Eugene “Pobelter” Park, the only remaining original member of the Immortals roster, has crashed out of the 2017 World Championship after a day to forget for the 200IQ mid laner.
The pre-tournament build up was a period of great excitement for North American and Immortals fans. Not a day went by without a new highlight clip of Pobelter crushing Korean solo queue circulating online.
Even the likes of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok felt the wrath of Pobelter’s pre-tournament bootcamp grind, leading many fans to believe that the young American would seize his moment as the World Championship got underway.
Pobelter and Immortals’ Worlds campaign got off to a steady start, holding their own in defeat to Longzhu Gaming before clinching victories over Fnatic and Gigabyte Marines.
Pobelter by no means set the world alight during the first week of the 2017 World Championship, but the same could be said of every member on the Immortals roster.
Yet, irrespective of individual performances, IMT was in a strong position heading into week 2, with fans expecting the team – and Pobelter in particular – to come out of their shells to solidify the second seed in Group B.
“The nerves to make a ballsy or more confident play, that’s the thing missing for us right now.”
Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
Immortals took the stage against Gigabyte Marines knowing that they essentially required just a single win from the day to secure their progression.
Gifted with the opportunity to counter pick GAM’s Van Cuong “Optimus” Tran in the mid lane, Pobelter picked Ryze into Syndra, presumably confident in the matchup.
Pobelter handled his lane as poorly as was feasibly possible. Conceding both control and a cs lead to his opponent, Pob opted to leave lane early and move towards skirmishes, despite playing a champion infamous for his need to scale.
Pobelter would end the game 1/5/2, dying solo to GAM Minh “Archie” Nhựt Tran’s Urgot to complete his humiliation.
Yet it was Pobelter’s Orianna play in the crucial tie against Fnatic that will forever haunt the Immortals mid laner.
An embarrassing compilation of missed shockwaves, unused summoner spells and item actives in addition to generally poor teamfight positioning resulted in a horror show for IMT.
It was a repeat episode as Pobelter moved towards Ryze for the second game of the day against Fnatic. Immortals disjointed team composition resulted in Pob’s damage being a non-event and the 200IQ mid laner would bow out of the tournament with a whimper.
In the end, the pressure of the World Championship proved too great for Pobelter, whose performances left a lot to be desired in Wuhan.
Immortals will face a long period of reflection after their tournament exit, whether Pobelter will continue to be the long-serving member of the team come the 2018 Spring Split remains to be seen.