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|Org Location||United States|
|Owner(s)||Ulrich Alexander "Rick Fox" Fox|
|Head Coach||Thomas "Thinkcard" Slotkin|
|Social Media & Links|
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournament Results
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Articles & Videos
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Other Content
- 11 See Also
- 12 External Links
- 13 Gallery
- 14 References
Echo Fox is a North American team.
Echo Fox was announced on December 18, 2015, after former basketball athlete Rick Fox purchased Gravity's NA LCS Spring 2016 spot. No roster was announced at the time. The price of the sale was not announced officially, but it was reportedly a $1 million deal. Soon after, their LCS roster was announced: Korean soloqueue star top laner kfo and European veteran Froggen joined North American Challenger players Keith, Baby (who renamed to BIG), and Hard, with European mid laner Kori (who renamed back to Selfie) as a substitute for Froggen.
After multiple weeks playing with a substitute roster consisting largely of players from the Challenger team Ember due to visa problems keeping Hard, kfo, and Froggen out of competition, Echo Fox placed seventh at the end of the spring split - out of playoffs but also safe from relegation. Their overall season record was 6-12, with 6 of those losses coming from their games with a substitute roster as well as a forfeit prior to determining their substitute roster. With their full lineup, their record was 6-6.
In the Summer Season, Echo Fox had almost no roster problems at all - they substituted Grigne in for two games in week 3, and switched Froggen to top lane for one game while kfo played mid lane, but other than that they had a completely stable roster. With stability did not come an improvement over their spring performance; while they picked up several individual game wins (including handing Team SoloMid their only game 1 defeat of the entire split), the team lost every single series after the first week and finished in last place, three series behind the ninth-place NRG. In the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament, Echo Fox turned their season around and took advantage of NRG's weakness, beating Team Liquid Academy in the elimination round, losing to the much-improved Phoenix1, and then sweeping NRG in the final series to return to the LCS for 2017.
On the heels of their previous disappointing split, Echo Fox made multiple moves; adding former World Champion toplaner Looper, rookie Challenger jungler Akaadian, and former Phoenix1 support Gate. The team began the Spring Split looking improved but wildly inconsistent, alternating 0-2 and 2-0 weeks. Praise was given to their early game play, especially Akaadian's play on aggressive junglers, but the team's late game struggles were criticized. They came out of week 4 with a 4-4 record and 5th place, but this would prove the be the high point of the season as they went on a 2-8 slide in the second half, finishing 8th, out of the playoffs but at least safe from relegation.
In the midseason, the team made no changes to the starting roster but changed coaches, picking up Inero, who had previously coached several challenger teams as well as Tainted Minds of the OPL. They also added three of their former Delta Fox players, Brandini, Damonte, and Grigne as subs, as well as veteran ADC Mash, who had failed to qualify for the LCS with Gold Coin United in the previous split. Unfortunately, the Summer Split followed the same trajectory as the Spring. The team posted a 2-0 record in the first week, but inexplicably elected to sub Grigne into the jungle for the entirety of the second week, leading to two losses. They rebounded with Akaadian starting again in week three to split their series and maintain a .500 record, but slowly slid down in the standings after that, never falling below 8th but never climbing back into serious playoff contention. Every position except for support was subbed out, with Brandini becoming the de facto starter for the final two weeks of the season, but these changes paid no dividends, and the team continued to be plagued by late game struggles. They eventually finished at 5-13 and in 8th place, with the franchise's first playoff berth remaining elusive.
The NALCS switched to a franchised system to begin the 2018 Season, and Echo Fox were one of the six existing teams awarded a franchise slot. Going into the Spring Split, they completely rebuilt their roster, adding 2017 Worlds finalist Huni in the top lane, controversial jungler Dardoch, former Team Liquid mid laner Fenix and Altec and Adrian, the botlane of the disbanded Team Dignitas. While this roster did not lack for talent, there were many questions about how the team would come together, as Dardoch, Fenix, and Adrian had all acquired a reputation for being difficult teammates, with Echo Fox being Dardoch's fourth NALCS team in the past year. Defying these expectations, Echo Fox began the split in excellent form, not losing a game until week 3 and never ending a week worse than tied for first. In particular, both Huni and Dardoch were playing well. However, the team began to cool off as the meta shifted away from the top lane carries preferred by Huni, going 1-1 in week 7 and then suffering their first 0-2 week, though they remained in first place and clinched their first playoff spot as an organization. Their bot lane was exposed as a particular problem, as Altec's preferred Kalista was nerfed, and they were unwilling to play the strongly meta Xayah and Rakan. Going into week 9 still fighting for a playoff bye, the team shockingly elected to sub Echo Fox Academy players Damonte and Papa Chau in for Fenix and Adrian. Even with the substitute lineup, Echo Fox still managed to beat the bottom-tier FlyQuest, but then lost an incredibly close game to the surging 100 Thieves to finish in a tie with them for first, necessitating a tiebreaker. 100 Thieves won again, leaving Echo Fox in second place. Despite the late season decline, both Huni and Dardoch were named to the NALCS First Team.
Their second place finish still secured them a bye to the semifinals, where Echo Fox faced off against the fourth seeded Team Liquid, with Fenix and Adrian subbed back in. Despite Echo Fox's stronger finish in the regular season, most analysts favored the more veteran Liquid, and they would be proved correct as TL triumphed by a 3-1 score. Echo Fox was then sent to the fourth place match against the surprising Clutch Gaming, where they regained their dignity with a quick 3-0 sweep, netting them 50 Championship Points and a spot at the 2018 NA-EU Rift Rivals, the first international event for the organization.
- June 23, Feng rejoins from Echo Fox Academy.
- July 5, Damonte rejoins from Echo Fox Academy.
- July 13, Inero is set to leave coaching role in two weeks and will be replaced by Thinkcard.
- July 24, Smoothie joins. Lost joins from Echo Fox Academy. Fenix and Feng leave.
- July 29, Altec and Adrian leave.
- September 24, Peter leaves coaching role.
- October 10, Thinkcard leaves coaching role.
- January (approx.), Kez and Damonte leave.
- January 3, Allorim leaves.
- January 4, ASUS ROG sponsors Echo Fox.
- January 5, Akaadian and Gate join. Hard leaves.
- May 26, Brandini and Mash join. Damonte rejoins. Inero joins as head coach. Peter Zhang joins as assistant coach. Grig moves to the starting roster. heavenTime and Timkiro leave coaching roles.
- May 27, Feng joins as a sub.
- July 13, Jared Jeffries joins as President.
- October 19, New York Yankees announces an investment partnership with Vision Esports, the parent company of Echo Fox.
- November 20, Looper, Froggen, and Keith's contracts expire.
- November 22, Fenix joins.
- December 4, Brandini, Grig, and Gate leave.
- December 5, Mash leaves.
- December 6, Feng leaves.
- December 8, Huni, Dardoch, Altec, and Adrian join. Echo Fox Academy is formed. Damonte moves to the academy team. Akaadian moves to sub.
- December 18, Akaadian leaves.
- December (approx.), Thinkcard joins as a coach.
- January 5, roster is revealed. kfo, Hard, Froggen, KEITH, and BIG (formerly Baby) join. Selfie joins.
- January 22, BIG joins Apex Gaming on loan for 2016 NACS Spring Season - Week 1.
- January 23, Solo and Goldenglue join on loan from Ember starting 2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 2: Day 2. Grigne (now Grig) joins as a sub.
- January 27, Selfie joins H2k-Gaming on loan starting 2016 EU LCS Spring Season - Week 3.
- February 5, LOD and Stunt join on loan from Ember for 2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 4: Day 2.
- February 17, Damonte and Allorim join as subs. Selfie leaves.
- March 8, Selfie rejoins as a sub.
- June 21, Cop leaves.
- June 29, heavenTime joins as head coach.
- July 7, Kez joins.
- July 10, Hard moves to sub.
- July 22, Hard moves back to starting jungler. Kez moves to sub.
- November 22, Big leaves.
- December 1, Looper joins. kfo leaves.
- December 14, Delta Fox qualifies for the 2017 NACS Spring Season.
- December 18, team is announced.
|Huni||Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈)||Top Laner||2019-11-18||2017-12-08|
|Damonte||Tanner Damonte||Mid Laner||2018-11-19||2018-07-05|
|Lost||Lawrence Hui||Bot Laner||2020-11-17||2018-07-24|
Formerly On Loan
|LOD||Benjamin deMunck||AD||Ember||2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 4: Day 2|
|Solo||Colin Earnest||Top||2016 NA LCS Spring Season - Week 2: Day 2, Week 3, and Week 4|
|Altec||Johnny Ru||Bot Laner||2017-12-08||2018-07-29|
|Fenix||Kim Jae-hun (김재훈)||Mid Laner||2017-11-22||2018-07-24|
|Feng||Wang Xiao-Feng (王晓峰)||Support||Cloud9 Academy||2018-06-23||2018-07-24|
|Akaadian||Matthew Higginbotham||Sub/Jun||OpTic Gaming||2017-01-05||2017-12-18|
|Damonte||Tanner Damonte||Mid Laner||Echo Fox Academy||2017-05-26||2017-12-08|
|Feng||Wang Xiao-Feng (王晓峰)||Sub/Sup||Echo Fox Academy||2017-05-27||2017-12-06|
|Mash||Brandon Phan||Bot Laner||Mammoth Esports||2017-05-26||2017-12-05|
|Brandini||Brandon Chen||Top Laner||TSM Academy||2017-05-26||2017-12-04|
|Grig||Jonathan Armao||Jungler||TSM Academy||2016-01-23||2017-12-04|
|Gate||Austin Yu||Support||OpTic Gaming Academy||2017-01-05||2017-12-04|
|Looper||Jang Hyeong-seok (장형석)||Sub/Top||Retired||2016-12-01||2017-11-20|
|Froggen||Henrik Hansen||Mid Laner||Origen||2016-01-05||2017-11-20|
|Keith||Yuri Jew||Bot Laner||Cloud9 Academy||2016-01-05||2017-11-20|
|Hard||Anthony Barkhovtsev||Jungler||Meltdown Quebec||2016-01-05||2017-01-05|
|Allorim||Kieran Logue||Sub/Top||Team Gates||2016-02-17||2017-01-03|
|Damonte||Tanner Damonte||Sub/Mid||Delta Fox||2016-02-17||2017-01-??|
|kfo||Park Jeong-hun (박정훈)||Top Laner||2016-01-05||2016-12-01|
|Big||Terry Chuong||Support||Delta Fox||2016-01-05||2016-11-22|
|Selfie||Marcin Wolski||Sub/Mid||Misfits Gaming||2016-03-08||2016-08-??|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
- Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Summer 2018
|Rick Fox||Ulrich Alexander Fox||Founder & Owner|
|Jared Jeffries||Jared Scott Carter Jeffries||President|
|Ginko||Jake Fyfe||General Manager|
|Vynarian||Jim Morrison||Head Analyst|
|Thinkcard||Thomas Slotkin||Head Coach|
|Peter||Peter Zhang (張藝)||Assistant Coach|
|Inero||Nick Smith||Head Coach||Golden Guardians|
|heavenTime||Simon Jeon||Head Coach||Team SoloMid|
|Timkiro||Timothy Cho||Assistant Coach||Team Liquid Academy|
|Saiph||Anthony Busack||Remote Analyst|
|Cop||David Roberson||Head Coach||Apex Gaming|
- This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
- March 12, Breathtaking final minutes between Echo Fox and Dignitas (4m41s)
- May 1, Echo Fox Premiere Season Highlights (multiple videos)
Articles & Videos
- January 13, NA LCS Spring Split Preview: Echo Fox by Miles Yim on chhopsky
- January 31, From zero to hero: How Echo Fox is meshing so well after two failed seasons by Aaron Mickanus on Dot Esports
- February 1, How Echo Fox flipped its script in the NA LCS by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- February 17, Cloud9 and Echo Fox face off for first place this weekend by Xing Li on DOT Esports
- February 19, Echo Fox claim sole possession of first place in the NA LCS after beating Cloud9 by Malcolm Abbas on DOT Esports
- February 26, Echo Fox once again successfully pull off Yasuo in a win over Team Liquid by Malcolm Abbas on DOT Esports
- April 6, The Win Condition #2: How Echo Fox can beat Clutch Gaming and Vice Versa by Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- July 5, Embracing the meta: How Echo Fox is shaking up the NA LCS by Emily Rand on ESPN
- July 28, What the Fox? A look at Echo Fox’s new NA LCS lineup by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- March 8, Debunking False Narratives: A deep expedition into Echo Fox's early game by Cabra Maravilla on Esports Heaven
- December 8, Echo Fox 2018: The roster that could be #1 or #10 by Jonathan Yee on esportsheaven
- February 15, Echo Fox get Froggen, kfo back at just the right time by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on ESPN
- May 25, Summer 2016 NA LCS Team-by-Team Preview Day Four: Echo Fox (Podcast) by Rough Drafts on Soundcloud
- May 28, Comparing League of Legends teams to their traditional sports counterparts by Connor Smith on Slingshot
- January 16, Echo Fox Roster Day Full Presentation and Press Conference - 2018 Roster and Staff by Travis Gafford on YouTube
- January 18, Rick Fox talks up and coming streaming career, why his Baron calls will lead EF to NA LCS victory with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- January 19, Rick Fox inspiration: "What you love and what you're great at is something of worth." with Blitz Esports
- January 20, Echo Fox President Jeffries on esports egos: no chance they can do anything I've seen in the NBA with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- February 25, Rick Fox on Echo Fox’s Strong Start and New High-Level Investors - DBLTAP Exclusive Interview with DBLTAP on YouTube
- April 7, Rick Fox, owner of Echo Fox, sent a message for DL: "We are happy that he is here. We love him for his tough time." with James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- April 7, The Entirety Of Echo Fox Predicts Team Liquid To Win The Finals. with James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- May 24, Echo Fox Owner Rick Fox: "I see esports being a major passion in US in a few years." with Inven Global
- June 3, Echo Fox CEO on Challenger roster: 'The end goal always is to try to win. This is not a joke' with theScore esports
- June 6, Rick Fox on the MINDSET of becoming a CHAMPION with theScore esports
- July 28, Echo Fox owner Rick Fox: 'In no way do I look at the time there in Challenger with Delta Fox as having been a failure' with theScore esports
- July 28, Rick Fox on Echo Fox's chances at a franchised NA LCS spot, why Delta Fox is not a failure with theScore Esports
- November 20, Rick Fox, Owner of Team Echo Fox 20 Questions with HyperX
- December 22, Echo Fox GM on how FOX made it into the 2018 NA LCS, getting back into CS:GO and Tokido's underwear with The Nexus Podcast on theScore Esports
- January 24, Rick Fox: Entering LCS, Experience in Esports vs Sports, and the Echo Fox with G|League
- January 30, How to build an organization like a player: Rick Fox on Echo Fox, player salaries and the smell of success with Daniel Rosen on theScore
- June 4, Rick Fox on his players: "We want these guys to be our next coaches, our scouts, our co-owners in different teams we bring in" with The Daily Dot
- June 22, Rick Fox on building an esports empire: ‘I want them to be champions’ with theScore
- August 8, Rick Fox and heavenTime on battling NRG, Rick's take on the current promotion system, and calls for LCS to franchise with Yahoo!
- August 15, [AMA] Rick Fox with reddit
- February 1, The turning point for Echo Fox by Tyler Erzberger ft. Ovilee May on ESPN
- July 27, Echo Fox LoL – HyperX Gaming House & Office Tour by HyperX
- July 29, Keith takes Travis on a tour of the Echo Fox training facility with Yahoo!
- NBA Legend Rick Fox Purchases ‘League of Legends’ Franchise breitbart.com
- Rick Fox purchases League of Legends team for reported $1 million, will rebrand as Echo Fox sbnation.com
- Gravity Gaming sold for roughly $1 million dailydot.com
- Inero's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox's Tweet twitter.com
- Fenix's Tweet twitter.com
- Thank You, Smoothie cloud9.gg
- Global Contract Database Archive - NA - 2018-07-29 lol.gamepedia.com
- Peter Zhang's Tweet twitter.com
- Global Contract Database Archive - NA - 2018-10-10 lol.gamepedia.com
- TeamGates's Tweet twitter.com
- ASUS ROG teams up with Echo Fox as Official PC, Mouse, and Monitor Sponsor! rogarena.com
- Echo Fox on LoL Esports lolesports.com (Screenshot)
- heavenTime's Tweet twitter.com
- 2017 Summer Split Signings echofox.gg
- Former NBA Veteran and Front Office Exec Jared Jeffries Joins Echo Fox as President echofox.gg
- New York Yankees's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox Signs FeniX to League of Legends Roster echofox.gg
- Mash's Tweet twitter.com
- Feng's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox Announces Full 2018 League of Legends Roster echofox.gg
- OpTic Gaming's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox's Tweet twitter.com
- Selfie's Tweet twitter.com
- Selfie's Tweet twitter.com
- Ember's Tweet twitter.com
- Ryu – Press Release h2k-gaming.eu
- Ember's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox and David 'Cop' Roberson Part Ways echofox.gg
- heavenTime Joins Echo Fox as Head Coach echofox.gg
- BIG's Tweet twitter.com
- Echo Fox signs League of Legends world champion Looper for 2017 LCS season esports.yahoo.com
- Delta Fox Qualify for the Challenger Spring Split echofox.gg