Since Immortals’ return to the League of Legends Championship Series in 2020, the organization has sought to establish its identity on the North American scene. From experimenting with a retro marketing aesthetic to trying to dabble in geolocation Moved to the Great Lakes area, Immortals has put a lot of work into establishing its brand in the region. But perhaps one of the most influential decisions Immortals has made in recent years is the decision to invest in the development of top laner Mo “Revenge” Kaddoura.
“This year is a really important year for me to really show my skills and show people that I’m not a bottom-top laner,” Revenge said. “Whatever the results, I think that will show up sometime this year.”
The Immortals’ new look for 2022 included changes to mid and bot lane roles, while the rest of the team’s players remained the same. Former TSM mid laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and veteran LCS bot laner Jason “WildTurtle” Tran have been added to the roster in hopes of helping the Immortals finally live up to the Dark Horse narrative that followed the organization last year.
The Immortals are yet to claim their first win of the year at the 2022 LCS Lock In tournament, but Revenge remains confident he and his teammates can turn things around in preparation for the regular season.
New year, new mindset
In an interview with Upcomer in early 2021, Revenge was vocal about his goals to keep improving his game while pushing himself to engage with the community and keep growing his platform. He wanted to play on a team that people were excited to see. After ending 2021 by narrowly qualifying for the LCS Championship as the 8th seed, Revenge is going all in to remind people why Immortals put so much faith in him.
“I just felt like I needed to prioritize my gameplay a little bit more,” Revenge said. “I think the branded stuff will continue to evolve… I haven’t been in esports that long as a pro player and I’m still learning the energy to give and the mental space to have.”
The extra work Revenge put in during the 2021 off-season was no joke. During his hiatus, he managed to get two different Solo Queue accounts in the top 10 in the North American rankings. He also spent nearly a month in South Korea to practice in a more competitive environment and gain other perspectives.
“I played there an average of 19 games a day while I was there for 27 days,” Revenge said. “I’ve been playing quite a lot this off-season, just practicing new meta champions, new styles. I ground pretty hard.”
At the team level, the new Immortals roster comes together well while navigating the natural bumps that come with forming a new team. Although they haven’t played together for even a month, Revenge has already noticed the two veterans’ influence on the team, claiming that they fit perfectly with the close-knit culture the team has cultivated over the past year. Even without getting the desired results right away, Revenge is still confident the team will eventually make their move and hopes fans can stay loyal to the team.
“I really know things are going to get better,” Revenge said. “Lock In is a great way to try things out and gain more experience playing together on stage. We’ve only been a team for less than two weeks, so I think it’s only natural that we won’t look so good at the start.”
“We are definitely still working on our mistakes and growing as a team. I think we’re going to improve a lot this year and that first appearance at Lock In is definitely not the best representation of who we are as a team and our strengths. You should keep supporting us and we will show you what we are.”