Continue reading for more information, including which two teams earned the last two 2015 NA LCS spots, off season Team News, details on the recent fining of CLG, and more!
- [Reminder] The Expansion Tournament , which decides which two teams will fill the final spots in the 2015 LCS season, has started up and will run almost every weekend through December 21st!
- North America 's Expansion Tourney concluded this weekend, with CURSE ACADEMY and TEAM COAST earning the last two 2015 Season LCS spots!
- Europe will be wrapping their Expansion Tournament up next week with the following teams:
- Giants Gaming
- H2k - [Pr0lly just joined as coach]
- Reason Gaming
Off Season Team News
- Curse had a few announcements this week in relation to both of their teams:
- CLG was recently found to be violating the LCS rules on poaching players still under contract. In this case they approached Scarra before his contract with Dignitas expired to ask him to join the team.
- They are fined $10,000
- The specific rule violated is 10.2.12 No Poaching or Tampering:
- “No Team Member or Affiliate of a team may solicit, lure, or make an offer of employment to any Team Member who is signed to any LCS team, nor encourage any such Team Member to breach or otherwise terminate a contract with said LCS team. Violations of this rule shall be subject to penalties, at the discretion of LCS officials.”
- Scarra will be unable to be head coach for 3 weeks into the 2015 Season
- CLG will have to hire a new head coach for the first 3 weeks of the 2015 Spring Split
- CLG released this statement over the ruling, including comments from Scarra and HotShotGG
- CLG had a few roster announcements this week as well:
- Link re-signed to the team to play in mid lane
- Xmithie joined the team in the jungle role
- Thinkcard will be subbing for Xmithie during IEM Cologne due to visa issues
- Mithy, recently banned for toxic behavior in game, passed his End-Of-Suspension review and will be eligible to play in the 2015 LCS/CS
- Nukeduck, also banned for his in game behavior, passed his End-Of-Suspension review and will be eligible to play in the 2015 LCS/CS
- Millenium announced that they would be disbanding and releasing all of their players after losing the Expansion Tournament.
- Genja announced that he would be retiring from the competitive scene - citing LCS format, constant travel, and Gambit's break up as the main reasoning.
- A couple new additions to OMG this week:
- Uzi left Star Horn Royal Club in order to join OMG
- Cool re-signed with the team
- Acorn (formerly of Samsung Blue) announced that he would be joining LGD gaming.