After being relegated from the NA LCS and releasing the contracts of all of its players, NRG Esports still plans on being involved in League of Legends, chairman and co-founder Andrew Miller announced on Twitter Friday.
Following the news that NRG’s starting roster had been made free agents, reports flew around that the team was disbanding its League operation. Miller took to Twitter to firmly denounce that interpretation:
Heck no. Working on a plan as we speak. https://t.co/MtNZBjprhz— Andrew Miller (@amiller) August 12, 2016
Miller did not say whether NRG intended on competing in the Challenger Series during the Spring 2017 split or if it planned on selling the spot before regrouping for a later split, either in the LCS or at Challenger.
(1) We let our LOL players go this week to allow max time to catch on with another team or move on with personal plans.— Andrew Miller (@amiller) August 12, 2016
(2) This was a terrific group of guys. Dedicated + fun. Just didn't put it all together. We love League and hope to be back real soon.— Andrew Miller (@amiller) August 12, 2016
After making the playoffs in Spring, NRG finished in ninth place this summer with a 4-14 record in the regular season. The team was relegated to the Challenger Series after being swept by both Cloud9 Challenger and Echo Fox in the promotion tournament.
FC Schalke 04, the other LCS team relegated this split, has already announced it plans on competing in Challenger.