Origen are soon to be put out of their misery. Following a winless Spring Split in the EU LCS, the former World Championship semi-finalists were relegated from the top tier of European competition, unlikely to ever return. As both Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen and Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez’s names disappear from Riot Games’ contract database, the final nail in the coffin is a millimetre away from being flush to the wood.
The story of Origen’s League of Legends roster is one of glory, pride and heartbreak. Having risen from the depths of Europe’s Challenger Series, former Fnatic legend xPeke led his troops through to the heights of the World Championship, before bringing the organisation full circle.
The Origen Life Cycle
It all started when xPeke left Fnatic…
Origen was founded by xPeke in 2014 after he left Fnatic following the World Championship. With no prior experience running a team, nobody could have predicted just how far the team would go.
Origen Announce Their First Roster
xPeke built a roster personally to play alongside him, featuring the previously unknown du Niels and Mithy, in addition to old friends and fellow veterans sOAZ and Amazing. The team stomped through the challenger scene to reach the EU LCS on their first attempt.
xPeke Leads Origen Into the EU LCS
The fairytale Origen story was all coming together. The team entered the stage for their first EU LCS having already bolstered a substantial fanbase.
Origen Hold Their Own In The LCS
Now playing alongside the "big boys", Origen proved a force to be reckoned with in the EU LCS 2015 Summer Split, challenging H2K for second place behind Fnatic.
Origen Claim Europe’s Second Seed
Unable to compete with an 18-0 Fnatic, Origen triumphed in the Regional Qualifier to qualify for the World Championship as Europe's second seed in their first ever LCS split.
Origen Defeat TSM To Open Worlds
In front of a joyous home crowd, Origen proudly represented Europe on the world stage, beating NA rivals TSM to kickstart their campaign.
Origen Qualify For Worlds Knockout Rounds
With a dramatic victory over Korean squad KT Rolster, Origen qualified from the 'group of death'.
Origen Defeat Flash Wolves in the Quarter FInals
The Origen hype train continued! Taiwan's elite FW could not stand in the way of OG, who set themselves up for a semi-final appearance.
Origen Vs SK Telecom T1
From conception, through challenger and the EU LCS, to facing reigning world champions SKT. Origen had defied all expectations.
Origen Exit Worlds
Inevitably, SKT proved too strong for the Origen lineup who exited Worlds at the semi-final stage alongside Fnatic. The team's achievement was Europe's best finish since Season 1.
Origen Bounce Back To Win IEM San Jose
Origen enjoyed their first piece of international silverware at IEM San Jose. Following Worlds, xPeke stepped away from the starting roster to split time with new signing PowerOfEvil.
Origen Enter Spring 2016 With High Expectations
With PowerOfEvil embedded into the starting roster, fans expected another strong performance from Origen. The team finished fourth in an inconsistent split.
Zven and Mithy Leave to Join G2 eSports
The dagger in the back of Origen. The team's bot lane duo departed the team unexpectedly ahead of the 2016 Summer Split.
Origen Sign Forg1ven
Out of desperation, Origen made a flurry of roster changes, bringing in the mercenary Forg1ven in addition to Hybrid.
xPeke Steps In As AD Carry
The team's new bot lane duo simply did not work out. Forg1ven left the squad mid-split, with no replacement available, xPeke stepped into the ADC role. His infamous play is a harrowing memory for all Origen fans.
Origen Survive Relegation
After slumping to 9th in the standings, Origen entered the relegation tournament. Despite underperforming throughout the split, the team rallied to maintain their LCS status.
sOAz and Amazing Leave Origen
xPeke was left as the last man standing from the original roster. sOAz and Amazing left the squad after becoming dismayed with the team's performance.
Origin Announce Their Spring 2017 Roster
Once Origen announced their roster for the 2017 Spring Split, it became immediately apparent that the team would struggle to stay in the EU LCS. The roster included Satorius, Wisdom, NaeHyun, Tabzz and Hiiva.
Origen Become the EU LCS’ Worst Ever Team
Without a single series win to their name, Origen's 2017 Spring Split roster will go down in history as the EU LCS's worst ever team.
xPeke Comes To Terms With The End
After suffering relegation back to the challenger series, the end seems inevitable for Origen.
Immediately following Origen’s relegation to the Challenger Series, the team announced announced that AD Carry Erik “Tabbz” van Helver, mid laner Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-hyun and jungler Jacob “Cinkrof” Rokicki had been released from their contracts in order to fulfill relegation clauses. Top laner Max “Satorius” Gunther and head coach Titus “LeDuck” Hafner contracts were not renewed upon completion.
The only starter remaining from the 2017 Spring Split was, until today, the team’s founder xPeke. The veteran has now disappeared entirely from Riot Games’ contract database alongside team sub and former Fnatic teammate, Cyanide. The organisation had previously outlined their intentions to host an open tryout for a new roster, though with the deadline now having passed, no new lineup has been named.
It appears that xPeke has no intentions to continue competing within the European league system. Though there has yet to be an official announcement from the eSports organisation, it is widely understood that Origen have been looking to sell their spot in the EU CS. Whether xPeke is looking to completely wash his hands of the organisation, or simply relinquish his controlling stake is a matter of speculation.
On the surface, purchasing Origen seems like fairly shrewd piece of eSports business. Purely from a marketing perspective, Origen has accumulated an expansive social media following that dwarfs even popular organisations such as Cloud 9 and Team Liquid.
The primary issue is that xPeke is now synonymous with everything positive that surrounds the Origen brand; he was the reasons the team was able to establish such a significant following so quickly. With his withdrawal from the player database, it appears that the future of Origen is only heading in one direction.