Team Curse's longtime support player, Cody 'Elementz' Sigfusson, has decided to become a free agent. Both Curse management and Elementz feel it is best for the team and Elementz to go their separate ways starting with the Spring playoffs. He will be free to sign with another team during the summer split beginning May 13th, or remain as a reserve for Curse based on his decision.
Elementz offered the following statement on the decision and his time as a player for Curse
"I've decided to become a free agent due to internal issues on the team, but I will remain on Team Curse as a reserve player to help the team finish out the season any way I can. Curse fans I couldn't thank you enough for all your support and helping me get to this point in my life.
I would also like to thank the Curse organization and my teammates for making it this far together. It's unfortunate that this had to happen but life has a way of working things out and Steve and I have agreed that this is best decision for the team and myself. I am looking forward to the things to come and wish everyone I've met along the way the best of luck in the future.
Elementz has been both a great player for top teams, and a pillar of the League of Legends community since beta. His run on Counter Logic Gaming during the early days of the e-Sports scene saw the team dominate time and time again en route to several tournament victories. His famed tier list ranking champions by their effectiveness in the current meta continues to be one of the most viewed and talked about pieces in the scene today.
Elementz joined Curse in December of 2011, and helped them on their way to becoming one of the top teams in North America. Elementz and the rest of Curse emerged fan favorites, and he even had a fun Youtube series "Cooking with Chefmentz".
Season 3 has already been kind to Curse, they dominated the LCS qualifiers and jumped out to an early lead in the standings. They finished the spring season with a 19-9 record, good for 2nd place in North America and a guaranteed spot in the summer season. However, their play late in the season waned, and the team felt it needed to go in a different direction going into the playoffs to give them the best chance to win. Keenan 'Rhux' Santos will become the new starting support player for Curse, and Elementz will become a reserve going forward.
Curse's manager, Steve 'Liquid112' Arhancet had the following to say about the decision and Elementz's time with Curse:
“Elementz has been an incredible asset to Team Curse since he joined, and has been instrumental in the success we’ve seen to-date. I founded the team three years ago with one underlying philosophy – that I would always do what was in the best interests of the team to succeed and perform at the best of their ability.
Cody and I have come to a mutual agreement that what is best for the team moving forward is for Elementz to become available to be picked up by other teams and for Curse to use Rhux for support in Playoffs. The Summer split trade start date begins on May 13th, 2013 and ends on August 10th, 2013 - during this time Cody will be available to sign with any LCS team or choose to continue as a reserve player for Curse, the decision will be up to him"
Rhux is a talented player himself, holding the #1 spot in the Season 2 ladder for Solo Queue, and winning the original 1v1 Curse tournament to become a sub for the team. He's been a reserve for Curse in Season 3 while playing for Curse Academy, a team which has been a force in the amateur circuit. He won't be the first in his family to play a sport competitively, as Rhux's grandfather was Amos Otis, a 5 time All-Star in Major League Baseball playing mainly for the Kansas City Royals.
Rhux has been mainly a top lane player, but has played support for Curse before at IPL 5. Fans of the team will hope that his tagline 'Rhux City' is a place that holds an even brighter future for both the Curse duo lane, and the team as a whole in the weeks and months to come.
James Duggan, Curse YouTuber, will be doing interviews with the team to answer your questions and comments, these will be released soon so stay tuned.
What do you think RoG'ers? Does this make Curse a better team going forward? How will Rhux fare as a support both with Cop and the team as a whole? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to ReignofGaming for all your e-Sports related needs.
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