Following a spot in the regional playoffs for the first time since 2015 and 5th/6th place finish at the NA LCS 2017 Spring Split, Team Dignitas, the renowned eSports franchise owned and managed by the Philadelphia 76ers, today announces its lineup for the 2017 Summer Split. All five starting players from the Spring Split, Top Laner Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho, Jungler Lee"Chaser" Sang-hyun, Mid Laner Lae-Young "Keane" Jang, Marksmen Benjamin "LOD" DeMunck and Support Alex "Xpecial" Chu, return to our Summer Split roster. To strengthen the lineup, Team Dignitas welcomes Terry "Big" Chuong, who will be taking on the Support role, and Lee "Shrimp" Byeong-Hoon, who will be playing the Jungler position. Last but not least, Johnny "Swifte" Ngo is filling the substitute position.
This announcement follows the recent addition of second coach Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco who will be working alongside coach David "Cop" Roberson. Team Dignitas now fields a seven player lineup with the support of two coaches. Newcomer "Big" will be making his debut during Team Dignitas’ Summer Split opening match against EnvyUs on June 3rd at 3pm PST. The remaining positions will be filled by "Ssumday", "Chaser", "Keane" and "LOD".
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The Team Dignitas 2017 Summer Split lineup is:
Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho (Top)
Lee"Chaser" Sang-hyun (Jungle)
Lee "Shrimp" Byeong-Hoon (Jungle)
Lae-Young "Keane" Jang (Mid)
Benjamin "LOD" DeMunck (Marksmen)
Alex "Xpecial" Chu (Support)
Terry "Big" Chuong (Support)
Johnny "Swifte" Ngo (Sub)
David "Cop" Roberson (Coach)
Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco (Coach)
"Last split, we were able to make it all the way to playoffs from being tied for 10th place. During the season we learned a lot about our weaknesses so we're picking up two new players to improve on that," said coach David "Cop" Roberson. "With the addition of Big and Shrimp as in-house players/subs, we can start to work on the things we were missing last split and develop new styles of play. In addition, both Chaser and Ssumday have also been showing great progress from their English lessons as well which should help their in game communication. As for our goals, we're always aiming for first place."
In September 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired a controlling interest in eSports heritage team, Team Dignitas, which it fused with rising League of Legends powerhouse, Team Apex. This marked the first time an ownership group of a North American sports franchise acquired an eSports team. Team Dignitas currently fields five teams in four of eSports’ largest and most popular games: League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm and Smite. The Sixers utilize their business expertise, vast resources and connections, and focus on sports science’s best practices from across professional sports to bring alignment to the team’s business operations, advance corporate partnerships and create industry-leading eSports player development and wellness initiatives.