows Rogue to pursue play makers and facilitators on three of their four remaining spots. In doing so, they would leverage HeaQ’s leadership abilities, which he developed during the 2018 summer split. “For me, as a player, the main part has been to be assertive,” he said on an interview with Cybersport.com on July. “I know a lot about the game and, in my head, I usually have the right decision. But sometimes I rely too much on my teammates, even though they might be making the wrong call.”
Beyond his leadership abilities, HeaQ has grown as a mechanical player. His summer season numbers were fairly solid as well despite being on a losing squad. He held a 4.9 KDA ratio (eighth among bot laners, but not far from Petter “Hjärnan” Freyschuss’s 5.0 mark at fifth place), a 67.5 percent kill participation ratio (fifth among bot lane starters), a 13.5 death share (fourth among bot laners), and scored 543 Damage Per Minute (fifth among ADCs, 30.8 percent of his team’s damage).
HeaQ may have gone as a fairly unnoticed free agent during the 2019 offseason. However, metrics and his personal growth point towards his signing being the most underrated of the season. Having him as a centerpiece, as a rare in-game leader from the bot lane, grants Rogue flexibility in building their roster. Ideally, the team should target Jonas “Kold” Andersen, or an in-game leader from either top lane or mid. However, the latter may prove limiting in the European market, especially as Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet has already signed a contract with Team Vitality.
The signing does mark continuity, as the spirit of the 2018 Team ROCCAT squad would carry onward. ROCCAT’s former general manager, Tomislav “Flyy” Mihailov, is already on board with the team. However, the coaching staff and the other players are unknown at the time of writing.
Update: Nov. 30 @ 18:30 CET — HeaQ is officially on Rogue’s lineup.