Woolite, Inspired, VandeR join Rogue Academy for 2019
Paweł “Woolite” Pruski, Kacper “Inspired” Słoma and Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan have joined Rogue’s Academy squad for the 2019 season. The three Polish players are set to headline Rogue’s Ultraliga squad.
The signings finalize Rogue’s roster in terms of players. In addition, they add depth and a safety net to a squad that may face hardship in the LEC, but is unlikely to face much resistance in the Ultraliga. In fact, one has to wonder if other regions can field a comparable lineup for the European Masters.
Rogue had announced VandeR’s arrival on Dec. 22 following the latter’s performance in the 2018 season, as he helmed Schalke 04’s support slot. The player’s synergy with Upset goes back to 2017, when they played together in the Challenger Series. However, his familiarity with Woolite goes back to 2015, when they played in the EU LCS (now LEC) on Team ROCCAT.
The two players reunite in the Ultraliga, moments after Woolite snatched the Finals MVP award in his final appearance for Illuminar Honor Gaming. Indeed, Illuminar Gaming narrowly defeated Pompta Team 3-2 in a match that also featured future LEC player Marek “Humanoid” Brázda, as well as Woolite’s future teammate Inspired (on the opposing team). As a sidenote, Pompa’s support, Patryk “Mystiques” Piórkowski, is also headed to exceL Esports’ 10-man roster.
All in all, the Polish scene has already proven that it developed solid talent, and one has to wonder how Rogue’s Larssen and Finn will turn out. Should the trend continue, the Academy roster could stack up well against the LEC squad. If that happens, Rogue’s coaching staff might have a great ‘problem’ in its hands given their ability to choose their options weekly.