Following Lee “Rush” Yoonjae’s departure from Cloud9 and the NA LCS, he has returned to his homeland of South Korea, entertaining his ever-growing fanbase on stream as he climbs towards the top of the Korean ladder. After continued speculation about his future, Rush inadvertently leaked his Skype account details to his tens of thousands of Twitch viewers, revealing a continued conversation with a team owner and general manager for one of the EU LCS’ most exciting teams.
Fnatic? G2 eSports? Hell no – Misfits are the team in watch out for in Season Seven of the EU LCS, and they might be about to make a splash by adding one of the most endeared professional players in the world to their roster. A quick look at Rush’s match history shows that in recent weeks the popular Jungle streamer has been practicing as a five man team with the other members of the Misfits squad during their bootcamp in Korea.
If this evidence was trying to ignite the rumour, then Rush’s leaked Skype details have poured petrol onto the fire:
A grainy image if ever there was one. Rush flashed his Skype account for less than a second before realising his mistake – any personal details have been crudely covered with some expert Microsoft Paint skills. What’s left is evidence of a group chat existing between Ali “Alicus” Saba and Ben Spoont, Misfit’s manager and team owner respectively. Both members of the Misfits management team are listed as contacts to Rush’s account, with a group conversation potentially suggesting negotiation talks?
Alicus is known for his connections with several top korean players including ROX Tigers Jungler, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho and Lee “Piccaboo” Jong-beom – it’s certainly not out of the question that he has an opportunity to bring Rush to Misfits.
Yoonjae – like Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana, who was linked with a move to Team SoloMid – faces the blessed predicament of sacrificing earnings to return to the professional scene. As one of the most popular streamers across Twitch.Tv, Rush is making bank.
That being said, Misfits are certainly one of the richer European eSports organisations, one of the few in the EU LCS who could potentially rival the Korean’s significant Twitch earnings.
With the European region in its weakest condition for years, Misfits can certainly stake a claim to holding one of the strongest rosters in the scene right now.
Sceptics were quick to write off G2 eSports as they emerged into the LCS, criticising the line up for its lack of star players – they proceed to cruise to the LCS championship… the addition of the former Origen bot lane certainly helped though.
Marcin “SELFIE” Wolski and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun are well known as being some of EU’s brightest talents, with Rush to complement their abilities with his own experienced, hard carry style, Misfits could be in with a real chance of claiming the championship. It is only a leak and a rumour at this stage, but the EU LCS would certainly be a far brighter prospect with kind boy as the poster boy for the otherwise vanilla competition.