America-based competitive eSports team Complexity Gaming has announced the signing of the 18-year old League of Legends player Patrick "MegaZero" Glinsman to their roster. Complexity has signed Glinsman to a 8-month deal instead of the industry-standard one-year contract, as to lineup all of Complexity’s players under the same time frame.
Glinsman joins Complexity as their new top-laner, replacing Nicholas Wu "Nickwu" Smith who was removed from the team recently. Glinsman, former star of the now defunct League Championship Series upstart Team MRN, has been staying with the Complexity team at their team house in Los Angeles for the last three weeks since MRN's disbandment. Glinsman’s time at the house has proved to be a fruitful relationship between the Complexity players and management, leading to today’s announcement.
"After the post-LCS closure of Team MRN, Megazero needed a place to stay," Complexity Owner Jason Lake told GameSpot. "Our guys offered a spot at the coL.LoL team house here in LA. There was immediate chemistry and everyone was very impressed with his attitude, work ethic and skill. We're very happy to have Patrick on the team and wish Nickwu the very best in the future."
Since MRN's tumble out of the LCS, Glinsman has been a sub on Cloud 9, currently the only undefeated team in the North American Season 3 Summer Split. Complexity, the other team knocked out of this year's North American LCS, is relying on Glinsman’s big playmaking ability to lead them back into the big leagues. Glinsman feels he has found the right team to mesh with, and his time to return as a starter.
"People are curious as to why I would choose Complexity over other teams, and honestly, they have the highest potential of any team," Glinsman told GameSpot. "Just practicing with them in scrims, I can tell the difference between Complexity and other teams. They take it seriously, and more importantly, they learn from their mistakes and are always improving.
"Just recently, we had a pretty impressive display in the MLG Qualifiers and we hope to win MLG as a whole. Something people don't realize is, if you're going to be living in a house with your team and you want to easily communicate and improve, you have to be friends with your teammates. I love all the members of Complexity and I hope together we will re-qualify for LCS next season!"
Glinsman replaces Smith, brother of his former teammate on MRN, Clark "ClakeyD" Douglas Smith. While both teams only squared off against each other three times during LCS, Glinsman knows he has a tough act to follow.
"Nickwu was an exceptional top-laner and in the LCS, he carried his team through some pretty grim looking games," Glinsman said. "Nick has always been a good friend as he's the brother of my former teammate, ClakeyD. I'll do my best to make everyone proud, especially Nickwu and ClakeyD because they're pretty amazing people!"
With Riot's League Championship Series as the pinnacle of League of Legends competition, returning to the league is Complexity's ultimate goal. Teams who have failed to qualify for LCS have been seen to disband entirely a short time after, or make heavy roster changes. This is not the plan for Complexity.
"LCS is obviously the pinnacle and goal for each team but it's not the only opportunity," Lake said, adamant about supporting players in the industry. "Our sights are set on a return as soon as possible but our plan is to support this squad regardless."
Complexity will make their team debut at Major League Gaming’s Spring Championships in Anaheim, California, later this month.