Östersunds FK Esports reveal Swedish Esports League Season 2 lineup
Östersunds FK Esports, the esports division of Swedish football club Östersunds FK, has announced its League of Legends lineup. The roster will compete in the second season of the Swedish Esports League.
The lineup has retained its core from Season 1, with three of the five players returning for Season 2. “This was decided after a fair number of scrims, testing and research,” said team manager Alexander Ramlinger on Östersunds FK Esports’ website. “The overall team decided to go with this new lineup, as the new players fit the current very well and the chemistry felt natural. The team has since seen new energy and increased competitive spirit.”
The new acquisitions (the bot lane and the head coach) bolster the team’s chances at reaching the 2019 EU Masters spring tournament through the European Nordic cup. Before that, ÖFK needs to finish in the Top 2 of the Swedish Esports League (SEL)’s point tally.
Östersunds FK Esports have already finished in second place of the SEL Season 1. Should they continuously finish in the Top 2 (or grab the top spot), they would qualify to the Nordic Cup. Indeed, the league may be using a point system to reward a Top 4 finish. In fact, the higher the seasonal finish, the more points a team nets. Ultimately, a point tally is made to determine the two Swedish representatives in the Nordic Cup. There, they would face the Top Two of Denmark, Norway (and Iceland), and Finland.
Four of the players are familiar with one another; Kryze, Skeden and Adept (formerly Addex) played together in the SEL. In addition, Unforgiven and Skeden teamed up and nearly qualified to the International eSports Federation cup as Sweden’s representative. As for Efias, he spent the last two years in the Top Two of the Italian scene, even teaming up with Team Vitality’s Daniele “Jiizuke” Di Mauro early in his competitive career.
It falls on ÖFK’s coach to ensure their qualification to the European Masters strong guarantee for such goals. Indeed, MrBaneBlade has previously coached Team Nevo in 2015, a team that featured Berk “Gilius” Demir and Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen. His tenure within SPGeSports in 2017 also yielded a qualification to the 2018 European Masters spring tournament. When contacted, MrBaneBlade had the following to say:
I’m extremely excited to be working with the team. We have hopes of winning the Nordic Championship and competing in the EU Masters in the short term, and a lot of new talent to build into a national league squad. We’re extremely lucky to be sponsored by Östersunds Football Club and with their consistent improvement, and our teams dedication to success, I’m sure this will be an excellent first split for the young team.