|Coaches:||George "Zekent" Liu|
Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco
|Analysts:||Mark "shriek56" Zimmerman|
|Managers:||Roman "Roman" Boychuk|
|Sponsor:||Cooler Master |
|Number of Players:||10|
|Created:||2011-08-28 LoL Division|
|Player Trades:||2013-10-14 Quas joins|
|Share this Page|
Team Curse is a North American League of Legends team sponsored by Curse, Inc., an online game portal and network of gaming sites. The roster was first formed by LiQuiD112 in 2010, when the team was originally named Team XXX. The team first received a sponsorship from unRestricted eSports. After qualifying for MLG Raleigh in August 2011, they obtained a sponsorship with Curse, and renamed to Curse Gaming.
In February 2012, they held their first major tournament, the LoLPro.com Curse Invitational, which coincided with the launch of their League of Legends website, lolpro.com.
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Organization
- 5 Team Achievements
- 6 Highlight Videos
- 7 Videos
- 8 Team Interviews
- 9 Trivia
- 10 See Also
- 11 External Links
- 12 References
Acquisition of unRestricted Roster
On August 25, 2011, the former unRestricted roster was picked up by Team Curse. Team Curse was Curse.com's first foray into the eSports scene. The initial roster of the team included LiQuiD112, DontMashMe, Doublelift, SYDTKO, Pobelter, Lapaka, Nyjacky, and Jsura.
Team Curse attended their first event at 2011 MLG Raleigh, where they took 4th place, after losing three series. The team lost the best of three series against Counter Logic Gaming 1-2, Epik Gamer 1-2, and Team SoloMid 0-2, but obtained 40 Circuit Points from the event. This placed Team Curse in 4th in the NA Circuit Rankings behind the other three teams at the event.
During Pre-Season 2, Curse reached the finals of the CSN Dawn of Champions Cup 2011 where they fell to Team WE 2-0, placing them second overall. Half a month later, Curse attended their second North American LAN, IGN Proleague Season 3 - Atlantic City, where they gained a 5th-8th placing after falling to Dignitas in the first round. Attending their first international event, Curse was one of the American invitees to IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York where they took a 5th-6th placing, going 1-2 in the group stage by defeating v8 Esports while falling to SK Gaming and Sypher. Curse's jungler Lapaka later decided to leave the team, stating his main reason as internal conflicts with one of the team members. 
With the arrival of Season 2 came changes to the Curse roster, with DontMashMe leaving due to irreconcilable differences with the management and direction of Curse, and Doublelift leaving in order to pursue a career with Counter Logic Gaming Prime as their new AD carry. Despite the departure of some of their key players, Curse was still able to play in the National ESL Premier League Season 2, placing second behind Counter Logic Gaming.
After being benched on Counter Logic Gaming Prime, support player Elementz joined Curse on December 19th. The next two major tournaments that Curse would attend were IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev and IEM Season VI - World Championship on January 22nd and March 10th, respectively, where they were able to place 5th-6th place in both events.
Around mid May, long time League of Legends player and theorycrafter Thomas "SYDTKO" Oh retired from competitive League of Legends. In the same month, a three team shuffle occurred between Curse, Dignitas, and Counter Logic Gaming Prime. As Curse's jungler Crumbzz was unable to move into the gaming house due to school commitments, Curse picked up Counter Logic Gaming Prime's jungler Saintvicious, who chose to leave his old team rather than lead CLG's second team, Counter Logic Gaming Black.
On June 8th, Curse picked up Westrice as their top laner, as Pobelter was too young to move to a gaming house. Curse's first competitive matches with Westrice as their top laner were at the MLG 2012 - Spring Championship, where the newly reformed team was able to place 7th/8th. On August 26th, Curse won the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit/Summer/Championship, beating Dignitas in the best of 5 finals 3-2. However, both teams were disqualified by MLG and Riot for violating MLG's Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules: "competitors may not intentionally Forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate Rankings or Brackets." No prize money or circuit points were awarded to either teams.
On August 20th, Curse would compete in the North American Regional Season 2 World Championship Qualifier, but failed to qualify, placing 4th, losing to Counter Logic Gaming in the 3rd place match.
Following the conclusion of Season 2, on October 19th, 2012, Curse hosted an Extra Life League of Legends charity stream marathon supporting the Seattle Children's Hospital. 
Team Curse would pick up gold in two minor tournaments in Solo Mid Series Week 4 and Solo Mid Series Week 5. Elementz would not play in these two tournaments, instead the winner of the Curse 1v1 tournament Rhux would tryout for the support position. On November 21st, LiQuiD112 announced on The Morning Liquid show that they would be benching Elementz in favor of Rhux. He cited that it would give them a "better opportunity" at the upcoming IPL 5 event.
Curse would compete in the IPL 5 tournament in Las Vegas on the 29th of November. They would take third in the group stages, suffering defeat twice at the hands of Moscow 5, but managing to win against Blackbean from Thailand. Being knocked to the losers bracket, Curse would sweep the series against Team Dynamic, and then be forced to fight against their sister team Curse EU. They would manage to eliminate Curse EU from the tournament 2-1 to advance against Taipei Assassins. The Taiwanese team would defeat them 2-0, ending their tournament run. Team Curse placed 7th-8th at the event and took home $1,750 in winnings.
Curse started off the Spring Season of the NA LCS Spring Season strong. They didn't drop a single game, up until week 4, when they lost their first game to Dignitas. Despite that loss, and having a rough rest of the season, Curse still finished 2nd, securing their spot in the Spring Playoffs along with securing their spot in the Summer Season of the NA LCS. Despite having a roster change right before the Playoffs, Curse went on to place 4th in the NA LCS Spring Playoffs.
On the eve of the NA LCS Summer Season, Team Curse announced the huge news that they would be filling their support role by EU ex-Gambit Gaming member Edward, who was the EU LCS All Star. He would be the first player to ever in both NA and EU LCS. Despite the huge roster acquisition, Curse had a shaky Summer season, fighting hard to stay in the middle of the pack. They did end the season 13-15 in a fourth spot place going into NA LCS Summer Playoffs. They first faced off against Team Dignitas and even though winning their first game in a dominating fashion, they lost the next ones, losing 1-2, therefore having to play CLG for the 5th spot decider. Curse was unable to best them in the set losing 0-2, and were sent to relegation to play for their spot back in the Season 4 Spring Promotion.
In October 2013, it was announced Team Curse would execute a significant roster change after a disappointing result at the end of Season 3. Support player Edward announced his return to his previous team Gambit Gaming, and the last player of the original Curse lineup, Nyjacky, was moved to the reformed Curse Gaming EU roster, now named Team LoL Pro. Cop was moved to a substitute position while also joining the LoL Pro roster. Saintvicious stepped down from the player roster to become their coach/analyst. Curse initially announced a lineup that included ex-CLG support Aphromoo playing AD carry, ex-Curse Academy mid Pobelter, ex-coach/support for To Be Determined Zekent, and ex-Curse Academy coach/jungler IWillDominate. However, this revamped roster was quickly abandoned, as Aphromoo was kicked and Pobelter left. Curse Manager LiQuid112 commented that Cop had shown a "reignited passion" for the game, and that keeping Cop on the team felt "right." On the other hand, Pobelter expressed a strong desire to both remain in school and play professionally for Curse, and LiQuid112 determined that it would be impossible to maintain both those commitments at an adequate level. LiQuid112 later expressed regret that he had announced a roster that had not been finalized. Voyboy would be the only remaining member untouched on the roster to stay in his top lane position.
The replacements for the recently departed Aphromoo and Pobelter were indeed the return of Cop, and the addition of Quas from Gold Gaming LA as top laner. Voyboy switched positions from top to mid lane. The team's first challenge was to be the first season of the North American Challenger League (NACL), with the other bottom four teams of the LCS, as well as six challenger teams.
At the NACL, Curse competed in a group stage that took place throughout October and November 2013. Curse finished second in its group with a 20-6 record, behind fellow LCS team Coast. Cop and Quas were named All-Stars for the league during the season. In the NACL playoffs, Curse won its first series 2-0 against Curse Academy, the organization's sponsored challenger team, but lost 0-2 in the semifinals to compLexity Gaming.
Team Curse was a decidedly middle-of-the-pack team in the Spring Split of the fourth season of the LCS, with further roster shuffles hindering their forward progress. After three weeks of LCS play, support Zekent stepped down to a coaching position, while Saintvicious returned to the starting lineup in his place. Four weeks later, challenger player Bunny FuFuu was recruited to replace him. Plagued by its roster changes, and dragged down by a 0-8 record against the top two teams, Cloud 9 and Team SoloMid, Curse finished fifth with an 11-17 record. From there, Curse was able to win its first playoff match against Dignitas 2-1, but then lost to Cloud 9 in the semifinals 0-2, and then lost to CLG 0-2 in the third place match. Curse finished fourth in the playoffs and earned a $10,000 USD prize. Despite its struggles, Curse avoided returning to relegations and earned a spot in the Summer Split.
During the brief off-season, Spring runner-up Team SoloMid shocked the League of Legends community by announcing that its longtime support Xpecial had been removed from the team following attitude disagreements. Curse quickly recruited the three-year competitive veteran to replace Bunny FuFuu, making Xpecial the fifth support to play for the team in six months.
Xpecial's contribution to the team was not quickly felt. Curse began the Summer Split at a paltry 2-6 tied for last place, and additional roster changes appeared imminent. However, led by two 3-1 super week showings, Curse climbed the rankings back to fourth place, holding a 13-15 record and a head-to-head tiebreaker against Dignitas and CLG. During each super week, a Curse player won the weekly MVP award: first Xpecial, and then Voyboy.
The top three teams of the North American Summer Playoffs earned a berth to the Season 4 World Championship, and Curse hoped to attend its first championship in team history. Curse's first match of the Summer playoffs was against CLG. Although Curse held a 3-1 record against CLG during the season, CLG had just returned from a three week "bootcamp" in Korea, during which they scrimmaged against some of the top teams in the world, and came back to North America amid heightened expectations. Curse responded to the public hype by flattening CLG 3-0 in the quarterfinals and moving on to face Cloud 9. At this point, Cloud 9 held a 10-0 record in playoffs and seemed an unstoppable juggernaut. Curse was not able to ride the positive momentum of their previous series win, and lost the semifinals 0-3. Lastly, Curse played LMQ for the final spot at the World Championship, but lost after building a 2-0 lead and holding a positive gold differential in the third game. LMQ completely shut out Curse in the fourth game, and ended Curse's championship hopes with a heartbreaker of a 3-2 series win.
- August 25th, Team Curse signs former unRestricted roster. LiQuiD112, DontMashMe, Doublelift, SYDTKO, Pobelter, Lapaka, Nyjacky, and Jsura join. 
- To read about unRestricted history (Early 2011 - August 2011), click here.
- January 19th, TeamSpeak sponsors Team Curse.
- Mid May, SYDTKO leaves.
- May 19th, Saintvicious replaces Crumbzz.
- June 8th, Westrice replaces Pobelter.
- August 12th, 2nd place at IPL Face Off: San Francisco Showdown.
- September 2nd, 4th place at Season 2 - Regional Finals Seattle
- September 28th, Salce joins.
- October 20th, Rhux joins.
- November 1st, Voyboy joins. Salce leaves.
- November 21st, Rhux becomes starting support. Elementz becomes sub.
- December 6th, Elementz becomes starting support. Rhux becomes sub.
- December 15th, Westrice leaves.
- February, Hai joins.
- February 10th, CM Storm sponsors Team Curse.
- March 20th, Alienware sponsors Team Curse.
- April 7th, Swain Gretzky joins.
- April, OneBadBrad joins.
- April 20th, Elementz becomes a sub and Rhux becomes starting support.
- May 11th, Hai leaves.
- June 1st, Elementz leaves.
- June 7th, Edward joins. Rhux becomes a sub.
- July 15th, Only Jaximus joins.
- August 19th, Nissan sponsors Team Curse.
- October 7th, Edward leaves. Nyjacky is moved to Team LoL Pro. Cop becomes a sub and is also moved to LoL Pro roster. Pobelter, Aphromoo, Zekent and IWillDominate join while Saintvicious moves to coaching position.
- October 13th, Pobelter and Aphromoo are released.
- October 14th, Quas joins. Cop moves back to starting AD.
- February 4th, Saintvicious becomes the starting support while Zekent becomes a substitute/coach.
- February 25th, Sheep leaves.
- March 6th, Bunny FuFuu joins as starting support while Saintvicious steps down to substitute/coach.
- April 20th, 4th place at 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs
- May 4th, Xpecial joins as starter support and Bunny FuFuu is removed from the starting line-up. Zig joins as substitute AD
- September 16th, Cop is released.
- October 22nd, Piglet joins as starting AD Carry.
|Bunny FuFuu||Michael Kurylo||Sub/Support|
|Swain Gretzky||Aaron Bean||Sub/Mid|
|Only Jaximus||Phillip Carter||Sub/Mid|
Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming
Absolute Legends North America
|Pobelter||Eugene Park||Top||Westrice||MLG Summer Arena|
|GibPfötchen||Peter Gaida||Top||SYDTKO||IEM Season VI - World Championship|
|Only Jaximus||Phillip Carter||Top||Pobelter||IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev|
|LiQuiD112||Steve Arhancet||eSports Director|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-02-01||1st||National ESL Pro Series V||W:FF||
|2012-12-16||1st||SoloMid Series Finals||3 : 1||
|2012-11-11||2nd||Lone Star Clash 2||2 : 3||
|2012-08-05||3rd||2012 MLG Summer Arena||1 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2012-07-06||3rd||National ESL Pro Series III||W:FF||
|2011-12-18||2nd||National ESL Premier League II||0 : 2||
Counter Logic Gaming
- June 21st - A Tour of the Team Curse Gaming House (video)
- December 18th - Curse or die: A highlight reel of the new Team Curse (video)
- January 21st - Interview with Elementz by Pico
- February 28th - Curse's Vice President of Marketing Donovan Duncan Interview by Pico
- June 2nd - Crs SaintVicious Interview by AskJoshy
- July 2nd - I am Hubert Thieblot, founder and CEO of Curse. AMA with Reddit
- August 7th - First look inside the Curse League of Legends Beverly Hills Gaming House with Forbes
- September 25th - New Curse Gaming Director Of ESports Steve Arhancet Believes In The Future Of Pro Gaming with Forbes
- January 10th - Curse: High Stakes (video) with LoLChampSeries
- November 14th - Liquid: "I feel great about the roster we have now" with LoL eSports
- November 16th - Team Curse talks about new roster with LoL eSports
- Is jokingly referred to as CLG.Bench, or some variation thereof, by followers due to a history of acquiring released Counter Logic Gaming players (Elementz, Saintvicious, Voyboy and Aphromoo)
- Reign of Gaming -- League of Legends news, tier lists, blogs, streams, and more!
- LoLPro - Pro League of Legends Guides and Videos
- Curse Team Profile on lolesports.com
- A Tour of the Team Curse Gaming House
- Lapaka No Longer In Team Curse. na.leagueoflegends.com
- An Important Message Regarding MLG Summer Championship League of Legends majorleaguegaming.com
- 2012 Pro Circuit Conduct Rules majorleaguegaming.com
- Harnessing Elo For Good - Curse Charity Stream Marathon leagueoflegends.com
- The Morning Liquid Show Ep. 10 youtube.com
- Curse Is Sponsoring A League of Legends Pro Team curse.com
- Official Thread for Curse Gaming Roster Changes leagueoflegends.com
- CLG Welcomes Doublelift back to the Fold! clgaming.net
- DontMashme no Longer on Curse solomid.net
- Oh you guys.. rog.clgaming.net
- About Team Curse lolpro.com
- TeamSpeak Sponsors Team Curse, A Pro LoL Team! teamspeak.com
- saintvicious joined curse crumbzz to dignitas reignofgaming.net
- Westrice replaces Pobelter for Curse after Anaheim! D-eSports.com
- Curse.NA - News about the future of Salce/Westrice reignofgaming.net
- Voyboy joins Curse Gaming reignofgaming.net
- Salce's Twitter post twitter.com
- SotLTravis Twitter status twitter.com
- Westrice Reddit post reddit.com
- Cooler Master Enters ESports Through League Of Legends Team Curse Sponsorship forbes.com
- Dell Invests In League Of Legends Team Curse With Alienware Sponsorship forbes.com
- Swain Gretzky's Facebook Post facebook.com
- Elementz to become Free Agent; Rhux in as Support for Curse reignofgaming.net
- ZionSpartan's Reddit Post reddit.com
- Team Curse Adds Edward (Previously Gamit Gaming) to Starting League of Legends Lineup teamcurse.net
- Curse Adds Jaximus as Sub for League of Legends teamcurse.net
- Nissan teamcurse.net
- Voyboy's Facebook Post facebook.com
- Pobelter's Twitter Post twitter.com
- Aphro's twitter post twitter.com
- ggLA's Reddit Post Reddit.com
- Cop's Vlog "I'm back... " youtube.com
- XDG would like to welcome SHEEP! xd.gg
- Curse Adds New Support for Super Week teamcurse.net
- Xpecial joins team curseteamcurse.net
- TEAM CURSE RELEASES COP teamcurse.net