OpTic Gaming has signed former Echo Fox support Austin "Gate" Yu for its League of Legends team, sources close to the player and team told ESPN. Gate is expected to debut on June 16 against Golden Guardians, OpTic's first match of the North American League of Legends Championship Series summer split.
Gate is the latest addition to OpTic's 10-man lineup that will alternate players in between the organization's League Championship Series and Academy League lineups, sources said. Sources said the organization will also add at least four other players after parting ways with the majority of its Academy lineup, except for top laner Niship "Dhokla" Doshi, who is expected to start on the main lineup this summer, and mid laner Cristian "Palafox" Palafox.
Gate was among several supports to try out for the vacant position following the release of former OpTic support Daerek "LemonNation" Hart in March. OpTic cut Hart and top laner Derek "Zig" Shao after the team came in ninth place in the League Championship Series spring split.
Prior to joining OpTic, Gate competed on three different League Championship Series teams: Team Impulse, Phoenix1 and Echo Fox. Originally a mid laner during his stints in the amateur League of Legends scene, Gate role swapped multiple times on Impulse before becoming a permanent support on his other teams. He has not competed since August since his last games with Echo Fox. He did not play in the spring.
OpTic joined the League Championship Series in October when its bid for a franchise spot in that League, for $13 million, was accepted by operator and game developer Riot Games. The team recruited former Unicorns of Love manager Romain Bigeard as its general manager and former French commentator Thomas "Zaboutine" Si-Hassen as its head coach shortly thereafter. Along with organizational support, Bigeard and Zaboutine built the organization's initial League of Legends roster in November.