Ascent.EU have been an emblematic name in recent European history, first being associated with second-place finishes in the earlier parts of their presence before turning the tables around and winning the last 2 seasons of ETF2L Premiership. The team remained relatively uniform during those 2 seasons, but as Season 36 draws closer, four core members have opted to pause their Ascent adventure, leaving Domo and toemas the task to rebuild. The experienced duo have opted to select some newer players to fill in the gaps and hopefully climb to the top once more.
Domo, previously playing the healer from Stuttgart, is now back on the Ullapool demolition expert, a role he is more familiar with, playing his breakthrough Premiership season on it with 3/6. He has played Demo on a number of other teams since, most notably filling kaidus’ shoes during Season 31 to win the division with Se7en. He will re-unite with another 3/6 member in the form of Warped on the Pocket Soldier role. The Englishman has had less luck with top-flight appearances, mainly playing in the lower tiers, but he did feature in The Bus Crew squads that played at Copenhagen Games 2019 and i65 and managed to reach playoffs each time.
Hugo and Kaper will be the complete newcomers to Premiership, and as such they probably have an eye on the "Premiership debut of the season" award, or at least one of them will. They are not however, completely green and each of them will walk into Premiership as a Division 1 winner. Hugo won it with Rakuzan during a dominating season and actually played in Prem for a couple of weeks the season after, but Rakuzan folded so I still count him as a newbie. Unlucky. Kaper is however untainted by the touch of the top level as his triumph happened last season with The Compound. Both of these players are being hailed as upcoming talents, and they will be hungry to leave their mark.
Finally, toemas and Piggles will be looking to combine and form a fearsome fragging formation. toemas has been an important cog of the previous Ascent squad, joining them when they were still under the Faint banner despite a lack of top-level expertise. He never disappointed however, and is now a very complete pocket scout that’ll surely be eager to defend Piggles like he protected Domo and seeds before him. Piggles had been playing in the lower divisions for a while (notably reaching a 3rd place D1 finish on AWOOOO, a team with Domo and Warped) when he got picked up by mak and his mercenaries, playing on #BIGBLOKELAN at i65 and reaching a deserved 4th place on da wizzerdz guild during the following Season 35.
Domo got in touch with his to explain his reasons behind those new pickups, as well as outing a teammate for trying to tamper with the interview :
I had the intention of leaving Ascent once last season ended and forming my own team with me as leader/maincaller, mainly because I didn't want to continue playing medic and the team was looking dead due to Copenhagen not happening.
I've always wanted to create a team with some upcoming talent rather than a fully established roster. Less experienced players have more to prove, they put aside whatever a 3rd party pug platform has taught them and are lacking an unjustified ego unlike some other prem players.I have led Warped on prior teams and felt confident in his skill and attitude (he is also awesome). Piggles uses 1000 11 and laughs more than Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker so there's no hope for him. Kaper and Hugo both showed keen interest and good baseline skill in their trials and expressed to me they would put in the effort. Toemas(Beastmas) plays Dota mostly
Ma3la was kind enough to give us the sponsorship so we could get a third title in a row under the Ascent banner.
Warped : talk about how awesome I am
All geared up to reach new heights, Ascent.EU is made up of :
- Scout: toemas
- Scout: Kaper
- Roamer: Hugo
- Pocket: Warped
- Demoman: Domo
- Medic: Piggles