After a successful 2019 season, which saw Splyce go all the way to the quarterfinals at Worlds, the team are taking the next step in their evolution. To mark the start of the 2020 LEC Spring Split, Splyce are rebranding, and will now play under the MAD Lions name and colours.
For European League of Legends fans, MAD Lions will need little introduction. The team, founded in 2017, made an immediate impact on the Spanish esports scene, making it to the SuperLiga Orange playoffs in their first season, and were acquired by Splyce’s parent company, OverActive Media Group, earlier this year.
“There is so much that Hispanic culture offers the world and we are ready to bring that unique flavour to League of Legends fans throughout Europe and globally,” says Jorge Schnura, MAD Lions co-founder and president.
To that end, MAD Lions have been working to build a new line-up that will reflect the new team’s global ambitions. “I’m really excited for 2020. It is an honor for me, and our entire community to finally be part of the LEC, and to represent Spain,” says MAD Lions SuperLigaOrange head coach – and former EU LCS star – Alvar “Araneae” Martín Aleñar.
Splyce, of course, have already carved out an important legacy in European esports in just four short years – they even took a game off of eventual Worlds winners FunPlus Phoenix during the group stage this autumn. Maintaining that performance will be key for the new organisation.
“We are so thrilled that our players and our fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the biggest League of Legends competition in Europe," Schnura adds, while Chris Overholt, President and CEO of OverActive Media says, “We want to thank our Splyce fans and invite them to join all of us as we head into an exciting new era in the LEC.”
With the 2020 season upon us, we welcome MAD Lions to LEC for the start of an exciting new chapter.