Team Secret has acquired League of Legends Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) team, Lowkey Esports.
The announcement was made on Team Secret’s social media channels earlier today, and confirmed by the official VCS Facebook page.
Last year, Lowkey Esports finished second in the VCS Summer Playoffs, and fell just short of a spot in the Main Event at Worlds, getting knocked out by Korean team, Damwon Gaming, in the knockout stage of the Play-In tournament.
Secret will take over Lowkey Esports’ slot in the VCS, with no changes to the ten main players or coaching staff.
The full roster for Team Secret is:
Top – Hani, Coated, Akame
Jungle – DNK
Mid – Artifact, Pampy
ADC – Celebrity, Eddie
Support – Venus, Yin
Coach – Nixwater
Analyst – KingJ
The team is currently tied for fourth in the VCS Spring Split, with a 2-1 record.
If you’re wondering why a huge organization like Secret would acquire a Vietnamese team instead of one in North America or Europe, the LEC and LCS leagues operate on a franchise model that makes it nearly impossible to acquire a team in the middle of the season. Riot needs to approve all team applications, and there is a hefty buy-in fee for each franchise.
The VCS does not use a franchise model, so this could be an inexpensive way for Secret to test the waters with LoL esports.