Immortals CEO Noah Whinston is a figure whose stock is continually increasing in value within the League of Legends community. Speaking on Immortals failure to attain their seemingly guaranteed spot at worlds, Whinston outlined his plans for the following season with conviction – all be it in an unironed shirt. Notably, Immortals players have been provided with an ultimatum of sorts: any player who isn’t 100% committed to the team is welcome to leave the roster and be replaced at any time.
Whinston’s approach to player management is both commendable and admirable – allowing players to receive external offers whilst holding an Immortals contract provides his team with an immense amount of freedom. Player welfare is evidently an important ideology for the IMT organisation; Whinston appears to understand how to treat high performing employees. The ideal is to generate an environment in which the starting roster feel motivated to work and earn their place – anyone not feeling the love for the organisation should look to move themselves on.
“Effective today, I’ve given permission to every Immortals player to seek offers from other organisations, even while still under contract with us.
“I want our team next year to be build up of players that choose to be a part of Immortals, not ones that feel like they’re forced to be.
“Because of that, we recognise the importance of allowing our players to seek outside offers and allowing them to understand the full breadth of opportunities available to them.”
Noah Whinston, Immortals CEO
The move comes amid rumours that members of the Immortals squad are eyeing up exits after the roster’s consecutive playoff disappointments – reaching worlds really felt like a minimum expectation for a team that has proven so dominant over the course of the season.
The roster will almost certainly be changing, one way or another – Whinston himself alludes to the emergence of a different Immortals by the time of the next Intel Extreme Masters.
Top laner, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is widely regarded as the most likely player to leave the team, rumours of being stubborn and refusing to play for the team are gathering momentum with each defeat. Of course, the Korean package arrived as a duo; If Huni goes, there is a high chance the Immortals’ star jungler Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim will go too – certainly a worrying prospect for Immortals fans.
History suggests that Mid laner, Eugene “Pobelter” Park may also move to eject himself from the team. Pobelter was notably crushed after IMT’s second and final defeat to Cloud9. The off-season is shaping up to be a turbulent period for the LCS new boys – Whinston has outlined the future for his organisation and won’t waste time in shifting the team dynamic if required, Immortals fans had better strap themselves in, the off-season’s wild ride is soon to begin.