Team ROCCAT/History

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2014 Season

The Spring Split was a huge success for the team. Impressive early split performances saw both Overpow and VandeR pick up a weekly MVP award each. ROCCAT spent 3 weeks at the top of the standings table mid-split, but results tailed off slightly towards the end of the split. The team ended up finishing 4th behind Alliance, securing themselves a spot in the Spring Playoffs.

ROCCAT performed well in the Spring Playoffs, but lost to SK Gaming in the semifinals. The team went on to finish in 3rd place after beating Alliance in the 3rd place match.

The Summer Split was a struggle for ROCCAT, with the team not once making it out of the bottom 3 of the standings table. A frustrating few weeks at the start of the split were followed by an overall improvement in the team's performances. Both Overpow and Jankos picked up a weekly MVP award during this period. Despite their struggles, ROCCAT placed 6th overall, clinching a place at the Summer Playoffs.

The playoffs saw the team raise their game considerably. A quarterfinal win over SUPA HOT CREW resulted in a semifinal matchup against Fnatic. The series was unexpectedly tight, with ROCCAT coming close but eventually losing 3-2 and missing out on qualification for the World Championship. A 3rd place match loss against SK Gaming meant that ROCCAT finished 4th overall.

2015 Season

On November 10th, it was announced that the team was moving to Berlin (it had earlier been announced that the LCS studios were moving from Cologne to Berlin[1]).[2]

When Fnatic were unable to attend IEM Cologne, ROCCAT took their place with Overpow moving to top lane and Ryu filling in as a temporary substitute player for the mid lane; this made their roster Overpow, Jankos, Ryu, Woolite, and VandeR. The team were knocked out in the semifinals, losing to Counter Logic Gaming.

Team ROCCAT had an unsuccessful LCS Spring Split, finishing the regular season in 8th place, which meant that they would play in the Summer Promotion. Here, the team faced Copenhagen Wolves Academy and came out victorious, securing their spot in the Summer Split.

The Summer Split itself was far more successful for the team, finishing the regular season in 5th place partly thanks to Nukeduck's impressive performances on a range of champions. This meant they would qualify for the Summer Playoffs, where the team were beaten in the quarterfinals by Unicorns Of Love, meaning that they would pick up 20 Championship Points and go on to play in the 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals. Team ROCCAT went on to lose to eventual qualifiers Origen in Round 2 of the gauntlet.

2016 Season

On December 8th 2015, it was announced that Nukeduck had left Team ROCCAT, and that MrRalleZ and Steve would be loaned out to an unnamed Challenger team.[3] Just a week later, long-time members Jankos and VandeR left the team after almost two years, forcing ROCCAT to field a completely new roster in 2016. In January, head coach YamatoCannon left to join Splyce.

On January 5th, Team ROCCAT announced their new roster for 2016 with former SK Gaming toplaner fredy122, former Copenhagen Wolves jungler Airwaks, former Gambit midlaner Betsy, former Renegades AD Carry Jebus, who renamed to Safir, and former Gambit support Edward. For their coaching staff, ROCCAT signed former LDLC jungler ImSoFresh as head coach and former Gambit analyst Moo as head analyst.

Throughout the 2016 EULCS Spring Season, the team had abysmal performance, resulting in several mid-split roster swaps. Safir was swapped out for former Elements AD carry Tabzz, formerly of Elements, while Edward was replaced by Extinkt, who had been on a two-year hiatus from professional League of Legends. Continuing to slide, ROCCAT replaced Extinkt with NoXiAK and head coach ImSoFresh with Grabbz after only a few weeks. Throughout the tumultuous period of replacements, ROCCAT earned only four wins throughout the split and ended in ninth place at 4-14.

By finishing in the bottom three of the standings, ROCCAT was required to compete in the Summer Promotion tournament to retain their LCS position. Although ROCCAT maintained their spot by defeating Huma 3-1, they again turned to overhauling the roster before the next split. ROCCAT contracted former Fnatic and Unicorns of Love player Steeelback, as well as Parang and Raise of Challengers Korea team Stardust to be its starting AD carry, top laner, and support, respectively.

In in the 2016 summer season, EULCS transitioned to a best of 2 format. Although ROCCAT managed to achieve a higher game win percentage this split, the team managed to win only two series and finish in last place with a 2-6-10 series record. The late-season replacement of Airwaks by challenger hopeful Memento unfortunately did not improve ROCCAT's standing. Again with a bottom-of-the-barrel finish, ROCCAT was forced to compete in the next season's Promotion tournament.

In the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion, ROCCAT narrowly defeated Millenium and fellow EU LCS team FC Schalke 04 to stay in the EU LCS. Soon after the promotion tournament, Parang, Memento, Steeelback, and Raise departed, and ROCCAT again needed to procure a new roster before the following split. Near the end of the offseason, the team announced that former Giants Gaming jungler Maxlore, former H2k AD carry Hjärnan, top laner Phaxi and support Wadid would join the starting roster. The only constant member throughout 2016 and into 2017 was ROCCAT's mid laner, Betsy.

2017 Season

Roccat was drafted into Group A of the 2017 EULCS Spring Split with a new best of three format. Their fellow group members were Giants Gaming, Fnatic, Misfits, and G2 Esports. Throughout the spring season, the new roster suffered from poor team cohesion and questionable macro plays, scraping victories from the bottom of the barrel. It wasn't until week 7 when the team faced Origen in the battle of the winless teams that their fortunes were reversed. At the end of the regular season, the team went 6-7 to avoid relegation.

Going into the summer season without any roster change, the team's fortune did not improve. In fact, drafted into Group B that's widely considered far less competitive than Group A which included Fnatic and G2 Esports, the team's performance was slightly worse than their spring record, going 5-8 at the end of the summer season. Once again, the team avoided relegation and retained their LCS spot in the 2018 season.

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