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How will H2k's new roster fare at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne?

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Intel Extreme Masters Cologne is just a couple of days away, with six great League of Legends teams set to gather at the ESL studios in Cologne, Germany to battle it out for a US$50,000 prize pool and the coveted Intel Extreme Masters trophy.

Long and steady season, short run at Worlds

The team who placed second in the European team vote and thus secured a slot in the tournament was H2k. They have been very consistent in the European LCS, placing third in the 2015 Summer Split and the Summer Playoffs. H2k lost twice in the Summer Split to both Fnatic and Origen, who placed above them in the final standings. Other series against their opponents were either a win or a draw, with the final win score being 11-7 for H2k.

The Summer Playoffs started out good for H2k as they defeated GIANTS Gaming 3-0 in the quarterfinals. However, they fell in the semifinals to Origen 1-3, although still managing to secure third place after defeating Unicorns of Love 3-0.

By taking the third place at playoffs, H2k secured themselves a slot at Worlds 2015, where they got placed in a group with SK Telecom T1, Edward Gaming and Bangkok Titans. H2k managed to get two wins, both of which came from the Bangkok Titans (who lost all of their matchups). Placing third in their group with a 2-4 scoreline, H2k ended their Worlds 2015 journey.

New roster, new beginning?

H2k has made significant changes to their roster since Worlds ended. Joining the team will be three new players: Jankos, Vander and FORG1VEN. The full team roster now looks as follows:

Top: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu

  • Member of the original roster
  • 2015 Worlds statistics: Games: 6 | Wins: 2 | Losses: 4 | Win Percentage: 33.3% | Kills: 17 | Deaths: 11 | Assists: 18 | KDA: 3.18

Jungle: Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski

  • Previously jungler for ROCCAT
  • 2015 NA LCS Summer Split statistics: Games: 19 | Wins: 9 | Losses: 10 | Win Percentage: 47.4% | Kills: 45 | Deaths: 55 | Assists: 145 | KDA: 4.22

Mid: Ryu Sang-wook

  • Member of the original roster
  • 2015 Worlds statistics: Games: 6 | Wins: 2 | Losses: 4 | Win Percentage: 33.3% | Kills: 10 | Deaths: 21 | Assists: 128 | KDA: 1.81

ADC: Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou

  • Previously ADC for Gambit Gaming
  • 2015 NA LCS Summer Split statistics: Games: 16 | Wins: 7 | Losses: 9 | Win Percentage: 43.8% | Kills: 33 | Deaths: 33 | Assists: 73 | KDA: 3.21

Support: Oskar “Vander” Bogdan

  • Previously support for ROCCAT
  • 2015 NA LCS Summer Split statistics: Games: 19 | Wins: 9 | Losses: 10 | Win Percentage: 47.4% | Kills: 19 | Deaths: 39 | Assists: 164 | KDA: 4.69

Watch the new H2k lineup compete in Cologne

Intel Extreme Masters Cologne kicks off this Friday at 17:00 CET - be sure to tune in to not miss any of the action!

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