A little over a year ago, Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez and his Origen teammates were greeted to a standing ovation from a capacity Brussels crowd ahead of their World Championship Semifinal tie with SK Telecom T1. As the 2016 season draws to a close, xPeke now stands alone to fly the tattered OG banner. The fairytale voyage from the Challenger Series to the World Championship is set to result in shipwreck as Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider jump ship.
Season Six has drawn to a predictable conclusion, so too it seems, has the Origen era. One by one, the OG roster have detached themselves from a seemingly doomed organisation. After xPeke made the call to remove the underperforming Glenn “HYBRID” Doornenbal, Coach Alvar “Araneae” Martin was next on the list as the Spaniard looked to salvage a future for the team.
With two of the EU LCS’ most iconic players by his side, who in Season Five were part of the fabled Origen team that emerged as an unstoppable force through the Challenger Series, there was a least a hope of salvation. But with sOAZ and Amazing both making the decision to leave, xPeke’s dream seems all but dead.
Losing the bot lane duo of Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen was ultimately xPeke’s death sentence – the dramatic roster swap lead to an immediate relegation struggle after a 2nd place finish in Spring. After looking to survive through the remainder of the season, even starting xPeke as a stand-in AD Carry, Amazing and sOAZ have now made their peace with the organisation:
“After 2 years of being with Origen, and sticking with them through thin and thick, I finally feel comfortable leaving the project behind.
“I think it’s time to move on and allow both myself and Origen to grow independently from one another in order to explore our future potential.”
Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
Extremely excited for next year. Independently of where I end up, my motivation that was robbed by relegation battles is finally back 🙂
— Maurice (@Amazing_EU) 6 November 2016
“It was a risky bet for me and everyone involved when we first started, trying to qualify for CS and then LCS.
“It was scary but in the end it was all worth it, so thanks Alfonso, Jesper, Maurice, Tristan and xPeke for all the good memories.”
Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
Origen and xPeke aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, announcing that they will be holding open tryouts for very role on the team, rebuilding the roster almost completely from scratch – the former Fnatic man looking to reinstate the hands-off approach he adopted at the beginning of the Summer Split. Open trials will certainly enable the Spaniard to fill out the slots – whether he will get his hands on any top talent remains to be seen.
Origin’s collapse echoes the woes of the wider European region: Strong throughout 2015, seemingly strong in spring, but completely gutted by a mid-season collapse. With European talent in short stock, coupled with EU’s weak offering for potential foreign interests – the immediate future looks bleak for the worst performing region at the 2016 World Championship.
Abandoned by his friends and veteran teammates, his own mechanical abilities jading and playing in one of the worst professional regions – it might be time for xPeke to take the memories of 2015 and jump too, before he’s the captain that goes down with the sinking ship.