Monday, May 23, 2022

British top laner Rifty joins Valiance in the Esports Balkan League, along with ADC player Caltys and others

Veteran UK League of Legends top laner Ashley ‘Rifty’ Mayes will join Valiance in the Esports Balkan League for the spring 2022 season.

The Esports Balkan League is one of the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) of the League of Legends (LoL), with others including the French LFL, Spanish Superliga and more.

Rifty’s teammates include Bulgarian jungler Indecision and mid-laner Lmzs, Swedish ADC Caltys, Croatian sub-ADC Paladin, and Finnish support Tiara. Valiance is trained by Greek trainer xDjiiNN.

Caltys is one of the few players in the competitive League of Legends. At the ERL level, there is also female ADC Sayna, who will play for Lundqvist Lightside in Division 2 of the Spring 2022 NLC.

Caltis said: “It’s super exciting to play in an ERL1 for the first time. I am very grateful for this opportunity and will not waste it. We are excited to see how far we can get as a team! Thanks for all the support, it’s been overwhelming lately.”

For more information on Caltys, watch this video from May 2020.

Women in esports has been a much-discussed topic in the community over the past few years, especially in the last few weeks around the holiday season following the ESL’s announcement of a new CSGO Women’s Circuit.

British esports personality Thorin fumed on Twitter over Christmas as the heated debate surrounding ESL’s new CSGO Women’s Circuit continued.

UK League of Legends streamer Vicksy also competed in the UK/Ireland ESL Prem Promotions tournament a few years ago and has also competed in Twitch Rivals tournaments. And Shafu, a Romanian LoL support player, played with Newcastle Jaguars (now Clique Esports) in Forge of Champions and Team Nerotec in Esports Balkan League a few years ago.

“The goal should be to get first place and perform well at the EU Masters.”

xDjiiNN, Valiance

Coach xDjiiNN took that topic aside and commented on his team overall in this post on the Valiance website: “I am really looking forward to the upcoming split, there are many teams that have potential, with CZV being the strongest in my opinion. The goal should be to get first place and perform well in the EU Masters.

“Compared to other squads, we strive for team success, the will to improve and our huge pool of champions. Mainly there are two big advantages among others: The experience of some players and the passion for the game are two things that make my team stand out. Also, I have to admit that we have a really strong work ethic. With those three aspects, I’m pretty confident that we’ll be successful.”

The Esports Balkan League is a non-accredited ERL, meaning no offline event is required and participating players do not need to be added to Riot’s Global Contract Database (GCD). For more information, see Riot’s recently announced changes to European LoL regional leagues.

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