Gate and Akaadian Join Echo Fox

By TJ Porter
January 13, 2017

The premier esports franchise, Echo Fox, is pleased to announce the signing of Austin “Gate” Yu and Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham to its League of Legends roster. Gate is a veteran support who has competed in the LCS for the past two years. Akaadian is a promising jungler talent from the Challenger series with experience playing for a number of organizations.

"Over the past year, I have watched Gate and Akaadian perform well on other teams and I am extremely excited to bring them in to the Echo Fox family.” Said team owner Rick Fox. “Combined with Froggen, Keith, and Looper, they give us our strongest team yet and I can't wait to see them compete on January 20th."

These new signings join Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Yuri “Keith” Jew, and Hyeong-seok “Looper” Jang on the team’s League of Legends roster. The talent and experience of this full roster will help them propel Echo Fox to new heights in 2017.

Austin "Gate" Yu

Gate's career began in the Challenger Series with Final Five he led the team to the LCS Spring Expansion tournament, but the team did not secure an LCS spot, qualifying for the 2015 Challenger Spring Split instead.

Gate joined Team Impulse and substituted for the team's suspended mid-laner. The team qualified for the Regional Finals but was knocked out by Cloud 9, falling short of qualifying for the World Championship.

Gate moved back to the support role for the 2016 Spring Split. The team finished in 9th place but was able to retain its LCS slot with a victory over Apex Gaming. Following the Promotion Tournament, Team Impulse was sold to a new organization and renamed to Phoenix1.

Phoenix1 was plagued by issues early in the season but pulled out a 5-4 record in the second half of the Summer Split. While this was not enough to keep the team out of the 2017 Spring Promotion tournament, Phoenix1 requalified by defeating Echo Fox in the tournament's second round.

Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham

Akaadian began his career on the League of Legends tournament circuit in 2014, breaking into the Challenger Series by joining Winterfox's 2015 Summer Split roster.

Akaadian joined Team Liquid Academy in February of 2016. With TLA, he made it to the Challenger Series semi-finals, where the team was defeated by the soon to be promoted Apex Gaming. Akaadian joined Dream Team for the Summer Split and once again made it to the Challenger Series semi-finals.

The 2017 Spring Split will be Akaadian’s first as a member of an LCS organization. His experience in the Challenger series, and drive to succeed, will make him a force to be reckoned with.