Update: Dot Esports confirmed Upcomer’s report that Dignitas was signing Blue and Enatron, as well as reporting that Dignitas was working on a deal with former PSG Talon jungler, Kim “River” Dong-woo. Dot specified that Dignitas were very close to finalizing at the time of the report, but that it was not yet fully confirmed and signed. The original report follows:
Dignitas QNTMPAY plan to sign Ersin “Blue” Gören as their starting mid laner for the 2022 League Championship Series season and bring on Ilias “Enatron” Theodorou as their head coach, sources told Upcomer on Monday. Blue would replace Dignitas’ 2021 mid laners, David “Yusui” Bloomquist and Max “Soligo” Soong.
Blue and Enatron
Blue has played professionally for three years, spending time in Europe and Turkey in both academy and Tier 1 orgs. In Turkey, he placed first in the Turkey Academy League winter season and second in the summer season with 1907 Fenerbahçe Academy. He was then promoted to 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports, where he helped the team win first in the 2020 Turkish Championship League winter playoffs.
In 2021, he became the starting mid laner for SK Gaming in the League of Legends European Championship. He and the team placed sixth in the spring split, also bowing out of playoffs at sixth. In the summer, SK fell to ninth place, missing the playoffs and, therefore, their chance at securing a trip to the 2021 League of Legends World Championship.
Enatron has coached at various levels for around five years, mostly in Turkey and Europe. He was also recently Blue’s coach on 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports in 2020 when they won the winter playoffs. Most recently, he was the head coach for NASR eSports Turkey, which finished second behind Galatasaray Esports in the TCL summer playoffs. He also went to Worlds 2019 with Royal Youth, a roster that included both İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek and Can “Closer” Çelik.
Dignitas in 2021
Dignitas had a turbulent year in the League Championship Series, with various winning streaks and losing streaks. They were in second place for some of the regular season, going 9-3 across the middle of the season, but ended fifth going into the Mid-Season Showdown, where they lost their first series to 100 Thieves.
In summer, Dignitas made multiple roster changes, including removing Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett from the team, and remained in sixth place for most of the season thanks to their strong spring split, though they hovered around eighth place in terms of their summer-specific game record. In the summer playoffs (LCS 2021 Championship), they were once again knocked out immediately, losing their upper bracket series against Evil Geniuses and then their lower bracket series to Immortals.
Thank you for your hard work, your positivity and always giving it your all day in and day out.
— Dignitas League of Legends (@DignitasLoL) November 15, 2021
Just before the start of the free agency period, Dignitas officially announced their release of each of their prior mid laners along with their Academy support, Juan “JayJ” Guibert, and Assistant Coach, Gabriel “Invert” Zoltan-Johan.
Brieuc Seeger contributed reporting to this article.