Kold Parts Ways with Origen, Takes Break from Pro Play

Nick Ray  | 
Origen jungler Kold has officially parted ways with the organization and will be replaced by Xerxe (Photo via Michal Konkol/ Riot Games)

Origen jungler Kold has officially parted ways with the organization and will be replaced by Xerxe (Photo via Michal Konkol/ Riot Games)

After coming to mutual terms, Origen jungler Jonas “Kold” Anderson has officially parted ways with the organization. Former Splyce jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir will be Origen’s starting jungler heading into the 2020 League of Legends European Championship Series Spring Split.

On September 12, Origen announced that Kold would be unable to participate in the team’s Regional Qualifier run due to illness and Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov would be his substitute. In a statement produced by the Astralis Group, it was revealed that Kold hasn’t been an active member of Origen’s roster since August.

“First of all, this has not been an easy situation for me,” Kold said. “But [it’s] what makes the most sense for me, so I can concentrate fully on recovering completely.” Moving forward, Kold plans to take a hiatus from competing at the professional level. When he returns, he’s unsure whether it will be as a player or within a different role.

After failing to break into the European League of Legends Championship Series with H2K Gaming in 2015, Kold, formerly “Trashy”, made his debut in the NALCS with Enemy. Following that brief stint in NA, he went back to Europe at the end of 2015 where he spent two years with Splyce before playing with Unicorns of Love and eventually Origen.

“Under the circumstances I would like to thank Kasper and the organisation for finding a solution that enables me to move on. They have been nothing but patient and understanding of my situation with a true wish for me to return to the team, which I’m very grateful for. I wish Origen, all the staff, my former teammates and Astralis Group all the best, and lastly a special shoutout to all the fans supporting us and myself. All the love and get better wishes I have received means more than you would think. Thank you!”  – Kold.

Looking onwards to the 2020 LEC Spring Split, Origen has solidified their starting lineup. Bareny “Alphari” Morris will start in the top lane, Xerxe in the jungle, Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm in the mid lane, and their bot lane duo will consist of former Schalke 04 Esports ADC Elias “Upset” Lipp and former MAMMOTH support Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw. André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto will remain as the team’s head coach.

Nick Ray
Nick Ray
Nick is a Richmond based writer and pianist with a passion for League of Legends and esports dating back just far enough to say he was into it before it was cool. When he's not consuming massive amounts of League content, grinding out ranked games, or walking his dog, he's quite possibly asleep.