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NRG Esports is a North American team. They were previously known as NRG eSports.
NRG eSports was announced on November 16th, 2015. They formed when two co-owners of NBA team Sacramento Kings purchased Team Coast's NA LCS slot for the 2016 Spring Season. Their initial line-up included top laner Impact from Team Impulse, jungler Moon from Imagine, mid laner GBM from Jin Air, and support KonKwon, the only player to move over from Coast. Former Origen head coach Hermit and Cloud9 coach Charlie formed the team's coaching staff. Altec officially joined the team's roster later on in the day.
NRG started the LCS strong, tied for either first or second place through the first four weeks, but after the fifth week they fell down to fifth place and remained there for the rest of the season. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the midseason break, NRG traded out nearly their entire roster, keeping only GBM and adding Quas, Santorin, ohq and KiWiKiD. The community's reception to these changes were mixed; while ohq was seen as a solid pickup, Quas had just come off of a split away from competition, and KiWiKiD was seen as one of the weaker supports in the league. Ultimately, the changes did not work out, and NRG were consistently in eighth place week after week in the summer split until they fell to ninth in week 9. In the promotion tournament, they lost first to Cloud9 Challenger and then to Echo Fox in back-to-back 3-0 sweeps and were relegated to the NACS. Soon after relegation, multiple players announced their free agency, and it was reported that NRG were closing down their team. It was confirmed the next day that the team had let all of their players go to pursue other options, but they were still "working on a plan" to stay in League of Legends.
- January 4th, Charlie leaves. Hermit becomes Head Coach.
- January 7th, Cris and Shrimp join as subs.
- January 22nd, Moon joins Apex Gaming on loan for 2016 NACS Spring Season - Week 1.
- February 15th, Xpecial joins as sub. Shrimp leaves.
- February 26th, Charlie rejoins as content creator.
- February 27th, LOD joins on loan from Ember for 2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 7.
- March 8th, Cris and Xpecial leave.
- March 9th, otter joins as a sub. Qwerm becomes a sub.
- April 19th, Andrew Pruett becomes CEO.
- April 22nd, Altec leaves.
- April 26th, Quas, Santorin, and KiWiKiD join. Impact, Moon, and KonKwon leave.
- May 13th, Ohq joins.
- June 11th, Empyre leaves analyst role.
- June 13th, Qwerm leaves.
- June 15th, KoreanEdelweiss joins as team manager. Hermes joins as a coach. History Teacher leaves managerial role.
- June 17th, team is sponsored by Logitech G.
- July 13th, mancloud joins as a sub.
- August 10th, Santorin leaves.
- August 11th, GBM and KiWiKiD leave.
- August 12th, Quas, Ohq, mancloud, and otter leave.
- August 10th, KoreanEdelweiss, Hermes, and Archon leave.
- November 15th, team renames from NRG eSports to NRG Esports.
- December 12th, team's NACS spot is acquired by Gold Coin United.
Formerly On Loan
|LOD||Benjamin deMunck||AD||Ember||2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 7|
|Quas||Diego Ruiz||Top||Tempo Storm|
|Ohq||Oh Gyu-min (오규민)||AD||Snake Esports|
|GBM||Lee Chang-seok (이창석)||Mid||Team Vitality|
|Santorin||Lucas Tao Kilmer Larsen||Jungle||Gold Coin United|
|Impact||Jung Eon-yeong (정언영)||Top||Cloud9|
|Moon||Galen Holgate||Jungle||Team Liquid Academy|
|KonKwon||Kevin Kwon (권구혁)||Support||Apex Gaming|
|Altec||Johnny Ru||AD||Cloud9 Challenger|
|Cris||Cristian Rosales||Sub/Top||Apex Gaming|
|Xpecial||Alex Chu (朱啓恩)||Sub/Support||Apex Gaming|
|Shrimp||Lee Byeong-hoon (이병훈)||Sub/Jungle||Apex Gaming|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
- Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Spring 2017
|KoreanEdelweiss||Barry Lee (이권문)||Team Manager|
|Hermit||Tadayoshi Littleton||Head Coach||eUnited|
|History Teacher||Chad Smeltz||General Manager||Phoenix1|
|Empyre||Naser Al-Naqi||Head Analyst||Dream Team|
|Angela||Head of Social Media/Content|
|Shark||Charlene Hamm||Assistant General Manager||Apex Gaming|
|Charlie||Charlie Lipsie||Head Coach||Cloud9|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-08-07||NQ||2017 NA LCS Spring Promotion||0 : 3||Echo Fox|
|2016-07-31||9th||2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||4 : 14||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-04-03||5 - 6th||2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||Team Liquid|
|2016-03-20||5th||2016 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||9 : 9||Group Stage (W/L)|
- April 1st, [LoL] NRG's Top 5 Plays from the 2016 Spring Split (4m5s)
- January 9th, We are NRG! Gearing up for the LCS season and ready to AMA with reddit
- April 7th, [LoL] NRG eSports predicts the NA LCS semifinals with theScore
- June 1st, Meet the new NRG: first impressions, team synergy and expectations for the 2016 summer split with theScore
- June 2nd, NRG eSports break down the current meta and which champs to play in each lane with theScore
- June 3rd, NRG eSports CEO Andrew Pruett on building an organization of trust with theScore
- November 16th, NRG enters the NA LCS: an interview with co-owner Gerard Kelly with Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- November 16th, From the hardwood to the rift: an in-depth interview with NRG and Sacramento Kings co-owner Andy Miller with Sean Tepper on theScore
Articles & Videos
- March 21st, Thorin's Thoughts - Shaq Invests into NRG by Thorin on YouTube
- March 30th, Jatt's Stats: NA LCS Quarterfinalist - NRG (3m54s) on LoL Esports
- March 31st, New Kids on the Block: 5 Storylines to watch ahead of TL vs. NRG by Emily Rand on theScore
- April 30th, NRG's roster moves aren't as bad as you may think by Ryan Tang on Gamurs
- May 23rd, Summer 2016 NA LCS Team-by-Team Preview Day Two: NRG eSports (Podcast) by Rough Drafts on Soundcloud
- May 28th, Comparing League of Legends teams to their traditional sports counterparts by Connor Smith on Slingshot
- November 20th, The Triumvirate: Europe (TSM) vs America (C9) vs Korea (NRG) by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- Sacramento Kings co-owners buy LCS spot, recruit GBM, Impact dailydot.com
- NRG eSports' Tweet twitter.com
- NRG terminates League of Legends team's contracts espn.com
- Andrew Miller's Tweet twitter.com
- Andrew Miller's Tweet twitter.com
- Charlielipsie's Tweet twitter.com
- Cloud9's Tweet twitter.com
- Ember's Tweet twitter.com
- NRG appoints new CEO, former head of Apple iAd publisher relations espn.go.com
- Quas, Santorin and KiWiKiD join NRG Esports espn.go.com
- NRG's Tweet twitter.com
- Empyre's Tweet twitter.com
- Qwerm's Tweet twitter.com
- A Special Thank You nrg.gg
- NRG Partners with Logitech G nrg.gg
- Lucas Larsen's Tweet twitter.com
- GBM's Tweet twitter.com
- KiWi's Tweet twitter.com
- Diego Ruiz's Tweet twitter.com
- NRG's Tweet twitter.com
- NRG sells Challenger spot to J2K Esports and Technology thescoreesports.com
- NRG to sell LCS Slot nrg.gg