Red Bull has taken the next step in their eSports journey, announcing their own roster for the Summer Split of the European League of Legends Challenger Series. The roster, previously operating under the name “R.B.” enjoyed a successful run through the EU Summer Open CS Qualifiers to secure a slot in the Challenger Series for the forthcoming split.
The roster, who have operated largely under the radar for the majority of 2017, is comprised of top laner Park “Thal” Kwon-hyuk, Kim “Moojin” Moo-jin, Felix “Magifelix” Bostrom, Tarik “Sedrion” Holz and Raymond “kaSing” Tsang. KaSing, former H2K-Gaming and Team Vitality support, is the captain of the roster.
— Red Bull eSports (@redbullesports) 19 May 2017
Red Bull’s newly announced roster initially attracted interest as top laner Thal rose to the Rank #1 of the European server. Playing under the pseudonym ‘Son of kaSing’, Thal hit the top of the server with an astonishing 70% winrate.
After some exemplary community detective work, the solo queue juggernaut was identified, uncovering his past as a player who first appeared as a solo queue god in South Korea. After digging through the history books, Thal’s name was found to have previously represented ZTR Gaming, a team from the LSPL, before subbing for Apex Pride.
Hi im rank 1 pic.twitter.com/tcMPFqaGbA
— Kwon Hyuk Park (@Thal_LoL) 16 April 2017
Felix “MagiFelix” Boström and Tarik “Sedrion” Holz are former members of Euronics Gaming, a team who competed within the ESL hosted league in Germany. Both players enjoyed success in the ESL Summer 2015, ESL Spring 2016 and ESL Summer 2016, but after narrowly missing out on the Challenger Series Qualifier both in the Summer of 2016 and Spring 2017, both players left the team.
KaSing’s return with Red Bulls will mark the return of the popular English support back to the competitive scene. As Red Bulls now prepare for the Summer Split of the European Challenger Series, the organisation will be hoping their assembled roster achieve promotion to the EU LCS on the first attempt, avoiding the disappointment experienced by fellow investors Schalke 04 during the spring.
Both Red Bulls and Wind and Rain won their EU Challenger Series Summer Qualifier matches with ease to qualify for the 2017 EU CS Summer Split. The two newcomers will join Giants Gaming, Schalke 04, and Paris Saint-Germain in a stacked EU CS to fight for a chance at being promoted into the EU LCS next year.