Team Vitality has announced that it has signed Juš ’Crownshot’ Marušič to its League of Legends roster. The move will see Crownshot take the starting bot lane spot, with Markos ‘Comp’ Stamkopoulos moving to a substitute role.
Vitality revealed the news via Twitter, stating that it “felt a strong voice was needed to lead our team on the Rift and found in Crownshot a good match.” Many were surprised to see Crownshot fail to land an LEC spot during the offseason after parting ways with SK Gaming. However, it was heavily rumoured that the player had waited on the Fnatic spot left open by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson, but was pipped to the post by Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp.
The Slovenian subsequently signed with Gen.G as a content creator last month, and was due to travel to Korea with fellow pro and Gen.G content creator Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek. Now after getting the call up from Vitality, Crownshot will remain firmly in Europe.
Vitality has had a difficult start to the 2021 LEC Spring Split, sitting firmly at the bottom of the standings alongside Astralis after a miserable 1-6 start. It is the organisation’s hope that the addition of a player of Crownshot’s caliber can help turn the split around.
Excited to play for Vitality, hope you guys keep supporting me 😌 https://t.co/i5v1R7mvNV
— Crownshot (@CrownshotLoL) February 9, 2021
In a follow-up statement, Vitality stresses that it wants to “renew” its confidence in Comp. “We have no doubt about his potential and he will keep training hard to make things work,” the tweet reads, “therefore being able to offer the coaching staff a possibility to take strategic decisions in the future.” As such, competition for the bot lane role could help elevate both players to new heights.