SK Gaming finalize Academy roster: Sacre, Jenax in
SK Gaming have finalized their Academy roster, set to compete in the DACH Premier Tour. Toni “Sacre” Sabalic and Janik “Jenax” Bartels have replaced SozPurefect and Scarface on the lineup. Riot Games revealed the news through the League Recognized Contract Database on Jan. 8.
The arrivals have made a solid impact in their previous destinations. Indeed, Sacre was one of the best top laners in the Balkan region, and he performed well in the Spanish circuit as well. As for Jenax, he was one of BIG’s greatest assets despite its setbacks in the German circuit. Before joining BIG, he reached the 2018 European Masters summer tournament as mousesports’ mid laner.
As a result, SK Gaming have the makings of a contender in the DACH region alongside mousesports and, potentially, FC Schalke 04 Esports’ academy lineup. The organization already had serious firepower in 2018 upon re-entering the scene. However, they underwent a trial by fire in the DACH circuit when they faced the dominant EURONICS Gaming and the rising mousesports in their initial Premier Tour showings. Both of them went on to participate in the European Masters, with ESG reaching the semifinals.
At least, the team came into its own, and Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal accelerated the process. Since he joined them, SK have landed into the Top Two of three tournaments out of five. However, the team’s semifinal finish in the 2018 ESL Meisterschaft Winter playoffs was a relative disappointment, as they had dominated the field throughout the regular season. Doss’s continued improvement will be the key to SK Gaming’s success within the league, especially considering their competitors’ bot lanes.