Vertex ESC has been inducted into the LCO for Split 2 in the slot formerly occupied by Peace.
The org’s stamp on the Oceanic scene dates back to 2018—since then, they’ve dipped their toes into Call of Duty, Rocket League, and most notably, CS:GO.
After building their identity in the FPS genre for so long, their next foray will be into League of Legends. The slot acquisition was announced earlier this evening, but at this stage information surrounding the organisation’s playing roster is to be determined.
Lachie “Charisma” Hughes, Operations for Vertex said in a May 11 statement, “I would be lying to our fans if I said this wasn’t scary or confronting but we know we are up for the challenge.”
“This is a new season for our staff and our org and we will do our best to make you—the fans—proud of us.”
“So whether you are a Caitlyn ADC, Yi Jungle, Akali mid, or wherever you find yourself on the Rift, we cannot wait to see you in the chat cheering us on this split. On behalf of our whole staff and particularly myself and Jamie, we want to send a massive thank you for your continued support. This is a very emotional day.”
“I love League of Legends and having our own team in the LCO is so exciting.”
There was a short period of uncertainty following the unprecedented removal of Peace prior to Split 1’s group stage; the remainder of the split was played with only seven teams. The sudden removal was a result of the team’s “inability to field an eligible roster and payment delays to team members”.
As Peace failed to produce a roster for the first two weeks of competition, there was great discourse surrounding the competitive integrity of the split’s round-robin.
Vertex’s presence in the LCO hasn’t been solidified for the long term just yet, with the permanent sale of the slot set to be resolved after the 2023 competitive season.