Team ROCCAT starting AD Carry Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi has left the team after just one split, the organization announced on Facebook Thursday.
Steeelback, a native of France, was the highest-profile signing in a busy offseason for ROCCAT, joining the team along with Korean starters Sang-won “Parang” Lee in the top lane and Ji-hwan “Raise” Oh at support. ROCCAT went a disappointing 2-6-10 in the regular season, finishing in last place in the Summer Split but surviving in the Promotion Tournament by taking down FC Schalke 04.
Steeelback has led all European AD Carries in kills in each of the last two splits, with 88 in the spring and 136 in the expanded summer season. Steeelback also led all European AD Carries in CS Difference at 10 minutes this split (besides Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, who only played five games).
Steeelback first became well-known to most European fans when he replaced Martin “Rekkles” Larsson on Fnatic after Rekkles left for Elements. That Fnatic team finished in second place in the regular season but won the European Finals, advancing to MSI and making a surprise run to the quarterfinals, losing a tough five-game series to SK Telecom T1.
After Rekkles returned to Fnatic’s roster, Steeelback bounced around Challenger teams in North America before joining up with the Unicorns of Love for the Spring 2016 split. In addition to leading all European AD Carries in kills, he and was second in K/D/A and DPM (Damage Per Minute). UOL finished in fifth place, getting swept by Origen in the first round of the playoffs, and Steeelback joined ROCCAT’s roster before the Summer Split.