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LoL Roster Moves: Cyanide to Origen

OG continue to rebuild their roster by adding the old-school jungler, Cyanide! Can he save them from relegation?

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Recently Origen made another announcement regarding their roster changes. And even though the signing of Cinkrof and the departure of Wisdom are nothing new, it’s their substitutes that drew our attention. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen is officially back in competitive play! He’s joined by a fellow substitute, Jreneusz “Iluzjonist” Opalinski.

But can these two really save Origen’s sinking ship?

A Dose of Cyanide

If you don’t know who Cyanide is, I don’t blame you. After all, it’s been a while since the man’s played a competitive game. Cyanide is most famous for his time on Fnatic as part of the team that’d be later known as its old guard. Cyanide was never one of the most mechanically gifted junglers. But he’s compensated for it with a diverse champion, smart pathing, and stellar decision-making. And his clutch Baron steals turned countless games for the old Fnatic lineup.

Officially, Cyanide has always been a member of Origen. But he was a substitute in name only, since the Finnish jungler didn’t even live together with his team. This time, however, Origen have announced that Cyanide will be joining his teammates in the gaming house in an effort to help the org stay afloat.

Sounds good, right?

Well, there’s just one tiny problem with this move. Cyanide’s last competitive game happened three years ago, in 2014. And the jungle meta has changed so much since then that even the most diligent players would struggle to adapt after such a long break. When you also consider the fact that Cyanide has been spending most of his retirement playing the ADC role in Solo Queue, this move from Origen screams of desperation.  

Suboptimal Substitutes

As for Iluzjonist, he’s been a part of Origen since January. Not much is known about his current skill level. But we can say with enough confidence that it’s probably not very high, considering that the team’s owner would rather play the role himself instead of subbing him in.

The bigger question is what exactly are Origen trying to accomplish with this move? Granted, Cyanide has a ton of experience under his belt, and his insight could prove valuable during the VOD reviews. But anyone who’s ever watched an Origen game knows that the team’s got a lot of problems.

The hard thing is getting them fixed—and I’m afraid it might be a little too late for that.

What is your take on these roster moves? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

LoL Roster Moves: Cyanide to Origen

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