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SK releases Kev1n and hyrqbot - join NiP

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Sep 18, 2013 11:54

ImageCologne, 18th September 2013. With immediate effect SK Gaming releases their players Kevin Rubiszewski and John Velly from the current League of Legends team roster and announces their departure to join forces with Ninjas in Pyjamas. This is the first official player swap between season 3 and 4. It kicks off offseason transfers and trade of players in preparation for the upcoming LCS EU spring season 2014.

Early during the season 3 summer split SK management already reacted to beyond expectation results with the announcement of possible strategic changes. The transfer of both players is a first step in this direction.

Says Alexander Müller, Managing Director of SK Gaming: "Our performance during the summer split did not in any way reflect the potential of the team or the players we had on the roster. At a certain point the chemistry was totally off and even though all of us tried to fix it, a change became unavoidable. Finishing 2nd in Europe only one year ago at Gamescom 2012 was great. Ending up 3rd and 4th in the spring split was acceptable, but the continuing downward tendency turned the summer split into a disaster."

After finishing the LCS summer split, the team took time off in order to analyze the season and decide on what would be the best course of action for the upcoming promotion match and the 2014 campaign.

Continues Müller: "We explored all possibilities in August and discussed them with the team. When an opportunity for a player transfer of both DE Kevin 'kev1n' Rubiszewski and FR John 'hyrqBot' Velly came up, we sat down with the NiP management and hammered out the agreement within 24 hours. I can say that both teams handled the situation extremely professional. We informed Riot Games immediately and are happy to announce the transfer. The terms of this deal are between SK and NiP and will stay there. I would like to take the opportunity and thank both players for the time they spent with us. It was quite a journey and we wish them all the best for the future with their new team, especially for the upcoming promotion match for season 4."

This transfer leaves the top and jungle position wide open at the SK League of Legends line-up. "We will use the opportunity at hand and for now test different team compositions in order to develop a stable and competitive team for our promotion match. So far nothing is set in stone and anything can happen within the upcoming months." says Müller.

We will keep you up to date live here at SK and suggest you keep an eye on the following channels to stay informed on any new developments:

- SK Twitter
- SK Facebook
- Alexander Müller Twitter
- Min Sik Ko Twitter



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