After a horrible start to their LEC season, it looks like Rogue will be making some big changes to the roster. They confirm that the team will be transferring to a ten-man lineup for the rest of the season.
— Rogue (@Rogue) February 12, 2019
Tomislav “flyy” Mihailov, the General Manager for Rogue, stated in a press release, “It was our goal from the beginning to build a strong roster of 10 players to give the players the opportunity to help each other and improve together. Additionally, it will give the coaching staff flexibility in the future. In preparation of that, we started to build the infrastructure necessary to support two full teams in Berlin and move members from Rogue Esports Club to Berlin as soon as possible”.
Unfortunately for Rogue, it has been a difficult first few weeks in the LEC. They haven’t been able to capture their first win of the season yet, and have looked very bad as a team. There weren’t many expectations for this team, especially with their lineup. However, not many people expected them to be as bad as they are today. Their macro play has been very sloppy and their individual play has been even worse.
Therefore, it makes sense that they would make some sweeping changes to their roster. First, they’ve moved Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung down to their Academy team and have brought up Finn “Finn” Wiestål. They’ve also brought up Oskar “Vander” Bogdan from the Academy team to share time with Kim “Wadid” Bae-in. Lastly, they’ve signed Oskar “Raxxo” Bazydło to a contract for their Academy team to replace Vander.
If we look at the roster changes, they are a bit confusing at first. Many fans were questioning the replacement of Profit in the top lane, as he was one of the few players who was performing through the first four weeks. Additionally, Wadid has been playing relatively decent for Rogue, but the team is bringing in Vander. In many people’s eyes, they haven’t changed any of their problem areas, such as mid lane and ADC.
However, Rogue took to Reddit in order to defend their decisions, saying:
If you look at the Vitality, Fnatic and SK games, you can see that we as a team have a problem. We had the chance to win all three games but fell short because of team decisions. We are bringing in Finn and Vander because they are already with the team since last week. As I mentioned somewhere else, we are trying to fix our issues by bringing in other players to refresh mindsets and work on our problems.
Although these decisions may look underwhelming on paper, the effect on chemistry is something we cannot see. A change in mindset is just as important as a change in the roster, especially for a struggling team like Rogue. If bringing in these players can help “refresh mindsets” on the team, then Rogue should make the right decisions. Even still, expectations are very low for this team and unfortunately, we don’t think the changes will bring much of a difference.
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