The team announced the move Monday via Facebook. As the mid laner for the Marines the past two years, Optimus was a crucial part of the team’s breakout success during this year’s Mid-Season Invitational. The Marines played through the play-in stage with the other wildcard regions and proceeded to the group stage with the major regions. Although not many fans had high expectations from the Vietnamese team, the Marines had three upset victories against Team SoloMid, Team WE, and G2 Esports.
At worlds, the Marines were drawn into Group B with Longzhu Gaming, Fnatic and Immortals. They made the tiebreaker round for a chance to reach the knockout stage but fell short and exited the tournament with a 2-5 record. Still, the Marines became a fan favorite with unorthodox picks like Urgot, Mordekaiser, mid lane Tristana, and Nocturne.
The rest of the Marines’ roster consists of Trần “Archie” Minh Nhựt, Phùng “Nevan” Thiện Nhân, Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh, Nguyễn “NoWay” Vũ Long, and Phan “Sya” Trung Toàn.