Fan favorite Pentanet.GG trio to reunite at Dire Wolves for 2023 League campaign
A revamped Oceanic team for the 2023 LCO season will soon feature three of the five players of the fan-favorite Pentanet.GG lineup that astonished the League of Legends community during the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Iceland.
Jesse “Chazz” Mahoney, a mid laner, and the bot lane team of Mark “Praedyth” Lewis and Daniel “Decoy” Ealam will make up the Dire Wolves’ main lineup for the upcoming season.
The 2023 roster is completed by Poltron (jungle) and Zorenous (top).
Coach Joseph “Valixas” Tselios, who is in charge of the Wolfpack once more, said to Dot Esports, “We’ve put together a League team I think is extremely f—king good.” We have a very vocal voice in Praedyth there today compared to last year—and don’t get me wrong, I adore all those boys—and we’ve developed around it totally.
The five-man team also combines talent and senior wisdom. Particularly with Chazz, who is simply going to smack everyone around next year, says Valixas.
Since the conclusion of the 2021 LCO season, none of the three PGG stars had collaborated on a game until this reunion. Their effort that year, particularly their MSI 2021 run in Reykjavik, garnered them League fans all over the world.
The group placed fifth and sixth in the Rumble stage of the competition alongside Cloud9, the top laner Brandon “BioPanther” Alexander, and the jungler Jackson “Pabu” Pavone. After placing second in groups, they gained a spot alongside true League stalwarts like DWG, Royal Never Give Up, and MAD Lions.
After their success in Iceland, Pabu and Chazz relocated there to compete in regional competitions, while INTZ snatched up Decoy in exchange for a Brazil player.
In 2022, Praedyth and BioPanther were still in Australia. BioPanther improved their performance after switching to ORDER, and they went on to represent Oceania once more at the Mid-Season Invitational. As PGG lost to the eventual Worlds representatives, the Chiefs, in four games, Praedyth finished second in Split Two this year.
The former home of the trio, Pentanet.GG, has assembled its own all-star League roster for PCS qualifying and international competition.
The arrivals of Ryan “Chippys” Short and Shern “Shernfire” Cherng Tai, who last participated in the Oceanic Pro League in 2020 and 2018, respectively, are arguably the greatest shocks. To make room for the experienced New Zealander’s comeback, Kim “DONGGY” Dong-geun, a former top laner, switches to the mid lane. Vincent “Violet” Wong and role-swapping pro Yao “Apii” Jian-Jing help PGG complete their bot lane.
In 2023, Chazz, Praedyth, and Decoy will compete against their former Pentanet top laner in at least a few regular-season encounters because BioPanther has joined the Chiefs, the defending OCE champions, for the next season.
Pabu, the final member of PGG’s 2021, is currently available for hire throughout Europe.
The Dire Wolves team’s sole objective for 2023 is to make the playoffs for the Pacific Championship. The top two teams from each split will now participate in the PCS postseason for a chance to compete internationally at MSI and the World Championship, changing the Oceania League’s routes ahead of the upcoming season.
We have such a strong core [among the PGG players], and I believe this entire endeavor is a significant step for myself as a coach, the organization, and everyone involved, according to Valixas.
There aren’t many organizations left that will put out the money and support a roster like this because of what happened with ORDER [the Melbourne organization fell into administration this year]. I have big aspirations to combine these established talents with developing players.
The Dire Wolves, PGG, and Chiefs shape as early favorites for PCS qualification.