Echo Fox Announces Full 2018 League of Legends Roster
Echo Fox made its esports debut when its namesake Rick Fox purchased a slot to join the North American LCS for the Spring Split. Over the last two years, Echo Fox has proven its commitment to its esports athletes by providing players with an environment that promotes players' continued development and growth as professional athletes. This dedication to players and staff helped Echo Fox acquire a spot in the highly sought-after League of Legends Championship Series. After narrowly missing out on reaching the playoffs last year, Echo Fox is aggressively revamping its 2018 League of Legends roster.
“We aspire to create a culture that promotes player development and growth and are excited to provide our new LCS and Academy teams with every advantage possible to ensure success,” said Jared Jeffries, President of Echo Fox. “Echo Fox is proud to have attracted and cultivated some of the best talent in the League of Legends universe and we believe that our new teams will continue our rapid rise into the top echelon of esports organizations worldwide.”
“When this roster takes to the Rift, you’re going to see a level of play that you’ve never seen before since Echo Fox was established in 2015,” said Rick Fox. “With this season, I’m proud that we’ve been able to curate such a competitive team and know that we will be in the running to take home the NA LCS Spring Championship.”
The new Foxes that will be representing the organization in the 2018 LCS are:
Top – Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon
Jungle – Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
Mid – Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun
ADC – Johnny “Altec” Ru
Support – Adrian “Adrian” Ma
Top – Kieran “Allorim” Logue
Jungle – Nathan “TheOddOrange” Ryan
Mid – Tanner “Damonte” Damonte
ADC – Lawrence “Lost” Hui
Support – John “Papa Chau” Le
Seong Hun “Huni” Heo has been one of the strongest top laners in League of Legends since his competitive debut in 2015. The perfect mix of communication skills, mechanics, and adaptable playstyle has allowed Huni to find great success in multiple regions across the world. Huni’s first professional team was Europe’s Fnatic during the 2015 European LCS season.
The team was able to find great success and won the 2015 Spring Split, thanks in large part to Huni’s top lane play on both meta and pocket picks. Huni and Fnatic were able to qualify for the 2015 World Championship after a strong summer performance. Strong play in the group stage helped the team advance all the way to the semifinals before losing to KOO Tigers.
After their success in Europe, Huni and his teammate Reignover both left for North America, joining Immortals along with new Echo Fox support, Adrian. Once again, Huni dominated the top lane. Immortals became one of the most successful regular season teams in NA LCS history but was unable to find postseason success. After a disappointing end to 2016, Huni left for Korea to join newly crowned champions, SK Telecom T1. Huni fit in perfectly and assisted the team in winning the LCK Spring Split, Mid-Season Invitational, and earning a second place finish at the 2017 World Championship.
Now, Huni is headed back to North America to reclaim his top lane throne. Only this time, he will be accompanied by a new team at Echo Fox.
Utilizing a highly aggressive playstyle, Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett has become one of the strongest junglers in North America. After playing for multiple challenger teams in 2014 and 2015, Dardoch made his LCS debut with Team Liquid during the 2016 season. Dardoch and Team Liquid produced a strong Spring Split, finishing in fourth place, with Dardoch receiving Outstanding Rookie honors.
Dardoch helped Team Liquid have an equally successful Summer Split, but the team fell short in the first round of the summer playoffs.
In need of a new team for the 2017 season, Dardoch joined Immortals. However, the team was unable to replicate its 2016 success even with new players. Dardoch then moved to Counter Logic Gaming for the 2017 Summer Split. After a strong first half of the split, Dardoch was acquired by his former team, Team Liquid, where he fought to help the team avoid relegation.
Now, Dardoch hopes to bring his aggressive style and jungle dominance to Echo Fox for the new season.
Jae Hun “FeniX” Kim was the first confirmed member of the 2018 Echo Fox roster. A native of South Korea, Fenix has been a veteran of the North American League of Legends scene. Fenix has secured multiple teams including, Team Dragon Knights, Team Liquid, and Gold Coin United under his mid lane belt.
FeniX made his professional debut with the Jin Air Green Wings Falcons in July of 2013. The next year, FeniX moved to North America to play for Team Dragon Knights, role-swapping to the mid lane. FeniX joined Team Liquid for the 2015 season. He played with Liquid for two seasons, earning multiple strong finishes with the team.
FeniX left Team Liquid after the 2016 season and joined Gold Coin United. Throughout 2017, FeniX dominated the Challenger scene with GCU. Using his competitive experience and synergy with his old teammates, FeniX will return to the LCS as a mid lane FOX monster.
Johnny “Altec” Ru brings years of experience in the AD Carry position to the new Echo Fox roster. Altec began his competitive career in 2012 playing for vVv Gaming. Soon after, Altec joined Curse Academy before moving to Team SoloMid as a substitute ADC in 2014. While he did not receive playing time, this helped Altec gain experience in the competitive scene.
His first major starting role was with Evil Geniuses during the 2014 Summer Split. Over the next few splits, Altec would spend time with Winterfox, Gravity, NRG Esports, and Cloud9.
When FlyQuest purchased Cloud9 Challenger’s LCS spot, Altec was announced to be their starting ADC. The team surprised many analysts and fans with creative strategies and explosive play. Altec later moved to a substitute role for the Summer Split.
Later he would join Team Dignitas along with Echo Fox’s new support, Adrian. The two became a force to be reckoned with. Altec’s history as an explosive player, including three competitive pentakills, is a fantastic addition to Echo Fox’s 2018 roster.
Adrian “Adrian” Ma has been playing League since season one and been playing support for the majority of that time. A product of the Challenger Series and the collegiate League of Legends scene, Adrian made his LCS debut with Team Impulse (formerly known as LMQ) during the 2015 season. He helped the team secure a fourth-place finish, narrowly missing qualifying for worlds.
Adrian joined new team Immortals in preparation for the 2016 season. The team exceeded all expectations by placing first in both splits of the regular season. Unfortunately, Immortals were unable to win either splits’ championship and were unable to secure a seed for the World Championships.
2017 was a tumultuous year for Adrian as he moved among multiple teams including Phoenix1, Team Liquid, and Team Dignitas. When he finally settled at Dignitas, Adrian and Altec became a dominant force in the bot lane. They hope to maintain their synergy in the bot lane for Echo Fox in 2018.
Kieran “Allorim” Logue has spent the past two seasons serving as a substitute for LCS teams and playing on Challenger teams, including stints with both Echo Fox and Delta Fox. He brings a wide champion pool to the top lane, which makes him adaptable to whatever style of play is needed.
Nathan “TheOddOrange” Ryan is a long-time Challenger jungler who is looking to make his way in the professional scene. He made his professional debut in the Challenger Series with Team Gates in the 2017 Spring Split. After participating in Echo Fox’s offseason boot camp, he is looking to make an impact on the LCS stage.
Tanner “Damonte” Damonte has been playing with Echo Fox since the beginning of the 2016 summer split. Initially playing on the challenger team Delta Fox, Damonte made his presence known in the mid lane through a large champion pool and dominant play. Damonte moved up to the main Echo Fox roster working side by side with Froggen after the creation of the Echo Fox 10-man roster in 2017.
Lawrence “Lost” Hui is a young AD Carry talent hailing from New Zealand. He has been playing League of Legends since the age of fourteen and made his Oceanic Challenger Series competitive debut at seventeen with Chiefs Black before moving to Tainted Minds. He spent 2017 playing for Legacy Esports and looks to bring his talent to North America for the upcoming split.
John “Papa Chau” Le has been a long-time competitor in the League of Legends tournament circuit and most recently served as a substitute for Challenger Series squad eUnited. Papa Chau has been playing competitively since 2014 through utilization of his large champion pool and innovative strategies. With Echo Fox, Papa Chau will be looking to make his mark in the bot lane.
“This roster is built to compete at the highest level,” said Nick ‘Inero’ Smith, head coach of Echo Fox’s LCS team. “With 2018 marking the inaugural season of the new NA LCS format, the stakes to succeed have never been higher. Along with Rick, Jared, and the entire organization, I feel Echo Fox is well positioned to succeed in the Summoner’s Rift.”
Echo Fox will step into 2018 for the NA LCS Spring Split with a strong lineup, ready to face off where it matters most – on the Summoner’s Rift. With the help of the new roster and support from its fans, Echo Fox will be gunning for its first playoff appearance and a shot at the NA LCS championship.
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