100 Thieves promote Poome to Academy for Summer Split
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100 Thieves have announced that support player Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere will transition to the Academy roster for the 2020 Summer Split. The Canadian player previously competed for 100 Next, the North American esports organization and lifestyle brand’s amateur team.

Poome to 100 Thieves Academy

“Welcome Poome to our League of Legends Academy team! Poome has played with us on 100X for the past few months, and we’re excited to run a 6 man roster with him this Summer Split,” 100 Thieves wrote in a Twitter post.

Poome started his competitive League of Legends career in late 2018, with positions on teams like Skizm Esports, Team Brickz, and Super Nova Sentinels. He was signed to 100 Thieves Next as part of its original founding roster and has since competed in the Upsurge Premier League. The team finished the 2020 UPL Spring Split Ocean Division in 1st, but failed to make it through Spring Playoffs.

The beginning of May saw the addition of AD carry player Aki no Ki, with Osama “Auto” Alkhalaileh transitioning to main support. As such, Poome was placed into the substitute support role for the time being. This new roster has recently competed in the Legends Weekend League Open Qualifiers. This qualifying round awards teams with spots for the 2020 Scouting Grounds Circuit.

2020 LCS Summer Split

In his new role, Poome will play alongside top laner Aaron “FakeGod” Lee, jungler Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia, mid laner Max “Soligo” Soong, AD carry Jacob “Prismal” Feinstein, and support Brindon “Breezyyy” Keesey. The 100 Thieves Academy lineup finished the 2020 Spring Split in 5th, with a 5 – 6th placing at the Spring Playoffs after a loss to TSM Academy.

The Academy roster suffered issues during their past split. They even had difficulty playing against teams like Counter Logic Gaming Academy and Immortals Academy, which were dead last on the bracket. The ongoing situation involving COVID-19 contributed to the team’s performance in the later weeks, though. Hopefully, the offseason has provided the roster ample time to fix these problems.

The 2020 Academy Summer Split begins on June 11.

Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.