UK League of Legends jungler Luke "Phurion" Brammer has left eMonkeyz to join Baskonia.
In doing so, he has reunited with his former MnM Gaming teammate and ADC player Ludvig "XDSmiley" Granquist. The pair won the ESL Premiership together in the UK last year with MnM Gaming, but the roster unfortunately had problems around the Challenger Series qualifiers.
Following his departure from Spanish side eMonkeyz, who play in the LVP second division, Phurion will now be playing in the higher-tier LVP Superliga Orange Spanish league with Baskonia.
He will play his first match against Valencia and
It's of course a step up from the UK scene. The Spanish League of Legends scene has more fans and followers, and Baskonia alone have 24,000 followers on Twitter.
Another ADC from the UK scene, Augustas "Toaster" Ruplys, also plays in the Spanish league but for KIYF eSports Club.
Phurion yesterday tweeted this, before Baskonia made an official announcement tweet:
Departing from eMz, thank you to the players and staff that helped me on the team, I wish them the best of luck! :) https://t.co/4r4kifitze
— lucas (@PhurionEUW) March 12, 2017
— ThunderX3 Baskonia (@BKNesports) March 13, 2017
eMonkeyz thanked Phurion for being 'a real primate' in a heartfelt message.
They said in a (translated) statement on their website: "Although he's barely been in the jungle [with us] for two months, from the first day he proved to be a real primate.
"Good humour, companionship and a healthy competitive attitude do not go unnoticed and along with his in-game skills, several teams have [approached] him.
"We think it may be good for Phurion's development to compete in a superior division. We are confident that you will triumph in your new team and hope that our paths will cross again someday. Thanks very much Luke, show everybody how to reign on Summoner's Rift!"
Phurion also previously played with ManaLight in the UK scene.
We interviewed Phurion (right), XDSmiley (left) and MnM co-founder Kalvin Chung (centre) after their ESL Premiership UK & Ireland final victory last year. You can check it out here:
Image source: Scott Chouciño/ESL UK Flickr