Before the EU LCS audience even had the chance to watch Origen play, nearly every analyst and fan had written the squad off as a bottom of the barrel team who would need to engage in a relegation dogfight to stay in the LCS. Yet after day one back on the stage, Origen showed they have the potential to make their critics look like fools.
No matter which tier list you look at during the off-season (even our own, admittedly), it could be guaranteed that each and every one of them positioned Origen fighting for a 7th place spot. After finishing in the top four at the World Championship 2015, each of the players that once formed the formidable Origen lineup have left, leaving team owner and Mid lane legend Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez to pick up the pieces and rebuild a roster from the ground up.
After multiple roster rumours, Origin settled with Max “Satorius” Günther in the Top lane, Kim “Wisdom” Tae-Wan in the Jungle, Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-Hyun taking charge in the Mid lane, finishing with Erik “Tabzz” Van Helvert and Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen in AD Carry and Support respectively.
Some of these names, whilst perhaps not considered top-tier talent, have earned their League of Legends stripes of sorts across the globe, raising the question as to why they’ve been consistently predicted to finish at the bottom of the league? Largely, this damning prediction is based upon the unclear balance of the team, which of these players has the potential to lead?
In their opening match of the season against H2K-Gaming, Mid laner Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-Hyun caused many to reassess Origin’s chances for the forthcoming split, showing up with an impressive baron steal to stretch the second game of the match up
Though Origen ultimately lost the series 0-2, NaeHyun provided an impressive performance in the second game, finishing the second game with a 7-3-2 scoreline.
In NaeHyun, Origen have a star player to rely on. The Mid laner provided an amazing performance, even in the face of defeat. The former Team Kung-Fu Mid laner has the potential to carry the Origin roster – he’s the shining star this team needs to compete in the EU LCS.
Origen have certainly shown they can contest with one of the best teams in the league, albeit a below-par performance from the World Championship semi-finalists, H2K-Gaming. Few expected Origin to beat H2K, but certainly no-one expected them to contest them in the manner that they did. Origen are far from edging their way to a playoff spot, but if they keep playing as they did against H2K, then they certainly have a chance of surviving the split.