The Unicorns of Love are currently tied for last place in the European League of Legends Championship Series and as the old saying goes, when you're at the bottom, dig up.
The roster of the Unicorns of Love should be doing a lot better than they currently are. With good players who, on paper, should be performing better. Let’s look at the squad that makes up this plucky pink bunch.
Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen is the current top laner for the Unicorns of Love. A relative rookie, he has had some experience playing with Challenger teams Paris Saint-Germain and Ninjas in Pyjamas, before joining up with the Unicorns of Love in November of 2017. By no means a bad player, WhiteKnight has made some impressive plays thus far, including taking down Fnatics top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer in single combat, much to the delight of casters and fans. With a tendency to play carry style bruiser champions, WhiteKnight has shown the potential to boost his team forward. Hopefully, WhiteKnight will be able to shake off these last few weeks and come back strong in the second half of the EU LCS.
Jonas “Kold” Andersen is the current jungler for UoL, though many might know him by his previous in-game name, “Trashy”. Having spent time in both the Challenger scene and the LCS, Kold made his mark when playing for former team Splyce, as their resident carry style jungler. Never one to just be a meat shield, Kold has demonstrated a more aggressive side with his champion selections, opting for champions like Evelynn, Rengar, and Kayn. If Kold is able to truly pop off on champions such as this, the Unicorns should have no trouble picking up victories in the future.
Fabian “Exileh” Schubert is the current Unicorns mid laner. A relative veteran of the EU LCS, Exileh has played with teams such as Ninjas in Pyjamas, Mysterious Monkeys, and SK Gaming’s sister team, SK Gaming Prime. A fan of the more mechanically skilled champions, Exileh has put out decent scores even when the Unicorns lose. With mechanical skill and a desire to show off, Exileh is yet another in the long line of “EU Mids”, who terrorise their opponents in lane, drawing attention to themselves in order to give their team some breathing space. If the Unicorns are going to score more wins, Exileh will undoubtedly play his role in carrying his team to victory.
Samuel "Samux" Fernández Fort is the current AD Carry for the Unicorns. Another Unicorns player who prefers more mechanically demanding champions, Samux is also one of a handful of pro players who have made role swaps in their career, being a former top lane player in the EU LCS in the past. With a lot of experience under his belt and multiple viewpoints on how to play the game thanks to his previous role, Samux has proven that he is more than capable of knuckling down and winning lane, so that his team can win the game. A propensity for late game scaling champions gives the Unicorns breathing room, as they know that Samux will likely out scale his lane opponents if given enough time.
Eun “Totoro” Jong-seop is the current Unicorns of Love support player. Hailing from the League Champions Korea, Totoro made his debut onto the EU LCS when he joined UoL in December of 2017. Favouring a more tanky style support, Totoro has demonstrated an ability to protect his lane partner, while also being in position to engage upon the enemy where necessary. For the unicorns to succeed, they will need to rely on Totoro to guide the bot lane through the dangers of the early game and to become that strong, tanky support that is capable of ambushing enemies while drawing all the attention, allowing his teammates to clean up the fight and secure the victory.
The unicorns may be a 1-7 team, but they certainly don’t play like one. The players that make up this squad certainly have the skills to advance in the standings, now it just remains to be seen if they can pull all the threads together.