Immortals is a venture capital-backed American eSports organization, primarily known for their League of Legends team. The ownership group includes a co-owner of the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies and the band Linkin Park (through their company Machine Shop Ventures) - among others.
Immortals was founded back in November of 2015 in North America, by Noah Whinston, and currently has teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and Smash. Their most recent squad, formed of 5 Brazilians, has become the second highest achieving Brazilian Global Offensive roster to date, only falling short to SK Gaming.
The organisation gained the core of it's current squad back on the 1st of June 2016, when the roster of Tempo Storm - HEN1, LUCAS1, SHOOWTiME, felps, boltz and coach zakk - joined the organisation. During 2016, Immortals had mixed results. They failed to qualify for ESL One: Cologne 2016, only to then beat Ninjas in Pyjamas in the finals of DreamHack Summer 2016 to win the event. Immortals continued to have mixed results, such as winning Northern Arena - Toronto and iBUYPOWER Masters 2016, but failing to make their mark on bigger events, such as ELEAGUE Season 2 and the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals. Towards the end of 2016 and into 2017, Immortals went through several roster changes, including the departure of SHOOWTiME during the summer, the introduction of steel in November 2016 and later the arrival of former SK Gaming player fnx in exchange for felps in 2017.
During December of 2016, when the roster still included felps, Immortals failed to qualify for ELEAGUE Major 2017, placing 9-11th after losing to the french side G2 Esports 17-19 in the fifth round of play. In response to this, and in light of SK Gaming's benching of fnx on the 3rd of December 2016, Immortals exchanged felps for fnx, however this trade did not happen until the 5th of February the following year. Results improved during this period, with a 3rd-4th place finish at the IEM Season XI World Championship and a 2nd place finish at DreamHack Austin 2017. Despite these improvements, the team benched fnx due to internal issues and played with coach zakk as a stand in for the remainder of the ESL Pro League Season 5. When kNgV- joined the team on a loan basis from Red Reserve, he performed just as well and lead the team to a qualification for their first Major, PGL Major Kraków 2017. They later finished 2nd at the event with a 1-2 loss to Gambit Esports in the final, their highest finish at a Major to date. Shortly after the Major, kNgV- was permanently signed to the roster.
In June of 2017, Immortals took on OMEN as a sponsor, who provide them with desktops and laptops for the players to use.
The team became surrounded in controversy during DreamHack Montreal 2017, after it was reported that coach of the team, zakk, had to physically restrain Immortals player kNgV- from attacking fellow professional player FNS, following a tweet made by FNS that claimed that kNgV-, and twins HEN1 and LUCAS1 were hungover during the semi-finals. Furthermore, kNgV- responded publicly to these allegations over Twitter, and threatened to kill FNS. In addition, HEN1, LUCAS1 and kNgV- were late to the first map of the grand finals of DreamHack Montreal and so forfeited the first map to opponents North, and went on to lose the next map and the Bo3 series overall. After this, kNgV- was suspended from the team, and later had his contract with the team voided. In a HLTV.org interview from CEO of Immortals, Noah Winston, it was explained that LUCAS1, HEN1, and kNgV- were fined a month's salary by Immortals, and lost the right to their share of the $20,000 that Immortals won from placing second at DreamHack Montreal. Instead, the money was donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal charity.
Shortly after this ordeal, twins LUCAS1 and HEN1 requested to leave the team, and have since teamed up alongside kNgV- and fellow benched Immortals player fnx, taking the "legend" team spot at the ELEAGUE Major 2018 with them.
With three-fifths of the roster on the bench, Immortals scrambled to form a new team around the core of steel and boltz. The organization signed horvy, destiny, and zqk, attempting to create a team that lived up to the former roster that had been benched just weeks prior. But with a devastating loss in the Americas Minor Closed Qualifier and subsequent Last Chance Qualifier, it was clear the new Immortals roster could not capture their former glory. The organization would later have boltz be borrowed on loan to SK Gaming, with shz later being brought in to fill the vacant gap. With the transfer of steel to Team Liquid, the roster that donned the Immortals name contained no players that had played on the team just two months ago.
With poor results and endless shuffles, Immortals began to slowly phase out its CS:GO division. The Esports Championship Series announced on November 21 that Immortals was forced to forfeit all its future games due to not being able to field a majority of their original roster. On December 1, ESL announced that Immortals had voluntarily pulled out of ESL Pro League, citing roster instability and need to take time to rebuild the roster.
||Inactive Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|horvy||João Horvath||2017-10-03 ||2017-12-01 ||2018-08-10 ||NoTag|
|boltz||Ricardo Prass||2016-06-01 ||2017-10-31 ||2018-06-23 ||MIBR|
|zqk||Caio Fonseca||2017-10-13 ||2018-01-21 ||YeaH! Gaming|
|shz||Bruno Martinelli||2017-11-07 ||2017-12-21 ||Tempo Storm|
|destiny||Lucas Bullo||2017-10-10 ||2017-12-21 ||Tempo Storm|
|fnx||Lincoln Lau||2017-02-05 ||2017-05-15 ||2017-12-12 ||100 Thieves|
|LUCAS1||Lucas Teles||2016-06-01 ||2017-09-22 ||2017-12-12 ||100 Thieves|
|HEN1||Henrique Teles||2016-06-01 ||2017-09-22 ||2017-12-12 ||100 Thieves|
|zakk (Coach)||Rafael Fernandes||2016-06-01 ||2017-12-02 ||Luminosity Gaming|
|steel||Lucas Lopes||2016-11-04 ||2017-11-13 ||Team Liquid|
|kNgV-||Vito Giuseppe||2017-07-25 ||2017-09-20 ||100 Thieves|
|kNgV- (Loan)||Vito Giuseppe||2017-05-24 ||2017-07-25 ||Immortals|
|felps||João Vasconcellos||2016-06-01 ||2017-02-05 ||SK Gaming|
|zews||Wilton Prado||2016-07-22 ||2016-11-04 ||Team Liquid|
|SHOOWTiME||Gustavo Gonçalves||2016-06-01 ||2016-07-22 ||INTZ eSports|
|destiny||Lucas Bullo||ESL Pro League Season 6|
|shz||Bruno Martinelli||ESL Pro League Season 6|
WESG 2017 Brazil Qualifier
|zakk||Rafael Fernandes||ESL Pro League Season 6|
|cogu||Raphael Camargo||kNgV-||Vito Giuseppe||ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017|
|zakk||Rafael Fernandes||fnx||Lincoln Lau||Subaru Invitational 2017|
|zakk||Rafael Fernandes||felps||João Vasconcellos||DH Masters Las Vegas 2017 - NA Qualifier|
|fnx||Lincoln Lau||LUCAS1||Lucas Teles||CyberPowerPC Pro Series - Summer 2016|
|Noah W.||Noah Whinston||CEO|
|lurppis||Tomi Kovanen||General Manager||2018-02-21 |
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date||New Organization|
|Portilho||Mateus Portilho||Social Media Manager||2017-??-??||2017-09-22 ||Cloud9|
|2017-09-10||2nd||Major||DreamHack Open Montreal 2017||0 : 2||$20,000|
|2017-07-23||2nd||Premier||PGL Major Kraków 2017||1 : 2||$150,000|
|2017-06-11||2nd||Major||Americas Minor Championship - Kraków 2017||1 : 2||$15,000|
|2017-05-31||9 - 10th||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 5 - Finals||2/3||Grp. S.||$35,000|
|2017-04-30||2nd||Major||DreamHack Open Austin 2017||0 : 2||$20,000|
|2017-03-04||3rd - 4th||Premier||Intel Extreme Masters XI - World Championship||0 : 2||$24,000|
|2016-12-10||7 - 8th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 2 - Finals||0 : 2||$35,000|
|2016-11-13||1st||Major||iBUYPOWER Masters 2016||2 : 1||$20,000|
|2016-09-04||1st||Major||Northern Arena 2016 - Toronto||2 : 1||$50,000|
|2016-06-20||1st||Premier||DreamHack Open Summer 2016||2 : 0||$50,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- HLTV.org (12-05-2017). HLTV.org. https://www.hltv.org/matches/2310547/immortals-misfits-esl-pro-league-season-5-north-america.
- Immortals (13-06-2017). Immortals.gg. https://immortals.gg/news/2017/06/13/immortals-announces-new-partnership-with-omen-by-hp/.
- Richard Lewis (2017-09-13). "Kng had to be restrained". Youtube.
- Harrison Liao (2017-09-11). "Immortals in shambles after map forfeiture and kNg death threat". Cybersport.com.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-09-22). "Immortals CEO: "Major is not worth more than what we stand for"". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-09-20). "HEN1, LUCAS1 request to leave Immortals". HLTV.org.
- "Immortals Welcomes João “Horvy” Horvath to CS:GO Roster". Immortals. 2017-10-03.
- "Immortals CS:GO welcomes its newest permanent member, Lucas "Destinyy Bullo de Lima". Immortals. 2017-10-10.
- "Official: zqkS joins Immortals". HLTV.org.
- TACO. "Boltz jogará todo o resto com exceção do major e ECS. Muito em breve esperamos que ele vire oficialmente nosso quinto player. " ["Boltz will play the rest except for the Major and ECS. We expect him to officially become our fifth player very soon."] (in Portuguese).
- "Immortals confirm shz move". HLTV.org. 2017-11-07.
- Milan "Striker" Švejda (2017-11-13). "steel transferred to Liquid". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-11-21). "Immortals forfeit ECS matches". HLTV.org.
- ESL (2017-12-01). "Immortals leave Pro League".
- Immortals (2017-12-01). "Immortals CEO, @nwhinston, talks next steps for our #IMTCSGO roster and how we plan to move forward into 2018.".
- Jacob Wolf (2016-06-01). "Immortals purchase Tempo Storm's Counter-Strike team". ESPN.
- Josh Bury (2016-07-22). "Immortals sign Zews". The Score eSports.
- "Immortals troca zews por steel " [Immortals change zews for steel] (in Portuguese). CNB e-Sports Club. 2016-11-04.
- Evgeni Chardakov (2017-02-05). "SK Gaming Brings in felps as CS:GO Fifth". SK Gaming.
- "The Immortals CS:GO team has been working hard to reach the next level of competition.". Immortals. 2017-05-15.
- "We recently made some changes to our CS:GO roster in order to create a healthier, more sustainable environment.". Immortals. 2017-05-24.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-07-25). "Immortals sign kNg". HLTV.org.
- Vito Giuseppe (2017-09-20). "I am no longer part of Immortals". Twitter.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-09-22). "Immortals CEO comments on team issues". HLTV.org.
- horvy (2017-11-01). "IMMORTALS and New challenges".
- CarbonDogma (2017-11-02). "zakk exits Immortals". Dust2.us.
- "We're proud to announce that 100 Thieves is officially entering into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive!". 100 Thieves. 2017-12-12.
- "Welcome back, destinyy and shz! An update to our CS:GO BR roster!". Tempo Storm. 2017-12-21.
- "Anunciando nossa nova line up de csgo! " [Announcing our new CSGO line up!] (in Portuguese). YeaH! Gaming. 2018-01-21.
- "Immortals add Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen as General Manager of CS:GO". Immortals. 2018-02-21.
- "Left in 1.6, back in CS:GO. WELCOME HOME!". MIBR. 2018-06-23.
- horvy (2018-08-10). "Free agent em 7 dias " [Free Agent in 7 days] (in Portuguese).
- Immortals (2017-09-22). "Unfortunately, this Tweet was unprofessional and out-of-line with what we stand for.".