Unicorns of Love players to explore free agency
The Unicorns of Love have allowed their players to explore free agency before their contracts end on Nov. 19, 2018, as the organization is no longer in the LCS.
Unicorns of Love fielded a stable roster throughout their 2018 season, and it is as follows:
- Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen
- Jonas “Kold” Andersen
- Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
- Samuel “Samux” Fernandez Fort
- Matúš “Neon” Jakubčík
- Eun “Totoro” Jong-seop
- Fabian “Sheepy” Mallant
- Benedikt “Benny” Iberl
Four players have revealed their intent to explore free agency via Twitter: Whiteknight, Exileh, Samux and Totoro. In the process, they posted their contact information for prospective teams seeking to sign them during free agency.
The players are set to face tough competition in the market as Splyce, Giants Gaming, H2K Gaming and Team ROCCAT were reportedly unable to secure franchising spots in the 2019 LCS spring split. In addition, Misfits Gaming, Fnatic, FC Schalke 04 Esports and Team Vitality are also set to deal with free agency, raising the total pool of LCS players in free agency to about 40. The players distinguished themselves during the Unicorns of Love’s 2018 season campaign despite their inability to reach the playoffs during the spring and summer splits.
WhiteKnight provided stability in the top lane and improved as the season progressed. Likewise, Exileh focused on his gameplay more than during previous seasons, in which he contributed to the in-game decision-making process. Samux’s performance level was satisfactory, but health issues sidelined him during the 2018 LCS summer split. As a result, Neon filled in for him and showcased great mental fortitude and solid performances for a rookie.
Similarly, Totoro’s ability to adapt to life in Europe and his skill display in a region that has lacked standout supports outside of the LCS. However, the team’s biggest draw is undeniably Kold following his transition into a leadership role and his sharp gameplay despite losses.
Together, the players spiced up the LCS in ways no other non-playoff team did. During the spring split, their climb from 1W-9L to 6W-12L eliminated Giants Gaming and Schalke 04 from the playoffs. Their summer split was not as explosive, but their victory against Fnatic in their last LCS game nearly caused a huge tiebreaker situation.
The announcements come after the Unicorns of Love revealed that they would not be part of the 2019 LCS spring split as their franchising application fell through. The team announced the news on YouTube as head coach and founder Fabian “Sheepy” Mallant addressed the UoL fan base.
The Unicorns of Love participated in the LCS since 2015. In the process, they reached the LCS split finals twice: in the 2015 and 2017 spring splits. In addition, they garnered a devout fan base, with official fan club Love Hurts Crew attending the LCS on a weekly basis. Their departure is set to leave a gap in the fan base, on top of the ensuing free agency movements.