Echo Fox will be replacing their NA CS team with former pros-turned-streamers, as reported by Dot Esports. The new team will include Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana, Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, William “scarra” Li, Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani, and Danny “Shiphtur” Le and will be coached by Mark “MarkZ” Zimmerman.

Dyrus was a fan-favorite who played with Team SoloMid until 2015, when he then transitioned into sponsored streaming, and Imaqtpie played for Team Dignitas until 2014 but streamed independently. Together, they rake in 2.9 million followers on Twitch.

Scarra coached for teams like Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming, but stepped away from the scene in 2015 to pursue new goals that include hosting two online League of Legends talk shows. Not far behind in Twitch followers, at nearly 900k, Voyboy had been acting as manager for Team Frostbite until leaving early 2016, having played top and mid for Team Curse before. Shiphtur is the member of the team with the most recent experience on the stage, having played for Apex Gaming and sister team Apex Pride until 2016. While MarkZ’s footprint hasn’t been made on the main stage, he has become a popular analyst for the NA LCS.

To put it simply, it’s a team of North America’s superstars.

The current Echo Fox CS team is being assimilated into the LCS team, according to the report, and the new team’s goal is to “have more fun” than the other teams while they crush the scene. Whether or not this is truly for funsies, or to prepare these players to make their entrance back into the NA LCS, will be proven by time, it is worth noting that Fox Delta (Echo Fox’s name for their challenger team) will be unable to compete in the promotion tournament at the end of the next split, per Riot Games’ rules.

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