|Name||Rigas Papadopoulos (Ρήγας Παπαδόπουλος)|
|Country of Birth||Greece|
|Social Media & Links|
Rigas "Rigas" Papadopoulos (Greek: Ρήγας Παπαδόπουλος) is the manager for Neon Esports.
In February 2014, Rigas began playing League of Legends and got into its esports scene. He set up an amateur team named Slay & Flay, consisting of local players. Slay & Flay participated in some minor tournaments as well as the qualifiers for Riot's official Greek Legends 2014 tournament, without any particular success. They disbanded in the summer, at which point he co-founded and began managing a team named Unpredicted Gaming. Unpredicted Gaming was more successful, peaking with a tournament win over Elysium Gaming, which would later become Greece's strongest team.
In June 2015, Rigas joined Different Dimension's social media team following the public announcement and opening event of their gaming mansion. Shortly after eGaming 2015, he underwent a tryout for the position of analyst and succeeded, beginning work on October. His first tournament as analyst was the ESL South East Europe Championship, Season 2, which Different Dimension won.
Rigas was appointed assistant manager in the buildup to the ESL Thessaloniki 2016 Invitational. He retained the position for about a year and a half, a period of numerous high finishes in LAN tournaments for Different Dimension: 1st place in GameAthlon 3.5, and ESL South East Europe Championship Season 5, 2nd in the aforementioned ESL Thessaloniki 2016 Invitational, eGaming 2016, InSpot Extreme Cup, and Digital Universe 3. The team also finished 4th in LGC Season 1 and LGC Season 2.
Still the assistant manager under newly appointed team manager and coach Bliss for LGC Season 3, Rigas was promoted to team manager after Bliss' dismissal following very poor performances. Sitting at last place with less than half the season to go, they partially recovered and were challenging for a playoff spot up until the last matchday, but ultimately lost and finished just below the cut. Although avoiding automatic relegation, they would need to participate in a playout for next season.
With a roster overhaul occuring as almost all members left the team, Different Dimension successfully qualified for the GameAthlon 5 LAN, losing in the semifinals. A new roster overhaul took place, this time unsuccessful, with the team losing the LGC Season 4 playout and therefore not qualifying for the split. Following this result, Rigas left the organization after being with it for 3 years.
Follwing a short period of free agency, Rigas joined Outlawz halfway through LGC Season 4 as their social media manager. Soon after the split ended, the organization was purchased and the new owner assigned Rigas to the general manager position. He later also took on team manager duties as the team unveiled its new roster, participating in the ESL SEEC Season 8 and making it to the Greek semifinals before losing to EU Masters quarterfinalists and eventual tour finalists Panathinaikos.
After a qualification attempt to the GameAthlon 2019 Winter LAN was thwarted by fellow LGC team Gamespace eSports, Outlawz participated in the LGC successor, the LGL 2019 Spring Split. Finishing 4th in the regular season, they qualified to the playoffs, where they were beaten in the semifinals by eventual winners Future Perfect WLGaming.
Rigas was the only team member to stay for the GLL 2019 Summer Split, as all players and coaching staff left the organization. A new roster was formed, but Rigas alongside almost every other player and staff member departed during the mid-season transfer period.
Other work in the League of Legends scene
Rigas has worked as a journalist for Greek esports news outlet CowboyTV, having covered Esports Balkan League Season 1 and Season 2 and eGaming 2015/2016/2017. He has interviewed people such as Bwipo, Veteran, and NicoThePico.
- February 24, Interview with Bananitoo (Greek)
- March 25, Team interview with x25 Esports (Greek)
- June 15, Exclusive Q&A with Bwipo of Fnatic (Greek)
- July 5, Exclusive Q&A with NicoThePico (Greek)
- July 28, Interview with Lepo of Outlawz (Greek)
- October 5, PAO Bananitoo: Thanks for the support you showed us (Greek)
Rigas has casted the LoL Greek League 2019 Spring Split, the Greek Legends League 2019 Summer qualifiers, the LGC Season 4 qualifiers, the GameAthlon 2019 Winter qualifiers, and the GameAthlon 2019 Summer 2nd qualifier.
- Former competitive Pokémon player, captained Greece to their best-ever World Cup of Pokémon performance (Top 8) in 2016.
- Former competitive chess player, played in the Greek 2nd division for five years.
- Active competitive volleyball player, playing in the Greek 3rd division.
- Tetris Grandmaster.
As player or coach
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|Rigas Tournament Results|
|2019-07-14||5 - 8|
GameAthlon 2019 Summer
0 : 2GRE
GameAthlon 2019 Summer OQ 3#
2 : 0REFU
eGaming 2017 Community Match
0 : 1COMM
As manager or analyst
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