2015 World Championship semi-finalist Origen is making a return to the pro scene, and rumour has it, that the names of several legendary players are involved.
It has been quite a while since we last saw Enrique ‘xPeke’ Cedeño Martínez’s Origen. After the team reached the top four in the world, things have gradually been going downhill for the organisation. During Season 6, Origen lost all its star players – xPeke stepped down from the starting roster, Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen and Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez joined G2 Esports, Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer & Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider went to Fnatic and Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage left for Misfits Gaming. The following Season 7 was a disaster for Origen! After an abysmal 0-13 run during the 2017 EU LCS Spring split and losing both their games 0-3 in the Summer Promotion, the organisation rightfully left the EU LCS, making place for teams that were better at the time.
But Origen’s great Season 5 performance has not been forgotten, as fans still mention their legendary plays. During the 2015 World Championship, Origen was put in a group with NA’s first seed Team SoloMid, Korean giants KT Rolster and China’s first seed LGD Gaming, who were the favourites to win the whole tournament. Everyone predicted that Origen would finish last, but their amazing teamfights and macro strategy led them to a 3-0 first week and a ticket out of the group of death. In their famous victory against LGD they had a teamfight so well-executed, it gave life to the first episode of the League of Legends show now known as ‘The Breakdown’.
The fans haven’t forgotten that and over the following years still showed Origen their support, even though things were far from great. So now, according to the team’s social media pages, Origen is coming back with a message to their fans: ‘We want to give back everything you did for us’.
Rumours immediately started flooding the Internet. The first one is that the timing of this alleged return isn’t just random. This news comes just after Riot Games announced that franchising and revenue sharing will be making their way to the EU LCS in 2019. This system proved to be quite fruitful in the NA LCS, especially because it is good at attracting outside investors. For NA this mostly meant teams from the NBA basketball league created eSports teams and joined the LCS. Examples of that are 100 Thieves, affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clutch Gaming, owned by the Houston Rockets, and Golden Guardians, operated by the Golden State Warriors. For Europe, football clubs play the same role, as Schalke 04, Paris Saint-Germain, Valencia and Beşiktaş already have already formed eSports teams. Moreover, recently Fnatic struck a partnership with the Italian club AS Roma.
So, following said rumours, there is a supposed investor in Origen – and it’s none other than Real Madrid. These rumours are supported by Álvaro Arbeloa, a former Spanish football player with over 150 matches played for Real Madrid, who retweeted several of Origen’s tweets, hinting at possible partnership. Nothing is certain yet, but if a team as big as Real Madrid invests in League of Legends, it would make a huge difference in the European eSports scene.
But wait – there’s more gossip. Two more legendary names have recently been connected with Origen – Konstantinos-Napoleon ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou and Henrik ‘Froggen’ Hansen. FORG1VEN and Froggen are two of the highest profile personas in EU LCS history, and both are known for being very mechanically skilled. Froggen reached the semi-final at the Season 2 World Championship with his team CLG.eu, and became one of the most respected players in Europe. Froggen has had several teams build around him – most notably 2014 EU LCS Summer Champions Alliance, and the North-American Echo Fox’s 2017 roster.
FORG1VEN’s fame came a bit later in his career, although his skill was recognised early by pro players who had the opportunity to play with him. It was during the Season 5 Spring Split when he stepped into the spotlight, by having an amazing 15-3 record with SK Gaming. He was considered the best AD Carry in Europe at the time – ‘by far’, in his own words. During Season 6 he also managed to reach the World Championship Semi-final with another team - H2k-Gaming.
But as talented as both these players are, they are also known to enjoy being at the centre of attention. Whether they will be joining Origen’s new line-up and can they work together – it remains to be seen.
Amidst all these rumours, Origen made an announcement. This time it was not just gossip, but a confirmed player for the new Origen line-up. And, surprise surprise, it was yet another legend – jungle master Choi ‘inSec’ In-seok. Being a contestant for the most famous jungler name in all of League of Legends history, inSec’s career heights are reaching the Final in the 2014 World Championship with Star Horn Royal Club, and creating a Lee Sin move, that changed the way the champion is played. ‘The inSec’, as the move is called, represents a combination of three of Lee Sin’s skills, eventually resulting in the opposing team’s carry flying into the enemy team. It is one of League of Legends most iconic plays, and is now a must-know skill for every good Lee Sin player.
Origen announced that they will be stopping their hype campaign for 24 hours, to show their respect to Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng’s recent tragedy. As of the release of this article, this hiatus has ended and the other team members are expected to be revealed.
A lot remains to be seen about Origen’s resurrection. But this is the first glimmer of hope the organization has seen since Season 6. And amongst all legendry names, connected with Origen recently, there is one that the fans want to see back on the rift the most – xPeke himself, considered by many to be the best mid laner Europe has ever seen.