Top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, jungler Salah “Mirai” Eddine Lmimouni, mid laner Malik “Xoura” Dönmez, Bot Laner Jakob “Bung” Gramm and support Andreas “Adept” Blikfeldt have reached an oral agreement with WAVE Esports for 2022, as from Lunatics today and confirmed by sources near Upcomer on Monday.
sOAZ is by far the headline name of the raster. The 27-year-old top laner already played in season 1. After a year of coaching at LDLC OL in the LFL, he announced his will to return as a professional player on October 22nd via Twitter.
After a year of coaching at LDLC, they allowed me to speak to other teams for 2022
I would like to compete as a player again and am looking for LEC / LCS / LFL offers. No highly motivated shotcaller bullshit, I want to go back to LEC / Worlds
– Paul Boyer (@sOAZ) October 22, 2021
The four-time EU LCS / LEC champion had a long offseason playing tryouts for teams in the LFL, LFL second division and Prime League, sources told Upcomer. However, his goal will be WAVE Esports as he has a verbal agreement with the team and is expected to sign it soon.
The other players on the WAVE Esports 2022 roster are much newer to the League of Legends professional game, even at the European regional level. Mirai, Bung and Adept all played for WAVE Esports during the Prime League Pro Division’s summer relegations in 2021. They managed to win against Euronics Gaming, which again qualified them for the German ERL.
Xoura is completely new to professional play and not much is known about him, but it might be interesting to see him on a roster with one of the oldest players left in sOAZ.
Markus “DeliveryPanda” Appelhoff will coach the team like last season. He is known for his appearance at the European Masters 2020 Summer Main Event Finals with his former team GamerLegion.