In a decision that shocks the League of Legends community, Brazilian-Japanese eSport player Mayumi confirms her exit from INTZ.
Mayumi has taken the League of Legends community by storm following her professional debut at 2019 Girl Gamer. Due to her unique skill set, a number of eSport organizations sought to sign her. She ultimately signs with INTZ.
Following her stint on a lower-tier league, INTZ signs Mayumi as a substitute. She plays support and finally had her shot to fandom during the 2019 ABCDE Tournament in Brazil.
por mostrarem a sua torcida e apoio, se não fosse por vocês eu não estaria onde estou, e nem estaria tão feliz e realizada. a minha gratidão por vocês é imensa, acredite.
meu caminho no esports não acaba por aqui.
conto com vocês, e desde sempre, muito obrigada ♡
— mayumi (@jumayumin1) May 25, 2020
Mayumi made her official debut at the age of 17. She is also one of the first few women to successfully integrate into the professional League of Legends scene.
Short INTZ career
Full name Julia Nakamura, Mayumi burst into the professional scene in August 2019. Although at around this point, she mostly plays for lower-tier tournaments.
One of her earliest tournaments is the 2019 Girl Gamer tournament. At the tournament, she plays for Pink Swords which ultimately fell to the eventual champion Team Innova.
Her debut to the big stage took place in December 2019 at the Superliga ABCDE tournament. At the tournament she plays for INTZ as substitute support. However, the plan did not go well as the team exits the tournament with a 5th-6th place.
Following a series of tweets, Mayumi informs her fans about the exit. It is still unclear whether she plans to sign with other eSports organizations. With regards to her future as an eSports player, she says:
“I will follow my path dedicating myself to streaming and personal projects. I do not have concrete plans for my future, but as of right now I find myself as a free agent.”
League of Legends news
It appears that Evil Geniuses is looking to improve its standing. The organization closes the LCS 2020 Spring Playoff with a third-place finish.
The organization is bulking up its rosters with some of the most recognizable names in League of Legends. Evil Geniuses manages to snag AD Carry Bang from 100 Thieves and midlaner Jiizuke from Team Vitality.
There are also a number of changes when it comes to the game and community itself. An upgrade that will allow players to have a closer look at their champion is already in the works.
For a number of years now, gamers have been asking League of Legends developer Riot games for this feature. It appears that the developer is listening, although the release of the update is still unknown.
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