It’s official, Summoners.
The Dark Horse of competitive League play – Team Curse – just got a little more aggressive, picking up former Counter-Logic Gaming member Joe “Voyboy” Esfahani as a new Top Laner not 1 week after his release from CLG. This transition also marks a full cycle through the 3-way trade made by Dignitas, Curse, and CLG almost a year ago, with Voyboy now having played on each lineup. He will be moving into the Curse gaming house this Saturday, November 3rd.
With a reputation as well known as his – MVP at IEM Hanover, #1 rated solo queue player NA in Season 1, first to hit 2000 elo in Season 2, fostering aggressive top lanes with Akali and Lee Sin – no one expected Voyboy to be out a team for very long. That Team Curse was the one to actually haul him in is potentially a big deal. As one of the most aggressive top lane players in North America – if not the world – Voyboy’s play style would seem like a natural fit and synergize well with the aggressive jungling of Saintvicious.
Moreover, the actual roster for Curse is completely stacked, being comprised of players who have each individually been totted as the best in their role by other teams. Adding in (arguably) the best top laner in the region makes them that much more scary. The team has been struggling to harness the raw power each member brings to the table but, as Azubu Blaze pointed out when meeting them at the MLG Summer Arena, when Curse is on their game they are unstoppable.
Voyboy may just be that final piece that unlocks that bubbling potential and causes them to explode.
As for the fallout with CLG, it would appear Voyboy holds no hard feelings – at least from a professional standpoint:
“eSports is a competitive field, and roster changes are made all the time – either by the player or the organization – and it’s just something that happens. Grudges should not be held against teams or players for looking towards new opportunities. And even if the reasoning sometimes behind decisions are not completely clear to the fans – or to even the players themselves – they should be respected because they are made by people who know what they’re doing and the ones that these decisions are directly going to effect”.
So is this the right move for Curse and Voyboy? Should CLG be kicking themselves right about now? Will Season 3 be the season of Curse?
If you’re as excited as I am to watch Voyboy play with the new Curse colors, be sure to check out his first competition with the new team at the Lone Star Clash 2 November 10th – 11th. And be sure to catch the impressive Top Laner live on the Curse stream channel.