Immortals (esports)

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Immortals
Logo of Immortals
Short nameIMT
SportClash Royale
League of Legends
FoundedOctober 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
Based inLos Angeles, California
Parent groupImmortals Gaming Club
Websiteimmortals.gg Edit this at Wikidata

Immortals is a professional esports team based in the United States that was founded on October 7, 2015, after the acquisition of the LCS spot of Team 8.[1] They formerly competed in the League of Legends Championship Series, but were declined a franchise spot for the 2018 season,[2][3] despite being one of three LCS teams to qualify for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship. Immortals has since expanded into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Dota 2, Super Smash Bros, Vainglory, Rainbow Six Siege and Arena of Valor.

Ownership[edit]

Immortals Gaming Club
IndustryEntertainment and sports
FounderNoah Whinston
Headquarters
Key people
Peter Levin (Chairman)
Ari Segal (CEO)
DivisionsImmortals
MIBR
OpTic Gaming
Los Angeles Valiant
Websitehttps://igc.gg/

Immortals Gaming Club is a collective esports and gaming company. Other than owning the Immortals team their name stems from, they own MIBR, OpTic Gaming and the Los Angeles Valiant Overwatch League team. Investors for the group include Anschutz Entertainment Group, Peter Levin, the president of Lionsgate Interactive Venture and Games, who co-founded Nerdist; Allen Debevoise, a chairman at Machinima.com; Steve Kaplan, a co-owner of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies; Honest Co. CEO Brian Lee, entertainment industry venture capitalists Machine Shop Ventures, and others.[4]

League of Legends[edit]

On October 7, 2015 it was announced that a new organization called Immortals would be acquiring the Team 8 spot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS).[5] On October 14, 2015, Dodo8 announced his retirement and moved to a management position in Immortals.[6] On December 8 it was announced that Seong "Huni" Hoon Heo, Kim "Reignover" Yeu Jin, Eugene "Pobelter" Park, Jason "WildTurtle" Tran, and Adrian "Adrian" Ma would be joining the team.[7] Of these five players, only one remained on the 2017 roster; Pobelter. On December 7, 2016, Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett joined as starting jungler, signing a three-year contract.[8] Lee "Flame" Ho-jong (top lane) and Li Yu "Cody Sun" Sun (ADC) joined on December 9, 2016;[9] Kim "Olleh" Joo-sung (support) was first reported as joining on December 12, 2016,[10] with a press release from Immortals following on December 13, 2016.[11]

Former[edit]

ID Name Position
Flame Lee Ho-jong Top
Xmithie Jake Kevin Puchero Jungle
Pobelter Eugene Park Mid
Cody Sun Li Yu 'Cody' Sun ADC
AnDa Andy Hoang Sub/Jungle
Stunt William Chen Sub/Support
Dardoch Joshua Hartnett Jungle
Huni Seong Hoon Heo Top
Reignover Kim Yeu Jin Jungle
WildTurtle Jason Tran ADC
Adrian Adrian Ma Support
Olleh Kim Joo-sung Support[12]

Staff[edit]

ID Name Position
Ssong Sang-soo Kim Head Coach
Robert Robert Yip Coach
Dodo8 Jun Kang Team Manager
Loyotalol Brendan Schilling Head Analyst
Lufty Nick Luft Analyst

Tournament results[edit]

  • 1st — 2016 NA LCS Spring Round Robin
  • 3rd — 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs
  • 2nd — 2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin
  • 3rd — 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs
  • 7th — 2017 NA LCS Spring Round Robin
  • 2nd — 2017 NA LCS Summer Round Robin
  • 2nd — 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Immortals acquired Tempo Storm's fully Brazilian lineup on June 1, 2016;[13] the former coach of SK Gaming, Wilton "zews" Prado replaced Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves on July 22, 2016.[14] On June 21, Immortals won DreamHack Summer 2016 after beating Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0;[15] the team placed 3rd-4th at CyberPowerPC Summer 2016, losing to Cloud9 in the semi-finals.[16] Immortals won Northern Arena 2016 on September 4 after they beat Cloud9 in the finals.[17] After a disappointing showing at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals in Brazil, Immortals replaced Wilton "zews" Prado with former teammate of boltz, Lucas "steel" Lopes; the most recent roster change involving the team was when Entry Fragger João "felps" Vasconcellos was traded to SK Gaming in exchange for Lincoln "fnx" Lau. In January 27, 2018, the team investors acquired the MiBR branding, after some months of negotiation with Paulo Velloso (former MiBR CEO), planning to come back with a Brazilian roster in the future.[18][19]

Roster[edit]

Alias Name Role Join date
Brazil fer Fernando Alvarenga Entry fragger June 23, 2018[20]
Brazil FalleN Gabriel Toledo AWPer, in-game leader June 23, 2018[20]
Brazil LUCAS1 Lucas Teles Entry fragger June 25, 2019[21]
Brazil TACO Epitácio de Melo Entry fragger, support December 21, 2018[22]
Brazil kNgV- Vito Giuseppe AWPer September 22, 2019[23]
Brazil zews Wilton Prado Coach December 21, 2018[22]
Brazil dead Ricardo Sinigaglia Team manager June 23, 2018[20]
Finland lurppis Tomi Kovanen General manager February 21, 2018[24]
Brazil coldzera Marcelo David Lurker (Inactive) June 23, 2018[20]

Tournament results[edit]

Bold denotes a Major

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Immortals branched into Super Smash Bros. by signing the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Brawl player Jason "ANTi" Bates on September 13, 2016.[26] Three months later, they signed Super Smash Bros. Melee player DaJuan "Shroomed" McDaniel who was previously signed with Winterfox.[27]

Former roster[edit]

ID Name Games Main character(s) Join date
ANTi Jason Bates Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario, Cloud Strife
Meta Knight
2016-09-13
Shroomed DaJuan McDaniel Super Smash Bros. Melee Sheik 2016-12-22

Dota 2[edit]

On September 13, 2017 it was announced that Immortals had acquired the North American-based independent Korean squad Team Phoenix consisting of The International 2016 MVP Phoenix roster.[28]

On December 30, 2017 offlaner Forev announced via Twitter his departure from the team.[29]

Clash Royale[edit]

Immortals started their Clash Royale team as part of the Clash Royale League North America. The team started on August 20, 2018 as part of Season 1 of the Clash Royale League, they went 10-4 in the regular season and won the playoffs to make it the World Finals in Tokyo, Japan. They got 4th in the seeding tournament and then lost in the quarter-finals, they are on track to be the Season Two World Champions.

Roster[edit]

ID Position
RomaniaRoyal 1v1
United States ahcraaaap 2v2
United States thegod_rf 2v2
Belarus LaPoKaTi 1v1
VenezuelaTrainer Luis Coach

Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

In June 5, 2018, the team have announced a new Rainbow Six: Siege team (the second Brazilian squad in the organization), acquiring the former team of BRK e-Sports. On August 3, the team was transferred to MiBR, an esports organization owned by Immortals.

MiBR Roster[edit]

ID Name Join date Transfer Date New Team
Brazil Cyb3r Jaime Ramos 2018-06-06[30] 2019-08-03[31] MiBR
Brazil Novys Daniel Novy 2018-06-06[30] 2019-08-03[31] MiBR
Brazil Bullet1 José Victor 2018-11-28 2019-08-03[31] MiBR
Brazil MKing Lucca Coser 2018-11-28 2019-08-03[31] MiBR
Brazil pX Matheus Freire 2018-12-12 2019-08-03[31] MiBR
Brazil Mohamad Lucas Mohamad 2018-06-06[30] 2019-08-03[31] MiBR

Source:[32]

Overwatch[edit]

On July 12, 2017, Overwatch developer Activision Blizzard officially announced that Noah Whinston, CEO of the team, had acquired a Los Angeles-based Overwatch League franchise spot for an estimated $20 million, after almost a year of discussion.[33][34][35] "For us, the crucial part of [our reason to join the Overwatch League] overall was the localization aspect — being able to have a local territory that we have control over and build deeper ties with a fan base than the current model really allows us to do," Whinston said in an interview. "That localization element, in addition the revenue sharing elements, and the stability and the strong competitive future of the game, all of those were important aspects for us when it came to making the decision."[36]

On October 23, 2017, Immortals revealed their franchise name as the Los Angeles Valiant;[37][38] the team revealed their starting roster over a series of Twitter posts from October 30 to November 2, consisting of four DPS, four tanks, and three supports.[39]

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