Red Bull Announces New League of Legends Line-Up

by James Bates

Red Bulls Logo
(Photo: Red Bull Esports)

A new star has arrived on the League of Legends esports scene. Earlier this morning Red Bull esports announced via their twitter page that they would be forming a League of Legends team. The new team was, unsurprisingly, christened the Red Bulls, and has already drawn quite a bit of attention thanks to the reputation of its sponsor and the quality of its website.

The new team will be competing in the EU Challenger Series come next split. While it would be an overstatement to call the roster star-studded, it's certainly more than respectable and features many names that should be familiar to veteran viewers of the European League of Legends scene. The most recognizable face on the team is definitely Raymond "KaSing" Tsang, the former support for both H2k-Gaming and Team Vitality. He is widely regarded as one of the premier supports in the region, despite his sojourn into the challenger series over the course of the last split.

The full line-up is as follows:

Top Lane: Kwon "Thal" Hyuk Park

Jungle: Moojin "Moojin" Kim

Mid Lane: Felix "MagiFelix" Bostrom

ADC: Tarik "Sedrion" Holz

Support: Raymond "KaSing" Tsang

The team's initial prospects look strong, as many of the teams that would have been their strongest competition have either been promoted out of the challenger series or are still reeling from their loss in the last split. Both Fnatic Academy and Misfits Academy would have been more than a match for the new Red Bull lineup, at least on paper, but both teams ascended to the LCS during the last Promotion Tournament and are now replaced by Giants Gaming and Origen, neither of which have announced their starting lineups for the next split of the EU Challenger Series. Additionally, the favorites of the 2017 Spring split of the EU Challenger Series, Paris Saint-Germaine, still remains in contention for next split, though whether or not they will field a roster as formidable as their last one remains to be seen, as rumors of Bora "Yellowstar" Kim rejoining the squad have been circulating in recent weeks.

Whatever the future of the Red Bulls, this announcement proves one fundamental fact. Powerful companies are keeping their eyes on the League of Legends esports scene, and we shouldn't be surprised if some even larger names start throwing their hats into the ring now that the eventual franchising of the LCS is all but confirmed.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.