On 3 November 2020, Marc Robert ‘Caedrel’ Lamont announced his retirement from the professional scene of League of Legends.
Sharing his decision via Twitter, ‘Caedrel’ is stepping down from Excel Esports having been their starting jungler for two years.
The Brit’s departure from the LoL eSports scene certainly comes as a surprise, but given his recent experiences away from the mouse and keyboard, ‘Caedrel’ may not be going far.
The extensive career of ‘Caedrel’
‘Caedrel’ has played professionally since 2015 for multiple teams across Europe. His big break came in 2017 when he joined FC Schalke 04 as they were attempting to enter the LEC – known as the EU LCS prior to franchising.
He, Jonas ‘Memento’ Elmarghichi, and Tore Hoel ‘Tore’ Eilertsen were able to bring FC Schalke 04 to an undefeated season in the Challenger Series Summer Split, as well as a series win over the Red Bulls to qualify for the EU LCS 2018 Spring Promotion.
Although they lost to the Giants 3-2, they were able to beat Ninjas in Pajamas 3-0 to qualify into the EU LCS. He has played for many other teams, too, including H2k Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas, but his longest tenure was with his most recent team, Excel Esports.
Leaving the eSports profession young is nothing new in League of Legends, but Lamont’s retirement comes off as somewhat expected.
Excel Esports finished seventh in the Summer Split of the LEC, which meant that the team automatically failed to qualify for the LEC Summer Playoffs and the 2020 World Championship tournament. From there, his career took a different turn.
‘Caedrel’ takes a seat at the desk
Once Lamont’s season ended in the LEC, many fans were surprised to see ‘Caedrel’ appear on the desk for the European Masters tournament of 2020.
Bringing his analytics and experience to the job, many spectators approved of his efforts, both as a colour-commentator and for his on-air analytics.
A second surprise for fans came just days before the start of the Worlds Play-in stages, for which ‘Caedrel’ became the casting partner of Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry. He then joined notable names such as Eefje ‘Sjockz’ Depoortere, Jakob ‘YamatoCannon’ Mebdi, Aaron ‘Medic’ Chamberlain, and Christy ‘Ender’ Frierson on the analyst desk for the main tournament.
‘Caedrel’ retiring from professional play has caused many to speculate that he will pursue a career in casting; he was well-received by fans and his co-workers spoke highly of him during Worlds.
In an interview with Travis Gafford, posted prior to Worlds 2020, ‘Caedrel’ spoke about how different it was getting private messages that were urging him to retire from professional play and move into casting.
It should also be noted that many of the current Riot casters have announced their free agency for other leagues and tournaments after Worlds 2020, including the likes of Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black from LEC.
The possibility that the analyst desks in both the LEC and LCS will not have many of their long-associated names may pave the way for new talent and fresh blood for the 2021 season.
Although a casting career seems most likely, ‘Caedrel’ has many other doors open to him as well. A position as a coach or analyst for a team or organization can’t be discounted: the 2021 offseason has already seen the release of many coaches from multiple teams.
Given most recent opportunities and ventures of ‘Caedrel,’ however, we could be seeing a much different LEC analyst desk come the 2021 Spring Split.