The new SK Gaming
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SK gaming was once constantly known for its roster changes; many European giants such Wickd, Snoopeh, Yellowstar, Araneae and nRated walked through its hallowed doors, however, ever since the pickup of Team Dimego one person had always remained the anchor of the german organization: Ocelote. SK’s most substantial change to the roster has to be the move of Ocelote to the sub position and pick up Jesiz as their midlaner. Jesiz himself is a mystery, whilst his profile shows his main role as ADC, the Dane’s tenure as the midlaner for Intellectual Playground (IPG) and tRicked esports should not be overlooked. Under IPG he played a variety of midlaners such as Ahri, Fizz, Gragas and other niche champions such as AP Janna. Jesiz’s initiation into SK will be a true test of his skill, he will have to face world class midlaners such as Alex ich, Froggen and xPeke. Will Jesiz prove to be a worthy replacement of SK? If his countrymen are any indication then Europe’s newest midlane superstar may just have been created.
SK’s botlane consisting of Nyph and CandyPanda will remain as they were. Regarded as one of the most consistent botlanes in Europe Nyph and CandyPanda have been together ever since their initial qualification for the Season 1 finals with gamed!de (despite a brief phrase when CandyPanda was kicked from SK). Nyph ended the season with a 3.4 KDA (4th best in terms of European Supports), an average total gold of total gold and an average gold per minute of 227 second only to yellowstar. CandyPanda ended the season with a 4.7 KDA (6th in the EU LCS), an average total gold of 72k (3rd) and an average gold per minute of 345 (6th). The stats measured by LoLeSports show that Nyph was better in relation to his peers than CandyPanda was, however, stats do not always show everything and CandyPanda has proven that he can be an outstanding AD carry. Will he shine once again with this new roster and prove to the world that he did not get the MVP award of IEM New York for nothing? This remains to be seen.
The SK roster changes are certainly intriguing, it is clear that SK has given Nyph the responsibility of forming a team and he seems to have picked a few ambitious faces. Jesiz and Freddy remain a large mystery; will they be able to compete against the best of what Europe has to offer? Relegations are growing closer and the time to prove themselves against people eager to take their spot will soon be on the way. The qualifiers for the amateur tournament in cologne will certainly be their first real test it remains to be seen if they can rise to the challenge.