Curse Academy will be entering the League Championship Series (LCS) Expansion Tournament with Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (top), Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco (jungle), Lae-Young “Keane” Jang (mid), David “Cop” Roberson (ADC), and Michael “Bunny Fufuu” Kurylo (support).
The new revamped Curse Academy roster sports three former LCS pros and two young, promising talents. Saintvicious, previously of the LCS Team Curse, has seen two full splits of LCS action at the jungle position, and another half split at the support position with Team Curse once again. In his LCS career, Saintvicious has a 3.49 overall kill-death-assist ratio (KDA) in the jungle, with his most played champions being Jarvan IV (4.9 KDA, 15 games played), Nasus (3.8 KDA, 9), and Xin Zhao (3.0 KDA, 7).
In the 2014 Spring LCS Split, Saintvicious briefly rejoined a Team Curse roster that was desperately in need of a play maker and a shot caller. After a brief four weeks in the LCS as a support, Saintvicious was supplanted by Curse Academy’s current support, Bunny Fufuu. Bunny played the last half of the Spring Split, where he shined and was branded as one of the best, if not the best, Thresh player in North America and one of the shining young talents in the North American scene. Bunny finished the 2014 spring split with three champions played, Thresh (4.1 KDA, 5 games played), Leona (1.8 KDA, 3), and Karma (2.0 KDA, 2).
One of Curse Academy’s newest additions is Bunny’s former LCS lane partner, Cop. Cop comes to Curse Academy after playing two full seasons in the LCS with Team Curse, where he was “consistent,” in Cop’s own words. While Cop’s supporters say he was consistent, his stats say he was dominant at times. In nine LCS games, Cop boasts a ludicrous 18 KDA on Kog'maw, and in 10 games he has an 12.5 KDA on Miss Fortune. He also plays a strong Caitlyn (5.5 KDA, 25 games) and an impressive Lucian (8.4 KDA, 10). He’s proven himself to be a versatile AD carry in his two year LCS career, having played 13 different champions with seven different lane partners while still maintaining an impressive 5.83 lifetime KDA ratio. Against one of the best bot lanes in NA (CLG’s “Rush Hour”) Cop currently stands at a 50% win ratio (56.2% lifetime vs CLG), a 5.5 end game KDA, 27 kills, and only 12 deaths, proving that Cop can compete with the very best that NA has to offer.
The newcomers to this LCS ready roster are Keane and Hauntzer. While not much is known about Hauntzer, he has been an incredibly strong Challenger player. Hauntzer has been a consistent dominating force on the LoLPro roster and has familiarity with his new teammates through the Team Curse organization. “Hauntzer has really impressed me,” said Curse Academy coach William Hoag. “He never lost lane in the playoffs against already established names like Cris and Rhux. I expect him to make great strides in his individual play on the team and believe he will be a full force to reckon with not only in the expansion tournament, but the LCS as well.”
Joining Hauntzer on the quest for the LCS is Oceanic new comer Keane. Since coming to NA, Keane has rapidly become a fan favorite for his outstanding Orianna play and his unorthodox pick of Hecarim mid lane. Keane has experience playing with the very best from his time with MiG Wicked in Korea, and since coming to the NA he has shown he has what it takes to play against NA’s best. Keane is one of very few players who have achieved Challenger Tier on three different servers: #1 overall in OCE, top 10 in both NA and Korea. He has been playing with Saintvicious and Bunny Fufuu since he moved to LA following a brief stint on the Curse Oceanic roster, where he caught the eye of Team Curse owner Steve Arhancet. What both players lack LCS experience, they they make up for with work ethic and attitude.
With Hauntzer joining the Curse Academy roster, former Curse Academy top laner Cris will be moving to Team Coast. Said Team Coast owner David Slan, "We are very excited to add Cris to an already strong line-up. Cris is a very nice fit for our line-up. His style of play and champion pool synergizes extremely well. During our practices, Cris has consistently shown his ability to win lane, and uses his strong team fighting skills to remain relevant throughout our games."
Regarding the sale of the team, potential future ownership is still being considered with interested buyers. Said Arhancet, “Anyone with interest on purchasing the team still has time to reach out to me at [email protected]”