German support player and ESL UK Premiership champion Arfan “Arphan” Omar has moved from UK organisation Team Infused to join Tornado Rox in the League of Legends Continental League (LCL).
The LCL is a new league for teams based in the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and more.
It will have a prize pool of around $120,000 spread across two splits, according to The Score Esports.
Although teams will be given money to rent team houses, Arphan will not be relocating to Russia.
“I won’t play in the UK scene anymore,” Arphan told eSports News UK. “It’s not worth the effort.
As part of Russia’s Tornado Rox team, Arphan will now play alongside German mid-laner Friedrich “Bebe” Knaub, as well as Russian players Ivan “FIRees” Silant’ev (top laner), Dmitriy “Dimajke” Hushcha (team captain jungler) and Valentin “NikSar” Zimakov (ADC).
Team captain Dimajke commented: “According to the tradition of our team, the new season brings a new composition – with Bebe and Arphan in the mid and support positions. I am sure that they will show good results.”
Other teams in the LCL include Hard Random, Natus Vincere, Vaevictis eSports, Team differential, Team Empire, Vega Squadron and Team Just.MSI.
The LCL Spring Split kicks off on January 16th.
“Since we opened the Moscow offices, players have asked us to make an LCS for our own region,” said Riot Games Russia CEO Alex Kraynov. “We are extremely pleased to offer our professional players and fans the official Riot Games format for our regional championship. We know that the Continental League will set new standards for cyber championships for the whole of the CIS.”
Thanks to James Fowler of LoL Esportspedia for the heads-up
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