The organization formerly known as Rampage has rebranded to Pentagram for 2018, and once again, the team has prevailed in LJL regional play; booking a ticket to the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational.
For Pentagram, this year’s tournament is the organization’s 2nd consecutive MSI, as well as its fourth straight appearance at an international event, as the team competed under the Rampage name at both Rift Rivals and the World Championship last year. However, after a lackluster showing on the international stage in 2018, the team has turned over a completely new leaf, and is looking for a shot at redemption at the opening cross-region event of 2018.
For a majority of the LJL’s existence, Rampage stood firmly at the top of the league alongside perennial rivals, DetonatioN FocusMe. However, with the rebranding of the organization in addition to a major roster overhaul, many fans speculated if the newest iteration of the team could live up to the standards previously set by players of old like Lee “Tussle” Moon-yong and Jeon “Dara” Jeong-hoon.
For 2018, Rampage’s name change brought about much more than a new brand for the organization, as the Pentagram era was rung in with nearly a complete roster change, as the organization only held onto two players: mid laner Osamu “Ramune” Ozawa and AD carry Yuta “YutoriMoyasi” Noguchi.
Throughout the course of the 2018 Spring Split, Pentagram’s fresh-faced roster put up a record of 14-6 during the regular season before posting a 6-1 record in the playoffs that included a 3-0 sweep over the top seeded DFM in the LJL finals. The 2018 Spring Split was a defining moment for Pentagram, as the organization’s new brand and new roster proved that they can move on from the burdens of the past and bring success into a new timeline. And at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, the team that had a record of 1-9 in 2017 has nowhere to go but up in 2018.
When it comes to the players to watch for Pentagram at this year’s tournament, Ramune might be the most impactful player on the team. His 25% FBP is the third highest among all LJL mid laners, and KP of nearly 71% is the highest on the team outside of support player Yang “Gaeng” Gwang-yu. While Ramune’s 16.0 KDA stole the show in the finals, it was the Pentagram bottom lane that carried the team to success throughout the majority of the split.
At MSI, look for YutoriMoyasi and Gaeng to show signs of success, as the Pentagram duo has established itself as one of the strongest duo lanes in all of the Wild-Card regions. YutoriMoyasi posted an All-Star caliber split this Spring as his 6.7 KDA was good enough for the 5th best in all of the LJL, and his 10.2 CS/M was the 2nd highest in the entire league. On the support side of things, Gaeng’s KP of 84.2% was the highest of all League of Legends players in the entire world. Only one other player across every region was able to play all games in a single split and post a higher KP: Cody Sun of 100 Thieves.
Although Pentagram has never truly shown success at international events, the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational has granted the franchise an opportunity to rewrite the script and earn a chance at redemption. And with a totally revamped roster, and an entirely new brand, perhaps now is their chance to write a new chapter.