After a disappointing 2020, Origen has announced big restructuring measures will be coming for its League of Legends team. Kasper Hvidt, the team’s director of sports, spoke plainly about the team’s recent failures in a series of videos and short statements on Origen’s official website.
Hvidt described the team’s Spring Split showing as a “satisfactory performance,” but after failing to make the playoffs in the Summer Split, Origen will once again miss out on the World Championships. They last qualified for Worlds in 2015, where they placed joint third.
While Hvidt was eager not to point fingers at any individual player or staff member, it is clear he is not satisfied with the team’s current direction, saying Origen has “the most experienced and innovative performance organizations around all our teams,” and claims that its ultimate ambition of building a Worlds winning team remains within reach.
Hvidt reiterated several times that, despite not wanting to place blame for the failure onto anybody specific, no one will be sacred as he begins a thorough restructuring of the team. Saying “everybody here will have to decide if they want to be a part of our future League of Legends team and the way we work. We make no guarantees and therefore it is only fair to the players and coach to let them speak with other teams already now ahead of Riot’s official transfer window,” he confirmed that while all players may not depart, all are effectively on the transfer list right now.
“From the beginning, we have been aware that implementing the performance culture and tools of Astralis Group into a new team and organization will take time,” Hvidt says, “Nobody can guarantee results, but for us performance is about long-term improvement, learning from your mistakes, moving forward, and ultimately winning titles.”
Astralis Group, who own Origen, is most famous for Astralis, the dominant team on the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. Hvidt and Origen will be hoping to emulate its sister club sooner rather than later.
Hvidt also admitted that the process may well “have to take one step back to move forwards in the right direction,” but that Origen will ultimately come out of the other end stronger.
Origen lost its last five matches of the LEC Season and finished bottom of the league, two places down on last year’s eighth placed finish in Summer. This Spring, they finished fourth, but that appears to be the exception rather than the rule.