Turkish TCL champions 1907 Fenerbahçe return home two players short. Just days after the end of their Mid-Season Invitational campaign, FB have lost their jungler and reports say their star top laner will be leaving also.
Kirei joins Misfits Gaming
According to Riot’s Global Contract Database, Thomas “Kirei” Yuen has joined LEC team Misfits Gaming. There is no information whether the jungler will join Misfits’ academy team, whose current jungler is Patrick “Obsess” Engelmann, or reinforce the main LEC team, which currently plays with Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian in the jungle.
The latter is less likely, given Maxlore’s long-standing history with the team. The Brit joined Misfits for the 2017 Summer Split and helped them to a second place in the 2017 Summer Playoffs and top 8 at Worlds of the same year. Misfits’ 2019 LEC results have been worse, only finishing 8th, but Maxlore put on more than decent stats, placing third in the league in CS per minute and 33% first blood participation.
If Kirei joins the LEC team, it will be his first time he plays on the premier European stage, but it’s more likely that Misfits place him as an experienced anchor in the academy team. Obsess was great for Misfits Premier on their way to a Europe Masters championship, but Kirei can bring competitive experience that spans half a decade.
Report: Ruin to join CLG
Much tougher loss to 1907 FB will be the departure of top laner Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min. According to Turkish esports portal Esporin, Ruin is in the final stage of negotiations with LCS’ Counter Logic Gaming and the transfer will be made official soon. Ruin’s departure was also confirmed by the team Tuesday.
CLG had a rough 2019 LCS Spring Split, finishing seventh in the regular season, missing playoffs, and their top lane was seen as one of their weaker spots. Their main player Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya placed in the bottom half of LCS’ top players, performance-wise, and announced today that he’s left the organization.
This leaves CLG with just substitute top laner Kevin “FallenBandit” Yu, who only played one game in the spring split. Looking at Ruin as a reliable top lane anchor therefore makes a lot of sense for the veteran org.
Tough times for 1907Fenerbahçe
Losing two players would leave the TCL champions in a vulnerable positions. FB already had a rough showing at MSI: despite considered one of the Play-in favorites, 1907 faced elimination in the group stage, losing a tiebreaker to VCS’ Phong Vu Buffalo.
Having to fill two positions with new players also gives a chance for their competition to catch up. FB only won the 2019 TCL Spring Split on a tiebreaker, after SuperMassive put on the same 16-2 record but had lost both matches against FB previously. SuperMassive were also FB’s opponents in the TCL grand finals and still have star mid laner Kim “Frozen” Tae-il on contract until end of 2019.
Although Kirei has been with the team for only a single split, Ruin has been FB’s best player and hard carry. Finding a worthy replacement will be difficult and tough times are ahead for 1907 FB.