OpTic will add top laner Kieran "Allorim" Logue, jungler Gabriel "Fanatiik" Saucier, AD carry Jacob "Prismal" Feinstein and support Terry "Big" Chuong, to its League of Legends team, sources have told ESPN.
The organization will retain top laner Niship "Dhokla" Doshi, jungler Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham, mid laners Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage and Cristian "Palafox" Palafox and AD carry Noh "Arrow" Dong-hyeon, each of whom joined the organization shortly after it entered the League of Legends space. Austin "Gate" Yu is reportedly joining OpTic as well, completing a 10-man roster OpTic will use that will alternate between the North American League of Legends Championship Series and the Academy League depending on scrimmage performance, sources close to the team told ESPN.
The team is expected to start Dhokla, Akaadian, PowerOfEvil, Arrow and Big for the League Championship Series, which is the lineup it is currently scrimmaging with in South Korea, sources said. If it moves forward with that lineup for the start of the season, its Academy team will be Allorim, Fanatiik, Palafox, Prismal and Gate. OpTic's first summer League Championship Series match occurs on June 16 against the Golden Guardians.
In addition to roster additions, the organization will add two coaches, upping its support staff to a total of four across both teams. Former Team Dignitas coach David "Cop" Roberson will join the League Championship Series lineup as an assistant to head coach Thomas "Zaboutine" Si-Hassen, according to sources. OpTic will move current staffer Alex "Dioge" Wang over to be its Academy team coach and has hired Chris "Croissant" Sun as a positional coach and analyst, sources said.
The organization's League of Legends operation will move to a larger office in the Los Angeles area, which will allow for both its League Championship Series and Academy League lineups to practice in the same space, sources said. It previously had space at a WeWork -- a commercialized multicity shared office facility best known for incubating startups -- in that area when it began operating in League of Legends in November.
OpTic parted ways with two League Championship Series and four Academy players in March. From the professional side, it released top laner Derek "zig" Shao and support Daerek "LemonNation" Hart. For its Academy lineup, it parted ways with top laner Kostyantyn "PieCakeLord" Dudarchuk, jungler Kardican "Kadir" Mumcuoğlu, AD carry Andy "Andy" Forman and support Olivier "Winter" Lapointe. It then promoted Dhokla to its League Championship Series team permanently and began looking for a new support.
The structural changes come after OpTic took ninth in the League Championship Series and ninth in the League of Legends Academy League.